NOPFA owns and operates two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations. These state of the art stations produce 1,900 gas gallon equivalent of compressed natural gas in a normal 12-hour period. The Authority is very excited to provide this economical and environmental benefit to Northeast Oklahoma. As we already do at the meter, we now are able to offer one of the lowest costs at the pump in Oklahoma.
Tahlequah Compressed Natural Gas Quick Fueling Station
Address: 853 Woodward Ave., Tahlequah
Stilwell-Westville Compressed Natural Gas Quick Fueling Station
Address: 81075 Highway 59, Stilwell
Station Funding & Production
NOPFA was able to construct the two compressed natural gas stations because of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Grant. The Stimulus State Energy Program (SSEP) as administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has allocated $2,265,505.73, along with NOPFA funds in the amount of $364,038.89 for a total project cost of $2,629,544.62.
By introducing an alternative fuel to Cherokee and Adair counties, residents and public agencies with fleet vehicles can help control these costs. We are pleased to be a part of such a positive measure that can be implemented to provide a real cost savings. The Authority is always seeking opportunities to provide natural gas service to the areas we serve. By installing CNG fueling stations at each county seat we are making good use of our existing distribution network.
Development of a Fuel Network
It is our desire to utilize these CNG fueling stations not just for demonstration purposes but as a beginning in development of a viable CNG fueling network that will stretch across Oklahoma in every county. This goal would improve the mobility of residents within the state who wish to travel using CNG based vehicles, and provide them with additional economic opportunities. The Cherokee Nation is in the process of installing a CNG fueling station at the tribal complex.
These activities will no doubt spur the potential market for new firms to enter the CNG fueling station arena. The initial construction of these stations will encourage new investors and entrepreneurs to enter the market sector and provide labor, materials and equipment for additional stations. This will ultimately result in more jobs, market competition, and a reduction in cost of CNG equipment. These projects along with others across our nation are already making an impact on Oklahoma companies.
Tulsa Technology Center and Oklahoma City Community College both have established courses to train technicians to install and maintain CNG equipment on vehicles. This creates more jobs in education, and helps to expand the current automotive shop or creates new opportunities for other technicians. Our desire is to bring all these great opportunities to this region and we look forward to continually serving the great people of this area.