NORMAN — The city marked the grand opening of its compressed natural gas fueling station Friday with praise for the public works department that made it happen, a ribbon-cutting, tours and a free lunch.
“Norman gets it,” said John Johnson, executive director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. “Norman understands energy savings and energy security.”
The fueling station is the first city-owned compressed natural gas station in the state to open to the public, he said.
The city also has the state’s first city-owned CNG-fueled trash trucks and industrial lawn mower and soon will have the first compressed natural gas-powered street sweeper, he said.
By the numbers
Johnson was referring to the city’s quick action in applying for federal stimulus grants in 2010 and again in 2012 to fund, in phases, construction of the $2.1 million station at 2351 Goddard Ave.
The station has 20 dual post slow-fill dispensers allowing up to 40 city vehicles to fill overnight; a fast-fill element that fuels four vehicles simultaneously in minutes; and a fueling station for the public open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.