TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ? This week, Nopetro LLC opened its state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) facility. The station is part of a planned regional network that will make CNG a workable cost-saving option for government and commercial fleets as well as individual CNG vehicle owners.
Nopetro?s network of stations will give the private fleets of heavy freight vehicles that move Florida?s consumer goods a practical way to traverse the state and region fueled by CNG. This will produce tremendous cost savings, which will benefit consumers and the area's economy, and as individual stations are built local schools and governments will be able to enjoy significant cost savings that will benefit the taxpayers, said Adam Putnam, the state?s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs commissioner.
Putnam praised Nopetro and the Leon County School District for forging a partnership to produce substantial cost savings for public schools while setting a positive, environmentally friendly example for students. ?This partnership is exactly what our legislature had in mind when it established natural gas as a key component of the state?s transportation policies,? he said. ?A network of natural gas fueling stations in major cities across our state will encourage commercial fleets and individual consumers to make the move into Florida?s energy future.?
The Tallahassee facility--the largest and most expansive CNG fueling operation on the East Coast--is the product of an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors. The school district is transforming its entire fleet of diesel-powered school buses to CNG, and other public and private consumers may also fuel their CNG vehicles at the station. A portion of each sale will benefit the school district thanks to the partnership with Nopetro.
?This is truly a day worth celebrating [as] a big step forward in the journey toward independence from expensive foreign fuels,? said Jorge Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Nopetro, in a press release.
Nopetro identified 18 additional cities it is targeting over the next three years, including Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key Largo, Miami, Ocala, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida, and Atlanta, Macon and Savannah in Georgia.