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Trillium Says it Will Build 101 Public CNG Stations by 2016

June 27, 2013

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Trillium CNG is expanding its compressed natural gas fueling network, with plans to build 101 public access Class 8 accessible CNG stations in 29 states by 2016. The site locations are based on customers' demands that CNG stations be built near their key shipping lanes off of major interstate highways.

"Natural gas is abundant, U.S. produced, burns cleaner and significantly less costly than diesel," said Mary Boettcher, president of Trillium CNG. "The expansion of our CNG fueling infrastructure will make compressed natural gas available to a greater number of fleets traveling busy commercial trucking routes. New stations will contribute to making natural gas the preferred fuel of choice in the U.S."

Trillium CNG's core business is providing ultra-fast CNG fueling solutions for heavy-duty fleets. Its business model for public access stations consists of securing a fuel purchase agreement with an anchor customer for each station location.

There are about 120,000 natural gas vehicles on U.S. roads today and interest in CNG fueling is growing.

"Traditional service stations and convenience stores view compressed natural gas as a welcome addition to their portfolio of fuels," Boettcher said.

Trillium's CNG station expansion plans include these states:
Alabama (2), Arizona (2), Arkansas (2), California (3), Colorado (1), Florida (7), Georgia (4), Illinois (6), Indiana (5), Iowa (2), Kansas (1), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (2), Minnesota (5), Mississippi (1), Missouri (2), Nebraska (1), Nevada (1), New York (4), North Carolina (2), North Dakota (1), Ohio (8), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (4), Texas (14), Wisconsin (5).

A complete list can be found at www.TrilliumCNG.com.


  1. 1. GREG FOREMAN [ June 28, 2013 @ 08:41AM ]

    This article represents another chapter in the “snake oil saga” of natural gas deployment. The public, the transportation industry, governments at both the state and federal levels and business, as this article demonstrates, are being sold a very expensive “bill of goods” concerning the virtues of natural gas. When one compares natural gas to alternative fuels currently in existence, ex. Propane, GTL Diesel, DME, hybrid powered vehicles, one discovers natural gas is horrendously more expensive from the standpoints of distribution, operations, productivity and environmental effect. The cost of deploying and integrating natural gas into the logistics system will be borne by the industry resulting in higher cost at every level of the industry. It goes without saying a price tag will be associated with deployment and integration of any alternative fuel system in the logistics system. However, in the case of many alternative fuels, propane as an example, distribution systems currently exist(3,000 plus propane distributors in the US as of 2012), or can be integrated into the current distribution system without the extensive cost and/or modifications required by natural gas. When one objectively examines natural gas deployment from multiple levels of the logistics industry, distribution, consumption, productivity, environmental, one discovers natural gas is the “snake oil” product of the 22nd century.

  2. 2. Chris Galati [ July 02, 2013 @ 09:21AM ]

    With the advent of shale and tight sands production, the price per mmBtu of natural gas is projected to be flat and stable over the next 30 years relative to Gasoline, Diesel and other liquids. Natural gas is regulated from production to distribution in nearly 70 million homes across the US. Prices are regulated and published typically a year ahead. Volatility of distillates and other liquids are well known based on Geo-Political upheaval (MENA, Venezuela). Natural gas is a simple molecule and combustion is clean. The expense for infrastructure is borne by the end users and paid for in the savings between CNG and other distillates. A couple of confusing facts from an earlier post: DME is 70% propane and is not available. Hybrids in and of themselves are mere efficiency and conversion devices and not a source of energy like CNG or propane.

    Finally to state emphatically that CNG is snake oil is not only misleading but is damaging to all emerging markets. Propane has a niche and is prized for its low entry costs for infrastructure. Anyone that can do math and has large volumes quickly understands the economic benefits of natural gas.

  3. 3. Harold McGowen [ October 29, 2013 @ 10:17AM ]

    Propane is actually a Natural Gas Liquid that is derived from "Wet" natural gas and its price tracks oil prices not natural gas prices (fetches roughly 60% of oil price typically). It is hard to imagine how Propane or Diesel have a lesser environmental impact than natural gas given that Propane is produced with natural gas and oil/diesel is being produced in much the same fashion as natural gas (horizontal drilling/hydraulic fracturing) and methane burns cleaner than either of these fuels. On an energy basis 6 MCF of natural gas is equivalent to 1 BBL of oil while natural gas is currently about 25 times cheaper at the wellhead than oil. This basic fact of thermodynamics and economics means that, save political silliness, natural gas will have a strong economic advantage over products derived from oil as long as the supply remains robust. The long term competitiveness of CNG will be controlled primarily by the deployment of infrastructure and the available reserves base created by the upstream petroleum industry. The reserves base has enough history now to be considered proven as evidenced by the reporting of hundreds of reservoir engineer's projections across the country. The last remaining barrier is infrastructure, which is gaining ground every day. Only time will tell, but it seems that CNG will become a major component of the US transportation fuel sector over the next 10 years, and that is a very good thing for America.


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