Clean Energy, along with Hallahan Truck Sales, Holtsville, NY natural gas refuse truck dealer, hosted special ceremonies Sept. 19 to salute Smithtown’s commitment to ensuring a clean-air environment. Smithtown is the first municipality in New York State to convert its entire refuse fleet from diesel to environmentally-friendly natural gas. The Township has signed a multi-year fixed- price agreement with Clean Energy to supply natural gas to the trash collection fleet.
Clean Energy operates a public access natural gas fueling station in nearby Hauppauge, which, when current upgrade efforts are complete, will be the largest such facility on the East Coast. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded a $150,000 contract under the Clean Cities Challenge Program to support the upgrades to the Hauppauge facility.
On view for event attendees was a clean, quiet-running custom-configured natural gas powered AUTOCAR Xpeditor® WXLL refuse truck from Hallahan Truck Sales. Trucks of this type will be deployed for Smithtown trash collection duties in January 2007. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council has approved a grant of up to $2,275,000 to fund 80 percent of the incremental cost of the new natural gas refuse trucks for Smithtown.
Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio commented, “We’ve looked at the facts and the move to alternative energy is necessary now. Natural gas fuel is cheaper than diesel fuel and the supplies are available here in North America, which reduces our dependence on foreign oil. When you add that to the environmental benefits of using natural gas instead of diesel fuel, the choice is clear.”
CNG fueling station at LAX
Annual volume for the contract with Los Angeles World Airports is estimated at approximately 2,000,000 gallons of LNG. The LNG fleet comprises more than 60 full-size, parking lot buses and other vehicles. Over 300 additional light-, medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles in the airport fleet, including police vehicles, trucks, vans and sedans, fuel at Clean Energy’s public access CNG station. It serves more than 500 customers overall. The new LNG contract extends Clean Energy’s partnership with the airport where the company has been the long-term CNG fuel provider.