Andersen celebrated the grand opening of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station this week near our Menomonie, Wisconsin plant. The Cedar County Cooperative Cenex station will provide a new alternative fuel source for us as we begin converting our transportation fleet to CNG, versus diesel. This begins with seven new trucks that reduce operating costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
“At Andersen, 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,” said Lance Whitacre, Vice President, Logistics. “Leveraging this unique partnership today yields far reaching benefits for us that improve the triple bottom line – good for the people, profitable for the companies and beneficial for the environment.”
Natural gas vehicles show an average reduction in ozone-forming emissions of 80 percent compared to diesel-powered vehicles. Additionally, more than 99 percent of the natural gas used in the United States comes from domestic or other North American sources. Compared to liquefied natural gas and diesel fuel, CNG has the lowest price, lowest emissions and an extensive infrastructure in place. Of the 1,000 CNG stations in North America, though, less than half of those are truck-friendly.
Read all about our exciting new sustainability effort here!