Compressed Natural Gas
Going Green with CNG
In order to reduce the environmental impacts of our waste transfer operations, stabilize long-term fuel costs, support the Pennsylvania-based natural gas industry and build a cleaner, more sustainable future, LCSWMA replaced our previous diesel-powered transfer fleet with trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).
Since making the switch to CNG in May 2014, LCSWMA has experienced significant fuel savings. Even with lower diesel prices, LCSWMA anticipates fuel savings of more than $250,000 on an annual basis. These savings allow us to contribute to the long-term financial stability of our Integrated System.
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LCSWMA’s fleet is comprised of 14 Peterbilt transfer trucks with Cummins-Westport ISX 12L CNG engines, costing $2.29 million (an incremental cost difference of $700,000 for CNG technology). The trucks transfer waste from our Transfer Station Complex to the Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility and Frey Farm Landfill. The new CNG trucks have powerful engines to haul each 80,000 pound payload. Plus, they operate cleanly and quietly and have virtually no maintenance issues.
Our fleet also includes two CNG powered dump trucks, costing $427,000 (an incremental cost difference of $100,000) that deliver ash residue from our Lancaster Waste-to-Energy Facility to the Frey Farm Landfill where it is used as daily cover.
To help offset the incremental cost difference of purchasing CNG vehicles, LCSWMA received a total of $400,000 in grant money from PA-DEP as part of their Pennsylvania Natural Gas Energy Development Program.
Converting our fleet to CNG required installation of fueling infrastructure at the Transfer Station Complex. While LCSWMA utilizes a time-fill (overnight) fueling system with 18 dispensers for our fleet, this project also includes a fast-fill fueling system with four dispensers for waste haulers and other select fleets.
Total construction cost for the dual-station CNG fueling infrastructure was around $2.6 million. LCSWMA contracted with Newport Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels to design and construct the CNG fueling stations, as well as to provide multi-year operations and maintenance services for the system. This is the first duel-fueling system of its kind in Lancaster County.
Economic and Environmental Benefits
Today, a mix of public and private fleets are utilizing the fast-fill station. Currently, LCSWMA’s price to customers for CNG is $2.02 per gas gallon equivalent or $2.24 per diesel gallon equivalent (DGE), a continued cost savings over traditional diesel fuel. This project is also expected to reduce over 10 million pounds (or 4,500 metric tons) of air pollutants each year in Lancaster County; in addition to eliminating the 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel LCSWMA previously used each year to power the fleet.
LCSWMA is proud to bring the CNG technology to our community and make the way for a future that’s more environmentally friendly and economically sound.
For More Information
Fleets interested in using our retail fast-fill station should contact Justin Capots
at 717-553-5851 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.