The Town of Oyster Bay in New York State has received a total of more than USD 5.6 million in grants via American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program. The latest tranche, being reallocated funds of USD 408,000 will assist the town complete its compressed natural gas (CNG) project, which includes the construction of a CNG fueling station, the conversion of trucks to CNG and the purchase of CNG-ready vehicles.
Town Supervisor John Venditto explained Oyster Bay’s CNG fueling station, located at the Department of Public Works complex in Syosset, became operational earlier this year. To date the grant has enabled the purchase of conversions for 31 heavy-duty sanitation trucks, which are also used for snow removal operations to CNG, and the purchase of 13 CNG-ready sanitation trucks. The Supervisor noted that an additional five trucks were repowered under a grant came from the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) through the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition (GLICCC) bringing the Town’s fleet of CNG trucks to a total of 49.
In addition to the fact that CNG is domestically produced, Supervisor Venditto indicated that the benefits of using CNG are multi-fold. “The trucks that operate on CNG will reduce the Town’s petroleum usage by an estimated 264,000 gallons per year, or 22,000 gallons a month, thereby reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The clean-burning CNG vehicles will produce an average of 27 percent fewer greenhouse emission than comparable gasoline or diesel models. Additionally, it is estimated that a total of 67,130 pounds of identifiable pollutants will be reduced annually. The project also resulted in green jobs in vehicle and equipment manufacturing, station construction, and ongoing vehicle and station operations.
“Natural gas is the cleanest readily available fuel for large trucks, and the construction of a CNG fueling facility, coupled with converting diesel-powered trucks to CNG-powered vehicles and purchasing CNG-ready vehicles, are providing real, quantifiable, significant reductions in greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions while displacing the use of petroleum and helping further the Town’s commitment to energy conservation and reducing greenhouse emissions,” Supervisor Venditto stated.
(This article compiled using information from an Oyster Bay Town press release)