WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A ribbon cutting ceremony this morning in Forestville, Md., marked the opening of the second in a series of three local area public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations by Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) to power natural gas vehicles (NGVs). The Forestville station, located in the 7600 block of Penn Belt Drive in District Heights, is owned by Washington Gas and will be operated and maintained by Trillium CNG, a company with a 20-year history providing leading CNG fueling services.
Another CNG station, also a partnership between Washington Gas and Trillium CNG, recently opened in Frederick, Md., and a third station is planned for the District of Columbia. CNG is a clean alternative to gasoline and diesel fuels, and generates significantly fewer emissions than traditional fuels.
“We are committed to empower communities to make smart energy choices with environmental benefits − the Forestville compressed natural gas station is a key step in expanding the availability of clean and efficient CNG to both private vehicles and commercial fleets,” said Lou Hutchinson, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), the parent company of Washington Gas. “Increasing the number of public access CNG stations exemplifies our dedication to advancing environmentally sound and sustainable energy solutions.”
According to industry sources, there are roughly 153,000 natural gas vehicles throughout the U.S. and 15.2 million globally. Approximately 50 different manufacturers in the U.S. produce 100 models of light, medium, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles and engines. Natural gas supplies are also abundant and domestic with more than 99 percent consumed in the U.S. coming from North American supplies. The use of natural gas can result in substantially lowering hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, natural gas vehicles emit virtually no carcinogenic particulate matter, a leading cause of respiratory diseases and poor air quality.
Dawn Hawkins, Acting Associate Director for the Sustainable Initiatives Division in the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment, stated: “I highly commend Washington Gas for their dedication to expand the reach of compressed natural gas by adding a fueling station in our community as a sensible, safe and environmentally friendly alternative to gas and diesel for businesses and residents in the Prince George’s County community. The benefits of CNG align solidly with the County’s mission to serve its citizens by reducing energy consumption, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and the transportation sector."
Christopher Rice, Transportation Program Manager and Clean Cities Coordinator, Maryland Energy Administration, commented: “Maryland is committed to affordable, reliable, clean energy – we applaud Washington Gas and the initiative behind the Forestville CNG station. The advantages of CNG reinforce Maryland’s policies to lower energy bills, create jobs, address environmental and climate impacts, and promote energy independence. ”
The Forestville CNG station will accept all major credit and fuel cards and will be open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For pictures and highlights from the event, please follow WGL on Twitter.
About Washington Gas
Washington Gas Light Company is a regulated natural gas utility providing safe, reliable natural gas service to more than 1.1 million customers in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. A subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc., the company has been providing energy to residential, commercial and industrial customers for more than 166 years.
WGL (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas, WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. For more information, visit us at www.wgl.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. Our focus is on fueling heavy-duty fleets that require high-performance solutions. For more information, visit www.TrilliumCNG.com. Trillium CNG is a business unit of WEC Energy Corp. (NYSE:WEC).