Freedom CNG natural gas fueling stations in Houston are now equipped with dedicated, on-site back-up power generation at each of its sites to ensure indefinite, 24-hour operation if electricity is interrupted for any reason.
More than 2,000 short-haul vehicles in Houston operate on compressed natural gas for local private and public-sector fleets, including those for personnel and equipment necessary to restore power and deliver goods and services to those in need, according to the company.
“When there’s a power outage and service trucks can’t get diesel fuel, they have to sit,” said Bill Winters, co-managing partner of Freedom CNG which operates three of Houston’s 15 compressed natural gas fueling stations. “But that’s exactly when services are needed most.”
In 2015, Texas had more vehicles running on natural gas than any other alternative fuel source, according to the Texas Railroad Commission.
Winters adds the operation of CNG fueling stations with dedicated, on-site back up power generation is critical for converting diesel-powered fleets, particularly those dedicated to restoring power and providing key services, to compressed natural gas.