Utility Fleet Adopts Compressed Natural Gas

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of investor-owned water utility American Water, has deployed its first compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, beginning with four Ford F-250 pickup trucks.

The company joined with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials and other state dignitaries last week to unveil the new NGVs. The CNG trucks will be used in Pennsylvania American Water's fleet operating in Punxsutawney and Coatesville, Pa.

‘CNG provides Pennsylvania American Water with an exciting alternative fuel option that will help us better control our operational expenses, reduce our carbon footprint and capitalize on the abundant supply of natural gas right here in the commonwealth,’ says Kathy L. Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water.

The company says it plans on applying for state funds to add additional NGVs to its fleet. Pennsylvania American Water will also build a company-owned refueling station in Scranton that will support up to 36 CNG vehicles in 2014.

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