Four to Start, 20 by Year-End, 90 in Seven Years
The City of Spokane, in eastern Washington, is celebrating the launch of its first compressed natural gas powered garbage trucks, and says that in about seven years’ time it “will convert its entire solid waste collection fleet to CNG, replacing the diesel vehicles that have been the city standard.”
That’s about 90 trucks, says Spokane utilities spokeswoman Marlene Feist. Spokane currently has two CNG-fueled collection and two CNG roll-off trucks supplied by Western Peterbilt of Seattle, she told F&F, and figures to have 20 CNG trucks by year-end.
The move to CNG is part of Spokane’s Sustainability Action Plan. “We are continually looking for opportunities to use citizens’ dollars more effectively,” Mayor David Condon says in a city blog post. “These new trucks provide many advantages, most importantly the ability to keep utility rates more affordable for everyone.”
Fuel from Avista, Fueling by Clean Energy
The city is installing CNG time-fill capability at the new Spokane Central Service Center, a combined solid waste management and fleet maintenance facility. “Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects, both of Spokane, make up our design-build team,” Feist says, with Clean Energy Fuels as a subcontractor.
Fuel is to be supplied by Avista Utilities. The Spokane trucks are fueling at an Avista station pending the opening of the new Center. Avista operates three CNG stations in all, including one in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has 84 CNG vehicles, including bi-fuel half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton pick-ups.
Marc Schaffner is strategic initiatives manager for Avista.
Gene Jakubczak is fleet services director for the City of Spokane.
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Source: City of Spokane with Fleets & Fuels follow-up