In the states of Georgia, Wisconsin and California
Cities Councils nationwide increasingly take measures to encourage CNG use
Thomasville’s City Council recently approved a recommendation from the Compressed Natural Gas committee to award to Wise Gas a contract in the amount of USD 301,113 for the construction of a CNG time-fill fueling station, whereas Milwaukee’s Common Council yesterday voted unanimously to authorize the city Department of Public Works to sell the clean fuel to the public at two CNG stations that were built for city garbage trucks. What is more, Fullerton was awarded grants to be used in green projects (both vehicles purchase and station construction).
In Georgia, Thomasville’s authorities are planning to construct the CNG time-fill station as a part of an overall plan to convert the City’s fleet to natural gas where appropriate. Initially, this facility, which uses low-pressure compressed natural gas to fill vehicles over several hours, will have the ability to accommodate six vehicles at one time. Future plans will include scaling this station to accommodate 12 vehicles. Earlier this year, the City Council approved the purchase of four garbage trucks which will be fueled by compressed natural gas. Within the next three years, the City plans to convert all 12 of its garbage trucks to run on CNG, which is estimated to save approximately $200,000 annually in fuel costs to operate this fleet.
The state of Wisconsin’s largest city, apart from start selling compressed natural gas, has taken advantage of a USD 3.6 million federal grant and, as a result, has purchased eight CNG-fueled waste collection trucks and has ordered 13 more. According to the Journal Sentinel, another subsidy awarded will help to acquire 20 additional trucks. Simultaneously, Milwaukee has also used the federal money to build two natural gas fueling stations to be opened soon.
Finally, Fullerton and its Maintenance Services Division were awarded USD 450,000 in grant funding by the Mobile Source Air Reduction Review Committee (MSRC), in June of 2010 to assist in the completion of two environmental transportation projects. The first one involved the purchase of two CNG vehicles. The second project is related to finance a methane refueling station for the community: its construction and installation is underway and is expected to be finished by the end of this year.