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Piedmont Natural Gas to offer renewable natural gas through Nashville fueling station

2020-09-29 09:00 ET - News Release

- Company providing renewable vehicle fuel to help Tennessee customers meet sustainability goals
- Renewable natural gas on the pipeline system, and the associated environmental attributes, brokered by Utah-based Bluesource

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Piedmont Natural Gas today announced that renewable natural gas (RNG) is now available at its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Nashville, Tenn.

Renewable natural gas is pipeline-quality biomethane produced from biomass that is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and can be used in natural gas vehicles. By fueling with RNG at Piedmont's Nashville station, fleets and organizations can further reduce their emissions footprint – helping decarbonize transportation in Tennessee.

"Drivers of CNG vehicles and companies with CNG fleets already have been benefiting from the cost advantages of fueling with abundant, domestic natural gas," said Phillip Grigsby, Piedmont's senior vice president of ventures and business development. "But there's a tremendous environmental benefit as well, since CNG vehicles have lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to diesel-fueled vehicles.

"That environmental advantage over diesel increases even more when the natural gas source is renewable – in this case, RNG captured from a landfill," Grigsby said. "Piedmont is excited to help our customers even further in meeting their sustainability goals."

Bluesource, an environmental action partner based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, will pair RNG available in the pipeline system with Piedmont's station, bringing the environmental benefits of renewable natural gas to Piedmont's consumers.

Bluesource Vice President Will Overly said, "We're thrilled to partner with Piedmont and empower their customers to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The economic and environmental benefits of RNG drive real change at the consumer level and beyond."

Piedmont's own fleet consists of 43% CNG vehicles, or approximately 643 vehicles. Piedmont provides CNG for industrial customers, including refuse, transit, over-the-road fleets and construction, as well as services for private use at CNG fueling stations.

Piedmont operates a network of 11 publicly accessible CNG fueling stations for fleets and personal natural gas vehicles within its three-state service area in the Carolinas and Tennessee. The company plans to continue extending RNG as a fuel source in its CNG fueling stations. These fast-fill stations are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information on Piedmont's CNG fueling stations, visit piedmontng.com/vehiclesandfueling.

Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is an energy services company whose principal business is the distribution of natural gas to more than 1 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company also supplies natural gas to power plants. Piedmont is routinely recognized by J.D. Power for excellent customer satisfaction, and has been named by Cogent Reports as one of the most trusted utility brands in the U.S. 

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2020 "World's Most Admired Companies" list, and Forbes' 2019 "America's Best Employers" list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.      

Bluesource

Bluesource is a climate action partner for private and public companies, nonprofits and governments. Bluesource has pioneered creative solutions to the climate crisis since 2001, with deep expertise across environmental technologies and markets. With more than 200 projects in the United States and Canada, Bluesource is a leader in voluntary, compliance and pre-compliance carbon, renewable energy attribute, renewable natural gas and energy efficiency markets. Bluesource empowers organizations to take their next step toward environmental action.

Jason Wheatley                                                            
Piedmont Natural Gas                                                   
877.348.3612                                                               
jason.wheatley@duke-energy.com             

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