Veteran Clean Cities leader in Connecticut and grant recipient, Lee Grannis, stated, “Norwich Public Utilities and the Norwich Clean Cities Coalition have been leaders in the deployment of alternatively fueled vehicles. They have demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, there are choices available in reaching the goal of reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil.”
The municipally-owned utility already had Compressed Natural Gas and Biodiesel fueling options. NPU has added two Advanced Technology Plug-in vehicles to the 33 Alternative Fuel vehicles already in its fleet. The Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), also known as Electric Chargers are located at NPU’s Customer Service Center, 173 North Main Street, adjacent to the Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in Norwich. Four EVSE stations are accessible to the public, and four other units will serve the utility’s present and future Electric Vehicle fleet members. NPU also upgraded its public access fueling station for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered vehicles, and made improvements to its Biodiesel fleet fueling site.
The Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology progress at NPU illustrates the 108-year-old local utility’s desire to serve its customer base, as well as to be a good steward of the environment for Norwich, for Connecticut and for the entire Northeast. As a member and project partner of the Norwich Clean Cities Coalition, NPU is helping break new ground in fueling public services, and continues a tradition of leadership by example.
The new EVSE stations at NPU were installed by Bonner Electric, using Electric Chargers produced by Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, LLC, and a Connecticut-based division of Control Module Industries. Norwich Public Utilities provides electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Norwich region. It is governed by a five-member board of commissioners, who are appointed to five-year terms of service by the City Council.