LAKE JACKSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CNG Energy Partners and the City of Lake Jackson held the grand opening today of the Lake Jackson Natural Gas Fueling Station, the first public-access fueling station offering alternative fuel options in Brazoria County.
“We are very proud of the Lake Jackson Natural Gas Fueling Station and the collaborative effort that went into its planning and completion,” said Dmitri Tisnoi, President of CNG Energy Partners. “This station is a great example of private companies and government working together to benefit the community and its residents, which is not always the easiest business plan but we believe it is the right thing to do. We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and collaboration that made this station possible.”
The station is a public/private partnership between CNG Energy Partners and the City of Lake Jackson and was awarded a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The agreement allowed for the expansion of the existing private compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to accommodate public access. The public station now includes heavy-duty vehicles CNG fueling capabilities, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.
“The City of Lake Jackson, in partnership with CNG Energy Partners, is proud to announce the grand opening of its first public-access natural gas fueling station, and to now be able to offer residents and motorists another option at the pump,” said Lake Jackson Mayor Joe Rinehart. “Our city has long been a leader in utilizing this domestic resource as a transportation fuel, and with this station we are going a step further to promote and harness the positive benefits of natural gas.”
The City of Lake Jackson was one of the first municipalities in Texas to embrace alternative fuel for its fleet through the construction of the initial private-access CNG fuel facility and fleet conversion in the early 2000s. Since that time, the city has grown its fleet of dedicated CNG powered vehicles to more than 40 units.
“The City of Lake Jackson is a pioneer in utilizing natural gas, and I am proud that it is again setting a valuable precedent for the rest of the state,” said State Representative Dennis Bonnen. “As your state representative, I’m continually working to do what’s best for the Texas economy, our environment and the communities I represent; as well as ensuring we have a healthy business climate in order to keep attracting and securing the best opportunities available. I believe this station exemplifies these principles and helps satisfy these goals.”
The city will benefit almost immediately from revenue-sharing on sales of natural gas, delivering an unparalleled return on its original investment through a hands-free revenue stream. The state’s economy is also bolstered by the production and sales of natural gas in the form of tax revenue, job creation and investment in local businesses. Additionally, the use of natural gas can reduce emissions from carbon and other pollutants by up to 90 percent.
“I’ve always said that natural gas is a win, win, win -- it’s abundant, clean-burning and affordable. More importantly though, natural gas is a Texas fuel, and using more of this abundant domestic resource here at home helps reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources. I’m glad to see Texas drivers and fleet managers increasingly use natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel, and it’s a pleasure to see private businesses and government work together to provide the public access to natural gas fueling stations, like we’re seeing here today,” said Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter. “CNG Energy Partners and Lake Jackson should be commended for their diligent work and for ensuring that this station was constructed and is maintained in the most environmentally-responsible manner possible. The benefits this station will bring to this community’s economy and to the natural environment are long-lasting, and it should be viewed as a model for other municipalities across the state.”
Several state and local officials participated in the grand opening and joined the city and CNG Energy Partners in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the station, which was followed by a community and business luncheon at the Lake Jackson Civic Center.
The Lake Jackson CNG Fueling Station is located at 204 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 and is officially open to the public. For the first 30 days, the station is offering $0.99 CNG.
CNG Energy Partners is a Dallas-based company providing turnkey CNG services to public and private sectors. Their wide range of services cover nearly every aspect of natural gas fueling station development and operation. This encompasses construction, systems installation, operation monitoring, fueling commitment marketing, and vehicle conversion solutions.