The southeast corner of the USA continues to strengthen its natural gas fuel presence with the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition being joined by three major commercial entities – United Parcel Service (UPS), the United States Sugar Corporation and Clean Energy — all leaders in their respective industries.
UPS, a global package delivery company and supply chain solutions provider, already operates CNG and LNG fleet vehicles and is actively promoting renewable natural gas (biomethane) fuel adoption in the United Kingdom.
United States Sugar Corporation is a technologically-advanced agricultural and food manufacturing company which produces sugar and citrus products for a variety of national and global brands.
Clean Energy, a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation across much of North America, has operations in CNG and LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology. Clean Energy recently opened its first two CNG stations in Florida at the Tampa and Orlando airports that are open to the public.
Eric Criss, President of the Beer Industry of Florida and Chairman of the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, enthusiastically embraced the new coalition members: “We are extremely pleased to have these iconic companies join our efforts to improve the environment and promote natural gas vehicles. UPS, U.S. Sugar, and Clean Energy are on the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly business practices and we are indeed grateful for their participation.”
In August, the coalition released a Florida-focused Economic Impact Study showing that Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) incentives could create over 10,000 jobs, $300 million in new wages and $1 billion dollars in economic output in that state over two decades.
Study results can be accessed in the “Public Policy” section of the coalition’s website: www.fuelforjobs.com. Based on the study, FNGVC is working with policy makers and the Florida Natural Gas Association to create an incentive program that will help employers transition their fleets to natural gas, an economical, domestically produced, and environmentally friendly fuel.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition press release)