Andersen Corp. Announces Fleet Conversion to Natural GasMarch 29th, 2012 by DWM Magazine
Andersen Corp. is celebrating the grand opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station near its Menomonie, Wis., plant. Located at the Cedar County Cooperative Cenex, the announcement notes that this station provides a new alternative fuel source for Andersen as it begins to convert its transportation fleet to CNG, reducing both operating costs and carbon dioxide emissions for the company.
According to the company, the CNG station is the result of a unique partnership between Andersen, Dart Transit Company, U.S. Oil (a division of U.S. Venture Inc.), Breakthrough Fuel and Xcel Energy, and highlights a new type of market collaboration implementing this new technology. The conversion of the first seven trucks to CNG is expected to reduce emissions by 28 percent per year. The total savings that Andersen will gain in moving to CNG will range between $1.25 and $1.75 per gallon, depending on the market price of diesel, according to the company.
“We believe finding new ways to use alternative energy is one way to help restore economic growth for everyone, and this project shows how the rubber literally meets the road,” says Lance Whitacre, vice president, logistics at Andersen Corp. “Leveraging this unique partnership today yields far-reaching benefits for us that improve the triple bottom line–good for people, profitable for companies and beneficial for the environment.”
The project uses Dart Transit’s Eco Tractor powered by U.S. Oil’s GAIN CNG supply program to provide the fuel, and Breakthrough Fuel’s fuel management process to both track the program’s results and pinpoint opportunities to make the program even more efficient. Grants from the Wisconsin State Energy Office were also awarded to support this project.
According to Andersen, each truck will be able to achieve about 60 diesel gallon equivalents at 5.7 mpg, yielding a potential range of 342 miles per truck between fueling. The company plans to add more trucks to the program to support their efforts to pursue local, cleaner energy options and reduce total emissions.