America`s Natural Gas Highway - The Clean Energy Solution
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The Green Car Journal Winter 2012/2013 edition, in an article titled, “Driving Natural Gas – Coast-to-Coast LNG fueling”  Bill Siuru, discusses Clean Energy’s partnerships and dedication to constructing their national LNG station infrastructure also known as ANGH: “America’s Natural Gas Highway”. 

Siuru writes, “Clean Energy Fuels has been hard at work building out a network of natural gas fueling stations along major trucking corridors across the country. The goal is to enable long-haul 18-wheelers to travel coast-to-coast, border-to-border on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a clean-burning and mostly domestic alternative fuel. To supply LNG for these trucks, Clean Energy has completed its initial phase with 70 LNG stations in operation and is moving ahead with another 80 planned for 2013. Many will be collocated at Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers. Pilot-Flying J operates the greatest number of truck stops in the U.S.

Why is this nationwide fueling network important? Truckers could save as much as 25 percent on their fuel bills while cutting CO2 emissions and helping meet the national goal of energy independence. These are three major transportation goals being addressed with a single strategy.

Joining in this effort is GE Oil & Gas, which is supplying its MicroLNG plants to produce LNG from pipeline natural gas. These plug-and-play modular plants can rapidly liquefy natural gas, producing between 50,000 to 250,000 tons per-year while using a minimum of real estate. This compares to half a million tons, or more, of LNG annually produced by large LNG production plants, usually for international export.

Initially, Clean Energy is purchasing two GE MicroLNG plants that can produce up to 250,000 gallons-per-day, an amount sufficient to fuel about 28,000 heavy-duty trucks. This could displace more than 139,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 7,000 trucks running on diesel fuel.

The two GE MicroLNG plants are planned to begin operation in 2015 at locations yet to be determined. As more fleets adopt LNG and demand for this natural gas fuel increases, plants could be expanded to produce up to a million gallons-per-day. Clean Energy plans to use a standardized design for these MicroLNG plants to facilitate building additional plants in the future.

Engine and truck manufacturers Cummins-Westport, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Navistar, Freightliner, and Caterpillar are all expected to have engines and Class-8 trucks available to use LNG. In 2013, four of the nation’s major truck manufacturers will offer the Cummins Westport 12-liter ISX12 G LNG engine as an option in long-haul Class 8 trucks. Compared to compressed natural gas used in light duty vehicles, LNG provides significantly longer driving range without compromising payload, making use of this fuel a very viable option.
Beyond applications as part of this nationwide fueling vision, MicroLNG plants can also provide small-scale LNG production for remote industrial and residential use. A MicroLNG plant can liquefy natural gas at any point along a gas distribution network. GE’s Micro LNG plants are also simple to install, operate, and maintain, and can be customized to meet a wide range of needs and site requirements.”

Natural gas: It’s cheaper, cleaner, greener, domestic, abundant, and here today.

Clean Energy is America’s largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation — your connection to natural gas fueling.

We build, operate and maintain fueling stations that compress and dispense compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel for light- and medium-duty vehicles and dispense liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for heavy-duty vehicles.
Trucks powered by cleaner, cheaper, domestic natural gas will soon travel the country on America’s Natural Gas Highway, our network of LNG truck fueling stations on Interstate Highways and in major metropolitan areas.

The first phase includes 150 fueling stations with approximately 70 antici¬pated to be open in 33 states by the end of 2012 and the balance in 2013. Many will be co-located at Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers already serving goods movement trucking.

The opening of these stations coincides with the expected arrival of new natural gas truck engines well suited for heavy-duty, over-the-road trucking.

In 2011, supporting the transition of trucking from diesel to natural gas fuel, we raised a total of $450 million investment in Clean Energy to help fund the development of these stations and other capital projects from Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), the nation’s second largest natural gas pro¬ducer, Boone Pickens, our Co-Founder, and a group of international investors.

We believe the time is right for taking this action to build the national LNG fueling infrastructure. We look forward to serving truckers and shippers on America’s Natural Gas Highway.

LNG truck fueling
• Can save up to $1.50 per gallon or more based on market conditions
• High-mileage truck incremental cost payback less than a year
• Lowers greenhouse gas emissions
• Helps reduce the use of imported oil
• Creates jobs in America
• Helps grow our economy
We want to hear from truck fleets and shippers about your needs for LNG fueling stations. Let us know where we can expand the highway network to support your deployment of LNG trucks.

Author: Michael Orgera

Michael Orgera is the Energy Reporter for where his articles focus on energy, clean technologies, and environmental issues. Mr. Orgera studies at Seton Hall University School of Law, and is a Contributing Writer for the law school's online student newspaper, The Cross Examiner. He also studies at Rutgers Business School with a concentration in Finance. Mr. Orgera has previously worked for Philips Lighting North America's Legal Department, Avaya's Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Department, SolarCity, and Clean Energy Fuels Corporation. He can be reached at

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