Naperville CNG filling station to be operational by end of October

May 15, 2019. Construction on a compressed natural gas filling station on city land in an industrial part of Naperville, Illinois, is projected to begin in June.

   Trillium Transportation Fuels gained city council approval in November to build the station that will dispense the compressed natural gas on one acre of land at 1720 W. Jefferson Ave., near the city’s test track.

   While Naperville has not committed to using a certain number of gallons from the station, the city’s new trash and recycling hauler, Groot Industries, agreed to a long-term gas purchase agreement with Trillium. The agreement from Groot helps make the project viable for the company.

   Naperville has at least three vehicles fueled by natural gas.

   Trillium is building the station, which could cost up to $2.5 million, and the city is using a Drive Clean Chicago grant it secured in 2016 to reimburse the company for up to $300,000 of the project, according to city documents. Under conditions of the grant, the filling station must be operational by Oct. 31.

   Trillium will begin a 10-year lease agreement with Naperville once the station is operational, and will pay $1,500 a month for the land. As part of the agreement, Trillium is guaranteeing Naperville a “favorable fixed price” for the compressed natural gas, according to documents from the city manager’s office.