The City of San Antonio, Texas, and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. co-hosted special ceremonies on Wednesday to dedicate the city's new compressed natural gas station, which will fuel the city's expanding fleet of natural gas refuse trucks.

San Antonio contracted with Clean Energy to design and construct the new CNG refuse truck fuel station. Clean Energy's operation and maintenance contract is for five years with a five-year option. The city used federal and state funding opportunities to assist with CNG station and new vehicle expenses, including a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to help offset station construction costs.

Guest speakers at the Jan. 14 station dedication ceremony included T. Boone Pickens, Clean Energy co-founder and board member; City of San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger; City Manager Sheryl Sculley; and David McCary, city director of Environmental Services.

San Antonio will operate a fleet of 30 CNG-powered refuse trucks by March 2009 and could significantly increase its CNG fleet size in the coming years.