Car Corner location ‘great’ for CNG station
By Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Date: January 12, 2013
Two sites have emerged that could house a government-supported compressed natural gas station in Jackson Hole.
Lower Valley Energy and G6 LLC, whose registered agent is Dennis Lamb, submitted proposals to Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project Director Shelley Simonton before the Friday deadline for a request for proposals.
The lot on Lamb’s application is located at 1007 S. Highway 89, adjacent to the Maverik Country Store.
Lower Valley offered to host a station as a backup plan, in the event other possibilities fall through. It would be installed on Lower Valley’s property south of town.
“I’m excited about this Car Corner proposal,” Simonton said. “For commuters, it’s a great location.”
The benefit of Lamb’s spot is its proximity to a convenience store, she said.
“If the Car Corner space doesn’t work, we at least have a backup option,” Simonton said of Lower Valley’s application, “but it’s less desirable for sure.”
The energy co-op partners with the town of Jackson and Teton County to run the Energy Sustainability Project.
Members of the project’s board will look over the proposals next week. They plan to apply for up to $1 million from the Wyoming Business Council. The deadline is March 1.
The money would be used to purchase equipment for the natural gas station, which would be leased to the operator.
A similar station is planned for Afton, which would help entice commuters who live there and work here to convert their vehicles to natural gas, board members say.
It costs $5,000 to $10,000 to convert a car to run on compressed natural gas. In Wyoming, natural gas costs about $2 a gallon. Vehicles get about the same mileage compared with regular gasoline.