“As CNG has become a household name, Dane County has been a state leader in the production of this cheaper, cleaner, home-grown fuel,” said Parisi. “At a time when gas prices are so high, and highly unpredictable, producing our own gas from garbage makes financial and environmental sense.”
The switch to CNG will offset the use of approximately 20,000 gallons of diesel and gasoline, saving county taxpayers roughly $40,000 annually. The new filling station will be capable of producing about 200 gallons a day of bio-CNG from landfill gas and even more CNG from natural gas if needed.
Dane County, which is the first location in the state that’s fueling vehicles on landfill gas, will receive the $150,000 grant pending final approval by the Dane County Board. The county will pay the remaining $360,000 necessary to purchase the station.
The County has received national recognition for its CNG efforts as well. In January, the county received the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Project of the Year Award as part of the agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP).
Source: Dane County’s website.