Leon School Buses See Savings From Compressed Natural Gas

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 14, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - This month marks the one year anniversary of the construction and opening of the innovative compressed natural gas (CNG) facility.

NoPetro began operating a CNG facility as a result of being awarded the opportunity to fuel Leon County public school buses with compressed natural gas.

Officials say they've reduced fuel costs for the school district's bus fleet by $1.50 per gallon, which is a 40 percent savings over traditional gasoline or diesel.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons says, "We're saving around $6,500-$7,000 a bus on fuel. It's cleaner for the environment, less particulate matter, and it's also an educational process for our students to understand the role that we all play in protecting our environment."

The facility is located on Capital Circle Southwest.

The company constructed it at their expense as part of a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership.

Below is a Nopetro press release about how the usage in the past year exceeded all expectations.

Nopetro Press Release



Usage almost 300% greater than initial outlook

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug. 7, 2013) – Rapid adoption of compressed natural gas (CNG) usage by various organizations has led to an exponential increase in use at Nopetro’s Leon County-based fueling facility, announced company CEO Jorge Herrera.

Nopetro began operating a CNG facility in August 2012 as a result of being awarded the opportunity to fuel Leon County Public School buses with compressed natural gas. The company constructed the facility at their expense as part of a first-of-its-kind public/private partnership that was the genesis of their winning bid.

Results have far exceeded year-one expectations due to an increase in demand by various organizations to use Nopetro’s CNG facility, as well as the success of the company’s experienced marketing team. Nopetro anticipated dispensing 100,000 gallons during the initial year. Instead the facility provided an estimated 400,000 gallons of CNG fuel to serve the needs of its growing clientele.

The rapid rise in demand came from a variety of avenues, including additional buses and waste vehicles from the city and county, contracts with private companies who utilize CNG vehicles such as WastePro and Saddle Creek Logistics, as well as consumer usage from individuals with CNG automobiles, such as the Honda Civic GX and Ford 150.

“The reasons for use of CNG vehicles are nothing short of compelling,” says Herrera. “We have reduced fuel costs for Leon County School’s fleet by $1.50/gallon, a 40% savings over traditional gasoline or diesel. Plus CNG vehicles are much cleaner, quieter and environmentally friendly.”

Florida-based Nopetro’s innovative CNG fueling solutions offers more than financial savings to the district. The switch to natural gas will cut emissions drastically, including particulate matter by 89 percent, carbon monoxide by 70 percent, carbon dioxide by 25 percent and nitrous oxide by 80 percent. Other counties and school districts are following suit. In fact, after competitive bidding processes, Nopetro was recently awarded two other CNG fueling station projects with Osceola County and the Charlotte County Public School district.

“A government or commercial fleet that switches from diesel vehicles to CNG vehicles today will not only experience significant savings,” adds Herrera, “they will be ahead of the curve on impending tougher environmental standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.”

Using the natural gas reserves of the U.S., which is the largest in the world, Nopetro is building a network of CNG fueling stations across the state.

About Nopetro

Established in 2007, Nopetro is Florida’s leading natural gas fueling infrastructure provider with offices in Coral Gables and Tallahassee, Fla. The company owns and operates the most expansive, and state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility in the East Coast, with expansion plans on opening 17 more publicly accessible locations in the next few years. Nopetro’s mission is to provide sustainable fuels that are cheaper, cleaner and available domestically.

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