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08/13/2013 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Approves Natural Gas Vehicle Programs

TALLAHASSEE — Continuing to support commercial use of natural gas vehicles, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved new commercial Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) and Natural Gas Vehicle Transportation (NGVT) programs for three Chesapeake Utilities Corporation companies.

Offering greater flexibility, the programs for Florida Public Utilities Company, Florida Public Utilities-Indiantown Division, and the Florida Division of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation pave the way for commercial customers to use natural gas vehicles.  Also approved today, a revised NGV service tariff for Florida City Gas now includes more options for compression and dispensing facilities to increase customer choices and use.

“Along with electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles are excellent transportation alternatives,” said PSC Chairman Ronald A. Brisé.  “The Florida Legislature has encouraged natural gas use to reduce costs and increase use of domestic and clean-burning resources for future transportation.  Today’s Commission approval helps reach this goal by making the companies’ natural gas pricing more competitive with conventional motor fuels.”

Commercial use of natural gas vehicles in the United States is growing, especially among fleets whose vehicles travel shorter routes, such as transit buses, refuse haulers, and delivery trucks.  According to NGVAmerica, there are about 120,000 NGVs on U.S. roads today and more than 15.2 million worldwide.  In Florida, additional fueling stations, which need special dispensers, compressors, and storage, would help drive demand.

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