KELOWNA – FortisBC, together with Environmental 360 Solutions (E360S), opened the first 24/7 public access compressed natural gas (CNG) station on September 30th in Kelowna. This station expands the province’s CNG network and will help enable fleet operators to easily travel from the Lower Mainland to the Interior without worrying about refuelling.
“Having fleets adopt natural gas helps the province meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals, and improves air quality in the communities in which they operate,” said Sarah Smith, director of NGT, regional LNG and RNG with FortisBC. “By providing fleet owners and operators incentives to adopt natural gas, we’re reinforcing our position as an active partner and leader in reducing GHG emissions in British Columbia (BC) while also reducing costs for our customers.”
Also on the site is the fuelling station for Environmental 360 Solutions Incorporated (E360S) – a waste-hauling organization who picks up residential curbside garbage and delivers it to the Glenmore Landfill, which is one of the many landfills who provide the organic waste that FortisBC uses to produce Renewable Natural Gas. E360S will fuel its fleet of waste haulers from a dedicated fuelling system on site while public access will be available for anyone to use, 24 hours a day.
The new station is ideally located to fuel medium to large CNG-fuelled vehicles in the aarea. The project drew funding from Natural Resources Canada, which has also partnered with the City of Kelowna on a series of projects.
“This is an important investment in Kelowna, one that contributes to our economy while also providing transportation companies with an option to lower carbon emissions,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. “It’s great to see E360S using this fuel to take garbage to the landfill, where FortisBC converts organic matter into more Renewable Natural Gas.”