Direct Energy Business and Xpress Natural Gas Unveil Innovative Compressed Natural Gas Station

Manheim CNG Center will deliver clean, reliable and cost-effective energy option to upstate New York

Jul 07, 2015, 07:00 ET from Direct Energy

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven months after commencing construction, Direct Energy Business and Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) announced that the compressed natural gas (CNG) production facility and distribution terminal in Manheim, New York is now fully operational. It is the only such facility in the state, and is able to serve business and municipal customers hundreds of miles away.

The state-of-the-art Manheim CNG Center can deliver up to 45 trucks per day of natural gas with an annual peak capacity of 5.7 billion cubic feet (BCF), and features redundant design to ensure reliable service. The Center will provide CNG to remote businesses and municipalities that cannot sufficiently be served from existing pipeline infrastructure. With this facility, commercial and industrial customers throughout the tri-state area will enjoy access to an affordable, reliable and clean fuel source for heating and manufacturing processes.

"With its advantaged pricing, emissions benefits and reduced maintenance costs, CNG is the clear choice for businesses looking to lower operational costs and add long-term value," said John Schultz, president of Direct Energy Business. "Through our relationships with partners such as XNG, we're focused on providing our customers turnkey CNG solutions to meet their needs. Today's station opening reflects that commitment and will deliver an innovative solution to energy challenges."

Direct Energy Business, a leading energy provider in North America, has teamed with XNG, the operator of North America's largest fleet of high capacity composite CNG trailers, to accelerate the availability and benefits of natural gas to customers, resulting in potential savings of 20 to 40 percent on their primary fuel costs.

"XNG and Direct Energy Business are making it easier than ever for New York companies to take advantage of cheaper natural gas prices by converting to CNG," said John Nahill, CEO of XNG. "By saving on fuel costs and securing long-term emissions reductions, companies that make the switch will be better positioned to compete more effectively."

Businesses across a broad range of industries are already recognizing the benefits of CNG both as a primary and peak serving fuel source. The Energy Information Administration's Annual Energy Outlook 2011 reported that natural gas demand in the United States will increase by 16 percent by 2035 over 2009 demand levels.

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services provider with nearly five million residential and commercial customers. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit www.directenergy.com.

About Xpress Natural Gas Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) is the industry leader in rapid and reliable delivery of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) to enterprises throughout New York, New England and eastern Canada.  Using its trucked natural gas solutions, XNG enables industrial and commercial businesses and municipalities to convert to natural gas without the high cost of connecting to a pipeline.  Customers quickly realize the benefits both of lower energy costs and a lower carbon footprint.  For more information about Xpress Natural Gas, visit www.xng.com.

Photo attached: Direct Energy Business President John Schultz (left) and John Nahill, CEO of XNG, cut the ribbon at the new Manheim CNG Center in upstate New York. Direct Energy and XNG partnered to bring this first-of-its-kind facility to the area.

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