SACRAMENTO – TruStar Energy, a national leader in development of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure, is proud to announce the grand opening of Sacramento County’s updated CNG fueling station.
TruStar Energy was contracted to completely refurbish the existing CNG fueling station – that had been in operation since the early 80’s. The new combination time fill/fast fill station will be used primarily to provide fuel for the County’s refuse fleet, but also has a fast-fill dispenser to allow other county vehicles to fuel up.
While the county has been utilizing liquid natural gas (LNG) since 2004, CNG provides economic benefits that make the switch a prudent decision, said County of Sacramento Department of Waste Management and Recycling Superintendent, Chris Celsi.
“We have two yards that we operate out of – but only one LNG station which forces us to fuel a large bulk tanker that we affectionately call ‘Orca’, which then transports LNG to our second location, where our drivers will then line up to fuel,” said Celsi. “One of the big issues is we’re then paying our drivers to wait up to 45 minutes for their turn to fuel their vehicle. With the CNG station, our drivers simply plug their trucks in and walk away.”
The combined time fill/fast fill station is configured to time-fill 40 vehicles simultaneously at night when electrical power (that runs the compressors) is at its cheapest. In addition, the station is equipped with a fast fill dispenser, which allows other County fleet vehicles to fill as needed. While the County doesn’t currently have a lot of CNG-powered fleet vehicles, they will be aggressively seeking new natural gas-powered vehicles now that the station is on line.
“Sacramento is another large municipality that continues to enjoy the many benefits that CNG fueling has to offer,” said TruStar Energy President and CEO, Adam Comora. “More and more cities and counties throughout the US are reaching out to TruStar Energy for a flexible solution – and we’re proud that we can develop strategies that work for them.”