Joe Parisi, executive of Dane County, Wis., has announced that Kwik Trip will be one of the primary dispensers of the renewable vehicle fuel generated by the county’s landfill biogas project when it reaches completion later this year.
The biogas project will to turn trash and cow manure into renewable fuel and inject it into an interstate transmission pipeline so it can be sold to power fleets of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Through Kwik Trip’s partnership with Dane County, the Wisconsin-based convenience store chain will be able to dispense renewable natural gas from the pipeline, sell it at the company’s growing list of CNG fueling stations and power vehicles across the Midwest.
Standing in front of Kwik Trip’s CNG refueling station in Verona, Parisi made the announcement last Thursday.
“Our project at the landfill will be a win for clean air, as well as Dane County taxpayers,” said Parisi. “Dane County’s partnership with Kwik Trip will enable our region to reap the benefits of the renewable fuel generated at the landfill.”
Dane County’s landfill biogas project is expected to displace 3 million gallons of fossil fuels in the first year of operation. In addition to the environmental benefits, Dane County will generate enough revenue to pay back its $28 million cost of the project in just a few years.
Dane County has also contracted with Bluesource, which brings companies together on projects to reduce environmental impacts.
“Kwik Trip is proud to partner with Dane County and Bluesource on this progressive, innovative and collaborative sustainability initiative involving the transformation of the county’s landfill biogas into the development of renewable natural gas,” comments David Ring, community relations manager at Kwik Trip. “We view this as a win-win partnership that will allow us to provide a cleaner fuel source for our customers and create a significant benefit for the environment in the form of reduced carbon emissions.”
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