HOUSTON, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The next time Houston experiences a major power outage, METRO busses, CenterPoint Energy trucks, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and others powered by compressed natural gas won't have to wait for power to be restored in order to refuel.
Compressed natural gas fueling stations operated by Freedom CNG are now the first in Houston and among the first in Texas to be equipped with dedicated, on-site back-up power generation at each of its truck-friendly sites to ensure indefinite, 24-hour operation if electricity is interrupted for any reason.
The Houston-based company operates compressed natural gas fueling stations on the north side of town in the Pinto Business Park at 303 Fallbrook Road, in southeast Houston at 6002 Debbielou Gardens Drive and in northwest Houston at 7155 High Life Drive.
"When there's a power outage and service trucks can't get diesel fuel, they have to sit," notes 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."
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. Close to 100 area school busses also operate on compressed natural gas while earlier this year METRO unveiled a new fleet of 50 compressed natural gas-powered transit busses.
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.
Freedom CNG stations currently fuel vehicles for Houston Distributing Company, METRO, Williams Energy, AT&T, Oak Farms, Frito Lay, Texas Department of Transportation, Republic Waste, Waste Corporation of America, Silver Eagle Distributors, Waste Management, and CenterPoint Energy, among others.
To learn more about the benefits of compressed natural gas and resources available for private and public-sector fleet owners, visit www.Freedom-CNG.com.
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