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According to Clean Energy, it first CNG station at a Covanta facility will open at the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark, N.J., later this month. The station, which processes approximately 2,800 tons of municipal and commercial solid waste per day into approximately 65 megawatts of renewable electricity, will provide CNG fuel for CNG refuse trucks that serve communities and businesses throughout the Northern New Jersey and New York City area.
“For years, Covanta has been an innovative leader in providing clean, renewable energy to the communities they serve,” said Raymond P. Burke, Clean Energy’s vice president for Solid Waste. “Clean Energy is honored to carry on that tradition with Covanta by supplying cleaner-burning, domestic natural gas to the fleets that use their facilities.”
The two companies are currently evaluating Covanta sites throughout the country where additional CNG stations can be built. Covanta operates 40 locations throughout the United States.
“Covanta Energy is pleased to partner with Clean Energy and help in the conversion of refuse trucks to cleaner, more efficient technologies like natural gas-powered vehicles,” said Joey Neuhoff, Covanta Energy's vice president of business development. “The new CNG stations will complement our operations, as we are committed to limiting impacts to the environment and our communities and providing the cleanest, most reliable source of energy from waste in the world.”
Several experts have touted CNG as a viable alternative to traditional petroleum because it is considered more environmentally friendly, is abundant and produced locally, as well as offered at a cheaper price at the pump compared to its counterpart.
Seal Beach, Calif.-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. states it is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America. As CSNews Online previously reported, Clean Energy completed the first phase of "America's Natural Gas Highway." Seventy new liquefied natural gas fueling stations are co-located with truck stop operator Pilot Flying J throughout the United States along interstate highway corridors.
Morristown, N.J.-based Covanta Energy Corp. is the owner and operator of large-scale energy-from-waste and renewable energy projects.