Clean Energy Fuels Corp., operator of a nationwide network of natural gas vehicle fueling stations, has reached an agreement with Pennsylvania’s Peco Energy Co. to upgrade their equipment at six existing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations and manage all new and existing retail sales and fleet accounts. The stations will remain in operation during the equipment upgrades.
PECO will continue to provide natural gas to the stations and will use these stations for their fleet fueling needs. Clean Energy already operates seven of the 16 public CNG stations in the region.
With the opening of a refuelling station in San Antonio, Texas, part of the company’s ‘America’s Natural Gas Highway’ infrastructure roll-out station, Clean Energy opened the Texas Triangle to natural gas fueling and became the first company to offer both CNG and LNG for this critical goods movement corridor. Clean Energy reported last November the signing of a refueling agreements with UPS to provide fuel for their expanding natural gas fleet.
Epes Transport System, Inc., based in Greensboro, N.C., will deploy heavy-duty natural gas trucks to haul goods for Lowe’s regional distribution center in Valdosta, Ga. Lowe’s recently named Epes “Truckload Carrier of the Year” for best overall service, a distinction Epes continues to strive for, particularly in helping Lowe’s achieve its stated goal to transition all regional distribution center dedicated fleets to natural gas by the end of 2017.
This fleet is expected to consume approximately 250,000 DGEs of LNG per year. This represents a greenhouse gas reduction of approximately 448 metric tons per year, the equivalent of removing approximately 90 cars off the road each year.
“We stand behind the vision of Lowe’s to be an industry leader in alternative transportation throughout its supply chain. Cleaner-burning and less expensive natural gas makes sense for our fleet and we will continue to explore additional opportunities to deploy natural gas trucks throughout our operations in the eastern United States,” said Britt Colley, president of Epes.
Clean Energy reports it has also reached or renewed Refueling Agreements for the following fleets:
- Foothill Transit of West Covina, Calif., operating a fleet of 335 CNG vehicles
- Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has ordered 80 new Ford E-450 CNG passenger-lift-equipped vehicles that will be deployed in 2014.
- Norwalk Transit System (NTS) is transitioning its fleet of 30 vehicles to CNG; with nearly half of their vehicles currently powered by the cleaner-burning fuel.
- The Morongo Basin Transit Authority (MBTA) operates a growing fleet of 28 compressed natural gas vehicles which fuel at MBTA’s private CNG fueling station.
Natural gas fuel costs up to $1.50 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced domestically.
(Source: Clean Energy)