By Robert Barkin
CULVER CITY, Feb 18 (American City and County) -
Despite its relative small size, Culver City, Calif., has gone big on developing its energy management program. By deploying a fleet of environmentally friendly vehicles, Culver City counts itself among the forward-thinking communities concerned with progressive energy practices.
Relying heavily on alternative fuels, the city’s fleet has reduced diesel fuel consumption by 60 percent in the past five years, annually replacing over 800,000 gallons of diesel with compressed natural gas (CNG) at a savings of $1.2 million in fuel costs per year. For its efforts, the city receives high marks from national rankings of “green” fleets.
“The paradigm for us is to create a better environment,” says Paul Condran, fleet services manager for the city of 45,000 located west of downtown Los Angeles. “We want to leave a legacy to future generations.”
As governments consider how they will manage energy needs in the next five years, they are increasingly assessing new technologies and carefully watching market forces to identify trends that will accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions and find efficiencies. Energy management is becoming synonymous with efforts to be good stewards of the environment.
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