New Private and Public Stations in North Carolina
Piedmont Natural Gas, citing “tremendous growth in demand for compressed natural gas,” is adding CNG fueling infrastructure.
“Initiatives to accommodate the growing demand are taking place across Piedmont’s three-state service territory of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, where the Charlotte, N.C.-based natural gas distributor serves more than 1 million customers,” says a spokesman.
“Piedmont Natural Gas has seen a doubling of demand for compressed natural gas as price and environmental benefits drive sales,” he says.
Charlotte Refuse Trucks
In response, Piedmont is building its 11th public-access CNG fueling station, northwest of Charlotte near the junction of I-40 and U.S. 321 in Hickory, N.C. It’s to be open by year-end, able to deliver 12 GGE/gasoline gallon equivalents per minute.
The utility is also building a private time-fill CNG station for the solid waste services unit of the City of Charlotte.
Both stations feature CNG equipment from longtime supplier ANGI Energy. ANGI provided the compression package for a Piedmont station opened at a Spinx convenience store in Anderson, S.C. last year (F&F, September 4, 2015).
CNG Prices Are Dropping
Earlier this year, Piedmont says, it received approval from state regulators in North Carolina and South Carolina to temporarily reduce the price of CNG by 50¢ per GGE – passing the federal tax credit to customer. Piedmont says it does the same in Tennessee, “where public CNG prices are unregulated.”
Piedmont says further that it is
- working with municipalities and other local agencies in Charlotte, Nashville, Wilmington and Anderson to expand their use of CNG in airport parking shuttles and public transit buses;
- providing natural gas to private fueling stations for two large corporate fleets in Spartanburg, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C.; and
- is adding a third dispenser island at Piedmont’s two-year-old public CNG refueling station in Nashville “to serve a rapidly growing customer base that includes shuttle buses serving nearby Nashville International Airport, a mail-delivery contractor, and regional haulers taking advantage of the station’s proximity to I-40.”
In the past year, Piedmont says, it has sold, delivered or used approximately 5 million gasoline-gallon equivalents and expects that volume to grow. About one-third of Piedmont’s own corporate fleet of approximately 1,000 vehicles now runs on CNG.
Piedmont’s excellent CNG webpage currently lists prices of $1.46 in North Carolina, $1.37 in South Carolina, and $1.18 per GGE.
Access to EVs Through Duke
Piedmont Natural Gas became a unit of Duke Energy in early October. Duke Energy’s prowess in electric vehicles means more choices for customers, says Karl Newlin, senior VP and chief commercial officer for natural gas with Duke. “The electric and the gas business continue to compete in the marketplace,” he says.
“From the customer’s standpoint, “he told F&F, “it’s really the best of both worlds.”
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Source: Piedmont Natural Gas with Fleets & Fuels follow-up