Asheville, N.C. (June 27, 2012) – Land of Sky Regional Council, the City of Asheville and Mission Health today
held an event to celebrate the delivery of new natural gas vehicles to their fleets at the newly expanded City of
Asheville Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station at 45 McCormick Place.
Constructed in 2005, the Asheville CNG Station was expanded to accommodate the increasing use of natural
gas powered vehicles in the region. The station is open to other fleets and the public 24-hours a day, seven-
days a week, and accepts major credit cards. Regular clients include Buncombe County’s Mountain Mobility
Transportation System, UNC-Asheville and AT&T. Additionally, the City of Asheville added 23 new CNG vehicles
to its existing CNG fleet, and Mission Health added five, including two shuttle-buses.
The station expansion and new vehicles, and more than forty other alternative fuel vehicle projects across North
and South Carolina, were funded in part with grants through the “Carolina Blue Skies and Green Jobs Initiative.”
A project led by Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), a total of $12 million in American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding was invested in the two states by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“AltechEco Energy of Asheville was hired to complete most of the vehicle conversions, and a local electrical
contractor helped install components of the CNG station,” said City of Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy. “This
partnership project is a great example of organizations working together to build a more sustainable
community. In addition to improving air quality, we used the opportunity to support green jobs in the
region. These are the kinds of steps that make us a more sustainable, healthy and environmentally sound city.”
Natural gas vehicles are beneficial because they use a cleaner burning and domestically produced fuel.
On average, the fuel is at least one dollar per gallon cheaper than gasoline, helping both organizations reduce
their fleet fuel costs.
“As a world-class health system, we endeavor to provide the highest quality patient care possible. By taking
steps like using cleaner burning fuels to reduce our carbon footprint, we decrease carbon emissions and protect
clean air, which is vital for the health and wellness of the people in our community,” said Ronald A. Paulus, M.D.,
President and CEO of Mission Health. “Using compressed natural gas over the past six years has resulted in
reducing our carbon emissions by approximately 276,000 pounds. This savings translates to more than 14,000
gallons of gasoline.”
According to Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition’s Bill Eaker, “The initiative will provide for major expansion of
alternative fuel vehicles and refueling infrastructure in our region.” The coalition helped secure more than $1
million dollars for four alternative fueled vehicle projects in the Asheville region.