As part of a range of measures to address climate change, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi in Wisconsin has announced that the county will accelerate the conversion of fossil fuel-burning fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).
In his 2017 budget proposal, Parisi announced plans to triple Dane County’s production of solar power; create the new Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change, a new council on climate change to coordinate the community’s work to reduce carbon emissions; and accelerate the county’s conversion of snow plows and other fossil fuel-burning vehicles to cleaner-burning CNG.
“Dane County has a consistent track record of pursuing cleaner, greener sources of energy, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and reinventing county operations to make them run better not only for the public, but also the environment,” said Parisi. “This is our boldest action yet to address climate change and lead the way for our community and the state of Wisconsin.”
Under Parisi’s order, Dane County has embarked on an aggressive conversion of its county fleet of cars and trucks, away from fossil fuels and toward CNG-powered vehicles that the county government produces.
Dane County says it was among the first places in the country to plow snow with CNG-powered highway patrol trucks. With funding included in Parisi’s 2017 budget, Dane County expects to have 75 vehicles running on CNG by the end of next year, including nearly one-third of the county’s highway fleet. This carbon-friendly CNG is produced naturally at the county landfill.
“We cannot wait for the state to step up – we must lead the effort to address climate change,” concluded Parisi.