May 16, 2012. Lincoln, Nebraska, will have a second public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to meet the growing demand for natural gas vehicles.
The compressed natural gas fueling station at Black Hills Energy's service center in south Lincoln will be expanded and when construction is finished this fall, open to the public. Public access to this fueling station will be in addition to fueling Black Hills Energy's expanding fleet of natural gas vehicles which takes place there now. A public compressed natural gas fueling station owned and operated by the Lincoln Airport Authority opened at the Lincoln Airport in October.
Black Hills Energy will own and operate the expanded CNG fueling station at its facility at 1600 Windhoek Dr. As the provider of natural gas service in Lincoln, it also provides natural gas to the CNG fueling station.
Funding for the public CNG fueling station is an investment of Black Hills Energy and an U.S. Department of Energy award. The DOE award is part of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant administered by the Metropolitan Energy Center through the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition.
"The demand for natural gas vehicles in Lincoln, and the requisite compressed natural gas fueling stations to fuel them, is rapidly increasing," said Black Hills Energy Customer Relations Manager Paul Cammack. "More owners of fleets in the city are converting their vehicles to natural gas or considering it. We intend to meet the needs of consumers who want natural gas as an alternative fuel for their vehicles. Owning or operating a natural gas vehicle in Lincoln will become a more viable option once our station opens."