Greenville Utilities efforts to lower carbon emission

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville Utilities is helping lower carbon emissions by using a special kind of pump to fill up some of their vehicles.

As you can imagine, Greenville Utilities needs a lot of fuel to handle its day-to-day operations, so using a pump with fewer carbon emissions makes a big difference.

It is a fueling appliance that uses absorbed natural gas that helps light-duty fleet businesses fill up their vehicles at a lower cost – and it’s already helping out the Greenville Utilities Commission.

“So our drivers like these trucks because they don’t have to spend time at a fuel pump, the trucks are always full of gas in the mornings when they come to work so they can go straight to their job site and not have to stop by the fuel islands,” Greenville Utilities Gas Systems Assistant Director, Durk Tyson said.

The ANG technology allows the use of natural gas to power vehicles at lower pressures than required for compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. GUC operates a CNG filling station at 290 Easy Street in Greenville which utilizes high-pressure pumps to fuel CNG vehicles. Using ANG makes it possible for businesses to have natural gas fueling appliances at their place of business. ANG vehicles can fill up slowly overnight at the business, where they would normally be parked (similar to having an electric vehicle charging station) so they wouldn’t need to travel to a gas or CNG station to fill up.

Greenville Utilities is using some of its fleet trucks to test both technologies, ANG and the low-pressure appliances.

“We’ve been fueling two of our trucks with the ANG system since the end of last summer,” said Tyson.

Businesses that use ANG vehicles in their fleet and park them at the business overnight would be able to purchase and install a small appliance that can refuel up to two vehicles at a time. The benefits would be financial, convenience, and environmental. GUC’s natural gas is less expensive than an equivalent amount of gasoline or diesel, which means businesses could spend less on fuel.

GUC does not sell these fuel appliances, but if a business buys one through another source, GUC can provide the absorbed natural gas that fills it.