Located in the Florida panhandle, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority provides water, wastewater, and sanitation services for Escambia County and the City of Pensacola.
ECUA maintains and operates one of the most diversified CNG fleets in Florida. At 100 NGVs, their fleet consists of Chevy and Ford Pick Up and Utility trucks, Peterbilt Semi’s and Sewer Vac trucks, Autocar Xpeditor Roll Offs and Refuse trucks and Knuckle Boom trucks. For 2015, the Authority has budgeted an additional 30 NGVs.
ECUA has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Pensacola Energy to operate and maintain the fueling infrastructure. The first public CNG station was built in 2012 at ECUA’s sanitation facility and provides four fast-fill and 90 time-fill hoses. Opened this year, the second public station, which provides fast and time fill, resides at their maintenance facility.
Fuel savings derived from NGV use was $1.1 million in 2013 and $1.4 million this year, which exceeded expectations. Consequently, their average vehicle pay back is approximately 18 months. The shop also reports overall maintenance costs dropped from $400,000 to $250,000 in a year, noting a cost savings of $100,000 just from diesel particulate filters.
ECUA is acknowledged today for achieving their organization’s sustainability goals by utilizing a diverse selection of NGVs. This has provided significant cost savings that have been passed along to their customers.