San Antonio's first public natural gas refueling station is open for business.
You can find it on Foster Road near IH-10--and many state and local leaders call it a big winner.
"Compressed natural gas replacing an oil-based fuel is excellent for the local economy. It's also quite a bit cheaper for the fleets that use it right now" said Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter. Congressman Pete Gallego also sees a big economic upside.
"If there's one thing we have plenty of, it's gas" Gallego said, adding "It's clean energy--the better off we are as a state, the better off we are as a nation."
The experts admit converting to compressed natural gas can be pricey--but they also say making the move makes the most economic sense.
"On a light duty vehicle, you may be looking at an $8000 upfit for thr total vehicle--but you're going to make that back (in fuel cost savings) in two years time at most" said Chip Haas with America's Natural Gas Alliance. Meanwhile, efforts to make such conversions easier are already getting underway in San Antonmio--which may result in an economic boom all it's own.
"3M Company is developing a new, state of the art fuel tank--working with Rush Enterprises here locally in our area that will be producing them starting probably next year" said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, applauding the opening of the new station.