Culver City Improves its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) capabilities
Last week members of the Culver City City Council joined officials from the Transportation Department, along with Clean Energy representatives, to open a newly upgraded Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The station had been undergoing $1 million in improvements, including the replacement and installation of two natural gas compressors. The changes will allow Culver City to fuel its more than 100 CNG city vehicles more efficiently.
According to Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, “this CNG fueling station is key to our commitment to sustainability and the environment. The City’s ability to utilize this station, a key component to clean transportation infrastructure, helps to improve air quality in Culver City and the region.” The mayor was able to tour the new facility in late June.
The new station—known as a “fast-fill” CNG station—is located inside the City Transportation facility. It will handle the fueling needs of Culver CityBus, City refuse vehicles, and other municipal vehicles. This will allow Culver City to have one of the cleanest fleets of vehicles in the state. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, was interested to learn that the city has been running CNG vehicles since 1998 and its bus fleet transitioned to 100% CNG in 2004.
“Culver City was an early adopter of natural gas, and the City and will continue to expand its use of natural gas, as the fueling station network increases,” said the City’s Equipment Maintenance Manager Paul Condran. Transportation Director Art Ida continued, “the ability to use renewable natural gas makes the City’s continued commitment to be a leader in environmental stewardship that much easier. We believe using CNG fuel is a major step towards maintaining that philosophy.”
Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is proud to know that the Culver City Real Estate area encompasses a community that is so focused on the environment.
Peter Grace, Senior Vice President of Sales at Clean Energy, stated, “we are not only proud of the work we’ve completed here, but we also applaud the City of Culver City, for its commitment to looking for ways to improve air quality for residents. This station will utilize renewable natural gas, one of the cleanest fuels available today, and will make the air cleaner for not only the nearly 40,000 Culver City residents, but for the hundreds of thousands of people who live, work, learn and play in the area.”
The CNG project was funded through South Coast Air Quality Management District and Federal Transportation Administration grants, as well as other grant sources.