County and Clean Cities Officials Celebrate $1.9 Million Station
TruStar Energy and officials in Sacramento this week celebrated the opening of a new $1.9 million compressed natural gas fueling station to support County refuse trucks and an increasing number of other natural gas vehicles.
“This new CNG station is the first combination time-fill/fast-fill station in the region,” county executive Bradley Hudson says in a county announcement.
The station will help wean Sacramento County’s Waste Management and Recycling Department from LCNG – and a situation where two garbage truck dispatch facilities were dependent a single liquefied natural gas facility.
Will Slash Driver Wait Times
“We have two yards that we operate out of – but only one LNG station which forces us to fuel a large bulk tanker that we affectionately call ‘Orca,’ which then transports LNG to our second location, where our drivers will then line up to fuel,” department superintendent Chris Celsi says in a TruStar release.
“We’re then paying our drivers to wait up to 45 minutes for their turn to fuel their vehicle,” Celsi said. “With the CNG station, our drivers simply plug their trucks in and walk away.”
40 Vehicles Can Fuel at Once
“Drivers simply pull up to the station, plug in the nozzle and the vehicle fills overnight,” said Hudson. During the day, CNG vehicles from other county departments can use the fast-fill capabilities.
The combined time fill/fast fill station is configured to time-fill 40 vehicles simultaneously at night when electrical power (that runs the compressors) is at its cheapest, TruStar says, adding, “While the county doesn’t currently have a lot of CNG-powered fleet vehicles, they will be aggressively seeking new natural gas-powered vehicles now that the station is on line.”
Sacramento County, taking advantage of state incentives, is working with Clean Energy Renewables to maximize its use of biomethane for its NGVs, says fleet division chief Keith Leech.
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Source: TruStar Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up