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April 05, 2012

Ohio Unveils Its First Liquefied Natural Gas Station Deployed Through the Recovery Act

The U.S. Energy Department announced today the recent opening of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Ohio. The station will be an important stop along a new series of corridors now being equipped with LNG infrastructure that will enable trucks to ship goods across the country using this alternative fuel. The Obama Administration's investments in early LNG fueling infrastructure, like the Ohio fueling station announced today, are helping to catalyze the privately funded build-out of these corridors. Alternative fuel vehicles and station projects like this one are part of a comprehensive strategy to cut America's dependence on foreign oil, reduce emissions, drive down transportation costs, and help protect American families and businesses from high gasoline and oil prices.

"Fueling more of America's trucks with natural gas offers great promise for reducing America's dependence on oil, creating skilled jobs for American workers, and improving our nation's economic competitiveness and energy security," said David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "By developing new, cost-effective ways to use abundant, clean, domestic resources, this project represents an important part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy."

The new station, which celebrated its official grand opening yesterday in Seville, Ohio, was constructed by Clean Energy Fuels. It will support an initial fleet of 10 LNG trucks that are partnering with the station, and is open to any carrier using LNG-powered trucks. The LNG station and vehicles are part of the Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project, which received an $11 million Energy Department investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The federal funding will be leveraged with more than $18 million in funding from the private sector and other sources. When complete, the Department estimates the project will support another 284 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and 39 alternative fuel and charging stations, displacing more than 875,000 gallons of petroleum annually.

The Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership project is one of 25 alternative fuel and advanced vehicle projects that received nearly $300 million in Recovery Act funds through the Department's Clean Cities initiative. Once completed, these projects will deploy more than 8,000 alternative fuel vehicles and more than 1,500 fueling and charging stations. In addition to natural gas, these Recovery Act projects will expand the use of a broad range of fuel-efficient vehicle technologies, including biodiesel, electric vehicles, ethanol, and propane-fueled vehicles. These investments form a part of President Obama's all-of-the-above strategy to address high gasoline prices and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. In addition to increasing domestic production and increasing the fuel-efficiency of traditional cars and trucks, the Administration's support for advanced technology vehicles are offering consumers and businesses new, fuel-efficient options for the vehicles and trucks they drive.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about how EERE's Clean Cities initiative supports a broad portfolio of technologies, including alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, and idle reduction technologies. Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities and its stakeholders have decreased the equivalent use of more than three billion gallons of gasoline.