Getting on board with CNG
Many commercial businesses and government agencies are already using energy-efficient natural gas vehicles to fuel their fleets. Some examples:
»The solid waste disposal company has a fleet of 38 CNG trucks in southwest Florida and operates a private CNG fueling station in Fort Myers Beach.
»AT&T in Broward County has a fleet of 24 service vans fueled by natural gas.
Choice Environmental Services
»The Pompano Beach solid waste services company has 18 natural gas-fueled trucks and operates a service station in Pompano Beach.
City of Clearwater
»Clearwater built a fueling station that serves trucks in its Solid Waste Department and is also open to the public.
Energy Services of Pensacola
»Energy Services has built a public access CNG station (for fleet vehicles only at this time) for Emerald Coast Utility Authority. The authority is the refuse hauler for Escambia County and currently has 50 trucks. By 2015, the authority expects to have 92 trucks and 60 other vehicles.
Leon County Schools
»Tallahassee’s Leon County School District has eight CNG-fueled buses and plans to purchase more. Through a public-private partnership, it has opened a state-of-the-art natural gas fueling facility and plans to open a second one.
»Republic Services in Lakeland operates 50 refuse trucks in its fleet of natural gas vehicles.
Tampa International Airport
»Tampa International Airport’s public fueling station was opened in 2011. The airport also plans to convert its diesel-powered employee and economy parking lot shuttle service buses to natural gas — instead of using about 275,000 gallons of diesel per year.
»The unit of Integrys Energy Group announced plans to build 101 CNG refueling stations in the U.S. by 2016, including seven in Florida.
Waste Pro USA
»The Orlando garbage hauler says it will open a CNG fueling station in Jacksonville and operate compressed natural gas vehicles in its fleet by mid-2014. It has already built a fueling station at its Fort Pierce facility and is converting its fleet there. The company is building CNG stations for its Daytona Beach and Palm Coast operations.
Source: Florida Natural Gas Association