On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy, and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) unveiled Pensacola’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located at 6722 Pine Forest Road. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, ECUA Board Chairman Elvin McCorvey, and ECUA Board Member Elizabeth Susan Campbell (District One) were the featured speakers.

The City and its natural gas utility, Pensacola Energy, partnered with ECUA to build the $1.8 million station at ECUA’s Sanitation facility located on adjoining property at 3050 Godwin Lane. Pensacola Energy is actively marketing the station to corporate fleets, with plans to open the station to the general public in the future.

 “This station marks a new day for the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy, and ECUA,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward. “In this era of budget constraints, we must continually look for opportunities to work together, improve our operations, and generate non-tax revenue. These cleaner-burning natural gas vehicles will cost less to fuel and maintain, leaving more dollars for vital City services. I want to thank the City Council and ECUA Board for their support of this initiative.”

Natural gas-powered vehicles have substantially lower fuel and maintenance costs than vehicles using gasoline or diesel fuel. ECUA Executive Director Steve Sorrell stated, “By transitioning to CNG in natural gas vehicles (NGVs), the ECUA is projecting an annual maintenance cost savings in excess of $350,000, and a savings of about $900,000 in annual fuel costs.  And there are environmental benefits associated with the use of NGVs in that there are less greenhouse gas emissions than the diesel-powered vehicles they are replacing.”

In 2011, ECUA finalized a ten-year CNG agreement with Pensacola Energy. As part of the agreement, ECUA will pay a monthly transportation charge as well as an indexed price-per-diesel-gallon equivalent of CNG fuel used by ECUA vehicles. Pensacola Energy will operate and maintain the station, which features four “fast fill” hoses as well as 90 time-fill dispensers which can be used to refuel vehicles overnight.
Zeit Energy of Dallas was the contractor for the project.