‘We Need to Expand Our Infrastructure and Nurture the Market’
Houston-based CenterPoint Energy says it will add 35 natural gas vehicles to its fleet in six states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas
Additionally, CenterPoint says it expects to provide natural gas service to at least 17 new compressed natural gas fueling stations in its service territory.
The expected 2013 additions will bring the number of such CNG stations to at least 49, the company says, with the majority in Texas, Oklahoma and Minnesota. “A number of retail gasoline stations have also begun exploring plans to add natural gas pumps to their locations,” CenterPoint says.
“Natural gas can compete with other vehicle fuels, but we need to expand our infrastructure and nurture the growing natural gas vehicle market,” CenterPoint Energy gas operations division president Joe McGoldrick said in a release.
‘Our Role Is to Educate, Promote and Facilitate’
Thus the company provides guidelines and tools to help identify promising candidates for natural gas fleet conversion.
“Our current strategy is to proactively market natural gas as a transportation fuel in all markets,” McGoldrick said. “Fleet conversion emphasizes this goal.”
“Our role is to educate, promote and facilitate the economic and environmental advantages of natural gas vehicles, and strive to become a leading energy company for this technology.”
CenterPoint says that its own natural gas vehicle fleet will grow to 85 vehicles by the end of 2013.
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Source: CenterPoint Energy with Fleets & Fuels follow-up