Natural gas is an abundant resource, but natural gas fueling stations are surprisingly scarce. Currently, regular gas stations outnumber compressed natural gas stations approximately 100-to-1. And the shame of it is CNG sells at a fraction of the cost of regular gasoline.
For natural gas to become the energy "game changer" that many proclaim, the infrastructure problem must be addressed. And it appears many companies are prepared to answer the call.
The station builders
Clean Energy Fuels
The state of Pennsylvania could be next. Chesapeake is currently searching for a partner in building its first CNG station in the Keystone State.
The big winners of this trend will be the natural gas explorers and natural gas transportation companies. Natural gas explorers such as Chesapeake, Southwestern Energy
Companies that convert vehicles to run on natural gas will benefit as well. Fuel Systems Solutions
The bottom line
Natural gas appears to be ready for prime time as the lack of a fueling network is being addressed. Now could be the time, as one congressman put it, "to prepare for the upcoming revolution."
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Fool contributor Adam J. Crawford owns shares of Fuel Systems Solutions but does not own shares in any other company mentioned in this article.
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