The US Energy Department (DOE) announced the recent opening of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Ohio. The station will be an important stop along a new series of corridors now being equipped with LNG infrastructure that will enable trucks to ship goods across the country using this alternative fuel.
The new station, which celebrated its official grand opening yesterday in Seville, Ohio, was constructed by Clean Energy Fuels. It will support an initial fleet of 10 LNG trucks that are partnering with the station, and is open to any carrier using LNG-powered trucks.
The LNG station and vehicles are part of the Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project, which received an $11 million Energy Department investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal funding will be leveraged with more than $18 million in funding from the private sector and other sources. When the project is complete, DOE estimates it will support another 284 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and 39 alternative fuel and charging stations, displacing more than 875,000 gallons of petroleum annually.
The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project is one of 25 alternative fuel and advanced vehicle projects that received nearly $300 million in Recovery Act funds through the DOE Clean Cities initiative. Once completed, these projects will deploy more than 8,000 alternative fuel vehicles and more than 1,500 fueling and charging stations.
In addition to natural gas, these Recovery Act projects will expand the use of a broad range of fuel-efficient vehicle technologies, including biodiesel, electric vehicles, ethanol, and propane-fueled vehicles.