New figures from the Railroad Commission show that natural gas vehicles and filling stations are catching on with private-sector investors. The new data reinforce earlier reports that natural gas motor-fuel sales, the number of NGVs and fueling sites are surging in the state.
Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, who launched his Natural Gas Initiative to increase the use of natural gas motor fuel in Texas last October, said the figures showed sustainable market growth and support for the Legislature’s public policy goals. “The close balance—$95 million for natural gas vehicles and $79 million for fueling stations—shows that Texas’ vigorous market growth is sustainable, because we are addressing both sides of the old ‘chicken-and-egg’ problem,” Porter said.
The Railroad Commission (RRC), Texas’ chief energy agency, promotes the use of natural gas as an economical, environmentally beneficial alternative fuel through its Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division.
“Natural gas vehicles are becoming mainstream faster than expected,” anticipated Porter in August. The Commissioner is coordinating the first-ever Texas Natural Gas Summit, set for Oct. 23 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin.
Source: Railroad Commission of Texas.