Saratoga Springs Celebrates its First Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station
American Natural Gas Hosts Community Leaders for Ribbon Cutting Event
American Natural Gas (ANG), a premier distributor of alternative motor fuels, held a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony today to unveil the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Andrew West, Chief Executive Officer of ANG, welcomed local business leaders and elected officials to the station located at 34 Cady Hill Blvd., in the W.J. Grande Industrial Park, Saratoga Springs.
“We launched our company here in Saratoga Springs in 2011 with a big idea: if we brought CNG infrastructure to well-meaning fleets, then alternative fuel conversions would be easier, more realistic and more sustainable because they’d have a partner by their side,” said Mr. West. “I’m proud to say that five years later, we’ve grown to over 16 stations and by the end of the year, we plan to have six in New York State alone.”
Mr. West continued, “This station is a pivotal moment for our community. There are businesses all around us that have considered alternative fuels, but turned down the idea because the infrastructure hurdle was too great. Now, they have a choice.”
Mr. West was joined in the opening statements by:
- Carrie Woerner, New York State Assemblywoman
- LoAnn Sanders, Legislative Aide to New York State Senator Kathleen Marchione
- Joanne Yepsen, Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs
- Peter Vanderhoof, Fleet and Facilities Energy Director, Casella Waste Systems
- Jeff Gicewicz, Vice President of Corporate Holdings, Try It Distributing
Mr. West and Mr. Vanderhoof used a Casella Waste Systems refuse truck to demonstrate how safe and straightforward CNG fueling is. The Casella truck was connected to a 3600 PSI nozzle and fueling continued like it would at a typical gas station. A fast-fill operation, ANG’s station allows operators to fuel in minutes, compared to a time-fill CNG station that would require them to hook up and fuel overnight.
Also present at the event were representatives from Congressman Paul Tonko’s and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s offices. In attendance showing their support for expanding alternative energy infrastructure were members of Munter Enterprises; The West Firm PLLC; Keeler Motor Car Company; Cobey Energy; D.A. Collins Companies; ESMI Companies; Beavers Petroleum Equipment Co.; NYSERDA; Capital District Clean Communities; HC2 Holdings Inc.; Ambrose Electric; and Galusha and Sons Construction.
“New, innovative infrastructure like this station in Saratoga Springs provides alternatives in how drivers fuel their day – and makes it easier for us all to reduce our carbon footprint and play a larger role in our campaign to combat climate change,” said Congressman Paul D. Tonko (D-Amsterdam). “With Saratoga Springs-based American Natural Gas, the Capital Region has expanded the leadership role we have taken in recent decades to expand the green-collar job market and show the nation what it means to think outside the barrel.”
“Our region continues to lead the way in alternative energy solutions and I commend American Natural Gas and the Saratoga Springs community for this important milestone,” said Congresswoman Stefanik (R-Willsboro). “Our environment is our lifeblood in the North Country, and I am pleased to have this compressed natural gas fueling station in Saratoga Springs that will help meet the transportation needs of our region, grow our economy and promote our use of alternative fuels.”
“Innovative alternative energy solutions hold significant benefits for both our region’s economy and environment,” said Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake). “I am pleased that American Natural Gas has chosen the City of Saratoga Springs for its newest compressed natural gas fueling station, and I look forward to the benefits that the station will lend to both our local small businesses and our air, water, and other vital natural resources.”
“This project is consistent with the goals of our Climate Smart Task Force, which is focused on working with businesses and residents to identify actions that our community can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy-saving strategies and sustainability practices,” said Saratoga Springs Mayor Yepsen. “I am hopeful that many Saratoga-based fleets will consider switching to clean-burning natural gas, allowing them to reap the cost-savings and emission-reduction benefits of the fuel.”
“This new ANG fueling station in Saratoga Springs will invigorate the CNG alternative discussion for businesses and the public in the area, making available a cleaner and cheaper alternative to gasoline and diesel that is first and foremost domestically produced,” said Peter Vanderhoof, fleet and facilities energy director, Casella Waste Systems.
“Our corporate sustainability initiative was redefined with the 2014 conversion of our 43 delivery tractors and the construction of our public-access fueling station in Lancaster, New York. Since then, we’ve been able to align ourselves with the green culture of current and future business partners, while reducing our impact on the environment we share with our families and neighbors,” said Jeff Gicewicz, vice president of corporate holdings, Try It Distributing Co., Inc. “Drew and his team at ANG were a tremendous resource in the endeavor and we’re excited to help them celebrate their Saratoga Springs station.”
American Natural Gas has guided regional fleets, such as Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo and Casella Waste Systems in Rutland, Vermont, through their conversions to CNG. ANG has also partnered with Try It Distributing, the Western New York Partner of Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service, to supply CNG to their beverage distribution fleet. In return, these companies have reduced their emissions, carbon footprint, and dependency on foreign oil.
ANG opened the station with an introductory price of $1.19/gallon and Mr. West encouraged local businesses to start a conversation with his team about converting their fleets. “Together our community is defining its legacy and that of our families, friends, and future generations. Our team is ready to help you transition your fleet to CNG with a custom solution focused on your business goals,” concluded Mr. West.