BAYPORT, MN -- Andersen Corporation recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station near the company's Menomonie, Wisconsin plant. Located at the Cedar County Cooperative Cenex, 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.
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 will 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.
"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 at Andersen Corporation. "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."
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.
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.
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.
ABOUT The Partners:
Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America, and the Andersen(R) brand is the most recognized and most used brand in the window and patio door industry. The privately owned company was founded in 1903 and has a strong history of commitment to its business partners, employees, community and environmental stewardship. Andersen was awarded the 2011 ENERGY STAR(R) Partner of the Year award for the Product Manufacturer--Windows category for its family of brands. The company employs 9,000 people and markets products throughout North America and in South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Founded in 1934 as a family-owned business, Dart Transit Company has grown to become one of America's largest and most successful truckload dry van carriers. In 2011 The American Trucking Association ranked Dart as America's 11th largest truckload carriers with revenue totaling $474 million. Dart provides shippers with a wide variety of transportation related services through the Dart Network of companies. Dart offers truckload service in all 48-states with long haul, dedicated, regional, and short-haul service options, plus truck/train intermodal service through Dart Intermodal Inc. Dart also provides logistic and brokerage services through Dart Advantage Logistics Inc. and storage services through Dart Advantage Warehousing Inc. and Dart Portable Storage Inc.
Headquartered in Appleton Wisconsin, U.S. Oil is a division of U.S. Venture Inc., a leading energy and transportation products distributor and marketer. Their customer promise "Finding a better way" delivers unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge. U.S. Oil has been recognized as the innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products and lubricants for over 60 years.
BreakthroughFuel works with market leading shippers to manage the energy and information that fuels their supply chain. With a focus on reducing fuel costs, fuel consumption and emissions, BreakthroughFuel has helped clients manage a cost previously viewed as unmanageable. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Green Bay, WI.
For more than 75 years, Xcel Energy and its predecessor companies have served homes and businesses in northern and western Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Today, Xcel Energy is the nation's fifth largest combination electric and natural gas utility with regulated operations in eight states. Its Wisconsin & Michigan headquarters are in Eau Claire, Wis., and the company employs more than 1,000 people in the two states where it serves about 260,000 electric and 105,000 natural gas customers.