Grand Junction celebrates new storage for compressed natural gas

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KREX)- Biogas flares convert waste gases like sewer sludge into energy for cleaner emissions. Grand Junction captures the remaining biogas flare so fleet vehicles like garbage trucks, street sweepers, and buses have compressed natural gas.

Since switching to CNG, Grand Valley Transit is one of the biggest consumers. Having a city project that makes exhaust useful helps its vehicles go for miles.

“We use as much of this gas as we can,” Andrew Gingerich shares, “So, by capturing more of the bio-CNG, we’ll be able to use that much more in our buses.”

A local source of CNG has consumers fueled for the future.

“Now that this program has pump itself to another level, fleet vehicles in Mesa County can reduce reuse and recycle gas right from home,” Cora Dickey reports.

Grand Junction celebrates cutting gas omissions with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new storage for compressed natural gas. While every fleet vehicle in the Grand Valley is not running on renewable gas, Grand Junction uses every ounce of the supply with vehicles they serve.

The bigger impact is how the city will help the environment by using CNG.

“Primarily, we’re gonna be able to reduce greenhouse gas omissions here in the valley by about 500,000 pounds of CO2 for a year, every year,” Kurt Carson informs.

The Bio-CNG storage project maximizes beneficial use of a renewable energy source. With time, the project could expand to helping car drivers with CNG-friendly vehicles, but Grand Junction Public Works wants to start with expanding this program to other communities.

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