A new Clean Energy Fuels Corp. compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station has opened up in Kansas.
Today, Clean Energy joined executives from the City of Olathe and Johnson County, Kan., to mark the opening of the $4 million station, funded by both municipalities, along with the Kansas Department of Transportation.
“This successful collaboration between two government entities is an impressive accomplishment that will maximize the efficiency of the station and improve the ROI for the project,” says Scott Vazzana, senior business development manager of Clean Energy. “By switching to natural gas, it is expected that the city and county will realize $6.9 million in fuel savings through 2026 while providing improved air quality for the communities.”
The station will jointly power 50 refuse vehicles in Olathe and 120 transit buses in Johnson County. The initiative is expected to lower consumption of diesel fuel by 7,300 gallons annually, per truck, and provide an estimated 80% decrease in noise level, according to Clean Energy.
“We know having access to cleaner-burning transportation fuel like CNG is critical for air quality in our region and, in turn, the quality of life of our residents,” says Mary Jaeger, the City of Olathe’s public works director. “We are thrilled to be part of this green initiative.”
The City of Olathe and Johnson County join other Clean Energy projects and stations in the region, including for Kansas City, Mo.; the Kansas City Transportation Authority; Lee’s Summit School District; Blue Springs School District; and the North Kansas City School District.