Clean Energy Opens Two New CNG Stations
in Downtown Chicago
Clean Energy has opened two new public access CNG fueling stations in Chicago. Part of a planned Chicagoland network, the new stations will support growing fleets of taxis, paratransit vehicles, service vans, refuse trucks and shuttle buses powered by domestic natural gas.
Chicago’s Taxi Medallion Management (TMM), which operates over 800 vehicles in Chicago, entered into two 15-year contracts with Clean Energy to build and operate the two fueling stations, and to supply fuel to the initial TMM CNG fleet of up to 100 vehicles. “Our new CNG-powered fleet will drastically reduce the impact of rising fuel prices on our drivers. It will benefit the city by reducing carbon emissions, and it will help begin the process of reducing our nation’s dependency on foreign fuel sources,” said Michael Levine, Owner of TMM.
The City of Chicago’s Department of Environment has implemented a Green Taxi program, enabling Chicago cab companies to receive from $9,000 to $14,000 for purchasing a CNG car. The program continues until December 31, 2011.
Station Opening: Las Vegas/McCarran International Airport
Clean Energy has officially opened its new fueling facility in Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport. The facility is Clean Energy’s seventh public access CNG station in the area, making Las Vegas among the first cities in America with the fueling station infrastructure in place to support expanded deployment of natural gas vehicle fleets. Bell Transportation will fuel its new fleet of CNG ground transport vehicles, initially ten Transit Connect taxis and eight shuttle buses, at the Las Vegas station.
Peter Grace served as Master of Ceremonies at the June 2nd reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony, which drew over 60 people. Speaking on behalf of Clean Energy at the event was Chairman of the Board Warren Mitchell. He commented, “Air quality is a big issue in Las Vegas and the opportunity to shift more vehicles to natural gas with the geography and fueling infrastructure in place could make it one of the leading natural gas vehicle cities in the nation.”
IMW Industries to Supply CNG Compressors to Canada’s Cavendish Farms
Clean Energy subsidiary, IMW Industries, Ltd., has contracted to supply Canadian food processor Cavendish Farms with a custom CNG compressor system. The new IMW four-compressor configuration will be used to produce CNG fuel to power two adjacent Cavendish production plants in New Annan, Prince Edward Island Province.
Cavendish Farms, one of North America’s leading producers of frozen potato products, ranks this gas conversion program as vital to the success of the company’s environmental action and cost efficiency plans. By switching to CNG and eliminating the need to use oil as the energy source for its production process, Cavendish expects to cut production costs by 30% and reduce its carbon footprint by 28%.
Station Opening: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
A new Clean Energy CNG fueling station at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is expanding clean fueling opportunities for the airport and the entire Central Texas region. The station, which opened in July, is located at 3100 ½ Spirit of Texas Drive and will be open 24/7 for public access.
Airport parking shuttles, which have used propane since the airport opened in 1999, are now converting to CNG to take advantage of the lower price of natural gas at the pump. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport served 8.7 million passengers in 2010.
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