Clean Cities: Nashua, New Hampshire
Our Success Story this week takes us to Nashua, New Hampshire, a city singing the praises of compressed natural gas. From street sweepers to refuse trucks to heavy-duty pickups-the city’s alt-fuel fleet now numbers about 40. Introduced in 2011, CNG’s environmental benefits have been bolstered by a big reduction in maintenance along with fuel cost savings of $50,000 a year. The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services helped identify over 1.1 million federal dollars to help fund the CNG vehicles. Their refueling depot-the state’s first public access CNG station-was built through a public-private partnership with Alternative Vehicle Service Group.
DONNALEE LOZEAU: It’s really been very exciting for us-to be first one in New England to do something like this-do it to the degree we have…heading in this direction has really been great for our city and we look forward to expanding it even more.
JOHN DAVIS: Nashua’s transit buses run on B20 biodiesel, but they plan a CNG switch soon. This is one New Hampshire city that is leading by the CNG example.