York County is on track to receive its first public compressed natural gas fueling station later this year.
Shipley Energy will install a new dispenser at the Pacific Pride diesel and gasoline fueling station at 714 Loucks Mill Road in York.
Construction is underway on the station, which is scheduled to open in November.
The facility will help meet growing demand for the alternative fuel in southcentral Pennsylvania as major freight companies across the country continue to expand the number of CNG vehicles in their fleets, officials said.
“CNG offers a clean, cost-efficient alternative to diesel fuel and commercial fleets are rapidly expanding their use of CNG as technology improves,” said Shipley Energy Group President Matt Sommer.
“We pride ourselves on being a progressive company and meeting the needs of our customers no matter what fuel they choose,” Sommer added. “Bringing this commercial CNG station to York County was a natural fit and fills a geographic gap in the market.”
On average, CNG costs 40 percent less than gasoline and diesel and cuts overall emissions by up to 30 percent.
Shipley Energy partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, one of the leading builders and operators of CNG stations in North America, on the project.
The CNG facilities will be able to fuel two vehicles at a time, taking between 4 and 15 minutes to fill the tanks, depending on the size of the vehicle.
Currently there are are no public CNG dispensers in York County, but dispensers are located in Lancaster, Carlisle and Harrisburg, as well as in Baltimore.
There are still only 921 public CNG fueling stations across the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
Shipley officials hope the opening of the new station, near Route 30 and Interstate 83, will encourage more local companies to consider use CNG powered vehicles.
Shipley Energy fleet vehicles will be some of the first regular customers, officials said. Shipley recently added five dedicated CNG Class 8 trucks to its fleet with plans to add more in the future.
The company’s commitment to alternative fuels has taken many forms, including growing use of propane-powered service vans.