As the number of natural gas-powered vehicles on the roads continues to grow, so do the number of compressed natural gas, or CNG, fueling stations.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Texas State Senator Carlos Uresti and more than four dozen others were on hand for the Tuesday morning ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Nat G CNG Solutions fueling station off Vidor Avenue.
Located outside Guido Lumber, it is the first CNG fueling station in north San Antonio.
Nat G CNG Solutions Senior Vice President Dennis Foose said it’s the company’s first public CNG fueling station.
With CNG sold at a unit known as a “gallon equivalent,” CNG prices have remained below $2 a gallon for the past 10 years, Foose said.
“When gasoline prices were $3 to $4 per gallon, natural gas was $2,” Foose said. “When gasoline goes back, up we’ll still be at $2.”
As part of the grand opening, the new self-service fueling station will sell CNG for 99 cents per gallon equivalent all day Tuesday and then return to its regular price of $1.59 on Wednesday.
Unlike conventional gas stations, CNG fueling stations do not require deliveries of fuel but rather rely on already existing natural gas delivery pipelines such as those maintained and installed by city-owned utility CPS Energy.
With just one pump for now, the Nat G CNG fueling station is a self-service station that will accept credit card and fleet cards at a payment terminal.
Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), who also heads the Texas Natural Gas Foundation, said diversifying the fuels used by transportation fleets improves air quality and makes gasoline cheaper for other motorists.
“We need to diversify that portfolio to lead to price stability and price declines,” Isaac said at the ribbon cutting.
According to the Texas Natural Gas Foundation, there 9,000 natural gas-powered vehicles on the roads and 150 CNG fueling stations across the Lone Star State while another 41 are planned to be built in 2016.