Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has completed a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the City of Monterey Park, Calif.
The facility, located at 751 S. Alhambra Ave., will support the operation of the city's Spirit bus fleet and other natural gas vehicles (NGVs). SoCalGas says the station is designed to meet the needs of the Spirit bus operations, as well as passenger NGVs, parking shuttles, taxis, fleet vehicles and other area CNG needs, providing fuel to the public during the day when city vehicles are not scheduled to be fueled.
According to SoCalGas, the station represents the utility's first project under its Compression Services Tariff, a non-residential, optional tariff service for customers that allows SoCalGas to plan, design, procure, construct, own, operate, and maintain compression equipment on customer premises.
Furthermore, the Monterey Park CNG station was partially funded by grants from the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.Â
Rodger Schwecke, vice president of customer solutions for SoCalGas, says, “[T]his is an outstanding example of public/private partnership that delivers business value to our customers and provides affordable, reliable and clean transportation fuel that can help clean our air and benefit our environment.’
‘This project makes good business sense for the City of Monterey Park, and we are delighted with the outcome and with the service of SoCalGas,” says Ron Bow, director of public works and assistant city manager of Monterey Park. “Our new facility will help reduce our CNG fuel costs by about 50 percent, saving our city money and conserving scarce resources.’
Photo from L to R: SoCalGas Vice President of Customer Solutions Rodger Schwecke, Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu and Monterey Park Councilmember Hans Liang.