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Briefs -- Bronx CNG Station | EIA | Bobcat Gas Storage

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. andConsolidated Edison are building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx to fuel multi-fleets for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY).  DSNY operates CNG-fueled collection trucks and street sweepers. Baldor Specialty Foods also has committed to using the facility when it begins operations in 2018.

U.S. manufacturing became more reliant on natural gas as a fuel 2010-2014, while coal and coke, fuel oil and other petroleum liquids made up smaller shares, according to the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey. Natural gas consumption for manufacturing in 2014 was 5.9 quadrillion Btu, 39% of the total fuel use in manufacturing, compared with 37% in 2010, EIA said. From 2010 to 2014, total manufacturing fuel consumption rose 4.7%, while real gross output increased at 9.6%, resulting in a 4.4% decrease in energy intensity over the five-year period. The energy intensity decrease was mostly the result of a shift of manufacturing output to less energy-intensive industries, according to the report.

FERC has vacated in part its authorization for Bobcat Gas Storage to expand its natural gas storage facilities in St. Landry Parish, LA, at the company's request. In 2009 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authorized Bobcat to build three additional storage caverns, increasing total capacity by 31.5 Bcf to 51.9 Bcf. The proposed three caverns would have a combined working capacity of 24 Bcf [CP09-19]. Earlier this year, Bobcat filed a motion to vacate the orders in part, saying it had no plans to construct and operate Cavern No. 3, and a 2.7-mile long 16-inch diameter pipeline and a 7.8-mile long 20-inch pipeline associated with the cavern.

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