Accelerating its development program to support growing natural gas vehicle fueling demand, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., North American provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, significantly increased its fueling station project completions during 2011. Clean Energy completed 68 fueling station projects in 16 states, including five LNG truck fueling stations on America’s Natural Gas Highway.
“We increased the number of station projects completed during the year by 50% over 2010,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, President and CEO of Clean Energy. “These included stations serving transit (7), refuse (18) and airport/taxi/shuttle (28) operations around the country, as well as locations situated to support the needs of local and regional trucking and small fleets (15).”
“During the second half of 2011, Clean Energy received total investment commitments of $450 million, largely to fund substantially more fueling station development going forward, particularly LNG truck fueling stations along America’s Natural Gas Highway,” noted Littlefair.
Currently priced up to $1.50 or more per gallon lower than diesel or gasoline (depending upon local markets), the use of natural gas fuel reduces costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. 98% of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. and Canada is locally produced.
Clean Energy has operations in CNG and LNG vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion and compressor technology. The company fuels over 25,000 vehicles at 273 strategic locations across the United States and Canada with a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets. It is building “America’s Natural Gas Highway”, a network comprised initially of approximately 150 LNG truck fueling stations connecting major freight trucking corridors across the country.
(This article compiled using information from a Clean Energy press release)