New Atlanta CNG Fueling Stations Support City’s Sustainability Goals

City of Atlanta officials, accompanied by representatives from Atlanta Gas Light and Clean Cities Georgia, have officially opened a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at the Solid Waste Lakewood Facility.

Atlanta Gas Light CNG

Atlanta Gas Light CNG (photo – atlantagaslight.com)

The Lakewood refueling station and another station at the Maddox Park Solid Waste Facility will support the Atlanta Department of Public Works in its goal to transition the city’s entire fleet of solid waste collection vehicles from diesel fuel to CNG fuel.

The 20 trash collection vehicles that will initially use the stations will serve as many as 96,000 residents per week. After refueling at one of the two CNG stations overnight, these trucks will be able to complete their routes each day without needing to refuel.

Mayor Kasim Reed, who cut the ribbon on the new CNG station, said in a statement that “Cutting the ribbon on this important new facility promotes cleaner air and reduced fuel consumption by our municipal fleet, and supports our goal to become a top tier city for sustainability in the U.S.”

The Mayor added that the City of Atlanta is committed to protecting the environment by incorporating sustainable practices in city operations. This is one of the things the City of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability is working with all city departments, to balance Atlanta economic development and growth with environmental protection while being mindful of social justice.

Atlanta Department of Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza noted that by “By installing and maintaining our own, cleaner-burning CNG fueling stations, the City of Atlanta will see immediate fuel cost savings by as much as 50 percent and a reduction in carbon emissions by 13-21 percent.”

At CNG stations, gas is typically taken from the local gas utility’s line at low pressure, compressed and dispensed into the vehicle’s storage tanks at high pressure, typically to 3,600 psi. There are two basic types of fueling equipment – fast-fill and time-fill. The former fills the vehicle’s fuel tank in about the same time it takes to fuel a regular vehicle. The latter do not have a storage system and typically compress the gas directly into the vehicle storage cylinders to refuel vehicles while they are parked overnight.

The new Atlanta CNG stations have equipment to time-fill up to 30 collections vehicles at each site overnight as well as a two-hose fast-fill dispenser for topping off the collections vehicles and fueling other CNG vehicles.

Construction of these CNG facilities was undertaken by Atlanta Gas Light Company. The project was funded by a $2.5 million share of the Georgia Public Service Commission’s $11.6 million program to develop CNG stations in Georgia.

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