T. Boone Pickens was in San Antonio on Wednesday to help the city dedicate a new compressed natural gas fueling station for its fleet of natural gas refuse trucks.
By March, San Antonio will have 30 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered refuse trucks and could increase its fleet over the next several years. San Antonio will have one of the largest fleet of natural gas-powered refuse trucks in Texas. The trucks will be used to collect trash and recycling for about 75,000 homes in Northeast San Antonio.
The city contracted with Seal Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE), a company co-founded by Pickens, to design and construct the station. Clean Energy also has a five-year operation and maintenance contract in place with the city and an option for five additional years. CPS Energy is the local supplier of the compressed natural gas.
The station is located at the city’s Solid Waste Management Department’s Northeast Service Center at 10303 Toolyard Road. The city used a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to help offset construction costs.
“A growing number of local governments are recognizing the important role they play to help reduce our foreign oil dependency through greater use of domestic resources such as natural gas,” Pickens says. “I certainly applaud San Antonio’s leadership in that regard. This will lead to significant economic and environmental benefits long term that cannot be underestimated.”
Clean Energy provides compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas to transportation customers throughout North America. The company supplies natural gas to the refuse, transit, port, shuttle, taxi, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets with more than 170 locations in the United States and Canada.
San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Solid Waste Management Department Director David McCary also were on hand for the event.
Source: San Antonio Business Journal