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TruStar opens first public CNG fuelling station in Florida

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TruStar Energy has opened its first TruStar Energy-branded public compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station at 8520 Exchange Drive, in the Orlando Central Park development, Florida. Located in a heavy truck traffic corridor, the 24/7 CNG fast fill station is capable of fuelling several hundred vehicles a day, delivering lower fuelling cost and reduced transportation related emissions to the Orlando area.

"We continue to see a shift taking place in North America where more commercial vehicles are running on CNG — it's cheaper, cleaner, quieter running, and domestically abundant and produced. As a result, the company has embarked on a strategic path to open dozens of TruStar Energy public CNG stations over the next several years — Orlando is our first," said TruStar Energy President, Adam Comora. "Rest assured though, we will continue to provide the same outstanding design, construction, maintenance, and training services for private, public and government customers."

"We identified Orlando as one of the best markets to build our first station, because it has a high volume of CNG vehicles and the potential to add many more," added Scott Edelbach, General Manager of TruStar Energy. "Our state of the art CNG station is perfectly located close to several major fleets as well as a heavy traffic corridor, making it a valuable, profitable and productive resource for businesses in the area."

The new CNG station has four traffic lanes and two fuelling islands, providing easy access for commercial vehicles and private CNG powered consumer vehicles. Designed for future expansion, the station can accept two additional dispensers adding four more traffic lanes. The station is supplied by TECO Peoples Gas.

Fleets that run on CNG have lower exhaust and carbon emissions compared to diesel and gasoline. The average refuse truck uses 10 000 gal/y of fuel, which is the carbon equivalent of burning 272 bbls of oil. By switching to natural gas, the carbon equivalent is cut to 2 bbls. Plus, natural gas engines have an average of 80 - 90% lower decibel level than diesel engines, and CNG is up to 50% less expensive than gasoline or diesel. CNG is also insulated from price volatility due to international conflicts and events, which in recent years has been responsible for dramatic price fluctuations for gasoline and diesel.

"By using domestically produced natural gas to fuel our transportation needs, we are not only creating and securing more American jobs, but also decreasing our dependence on foreign oil," said Keith Gruetzmacher, Senior Manager of Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs for TECO Peoples Gas. "TECO Peoples Gas is proud to partner with TruStar Energy to accelerate this clean, efficient and American fuelling solution."

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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