Piedmont Natural Gas announced the opening of a natural gas fueling station in Wilmington, N.C. The facility is Piedmont’s 13th CNG station in the company’s three-state service territory and its eighth in North Carolina. Piedmont, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, distributes natural gas to more than 1.1 million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Located at 141 Sutton Steam Plant Drive, near the intersection of Interstate 140 and U.S. Highway 421, and conveniently accessible to Interstate 40, the station provides a fueling stop for trucks, fleet vehicles and other vehicles that run on CNG. It features four fast-fill fuel pumps, can accommodate Class 8 tractor-trailer trucks and is accessible 24/7. For resiliency, a natural gas backup generator is on-site to help ensure reliability during hurricanes and severe weather.
“Compressed natural gas offers several advantages to traditional fuels, from fuel-cost savings to helping reduce vehicles’ carbon footprints,” said Phillip Grigsby, senior vice president of ventures and business development at Piedmont Natural Gas. “The lower-cost, lower-emission CNG offered at our network of publicly accessible CNG stations can help companies and fleets meet their sustainability goals, and we’re pleased to make this fuel available to more motorists driving along the I-40 and I-140 corridors.”
Thanks to the domestic abundance of natural gas, the price of CNG remains below that of conventional vehicle fuels. With significant savings over gasoline and diesel, business fleets and the trucking industry have found CNG to be a cost-effective fueling solution. Approximately 50% of Piedmont’s own utility fleet consists of CNG-powered or CNG-capable vehicles.
Source: Duke Energy