Compressed natural gas corridor Chicago to Orlando opens

AMP Americas, Fair Oaks Farms, Greater Indiana Clean Cities and the Indiana Office of Energy Development will celebrate the grand opening of AMP Americas’ renewable compressed natural gas, I-65/I-75 Corridor March 4, 2013. This corridor from Chicago to Orlando is anchored on the Northern end by the CNG Stations in Fair Oaks Ind., and Sellersburg, Ind.

Additionally, Fair Oaks Dairy’s renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG) station in Fair Oaks, Indiana, project partners Kroger, State of Indiana officials, U.S. DOE Clean Cities officials, and fleets from across the Midwest will celebrate the official opening of the RCNG I65/I75 Indiana Corridor.

Fueled by the dairy’s waste from 11,000 head of cattle, the system pulls biogas from the digester that is then cleaned and odorized to be compressed and dispensed at the station, ready to provide CNG fuel on demand to their 42, Class 8 milk transports.

“AMP Americas produces biogas from dairy cattle waste and after cleaning and odorizing this gas, pipes the resulting renewable natural gas directly to the Fair Oaks Station for onsite use as CNG vehicle fuel,” said Mark Stoermann, Project Director. “The anaerobic digester is so big, the energy it produces also powers a 1 megawatt generator for the cleaning process and dairies’ electrical needs.”

AMP Americas fleets transport milk to processing plants owned by Kroger Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Winchester, Kentucky. Returning from the southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky deliveries, fleets fuel at the sister station in Sellersburg Indiana.

Kellie Walsh, executive director of the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, a designated U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program partner that works with local public and private sector fleets to deploy alternative fuels and related technologies, says that “by using dedicated compressed natural gas engines this deployment will reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil by 1.5 million diesel gallon equivalents (DGE) a year, while moving the dairy industry closer to it’s greenhouse gas (GHG) U.S. EPA mandated levels.”

The Indiana Office of Energy Development in partnership with the Greater Indiana Clean Cities contributed $750,000 toward the RCNG Station at Fair Oaks Dairy. These funds were from the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) competitive award of $10,125,000.