The City of Long Beach, Calif., has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, located at the city’s Temple/Willow Yard on 2600 Temple Ave.
TruStar Energy was contracted to build and maintain the facility, which will provide a local source of clean fuel for the city’s new fleet of CNG-powered refuse trucks and street sweepers.
“By powering fleets with renewable fuels, the city is looking at a potential reduction of more than 7,700 tons of carbon emissions per year,” says Mayor Robert Garcia. “Long Beach remains a committed leader in its efforts to ensure a zero-emissions future.”
Since 2015, the city has been using renewable fuels for its fleet, such as renewable diesel and renewable liquid natural gas.
The new CNG fueling station includes fully integrated fuel compression equipment, backup power and a time-fill dispensing system. It is capable of providing 10-hour time-fill (slow-fill) capacity for 80 trucks and 20 sweepers – enabling them to refuel overnight and be ready to provide services to residents the next day.
“When factoring its production, transportation and use, the carbon footprint for renewable natural gas is the lowest of any vehicle fuel over the course of its life cycle,” says Dan Berlenbach, manager of Fleet Services Bureau, which provides vehicle and equipment acquisitions, preventive maintenance, repair, and fueling services to Long Beach departments.