New CNG refueling station opens Wednesday
CEDAR CITY – Several public officials showed up Wednesday morning at JR’s Truck Stop to take part in the ribbon cutting of a new Cedar City compressed natural gas fueling station.
“We applaud JR’s Truck Stop and Questar for their commitment to furthering this cleaner burning, domestic, affordable fuel,” said Robin Erickson, executive director for Utah Clean Cities. “Natural gas helps save motorists money and, with lower emissions, helps us all breathe easier.”
The second of its kind in Cedar City, JR’s Truck Stop natural gas refueling station is located at 2635 N. Freeway Drive just off exit 62 along Interstate-15.
The station is the 42nd station to be built in Utah and was made possible by a joint partnership with Utah Clean Cities and Questar Gas.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Questar Gas at our truck stop,” said owner Eric Jenkins. “In addition to the many passenger NGVs (natural gas vehicle) on the road in Utah, we can see the future of more medium and heavy duty vehicles fueling at our station.”
CNG is typically stored in a tank at a pressure of 3,000 to 3,600 pounds per square inch in the trunk or in truck beds.
State Rep. Lowry Snow from Washington County discussed the choice he made to convert his truck to natural gas.
Snow’s vehicle is a dual-fuel system, which allows him to use both the natural gas as well as traditional fuel.
While the cost of the conversion came in at around $10,000, Snow said the long-term savings made it worth it.
“I’m up and down the freeway to Salt Lake all the time to fulfill my duties as a legislator, and the CNG costs me less than $2.00 a gallon,” he said.
Part of the decision to convert to CNG for Snow was also about using Utah’s natural resources while also reducing the carbon footprint left behind with petroleum.
According to the website cngprices.com, the average cost in the U.S. for one gallon of CNG fuel is $2.23.
It is $1.76 per gallon at JR’s Truck Stop.
“Natural gas is the cleanest burning and most abundant fossil fuel available. Natural gas is also helping our state and country to reduce their dependency on foreign oil,” said Craig Wagstaff, executive vice president and CEO for Questar Gas.
Initially, the Honda Civic GX was the only NGV on the market. Snow said that’s beginning to change with the demand for these types of cars continuing to increase.
Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson said as more refueling stations are built, it makes NGVs more attractive to the average consumer.