Sunday, October 7, 2012

This trash is your gas: go green DeKalb!

As reported elsewhere [1, 2, 3, 4], DeKalb County has a methane-harvesting facility that (yeah science!) is projected to generate $1 million dollars a year in compressed natural gas (CNG) sales.

The first station opens this week:
And for people able to fuel up their Honda Civics or Dodge Rams that run on CNG, there will be some bragging, too. The price for a gallon of the fuel at DeKalb’s station: $2.10. 
“You tie the environmental savings and financial savings together and it’s hard to come up with a reason not to do it,” said County Commissioner Kathie Gannon, who has pushed for DeKalb to be a leader in environmental sustainability. “I think demand will rise as more people see this is out there.” continue reading @ AJC
The AJC article also has the horrifying statement that
“... Our trucks only get 2 miles per gallon because they make 1,000 stops a day,” Malone said."
But on the bright side,
"... Already, 40 of the 306 trucks in the department run on CNG. (The rest use diesel.) Over time, the county plans to have at least 70 CNG-run trucks. That will save $3 million on fuel over the eight-year life of the trucks, said Billy Malone, the county’s assistant sanitation director.
For some great images of CNG-powered DeKalb County trucks, see this Flickr album.