CITY OF DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The City of Dublin is proving that you can make environmentally positive decisions for your community and save money while doing it. The city made a change to a high performance low emission diesel fuel (HPCD) last year after a 3-month fuel study that showed the significant savings and emission reductions.
While the economics of green energy projects haven’t always been positive, The City of Dublin’s pragmatic approach to “going green” is working on both philosophic and economic levels. “First and foremost our aim is to be good stewards of tax-payer money,” states Michelle Crandall, Director of Administrative Services for The City of Dublin, Ohio. “There are lots of green measures a city can take, but many of them are just not economically viable. We did our homework with this fuel and saw we would reduce emissions by 12-13% -- which is huge -- and saved money. The decision was a win-win for the community. We recently renewed our contract with EcoChem for the continued purchase of High Performance Clean Diesel (HPCD). We have been extremely satisfied with the results of the fuel and the associated cost savings.”
After monitoring fuel usage for 18-months, The City of Dublin, OH is reporting a significant drop of 10.7% in fuel consumption (see full report here).
High Performance Clean Diesel (HPCD) fuel was developed in response to high levels of contaminants and wide variances in traditional ULSD diesel fuel in the U.S. “Poor fuel consistency is so wide spread across North America that manufacturers like Volvo and Cummins have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the new “Smart Engines” that automatically adjust engine performance based on the fuel quality,” states Pete Hamer, Director of Business Development of EcoChem Alternative Fuels. “HPCD now gives the consumer a choice between a standard diesel with minimum quality specifications or a purified, super diesel that is processed through a multi-stage filtration and hydrocarbon-cracking system.”
HPCD has over 1 Million gallons used in field trials and is currently running in several communities in Central Ohio. Independent test results show reduced emissions between 12-13% and MPG savings ranging from 6-20% over conventional ULSD fuel.