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Seal Beach's Clean Energy soars into 4 major airports

The company has signed agreements with destinations in Florida, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania.

By Victor JacobsPublished: May 06, 2011 01:32 PM

Seal Beach-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has signed on to design, build, own and operate four new compressed-natural-gas (CNG) stations in major airports in Florida, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania.

The new contracts bring the number of airports the firm supports with CNG services to 27, said James Harger, chief marketing officer of Clean Energy. The company is the largest provider of natural-gas fuel for transportation in North America. Clean Energy powers more than 21,200 vehicles at 224 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

The new stations, which will be built at Tampa International, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, JFK International and Philadelphia International, will support ground transit vehicles and parking shuttles operating off-site. The Clean Energy plants also will be made available 24/7 for public access.

"Airports and allied ground transport services have become magnets for natural-gas vehicle usage of all types in response to the need to curtail emissions, decrease fuel costs and reduce dependence on imported oil,” said Harger.

CNG and other natural-gas fuels cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent in light-duty trucks and 23 percent in medium- or heavy-duty vehicles, and cost "significantly" less than diesel, according to the company.

“We welcome this opportunity to support forward-looking airport fleet operators and off-airport parking leaders as they transition their fleets to natural-gas power,” said Harger.

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