City of Long Beach Contracts with Clean Energy to Manage City's Network of Public Access Natural Gas Fuel Stations
Seal Beach, California (July 20, 2006)- The City of Long Beach, California has approved a 10-year contract authorizing Clean Energy to operate and supply the City's public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel stations. Located at 2400 E. Spring St., 400 W. Broadway and 120 Pier S Avenue in Long Beach, together these facilities provide area motorists with an average of 6,500 CNG fill-ups per month.
Working with the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department, Clean Energy will manage, maintain, and supply CNG fuel to the three-station operation. In addition, the company will upgrade each location with state-of-the-art fuel dispensing, compressor and support equipment. Open to all motorists who drive CNG-powered vehicles, the stations also serve the extensive Long Beach natural gas vehicle fleet, plus area CNG taxis and transport vans.
Established in 1924, the Long Beach Gas & Oil Department is the fifth largest municipal gas utility in the United States, serving more than 145,000 natural gas customers per year.
James Harger, Senior Vice President, Clean Energy, said, "Long Beach has been a clear leader in promoting the use of alternative fuels to a range of fleets and users. We look forward to expanding the deployment of natural gas vehicles further, for both the health and environmental benefits of all citizens in the area. Clean natural gas is one of the best ways to prevent air pollution because it burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel fuel, reducing harmful vehicle emissions."
Priced currently at $2.39 per gasoline gallon equivalent at the Long Beach stations, CNG is more economical than gasoline. Compared to gasoline-powered cars, natural gas-fueled vehicles reduce carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions significantly.
About Clean Energy
Based in Seal Beach, CA, Clean Energy is the leading provider of vehicular natural gas (CNG and LNG) and related services in the United States. It has a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, shuttle, taxi, police, trucking, airport and municipal fleet markets with tens of thousands of vehicles fueling at strategic locations across the United States and Canada. Clean Energy is a private company whose major shareholders include Boone Pickens, Perseus Capital and Westport Innovations Inc. (TSE: WPT). Information at: www.cleanenergyfuels.com
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