Mon., November 1, 2010 2:27pm (EDT)

AGL Wants More Natural Gas Stations
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
UPS truck in Atlanta running on natural gas (photo courtesy UPS)
UPS truck in Atlanta running on natural gas (photo courtesy UPS)
Atlanta Gas Light wants to create a network of natural gas refueling stations across the state. The proposal would make natural gas for vehicles available to the public for the first time.

The Public Service Commission will begin holding hearings on AGL’s proposal this month. They want to add 10 stations in Atlanta and 10 outside of the state capitol. Macon is one of the places being considered.

Right now the target market is fleet vehicles and municipalities. Charise Stephens with the Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition says she’s working with other states to help create a Compressed Natural Gas corridor in the southeast.

“We’re talking about commuter rail, all this other stuff to connect the Southeast and make this more regional, global economic place. This falls into that. You have to have a continuing of infrastructure so people will support it.”

Stephens says natural gas is much cheaper than gasoline and burns cleaner, but the fuel is hard to find. Only Honda makes a vehicle for personal use.