Today Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Public Works Executive Director Jose Cornejo, and Denver Environmental Health Executive Director Doug Linkhart completed the “first fuel” of a refuse truck at the City’s new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The new fueling station has 70 CNG pumps that will be utilized by City vehicle operators.
Today’s fuel station opening supports Mayor Hancock’s 2020 Sustainability Initiative, which includes improving air quality. CNG is a cleaner-burning fuel that generates less carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and greenhouse gas emissions compared to regular diesel. Denver has already purchased 19 CNG vehicles and is anticipating having 40 vehicles or about 40% of its trash and recycling fleet, running on CNG before the end of 2014.
In addition to the environmental benefits, CNG fuel is also less expensive than diesel. The department estimates it will save $2 per gallon-equivalent of liquid fuel or $8,000 per trash truck per year.
“Denver is very proud of this investment in alternative fuel infrastructure,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “The new CNG station is an important milestone in achieving our sustainability goals and elevating Denver’s reputation as a smart, livable city.”
The new CNG fueling station, which cost $2.5 million to build, is an integral piece of infrastructure for the expanding CNG fleet. The station was designed by local design firm RNL and constructed by TruStar Energy. The new station will facilitate up to sixty-eight vehicles via time-fill hoses, while also providing two fast-fill dispensers to allow for immediate fueling. Denver Environmental Health provided a $2.15 million loan to build the station; the remaining amount was paid for by Public Works Fleet Management. The City of Denver also received a $500,000 donation from Encana Natural Gas to facilitate the purchase of 15 CNG refuse vehicles.
Investment in the purchase of additional CNG vehicles will continue as old units are due for replacement.