May 12, 2015. The Tampa-based utility will install a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and provide utility service to the city of Orlando, taking advantage of a new rate structure approved by the Florida Public Service Commission.
The new rate allows Peoples Gas to design, construct, own and maintain CNG stations and deliver natural gas to the outlet of the dispensers for vehicle fueling, a statement said. Customers do not make any upfront investment but instead pay for the service through monthly utility billing.
The station will be dedicated to fueling Orlando’s fleet of refuse trucks and is expected to be in operation by October.
Florida is one of the fastest-growing compressed natural gas markets in the U.S., Keith Gruetzmacher, senior manager of alternative fuel vehicle programs for Peoples Gas, said in the statement.
At the end of 2014, Peoples Gas had 31 CNG filing stations on its system, Sandy Callahan, chief financial officer for TECO Energy Inc., said during an April 28 earnings call. There are seven CNG stations in the Tampa Bay area, including two that are open to the public — one at Tampa International Airport and another at Dillon Transport, near Port Tampa Bay.