FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is partnering with Lehigh Gas Partners LP, a company that distributes motor fuels to more than 800 fueling stations, to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure at a number of Lehigh Gas locations.
The agreement will initially target CNG refueling for up to twenty existing Lehigh Gas facilities. Clean Energy will build and operate these public-access sites.
The two companies will work together to identify Lehigh Gas sites on which to construct CNG fueling stations. The CNG stations will be accessible to the public for CNG refueling and conveniently located for commercial CNG fleets, including shuttles, taxis, small to mid-size trucks and other natural gas vehicles (NGV’s). Clean Energy will be responsible for the construction and operation of the CNG fueling stations and the management, marketing and sales of CNG at Lehigh Gas sites.
“Lehigh Gas appreciates the leadership position Clean Energy has taken in the development of CNG and is pleased to partner with them to offer an alternative fuel option to help people get where they need to go,” Joseph Topper, chairman and CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners, said. "This agreement supports our alternate-fuel strategy of developing refueling sites both on our own and also with best-in-class providers like Clean Energy."
Lehigh Gas owns and leases refueling sites in Kentucky, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This proves once again the impact of Natural Gas as a viable, alternative fuel for the transportation industry. More public CNG station access will allow more companies to transition to Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV’s) and utilize CNG to save over $1.00 or more per gallon while reducing their carbon footprint and helping create American jobs since Natural Gas is a domestic fuel.
Currently, CNG prices based on a Gasoline Gallon Equivalent in the Tri-State area range from $1.87 to $2.74. Fleet operators can realize a 35-50% reduction in their fuel costs by transition from gasoline and diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) which directly impacts their bottom line.