|By Marketwired .||
|June 19, 2014 04:53 PM EDT||
NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- A newly constructed public access fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station built, operated and maintained by Trillium CNG is now open in Nashville.
Located at the Pacific Pride station at 402 North First Street approximately one mile south of the I-65 and I-24 split, the station will serve as the primary southeast fueling location for Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Paper Transport's 100 vehicle natural gas powered fleet.
"We recognized the need to offer customers a cleaner, more cost-effective fuel alternative and are pleased to partner with Trillium CNG on the opening," said Rob Jewell, vice president for Tri Star Energy, which owns the Pacific Pride station. "CNG fleets travelling these corridors -- as well as local fleets -- now have a conveniently located option open 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
The environmental benefits* of natural gas fuel are myriad, including approximately 20-25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 70-90 percent reductions in carbon monoxide emissions and 67-94 percent lower in particulate-matter emissions.
According to Citi Research** the natural gas adoption rates by commercial trucks will be constrained by the lack of infrastructure and are estimated to be in the 5-15 percent range over the next five years. Much of the growth will come from dense freight corridors near major population centers. In the next two years, it is estimated that 150 - 200 public access CNG stations will open nationally, with as many as 400 stations per year opening from 2016 - 2020.
"The station supports our mission of reducing dependence on foreign petroleum in Tennessee through the use of domestically produced compressed natural gas," said Atha Comiskey, executive director, Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels. "The number of fleets switching to CNG is increasing and we are proud of Tri Star and Trillium for seeing the need to offer this lower costing fuel for its users and as a cleaner burning alternative fuel that will improve the air quality."
The station, which is open to all vehicles that use compressed natural gas, uses a public access card reader system and is designed to allow easy access in and out by heavy-duty fleet trucks. The two dual hose dispensers allow two semitrailers to fuel at the same time, and features Trillium CNG's proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor.
"We are proud to be working with Tri Star Energy and Paper Transport, who both recognize the importance of making CNG available in the Nashville market," said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. "Fleet operators know that we stake our reputation on delivering a great fueling experience for our customers -- fast, safe and reliable." Boettcher also added that in addition to the environmental impacts, 98 percent of the natural gas used in the United States is produced in North America, and fleets save an average of $1.50 per diesel gallon equivalent versus diesel.
A grand opening including a ribbon cutting, station tour and fueling demonstration, and lunch was held June 18 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Members of Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels, government officials and fleets interested in learning more about CNG joined Tri Star Energy and Trillium CNG at the event.
Sources: *"Tomorrow's Trucks, Leaving the Era of Oil Behind" Energy Vision, 2013; Natural Gas Vehicles for America, 2013; "Greening Garbage Trucks, New Technologies for Clean Air," Inform, 2005; ** Citi Research, September 2013
About Tri Star Energy LLC
Founded in 2000, Tri Star Energy LLC is a partnership between local companies Kimbro Oil and The Parman Corporation. The company owns 13 Pacific Pride stations and supplies fuel for several commercial fleets. It operates 71 retail convenience stores including 23 Twice Daily concepts, and supplies fuel to another 160 dealers in Tennessee and Kentucky. These family-owned businesses have called Middle Tennessee home for decades and are dedicated to providing high-quality petroleum products and the finest services available -- all while providing employment opportunities and supporting many local causes and organizations. For additional information visit, www.twicedaily.com.
About Trillium CNG
Trillium CNG is a leading provider of CNG to fleets and also offers complete facility design, construction, operation and maintenance services. The company focus is on providing fueling assistance to heavy-duty fleets that require high performance solutions. For more information, visit www.TrilliumCNG.com. Trillium CNG is a business unit of Integrys Energy Group Inc. (NYSE: TEG). Follow Trillium CNG on Twitter or on LinkedIn.
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