Grand Junction awarded for promoting natural gas as a vehicle fuel

The City of Grand Junction has earned recognition for its efforts promoting the use of natural gas to fuel vehicles.

The city received the 2015 Natural Gas Vehicle Achievement Award during a national conference in Denver.

City efforts to use natural gas as a vehicle fuel date back to 2007.

The city fleet currently includes 32 vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas with nine more on order. Since 2011, the city has realized fuel savings equivalent to $600,000 as a result of the effort.

Grand Valley Transit buses also have been converted to CNG and fueled at the city CNG fueling station.

The city has earned national attention for a project to convert biomethane produced at the Persigo wastewater treatment plant to natural gas that’s piped to the CNG fueling facilities.

“It’s amazing to me to think that what was once considered a waste product is now being used to fuel vehicles,” said  Greg Lanning, public works director for the City of Grand Junction. “This award is a testament to the forward-thinking councils, boards and staffs over the years that took this project from concept to reality.”