TALLAHASSEE – Tomorrow, September 25, 2012, Nopetro and Leon County Schools will celebrate the grand opening of Nopetro’s first Florida natural gas fueling station, part of a planned network of stations across the state. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the state’s top energy official, will speak at the event, reflecting the significance of Nopetro’s plans to build a network of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations across Florida. Other speakers will include state Senator Bill Montford, Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons, Nopetro CEO Jorge Herrera and Leticia Adams, energy policy director for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
CNG is widely recognized as an ideal fuel alternative to gasoline and diesel. It is substantially cheaper and cleaner than petroleum-based fuels, and the United States has one of the largest supplies of natural gas in the world. CNG is also a key component of Florida’s new freight mobility policy.
Nopetro’s Leon County facility is the product of a partnership between the public and private sectors to find a more affordable alternative fuel source for the county’s fleet of diesel-powered school buses and other vehicles. As a result of the partnership with Nopetro, the district fleet is shifting to CNG fuel, and other fleets and individuals – including other governments as well as private users – may fuel their vehicles at the station. Leon County Schools will receive a portion of all sales to non-school district vehicles thanks to the innovative partnership with Nopetro.
WHAT: Grand Opening of Nopetro/Leon County Schools compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
WHERE: 440 Capital Circle Northwest, Tallahassee, FL 32304
(immediately north of intersection of Capital Circle NW and Pensacola St.)
WHO: Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Jackie Pons, Leon County Schools Superintendent
Sen. Bill Montford, CEO, Florida Association of District School Superintendents
Leticia Adams, energy policy director, Florida Chamber of Commerce
Jorge Herrera, CEO, Nopetro
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