Oklahoma State University (OSU) has officially opened its own natural gas fueling station, serving as a fueling and housing station for OSU transit buses but also as a public fueling station open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, along with OSU benefactor and alternative fuel advocate T. Boone Pickens, OSU President Burns Hargis and Clean Energy officials dedicated the Clean Energy compressed natural gas fueling station north of the main OSU campus.
“This is a great example of how a large public entity like Oklahoma State University can make a real difference and be both fiscally and environmentally responsible,” said Governor Fallin. “By converting their vehicles to natural gas, OSU is saving the state money through lower fuel costs while promoting the use of a fuel that is abundant in the state of Oklahoma.”
“I am so proud of Oklahoma State for demonstrating such leadership in addressing an issue so important to the future of our country,” said Pickens. “It is imperative that America reduce our dependence on OPEC oil and find ways to use energy resources we have in North America.”
OSU has converted all its transit/community buses to compressed natural gas (CNG). The university has 18 CNG buses and is in the process of converting its fleet cars to CNG. By the end of 2011, it plans to have 90 fleet CNG vehicles, estimating that the current CNG conversion has already saved the university more than $40,000 in fuel costs.
The station, which is the second Clean Energy fueling station in the state, opened for business in January. Headquartered in Seal Beach, California, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. fuels more than 18,000 natural gas vehicles at 200 strategic locations across the United States and Canada.
This item compiled using information from an Oklahoma State University press release.