Pembroke natural gas station seen a spur to economic, environmental innovation
Though the pumps don't look much different than those found at a typical gas station, the price and environmental impact is drastically different, officials say. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)
“It helps our tax structure, number one, and as a selectman, you’re very interested in what it does for property taxes,” he said. “And it’s not coal. When other people look at our town ... we hope to bring in other types of renewable energy and environmentally good projects, so it’s a stepping stone. ... It’s absolutely the right direction.”
Clean Energy, which has been in business for about 18 years, typically serves transit buses and automobiles, but Riley said his company partnered with NG Advantage to deliver natural gas to manufacturing facilities and large industrial facilities throughout New England.
Vicki Quiram, assistant commissioner for New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services, said the facility is a “fabulous example” of the connection between a healthy economy and a healthy environment.
“When you’re dispensing it into your vehicle, there’s no opportunity for leakage, and if there is any sort of escape of natural gas, it goes into the air ... and it dissipates very quickly,” he said. “And when it actually combusts in your vehicle, it’s extremely clean. You know, some of the cleanest vehicles on earth are natural gas vehicles.”
“The important thing here is that this should be an economic driver for New Hampshire,” said Riley. “It gives some of the manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire that aren’t currently on a pipeline the opportunity to become more cost competitive.”
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