St. Joseph, MO, April 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- St. Joseph Mayor Bill Falkner to Join MGE Executives for Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the First Compressed National Gas Fueling Station in Northwest Missouri
Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) will unveil its first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 402 Cedar Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MGE’s fueling station, the first-of-its-kind in Northwest Missouri, will convert low-pressure natural gas into a transportation fuel for CNG cars and trucks.
The fueling station will be open 24 hours per day for public use and will be an integral part of the Midwest corridor of CNG stations, which runs from Oklahoma through Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.
CNG is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly fuel option than both diesel and gasoline. In fact, the average cost per gallon of CNG is almost 50% less than the average cost of both gasoline and diesel. Currently, the average cost of CNG in the Midwest is $1.84 per gallon compared to $3.29 for gasoline. MGE’s cost per gallon as of today will be $1.60.*
“We are very proud to be the first energy company in Northwest Missouri to step forward and offer a compressed natural gas fueling station for public use, especially in this area, which is along a major thoroughfare for trucks transporting products between the Midwest and Southern states,” said Rob Hack, Chief Operating Officer of Kansas City-based MGE. “Today, there are about 120,000 CNG vehicles on the road in this country, and we expect that number to continue to increase because the availability of domestic natural gas makes it an inexpensive fuel option, and one that can help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Additionally, natural gas produces lower carbon dioxide emissions than any other fossil fuel, which is important as air quality regulations become tighter and tighter.”
St. Joseph Mayor Bill Falkner will join MGE executives for today’s ribbon cutting ceremony. A partial list of other dignitaries expected to attend include:
· St. Joseph City Council Members, P.J. Kovac, Byron Meyers, Joyce Starr Barbara LaBass and Pat Jones
· Patt Lilly, President and CEO, St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce
· R.T. Turner, Presiding Commissioner, Buchanan County
According to Hack, the pay-as-you-go pumps at MGE’s CNG fueling station are easy and convenient to use with a fueling process similar to that of a standard gasoline station. “People should not notice a difference in the time it takes to put fuel their vehicles,” said Hack. “Compressed natural gas is truly the future for cars and trucks in our country. We hope that by opening this public fueling station, we can make it easier for those who live and work in this part of the state to take advantage of its benefits.”
Missouri Gas Energy is a natural gas distribution company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. with facilities in St. Joseph, Lee’s Summit, Warrensburg, Joplin, Republic, Neosho and Monett. MGE serves over half-million customers in 155 western Missouri communities and is a division of Southern Union Company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer. Its business is regulated by the Missouri Public Service Commission. For further information, visit www.missourigasenergy.com.
About Southern Union Company
Southern Union Company, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, is headquartered in Houston and operates one of the nation’s leading diversified natural gas companies, engaged primarily in the transportation, storage, gathering, processing and distribution of natural gas. The company owns and operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas pipeline systems with approximately 20,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines and one of North America’s largest liquefied natural gas import terminals, along with serving more than half a million natural gas end-user customers in Missouri and Massachusetts. For further information, visit www.sug.com
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