Powered by CNG
The natural gas that Southwestern Energy produces from the resource-rich reservoirs in the United States not only helps heat homes and power businesses, it is fueling cars and trucks with compressed natural gas (CNG). CNG is quickly becoming a desirable alternative fuel for fleets, municipal transportation and private vehicles due to its many benefits.
The discovery of unconventional shale plays contributes significantly to the abundant supply of natural gas now available in our country, and that rich supply equates to more affordable prices at the pump. Compared to gasoline, CNG fuel costs significantly less with the current price per gallon equivalency averaging about $1.35.
Natural gas is a domestic resource which decreases our dependence on foreign fuel sources. According to reports, the U.S. imports more than 10 million barrels of oil each day. Seventy percent of the oil imported is used for transportation. At the same time, 98 percent of the natural gas we use in America comes from North America. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration)
Consumers and companies are also turning to CNG because of its environmental advantages which include reduced vehicle emissions and pollutants compared to diesel and gasoline. By burning cleaner than gasoline or diesel, CNG usage can extend the life of vehicles.
Our commitment to CNG
In 2011, SWN opened its first CNG fueling station in Damascus, Arkansas. CNG dispensed at this location comes directly from the Fayetteville Shale, the company’s primary operating area. It not only serves as a fueling site for the company’s own CNG-powered fleet—now consisting of more than 100 vehicles—but to vendors and local residents. Nearly 40 percent of our customers are currently vendors or local residents. The company’s commitment to CNG can also be seen in its financial support of a new public CNG fueling station in North Little Rock, Ark. Owned and operated by the City of North Little Rock, the station is among a growing network of CNG stations located across the country.
Employee CNG Incentive Program
In early 2012, through an unprecedented move to allow more consumers to experience the benefits of CNG vehicles, Southwestern awarded 21 employees with new 2012-model CNG-powered vehicles and related home refueling appliances. The company also launched an incentive program for an additional 100 employees who convert to CNG by reimbursing the costs of personal vehicle conversions and home refueling units.
Taking CNG to the Streets
Southwestern is taking its promotion of this alternative fuel source on the road, by embarking on a cross-country trip in CNG-powered vehicles in 2012. The tour will begin in SWN's corporate headquarters in Houston and regional office in Conway, Arkansas, and will be led by geologists traveling to the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) annual convention in Long Beach, California.
To learn more about CNG, visit the following sites:
America’s Natural Gas Alliance
U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuel & Advanced Vehicles Data Center
National Clean Fleets Partnership