The compressed natural gas station at City Hall is once again up and running, but residents are encouraging the city to lower its prices.
At this week’s City Council meeting, Karen Plagge, who uses the cheaper and cleaner fuel in her car, said the price for the gas is $2.23 a gallon in Santa Fe, less than than the $2.99 in Las Vegas. While Las Vegas’ price is less than gasoline, it will be hard for the city station to compete with the City Different, she said.
The city is planning to advertise its station on billboards and the Internet.
City officials have said they need to charge a higher price to pay for the repairs to the CNG station, which broke down earlier this year.
Gretchen Bush, another resident who uses CNG, said about six people locally take advantage of the fuel.
“It seems a bit unbalanced that six people are paying for the cost of repairs,” she said.
Mayor Tony Marquez said the city’s utilities advisory committee is taking up the issue of compressed natural gas. Officials said the city only has one car that runs on the fuel, but the committee is looking at ways to increase the number because CNG is cheaper.
A city official revealed a few months ago that the city last year could have chosen to buy CNG garbage trucks instead of those using gasoline.
The CNG models cost $2,500 more, but with today’s gas prices, the city could have made up that difference rather quickly with the lower fuel costs, the official said.