Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc., the company’s largest subsidiary, has been piloting CNG vehicles for more than a year and has already planned for a slow-fill station at its Springfield Operations Center in Delaware County. Slow-fill stations fuel vehicles over a longer time period, which the company can accommodate because many vehicles are housed at the facility overnight and have longer periods of inactivity during which they can be refueled.
“I also see this as an opportunity to create demand for this clean burning fuel, which is currently priced right because of the current surplus,” said DeBenedictis. “The relatively small, required up-front investment has a quick payback, which accrues to benefit ratepayers through reduced expenses. Further, the operating costs are 30-to-50 percent less expensive.”
Aqua Pennsylvania plans to begin the transition with its 20 dump trucks and 60 vans initially, as there are not many passenger vehicle opportunities available currently. However, as it begins to turn over its vehicles, those that have original equipment manufacturer (OEM) CNG alternatives, will be transitioned to CNG vehicles.
Source: Aqua America, Inc.