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RRC Commissioner Porter Welcomes New Waco CNG Station

Submitted by RRC Commissioner David Porter:

It was a pleasure to join my good friends at ampCNG and Trillium to celebrate the opening of their  natural gas filling station in Waco.

This year has seen tremendous growth in the number of natural gas fueling stations, sales of natural gas motor fuel, and the number of natural gas vehicles.

When I started my Natural Gas Initiative one year ago, Texas had 69 total natural gas stations, public and private.  Today, with the opening of ampCNG/Trillium’s Waco station, that number stands at 104.  In one year, the number of natural gas fueling stations has increased by 50 percent.  This infrastructure growth is giving more and more Texas fleets the confidence to go ahead and make the switch to natural gas.

Natural gas fuel sales are also surging.  Sales more than doubled the Comptroller’s forecast this fiscal year.  And this year, for the first time, Texas has more vehicles running on natural gas than any other alternative fuel.

I’m looking forward to seeing ampCNG and Trillium next month at the Texas Natural Gas Summit.  The Summit will take place on October 23 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.  It’s a combination Job Fair and Natural Gas Expo, and will give companies a chance to showcase how we can channel the production from the Eagle Ford, Permian and other basins into good jobs, cleaner air and a booming economy for Texans.


Natural Gas Fueling Stations Up 50%


The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has  issued a comprehensive map of existing and planned natural gas fueling stations in Texas. The map shows that drivers of natural gas vehicles today have 104 places to refuel in Texas—50 percent more than the 69 stations a year ago.

The state’s 60 public fueling stations and 44 private stations serve more than 7,100 natural gas vehicles. Sixty-seven additional stations are planned to open in 2015, and this year — for the first time — Texas has more vehicles running on natural gas than on any other alternative fuel.

“These numbers show that Texas is solving the old chicken-and-egg problem,” Railroad Commissioner David Porter said.  “Fleets are buying more natural gas vehicles because we have more stations. And the more vehicles they buy, the more natural gas stations get built.”

In October 2013, Commissioner Porter launched his Natural Gas Vehicle initiative, in response to the Texas Legislature tasking the RRC to educate the public on the benefits of natural gas as an alternative fuel

As a continuation of his initiative efforts, Commissioner Porter is helping to coordinate the first-ever Texas Natural Gas Summit in Austin on October 23, 2014. The summit will connect more than 60 companies with job seekers across Texas. The Summit also features the latest in natural gas vehicle technology – including personal vehicles – and legislative and E&P workshops for fleet managers and oilfield operators. The Summit is free and open to the public.

“The Summit is a culmination of our initial efforts to expand natural gas markets,” Porter said. “The early results are in, and they are promising. We have seen unprecedented growth in Texas’ natural gas industry; more natural gas vehicles on the road, more fuel sold, more fueling stations installed, and more good jobs created. I am excited about these achievements and look forward to promoting the benefits of Texas natural gas in the second year of my initiative.”


Energy Department Authorizes Cameron LNG and Carib Energy to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

The Energy Department announced today that it has issued the final authorization to Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) and Carib Energy LLC (Carib) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The Cameron LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 1.7 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas for a period of 20 years. Carib is authorized to export LNG up to the equivalent of 0.04 Bcf/d of natural gas for a period of 20 years from the proposed liquefaction facility in Martin County, Florida using approved ISO LNG containers.  Following the recent announcement of the procedural change, the Department evaluated the Carib and Cameron applications after they completed the environmental review required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Read the full article here: Cameron LNG, LLC .


How Natural Gas Helps Lodge Lumber Saw Down Costs

Read full article here:  Lodge Lumber .


Anheuser-Busch Converts Houston Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Engines

New 66-tractor, heavy-haul fleet will deliver environmental benefits and company savings

HOUSTON (September 4, 2014) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it is replacing its 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered tractors. This marks the beer company’s first conversion of an entire brewery fleet and represents a significant milestone in achieving its goal to reduce carbon emissions.

“The next generation CNG engine technology paired with support from state incentive programs contributed to our ability to take such a significant step in fully converting our Houston fleet,” said James Sembrot, Senior Director, Transportation, Anheuser-Busch. “Houston is a strategic choice due to the central location to our facilities and distribution radius, as well as its proximity to fueling stations.”

Read the full article here: Anheuser-Busch .

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