Demand for Cheap Fuel Driving Growth of NGV in Mississippi

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State and local officials joined NGV Solutions in Flowood, MS to cut the ribbon on their new fueling facility and announce several cities' fleet conversions to compressed natural gas.

‘Mississippians can benefit from savings and additional jobs generated by increased energy investment, and I am very pleased to welcome NGV Solutions’ addition to the state’s growing energy economy.’
MS Governor Phil Bryant

With the number of openings expected to grow exponentially nationwide over the next two years, state and local officials gathered to cut the ribbon on the state’s first compressed natural gas fueling station.

In operation since January of 2012, NGV Solutions fueling facility has been serving the small but growing number of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the metro Jackson, MS area.

“We’ve lead the charge in Mississippi to bring compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to the marketplace,” said Forrest Berry, president of NGV Solutions and Laurel Fuel Company. “With the abundance of natural gas here in our state, CNG fueling systems offer the best solution to rein in out of control gasoline and diesel fuel costs.”

Recently, Waste Management and Mississippi Materials Inc. both introduced respective NGV fleets to Mississippi.

Last week, the mayors of Flowood, Pontotoc and Quitman announced their municipalities move to natural gas vehicles. Flowood will fund a pilot project to convert city vehicles to CNG. Pontotoc will add five CNG vehicles to the city’s fleet and Quitman will purchase a CNG garbage truck and possibly police cars utilizing a 0% loan fund passed by Mississippi Legislature this year. The loan fund legislation is part of Governor Phil Bryant’s “Energy Works” agenda.

“More natural gas flows through Mississippi than any other state, positioning us as a hub for natural gas development.” Gov. Bryant said. “Mississippians can benefit from savings and additional jobs generated by increased energy investment, and I am very pleased to welcome NGV Solutions’ addition to the state’s growing energy economy.”

NGV Solutions was established in 2011 to be Mississippi’s source for natural gas vehicles, conversions and fueling. The company offers full conversion services through its Lakeland Drive service center, and filling solutions for behind-the-fence fleet service, residential and public fast-fill use.

Some 12,000 natural gas vehicle (NGV) refueling stations will be opened across the country between 2013 and 2015, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

With the cost of natural gas reaching historic lows in many regions, the report says interest in NGVs is growing. The growth of the NGV market is inherently tied to the abundance of the fuel.

At the NGV Solutions filling facility, CNG currently sells for $1.99 per gallon equivalent.

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