Clean Energy Fuels increased its fueling station project completions in 2011, with 68 projects in 16 states, including five liquefied natural gas (LNG) truck fueling stations on America’s Natural Gas Highway.
“We increased the number of station projects completed during the year by 50 percent over 2010,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “These included stations serving transit (seven), 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).”
Littlefair said Clean Energy received $450 million in investment commitments to fund substantially more fueling station development going forward, particularly LNG truck fueling stations along America’s Natural Gas Highway.
“We are pleased to be leading the way for key segments of our nation’s transportation system to convert to the use of natural gas fuel, saving money and helping the environment and our nation’s energy security through growing independence from imported oil,” Littlefair added.
The use of natural gas fuel reduces fuel costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners and reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent in light-duty vehicles and 23 percent in medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. Natural gas is currently priced up to $1.50 more per gallon lower than diesel or gasoline and is a secure North American energy source, with 98 percent of natural gas consumed produced in the U.S. and Canada.