Lone Star NGV Awards announced

June 16, 2017. The winners of the first annual Lone Star Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Awards have been announced. Presented by Centerpoint Energy and the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (GHNGVA), the following recipients were recognized as an outstanding natural gas fleet or supporter:

- Houston Distributing: Houston Distributing began using CNG in March 2014.  Since then, they have used 700,000 DGE’s of CNG annually. Currently, they operate 21 – 12 liter over the road tractors, 11 – 9 liter route tractors, and 100 dedicated cargo vans.

- J. Rayl Transport: Jeremy Rayl launched the CNG program for J Rayl Transport in October 2013. It currently operates 134 CNG tractors, 35 of those operate within TX. Last year the company ran 9.1MM miles with CNG tractors, this year they are on pace to run more than 10.2MM miles.

- Central Freight: Since 2012, Central Freight has operated CNG trucks as a way to support the Texas economy and gain our fuel independence from foreign influence. Today, they operate one of the largest and longest running CNG fleets in Texas with 265 CNG Heavy Duty Vehicles.

- City of Lake Jackson: One of the oldest CNG municipal fleets in Texas, the City of Lake Jackson has been operating CNG since 2001. Today, their fleets stand at 35 vehicles including a CNG forklift and street sweeper. CNG has helped the City stabilize their fuel budget and for their small fleet, the City of Lake Jackson has seen an annual savings of over $200,000.

- WCA: Currently, WCA runs 50 trash trucks in the Greater Houston region. Operating since 2014, WCA has displaced 1 million gallons of diesel.

- Shelley Whitworth: Shelley Whitworth has been a Program Manager for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) since 2001. She is responsible for the H-GAC Clean Cities Coalition and the Air Quality Technical Analysis Program managing analytical and implementation efforts relating to Transportation Control Measure Commitments, and other State Implementation Commitments activities pertaining to Mobile Emissions. She has overseen the development of H-GAC’s Clean Air Programs, including project implementation, pass thru grants and loans.

- Houston Metro: In December of 2015, Metro purchased 50 CNG Transit buses as a way to lower fuel costs and emissions in the City of Houston. Metro has driven over 5 million miles on clean burning natural gas equating to over 1.2 million gallons of diesel displaced.

- Boyer, Inc.: Mark Boyer thinks outside of the box.  In 2013, it was only natural for Boyer, Inc. to initiate an aggressive CNG vehicle program. With 45 CNG vehicles in their fleet today, Boyer, Inc. promotes natural gas because it is the right thing to do.

   The awards were part of the 2nd annual ‘From Sea-to-Shining-Sea’ NGV Road Rally Across America.