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gasoline/diesel outlets (the places where consumers
are most comfortable refueling).
16,000 CNG stations might someday be required at traditional
retail gasoline/diesel outlets
(the places where consumers are
most comfortable refueling).
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That’s a big goal, and not one likely to be achieved
in the near term. And yet, baby steps that will begin
to move the market in this direction are already
• Pilot and Flying J are building approximately 150
CNG and liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling stations
at retail locations across the United States—the ;rst
real move toward what is being called “America’s
Natural Gas Highway.” Other chains can be expected
to follow suit, if for no other reason than to compete
with these retailers.
• Chesapeake Energy has announced a $1 billion
program that will, among other goals, fund “enough
publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG)
and lique;ed natural gas (LNG) fueling stations to
reach a tipping point where original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) of all vehicular classes
will have su;cient con;dence to increase their
production of CNG and LNG vehicles.”
• At the time of this writing, the U.S. Department of
Energy reports that 27 separate federal tax incentives,
credits and other advantages directly or indirectly
support the use of CNG or the construction of CNG
fueling facilities. Another 332 such incentives are
available across the country at the state level. While
speci;c incentives and tax breaks may come and
go, the current administration and many states are
certainly likely to continue to favor programs like
this that support green energy and green jobs.
The timing, pace and full extent of the growth of
CNG-fueled vehicles—and the fueling infrastructure—
may be unclear. But the opportunity is looking more
and more promising.
Rick Long is general manager and associate general
counsel of PEI.