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Columbus Breaks Ground on Second Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station

For Immediate Release 
August 16, 2013 

For More Information:
Erin Miller, Mayor's Office, 203-6614
Kelly Reagan, Fleet Division, 645-6254
Adam Leddy, City Council, 645-7969
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Columbus Breaks Ground on Second Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station

Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson and Emmanuel Remy, president of the Northland Community Council, broke ground today on the city’s second compressed natural gas fueling station, on the North Side of Columbus. 

Emmanuel Remy, Mayor Coleman, Councilmember
Tyson, and Fleet Administrator Kelly Reagan
break ground on the new CNG station.

Located at 2333 Morse Rd, this fueling site is scheduled to be open to the public and the city’s fleet in March. Compressed Natural Gas is cleaner, domestically produced and cheaper—between $1.50 to $2 per gallon—than diesel fuel.

“I am very proud of all the work we have done to make our fleet the greenest in North America,” Mayor Coleman said. “This new CNG station will continue our transition to cleaner fuel for a sustainable future.”

In April 2012, Columbus opened its first CNG station on the East Side. Since then, nearly 200,000 gallons of CNG have been pumped, saving approximately $300,000 when compared to the cost of diesel fuel. About 20 percent of the fuel pumped has been sold for private vehicles, and 80 percent for city vehicles.

“The investments we make in green infrastructure today will drive our city’s economic development and growth for years to come,” said Councilmember Tyson. “We are able to make forward-thinking investments from our capital budget because of our residents’ long history of support for bond packages like the one that will be before voters this November.”

By 2020, the City of Columbus will have 440 CNG vehicles in its fleet, which will save approximately $1.9 million per year in fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gases by nearly 10,000 tons, which is equal to taking more than 2,000 cars off the road annually.