In the last three years OnCue celebrated the opening of 13 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across Oklahoma, but last month the Stillwater-based retailer celebrated a milestone of a different kind.
OnCue announced that it had sold 3 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) of CNG – the most of any private fueling retailer in the state – and saved consumers more than $6 million in fueling costs compared to gasoline. For the natural gas market this
milestone has national impact, representing a momentum shift from CNG as a fuel of the future, to a fuel of today.
“I’ve been a believer in CNG for more than a decade, and reaching this milestone is representative of how fast the market is moving toward making this fuel mainstream,” said Jim Griffith, OnCue chief executive officer. “As an Oklahoma-based company with an
entrepreneurial history, we were in a strategic position to not only adopt this fuel, but quickly make CNG available to our customers across the state. CNG is an alternative fuel, but it’s an alternative that our customers increasingly prefer.”
OnCue leadership celebrated the announcement with a special event at the company’s NW 23rd Street location in Oklahoma City. Customers, vendors and elected officials gathered to applaud OnCue’s CNG success. Governor Mary Fallin conducted a fill of the 3 millionth gallon into a state fleet vehicle. The fill of the state vehicle, coupled with the Oklahoma Capitol as a backdrop,
further reinforced the governor’s commitment and leadership to increase demand for natural gas. Governor Fallin’s 22-state, bipartisan effort to increase natural gas vehicle use among state fleets helps ensure CNG customer growth for retailers like OnCue.
“OnCue is just one more example of the Oklahoma innovation and leadership that is changing our country’s energy
future,” said Fallin. “Today’s 3 million gallon milestone is a reminder that demand for natural gas continues to grow and that the industry has a bright future ahead of it. That’s great news for American families, who are increasingly able to benefit from affordable, clean burning natural gas produced right here at home.”
OnCue was among the first private Oklahoma fueling retailers to adopt CNG. Currently, OnCue has the most CNG stations of any retailer in the state and expects to expand the company’s commitment to CNG in 2013.
“For OnCue, selling CNG is more than market leadership, it’s a successful business strategy,” said Griffith. “With CNG we are able to offer our customers fuel at nearly half the price of gasoline and serve a more diverse customer base. We look forward to expanding our CNG offering to include more of our stores throughout Oklahoma.”
In the past two years, the number of public CNG stations in Oklahoma has nearly tripled, making it now possible to drive across the entire state solely on CNG. Oklahoma serves as a model for how to develop alternative fueling infrastructure at the state level. For more information on CNG, visit www.cngnow.com.Share story on Facebook Share story on Twitter Email a Friend.