The Laclede Group, a public utility holding company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is teaming with the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. to launch Spire™ natural gas fueling solutions. Natural gas as a transportation fuel is significantly less expensive on average than equivalent gallons of gasoline or diesel. A typical transit agency can reduce fuel costs by up to 30% using compressed natural gas (CNG) in place of diesel. That equals USD 12,000 savings per year per bus.
“Spire will show companies and communities new ways to save money, protect our environment and create American jobs,” said Mike Spotanski , senior vice president chief integration and innovation officer of The Laclede Group.
Spire will deliver station design, build and operation as well as financing, ongoing maintenance, facility improvements, safety, billing, technical consultation, and strategic planning.
Fleet managers are also attracted by the environmental benefits of the cleaner burning fuel. Natural gas vehicles provide cleaner air for our cities, communities, and families. Compared to traditional fuels like diesel, natural gas vehicles significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and virtually eliminate particulate emissions. Additionally, natural gas vehicles are generally much quieter than their diesel counterparts.
“With the help of our teammate Laclede, Siemens is positioned to transform our highways and improve the air quality in our cities,” says Clark Wiedetz , alternative and renewable energy director of Siemens. “Siemens continues to look for new ways to support city and county infrastructure, in this case, by helping to drive the use of compressed natural gas in commercial sized vehicles across the country.”
Working closely with officials from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the City of St. Louis toward final approval, Spire is set to launch in St. Louis later this year with a commercial/public CNG fueling station just west of the Airport. Open 24 hours a day, the station will initially fuel 160 fleet vehicles already on the road with capacity to accommodate a growing local and regional need.
(This article compiled using information from a Laclede Group press release)