The number of natural gas fueling stations operating in Texas now stands at 130, a 25% increase from September 2014, according to a new report from the Railroad Commission of Texas. The commission says its survey documented 42 additional stations in the planning stages that are set to open in the next 12 to 18 months, indicating a steady build-out of natural gas infrastructure in Texas.
‘The early results are in, and the numbers are promising. We have seen unprecedented growth in Texas' natural gas industry; more natural gas vehicles on the road, more fuel sold and more fueling stations installed,’ says Railroad Commissioner David Porter. “Fleets are buying more natural gas vehicles because we have more stations. And the more vehicles they buy, the more natural gas stations get built.”
The report says the state's 77 public fueling stations and 53 private stations serve more than 7,200 natural gas vehicles in Texas. Since Sept. 1, 2014, these stations have dispensed 14.6 million gallon equivalents of natural gas, double the amount this time last year.
The report also says Texas has more vehicles running on natural gas than on any other alternative fuel.
This report follows a recent study that found Texas' NGV grants generated major benefits for the state. More information on that study, conducted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, is available here.
Chart courtesy of the Railroad Commission of Texas