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The remarkable growth of Texas natural gas fueling stations

On Wednesday the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) reported that natural gas fueling stations are growing at an unprecedented rate. According to the statement, fueling stations have increased 25 percent since Sept. 2014.

The Lone Star State now has 130 operating natural gas fueling stations. The Commission’s survey documented 42 additional stations in the planning stages, indicating a steady build-out of natural gas infrastructure in Texas. Since Sept. 1, 2014, these stations have dispensed 14.6 million gallon equivalents of natural gas, double the amount this time last year.

“The early results are in, and the numbers are promising. We have seen unprecedented growth in Texas’ natural gas industry; more natural gas vehicles on the road, more fuel sold and more fueling stations installed,” Railroad Commissioner David Porter said.  “Fleets are buying more natural gas vehicles because we have more stations. And the more vehicles they buy, the more natural gas stations get built.”

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Texas now has 77 public fueling stations and 53 private stations. These facilities serve more than 7,200 natural gas vehicles registered in the state.  According to the RRC, forty-two additional stations are planned to open in the next 12 to 18 months. Texas has more vehicles running on natural gas than on any other alternative fuel.

In October 2013, Commissioner Porter launched his Natural Gas Vehicle Initiative as a response to the Texas Legislature’s charge that the Railroad Commission educate the public on the benefits of natural gas as an alternative fuel.

As a continuation of his initiative efforts, Commissioner Porter is hosting the Texas Natural Gas Workshop in Austin on March 26, 2015. The workshop will spotlight initiatives in transportation, exploration and production for fleet managers and oilfield operators. To register for the event, and to find out more information, check out “Texas Natural Gas Workshop” hosted on the RRC’s website.

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