The drop in diesel fuel prices over the past year may be slowing some truckers' enthusiasm for natural gas, but the distributors of compressed natural gas (CNG) are still adding more outlets for CNG, including new refueling stations being built this summer in Dalton, Ga., and Newport, Tenn., and possibly another new unit in Chattanooga within the next year.
A business started three years ago between two compressed natural gas suppliers for trucks known as amp Trillium LLC is spending more than $2 million to open a CNG fueling station off of Interstate 75 at exit 326 in Dalton-- one of three such stations the joint venture is now building.
Compressed natural gas stations
* Georgia: 31, including 18 public stations* Tennessee: 17, including nine public stations* Alabama: 25, including nine public stations* U.S. total: 1,549, including 823 public stationsSource: Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy
Because of the gaseous nature of natural gas, when stored onboard a vehicle, it must be in either a compressed gaseous (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) state. CNG and LNG are considered alternative fuels under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Natural gas is sold in units of diesel or gasoline gallon equivalents (DGEs or GGEs) ...