Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another CNG Station Coming to Bossier

The Bossier Press-Tribune reported yesterday that a second compressed natural gas station will open in Bossier Parish in May 2011.  The first station opened in October 2010 and is operating at about a 70% utilization rate, supported mainly by fleet vehicles from Chesapeake Energy, Centerpoint Energy and AT&T as well as the occasional CNG bus passing through town.

Balancing the clichés of "if you build it they will come" and the "chicken and egg" dilemma, building new CNG infrastructure is the only way to encourage its use in transportation. Another cliché to consider: "pioneers end up with arrows in their backs."  Running a fueling station can be a dicey economic proposition because the margins can be thin (beer and cigarettes actually drive more profit than gas for most retailers).  But in the case of these new CNG stations I guess it helps if the owner is also the wholesaler.  The article contends that the new station should profitable soon.  The proof of that assertion will be yet another CNG station popping up.

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