To support the growing demand for natural gas-fueled refuse vehicles in New Jersey, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation and Covanta Essex, a subsidiary of Covanta Energy Corporation, have been awarded a contract by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to site, build, and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the Port Authority-owned Essex County Resource Recovery Facility (ECRRF) in Newark, NJ.
The CNG fueling station, to be built and operated by Clean Energy on the Covanta Essex site, will be a convenient and effective way for public and private municipal waste haulers to convert their fleets of diesel vehicles to cleaner, more economical and more efficient compressed natural gas vehicles. Natural gas refuse trucks provide significant reductions in emissions, are 90% quieter than traditional diesel trucks and displace the use of oil on a gallon-for-gallon basis.
“The deployment of natural gas-fueled refuse trucks is a win-win for the resource recovery facility and for the communities it serves, providing a greener collection process and reducing overall costs,” said Mark Riley, general manager, Eastern U.S. for Clean Energy. “We are pleased to be able to support the region with this valuable fueling resource.”
“Covanta Essex is pleased to help in the conversion of refuse trucks to cleaner, more efficient technologies like natural gas,” said Hank Asher, Covanta Essex business manager. The company operates the ECRRF, which generates approximately 500,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy from municipal solid waste per year by harnessing methane generated at landfills.
“Providing a cleaner fuel for trucks delivering municipal solid waste to our facility is a perfect complement to what we do here: generating clean, renewable energy. Covanta Essex is committed to supporting ventures like this and others to limit any adverse impacts to the environment and our community.”
Construction of the new fueling station is expected to commence during the third quarter of 2011. The project is being partially funded by a grant from the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for the promotion of the development and use of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and the appropriate related infrastructure. This project is part of a larger grant award from the US Department of Energy using funding provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).
In a separate press release to investors, Clean Energy reported gasoline gallon equivalents (gallons) delivered for the second quarter of 2011, which includes compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), biomethane and the gallons associated with providing operations & maintenance services, totaled 39.2 million gallons, a 26% increase from 31.1 million gallons delivered in the same period a year ago. The company now fuels fuels over 23,300 vehicles at 248 locations across the United States and Canada.
(This article compiled using information from a Clean Energy Fuels Corporation press release)