CNG fueling station opens in New Jersey
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Covanta Energy Corporation hosted opening ceremonies in Newark, New Jersey for the first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station built as part of a nationwide partnership between the two companies to expand the CNG fueling infrastructure across the country.
The new station, built and maintained by Clean Energy on-site at Covanta’s energy-from-waste facility located in Newark will supply CNG fuel to refuse trucks serving communities and businesses in Northern New Jersey and New York City. CNG fueling, combined with Covanta’s energy-from-waste facility, which processes post-recycled municipal solid waste into clean, renewable electricity, creates a compelling economic and environmentally friendly refuse management model the two companies plan to replicate across the United States.
This Clean Energy and Covanta CNG fueling station project is partially funded by a U.S. Department of Energy Federal Stimulus Grant through the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, a non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the environmental benefits of switching to vehicles powered by alternative fuels.
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.50 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent in light-duty vehicles and 23 percent in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 98 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. is sourced in the U.S. and Canada, making natural gas a secure North American energy choice.