WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Work has started on the first-ever Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in the Valley.
IGS CNG Services broke ground Wednesday morning at the site behind the Mr. Fuel station on Salt Springs Road in Weathersfield Township. Initially, two pumps where tractor trailers fill up at the station will be equipped with CNG dispensers. The station will service a growing number of local businesses and drivers who are converting their vehicles to natural gas as a way to save money.
“Rough national averages right now are anywhere from $2.10 to $2.30 per gasoline gallon equivalent, or GGE, so savings are a big component that would incentivize someone to switch their fleet over to CNG,” said Dave Mrowzinski, program manager for IGS.
Officals said compressed natural gas is cleaner for the environment as well. The new CNG station should be operational by this June.
“We are excited there is an investment in our community and moreover we are excited because we are beginning to convert some of our vehicles over to CNG and that gives us the ability to refill our fleet right here in the township,” said Weathersfield Township Administrator Dave Rouan.
Weathersfield Township already has converted one vehicle, with plans to convert an SUV used by police.
The station on Salt Springs Road will be the fifth station IGS CNG Services has constructed. One station is located in Dublin, Ohio and the other three are in West Virginia.
Because there are so few places to fill up with CNG, most companies have equipped their fleets with what’s called dual fuel. They can either fill up on natural gas or diesel.
“Our goal is to develop a CNG infrastructure in the Midwest that serves businesses and individuals utilizing CNG,” said Scott White, president of IGS Energy. “Our plan responds to the emerging market demand for fast, convenient refueling of CNG vehicles. We want to create the opportunity to travel all over the region without a worry of whether you can find a spot to fuel up with compressed natural gas.”
State Reps. Sean J. O’Brien (D-Hubbard) along with Dave Hall (R-Millersburg) have introduced legislation that would provide tax incentives for entities that buy or convert vehicles to compressed natural gas, establish a sales tax reduction for those who purchase electric vehicles and create a five-year phase in of a motor fuel tax on compressed natural gas that will match the current tax on gas and diesel.
“This is a big step towards development of the infrastructure necessary to move Ohio in the right direction in getting more CNG-fueled vehicles on the road,” said Pat Manning, owner of the Mr. Fuel gasoline and diesel truck stop.