Norwich Public Utilities Breaks Ground on New CNG Station
Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has broken ground on a new $1.8 million CNG fueling station, located close to I-395. The station, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will feature a dual-hose fast-fill dispenser.
The project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program, which awarded a grant for $1,386,000 of the total project cost. NPU is funding the remaining $414,000 of the project. The grant also includes the purchase of six CNG-fueled vehicles by NPU: four service vans, a dump truck and a sewer jet truck, used for servicing NPU’s wastewater system.
“Alternative fuel vehicles are good for business and good for the environment and NPU is proud to extend our commitment to support this American fuel source,” said John Bilda, General Manager at NPU.
In Connecticut, CNG is currently approximately $1 less per gallon than diesel fuel and 75 cents per gallon less that gasoline, according to NPU.
The West Town Street station is NPU’s second CNG filing station, joining a facility that currently services a number of commercial entities. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the station to go into service in November.