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.