Compressed Natural Gas is slowly catching on in South Carolina — and Thursday — the newest CNG fueling station in the state opens its doors in Lancaster County.
The Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority rolls out its CNG-based fleet and fuel station with vehicles already in use that have been converted to CNG for daily use.
Former television meteorologist Terri Bennett represents the utility and its green efforts, which have been in place for the last two years.
“It was not a decision that they have made lightly,” Bennett said. “They’ve been talking about it and pursuing their options and conducting their research… and making sure that the payoff is worth the investment.”
The Lancaster utility spent about $4,000 per vehicle to convert it from a gasoline vehicle to compressed natural gas. It will take approximately four years for the company to recoup the cost, and twill then save them about $2,000 per year in fuel costs.
Natural Gas in the Charlotte Metro region ranges in price from $1.55 in York County to $2.35 in the Steele Creek community.
“The fuel that you put in your car is going to be significantly cheaper and it’s not coming from foreign countries,” Bennett said. It’s coming from right here in the United States.”
Four CNG fuel stations currently exist in South Carolina, including two in York County: at the York County Natural Gas headquarters on East Main Street and the City of Rock Hill Operations Center on S. Anderson Road.