Fueling the future: Expanding Connecticut’s Clean Transportation Footprint
In an effort to save some green by going green the City of Meriden, Connecticut recently invested in a variety of alternative fuel initiatives to power the city’s municipal vehicles.
Their most recent infrastructure accomplishment is the construction of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility for use by the city’s six municipal CNG vehicles. Two additional CNG purchases are planned for next year. The CNG station is located at the feet center, 55 Michael Dr.
Opened for business in October of 2010, the CNG station can fast-fill 15 dedicated natural gas vehicles, daily. Vehicles serviced by the project include eight planned or purchased CNG municipal vehicles, including Honda Civics, by the end of 2011.
Funding for the CNG fueling facility came from a combination of City Capital Improvement Bond Funds and those provided by the Clean Cities American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project.
“Combining the environmental beneft of this project with the fuel cost savings that will follow is a home run for the City of Meriden. It’s another great example of the City working with federal, state and non-proft agencies to save energy, reduce costs and make the City cleaner and greener, said Lawrence J. Kendzior, City Manager.
Also joining the CNG-fueled vehicles, in the City of Meriden feet, will be a variety of hybrid electric vehicles purchased with funds provided by the City and the Connecticut Department of Transportation Clean Fuel Vehicle grant program.
Since 2007, the City has taken advantage of the Connecticut Department of Transportation Clean Fuel Vehicle grant program by purchasing seven hybrid electric light duty vehicles for use by the Health Department, Planning Department, Fire Marshal and Police Department.
As of July 2010, those seven vehicles had logged over 58,000 miles in completion of their various duties. Three additional hybrid vehicles will be purchased by the Police Department in FY 2011.
For more information on the City of Meriden’s Green Fleet investments, contact: Kevin Munson, Fleet Manager 203 630 4253 Juliet Burdelski, Grants Administrator 203 630 4105 Lawrence J. Kendzior, City Manager )203) 630-4123.
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