FRESNO, CA – Filling more garbage trucks with super cooled liquid natural gas is paying off in a big way for the City of Fresno. With the price of diesel fuel skyrocketing, so far this year the City has been forced to pay out $400,000 dollars more to fuel its fleet than budgeted, reported in www.abc30.com
By using a federal refund of 50 cents on every gallon spent on green fuel, a lot less of the taxpayers green has been spent keeping the trucks rolling. If they had not switched to liquid natural gas, they would have been over $1.2 million instead.
Compared to the typical diesel garbage truck the city’s 80 natural gas powered ones are not only cheaper to run they’re quieter and don’t pollute the air as much.
The City of Clovis will soon start replacing older street sweepers and then garbage trucks with newer ones that run on compressed natural gas. For every dollar of fuel the vehicles will burn, they will save over two dollars a gallon compared to diesel.
By 2010, Fresno plans to replace its’ entire fleet of garbage trucks by ones that run on natural gas.