City of Covington Gets
New Local Customer for CNG Station
The City of Covington’s Compressed Natural Gas station
welcomed a first time visitor this morning; a Newton County School System bus.
The new bus, the first CNG powered bus in the NCSS fleet, was purchased as part
of a pilot program designed to explore the benefits of CNG powered buses
opposed to those powered by diesel fuel.
purchase of the Thomas C2 bus was approved at a July 25, 2017 Board of Education meeting and the NCSS recently took delivery. Today, the bus
filled up with CNG at the City of Covington’s Green Fuels Facility.
are optimistic the School System will see the positives of utilizing CNG
powered vehicles just like we have at the City of Covington,” said City Manager
Leigh Anne Knight. “We hope they decide to add additional CNG powered buses to
their fleet and if so, that will multiply the benefits they will enjoy with
this first bus.”
of Covington Natural Gas Director Mike Jewell is confident the School System
will see the advantages and not hesitate to start adding additional buses to
their fleet. While CNG powered vehicles typically cost more to purchase than
traditionally fueled vehicles, the cost of fuel is significantly cheaper,
eventually resulting in overall savings. It is estimated the NCSS will save
more than $3,000 per year using CNG versus diesel fuel.
benefit to utilizing natural gas as a fuel is the stabilization of prices.
Because natural gas is a domestic fuel and does not have to be shipped from
overseas, rates remain more constant and aren’t as volatile.
natural gas is just a superior fuel compared to traditional fossil fuels,” said
City of Covington Natural Gas Director Mike Jewell. “It produces less
emissions, is less expensive and vehicles actually see a small increase in
miles traveled on a tank.”
in 2014, the City of Covington owns and operates the Green Fuels Facility
located 10010 City Pond Rd. The facility is open to the public around the