The First of Five Public Stations Opens in Southern Georgia
The first compressed natural gas fueling station developed under the Atlanta Gas Light CNG Program is now open in Valdosta, in southern Georgia, AGL said Tuesday.
Built and maintained by Langdale Fuel, the two-island addition to an existing fueling station is the first of five CNG outlets under the AGL initiative.
The AGL program, approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission last year (F&F, October 3), “is designed to expand public access to the CNG fueling infrastructure throughout the state and enhance Georgia’s role in the emerging CNG market in the southeastern U.S.,” AGL said.
“Our goal in creating the AGL CNG Program was to incentivize station owners, fleet owners and vehicle manufacturers to invest in Georgia and bring the benefits of clean natural gas transportation to the state,” AGL Resources senior VP for commercial operations Scott Carter said in a release.
Access to Capital Was Key
Langdale Fuel is the first of three commercial operators awarded funding. AGL’s investment in the Langdale Fuel station was approximately $1.2 million.
“Valdosta’s proximity to I-75 and its strategic location between Atlanta and Orlando make it a key fueling location for fleets and interstate trucks,” Langdale Fuel GM Trey Bordelon says in the AGL announcement.
“Having access to capital from the AGL CNG Program made our entry into this emerging market an easier decision and allows us to meet our customers’ total fueling needs.”
AGL also has a contract with the City of Atlanta to develop two CNG stations there.
AGL says it has access to approximately $11.6 million from the Georgia Public Service Commission’s Universal Service Fund to install CNG equipment at public and limited access stations over the next four years. Operators must show they can meet minimum annual sales of CNG over a five-year period and sign a contract with AGL.
“Station owners pay a pre-negotiated rate to AGL for use and maintenance of the equipment and sell the CNG to the public at market-based prices.”
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Source: AGL Resources with Fleets & Fuels follow-up