VIDEO REPORT: New Compressed Natural Gas Pump Comes to Madison

By: Barclay Pollak Email
By: Barclay Pollak Email

Posted Friday March 1, 2013 --- 4:55 p.m.

Maria Redmond made a rare trip to a gas station today. She bought her Honda Civic in October of last year. It's fueled by CNG or Compressed Natural Gas and until now she filled her tank up at MG&E not a traditional gas station.

Today MG&E announced that with some help from the federal government and the State of Wisconsin they installed south central Wisconsin's first public CNG pumps at the Speedway on Royal Avenue near South Towne.

Debbie Branson with MG&E says, " We wanted to give some of the fleets in the area who are purchasing CNG vehicles an easy access, 24/7 option for fueling."

Not only do drivers have a new place to fuel up but CNG costs about 40% to 50% less, emissions are about 30% lower and according to officials with MG&E it could help to significantly cut our dependence on foreign oil.

There are some setbacks to owning a CNG vehicle. You're going to lose a little bit of trunk space. That's because the tank sits just behind the back seat.

Craig Lathrop is an automotive instructor at Madison College. He says CNG vehicles can be between $4,000 and $10,000 more expensive. But he sees today's announcement as a positive.

" There's not a great structure yet, " says Lathrop. " I am stressing the word yet because there's been great strides lately especially with the energy department and the state promoting it. "

For drivers like Maria today's news is great. It means she can spend more time behind the wheel not worrying where she's going to get the fuel to power them.

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