Greenville Utilities Commission sees CNG use growing

November 23, 2018. Greenville Utilities Commission is seeing increased use in its compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station located off Belvoir Highway.

   Currently 34 vehicles owned by Greenville Utilities Commission, East Carolina University and Waste Industries regularly fuel up at the CNG station, GUC Director of Gas Systems Anthony Miller reported to GUC’s Board of Commissioners. That is nearly four times the number of vehicles that used the facility when it opened in September 2015.

   In fiscal year 2017-18, which ended in June, GUC dispensed 153,000 gasoline gallon equivalents, a measurement of how much compressed natural gas it takes to equal a liquid gallon of fuel, with total revenue of $250,000, Miller reported.

   Since the CNG station opened in 2015, GUC has dispensed 404,000 GGE of CNG for a total revenue of $649,500, Durk Tyson, gas systems engineer, said later. That makes the average sales price $1.61 per GGE, he said.

   “This is a program that we were somewhat doubtful as to how many would want to use it,” Miller said. GUC opened it when Waste Industries, a nationwide waste collection and recycling company, wanted to convert its local fleet into CNG vehicles. Its needs made the project financially viable.

   Waste Industries recently purchased three more CNG refuse trucks that should arrive this month and ECU has ordered a CNG refuse truck that should be operational before the end of the fiscal year, Tyson said.

   ECU is adding another vehicle sooner than expected because CNG is saving the university money, said Tony Cannon, GUC general manager/CEO.