More than 150 people attended the City of Dublin’s new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station grand opening/dedication Thursday, June 28, at the City’s Fleet facility, 6351 Shier Rings Road.
CNG vehicles were on display from the City of Dublin, City of Columbus, IGS Energy, Stanley Steemer and Smith’s Dairy.
Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider acknowledged the public and private partners that were instrumental in bringing the CNG station to
Dublin, including Dublin-based IGS Energy, the station’s gas provider, who contributed $275,000 to the project; Clean Fuels Ohio who helped secure the $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy and the City of Columbus shared services agreement allowing both cities reciprocity to fuel vehicles, share fleet maintenance and training.
“The City of Dublin is committed to providing the highest quality of services to its residents and business community today, while continuing to plan for tomorrow’s generation as a green and sustainable community,” said Lecklider. “This CNG station will reduce carbon emissions by as much as 90 percent. It is estimated the initial infusion of 44 CNG vehicles will be equivalent to taking more than 180 cars off the road.”
The City of Dublin CNG fueling facility will be open to the public, other municipalities and corporate fleets.
City of Dublin CNG Fueling Facility A partnership with IGS Energy
Project Details: The City of Dublin has received a $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy and Clean Fuels Ohio for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) project, which includes a CNG fueling facility and 44 CNG-fueled city vehicles. The City will also receive $275,000 from IGS Energy, which will provide natural gas to the facility.
Why convert to CNG vehicles? The City of Dublin is committed to providing the highest quality of services to its residents and business community today while continuing to plan for tomorrow’s generation as a green and sustainable community. The City also is looking to alternative energy sources that reduce emissions, rely on domestic sources and reduce energy costs to the City.
Compressed natural gas has many advantages as an alternative fuel source. The City formed a synergistic partnership with IGS Energy, a Platinum LEED certified energy company headquartered in Dublin, also committed to improving the way the industry and consumers view and use energy resources.
- Clean: produces lower emissions and reduces vehicle maintenance needs.
- Saves money: currently about $2 per gallon equivalent compared to gasoline which is selling for about $3.70 this week.
- American: while gasoline is primary refined from foreign oil, the US has an abundant supply of natural gas.
- Abundant: The US has an estimated 100-year supply of natural gas.
Using CNG as a transportation fuel will reduce dependence on foreign oil, create jobs in Ohio and the U.S. and reduce carbon emissions
The City’s Division of Fleet Management is an ASE Blue Seal shop, a rarity in the public sector. Building on this in-house expertise, the City has all six vehicle technicians certified in CNG conversion kit installation and currently two (2) ASE Certified in CNG vehicle maintenance and repair.
About the vehicles: The 44 vehicles will include one Ford Transit, two Ford Fusions, one Ford F-350, 23 F-250s and 17 F-150s. The conversion kits are all EPA certified and the vehicles will be dedicated CNG vehicles (meaning they will only run on CNG). Over the next several years, as more vehicles are replaced, the City plans to add additional CNG vehicles to the fleet.
How much will the City of Dublin save by converting this portion of its fleet to CNG? With these 44 vehicles alone, the City anticipates saving at least $30,000/year in fuel cost, as well as reduces carbon emissions by 90%. (Initial infusion of 44 CNG vehicles will be like taking more than 180 cars off the road).
Quick facts about the station:
- Station is a “fast-fill.” Vehicles can be fueled in approximately the amount of time as diesel vehicles.
- Construction costs were funded through the U.S Department of Energy and Clean Cities grant. The Clean Cities grant is administered locally by Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles.
Who will be able to access the City’s new CNG station? Besides supplying CNG to the City of Dublin fleet, the new CNG station will be open to corporate fleets and the public. IGS will provide an account and access card to those who enroll in their program. IGS will supply the natural gas to the City’s station and bill CNG users who enroll in the program.
What will the price of natural gas be at the new station? A gallon equivalent of CNG would sell for about $1.99 per GGE right now. Natural gas prices in general are at record low prices due to its abundance in the United States.
About IGS Energy? Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, IGS is one of America’s largest independent retail suppliers of natural gas and a trusted electricity provider.
For more information on the City of Dublin’s Fleet Management and CNG station contact J. Darryl Syler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.410-4757.
Frequently asked questions
What is compressed natural gas (CNG)?
The same gas used for cooking can also be used as a transportation fuel. Natural gas can be compressed and stored on your vehicle in CNG storage tanks and then used in many popular vehicles.
Is it safe?
Yes – in fact, many argue that CNG is safer than gasoline. This is due to the small flammability window of natural gas when mixed with air, as well as the thick steal or carbon fiber walls of a CNG tank.
How many CNG vehicles are there?
Currently there around 140,000 CNG vehicles in the U.S. and there are more than 12 million CNG vehicles in the world.
What vehicles are available?
There are many different EPQ Certified CNG kits available. The majority of the kits have been designed for Ford and GM vehicles and must be installed by qualified technicians.
More information at www.igsenergy.com
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