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Washington Gas teams with Trillium CNG

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The second, in a series of three, local area public compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations by Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) to power natural gas vehicles (NGVs) has been opened. The Forestville station is owned by Washington Gas and will be operated and maintained by Trillium CNG, a company with a 20-year history of providing CNG fuelling services.

Another CNG station, also a partnership between Washington Gas and Trillium CNG, recently opened in Frederick, Maryland, 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 CNG 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 US and 15.2 million globally. Approximately 50 different manufacturers in the US 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% consumed in the US 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. Additionally, 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 fuelling 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. ”

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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