The County Executive's Award for Innovative Energy Initiatives was presented to HPW Energy at their location, at the Barcelona Market and Cafe in the town of Westfield, by County Executive Greg Edwards. HPW Energy provides compressed natural gas for trucks and cars.
The owners of HPW Energy are Jim Herbert, Robert Perry and John Weise. The facility has been open for two years. At this time, they estimate that two thirds of their business for compressed natural gas comes from the traveling public going up and down Rt.20, I-90 and Rt. 5 with one third being locally owned vehicles.
County Executive Greg Edwards stated, "This is such a great addition to Chautauqua County. This was the first privately owned compressed natural gas station open to the general public in Western New York. They accept major credit cards making it easy for travelers to use their facility, plus they are open 24/7 for credit card users."
"Jim Herbert, Robert Perry and John Weise have done a great job with their station here at the Barcelona Market and Cafe", added Ken Lawton, General Energy Consultant for National Fuel. "They are now helping others establish compressed natural gas stations throughout the region. We see the use of CNG as a major change in how people will fuel their vehicles in the future. "
"Their location, only a half mile from the Westfield exit off of I-90, is an ideal place for compressed natural gas users to fuel up. While we were doing the photograph for the energy award, two large garbage trucks from Waste Management came off I-90 to the facility and fueled up with CNG," said Bill Daly, Administrative Director/CEO of the CCIDA.
The Chautauqua County Energy Conference & Expo is being held (noon to 5 p.m.) Friday, Nov. 1, and (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Saturday, Nov. 2, at Chautauqua Suites & Expo Center, in Mayville, NY.