The Pennsylvania Turnpike has committed nearly $123,000 to study the potential for liquefied natural gas truck fueling at its service plazas, NGVAmerica reports. The association notes that UGI Energy Services has built an LNG production facility in Ontelaunee Township, near Reading, Pa., which could supply fuel to Turnpike outlets.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has 17 active travel plazas, with two additional sites currently closed.
NGVAmerica also notes that Clean Energy Fuels has disclosed plans for LNG fueling at Carlisle, Smithton, and Mill Hall, Pa.
The ongoing Turnpike LNG study is drawing on information from a survey floated earlier this summer by PMTA, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, as well as economic analyses by Penn State.
Truckers could save as much as $33,000 per year or more, for each Class 8 vehicle.
Robert Kleimenhagen, Jr., CFM, is strategic planning coordinator, facilities and energy management operations, with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The target date for completion of an LNG feasibility study, he told F&F, is October 1.
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