January 8, 2020. Fleet vehicles that service Puget Sound Energy customers will be getting cleaner. PSE’s sister company Puget LNG, established to market and sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Tacoma LNG facility, has signed a contract to provide LNG to Potelco, Inc. and InfraSource Services, LLC, both operating companies of Quanta Services, Inc. to fuel their electric and natural gas system construction trucks.
Throughout the agreement, Puget LNG will provide over 1 million gallons of LNG each year for 5 years.
Potelco and InfraSource have a combined fleet of over 220 vehicles that use LNG instead of less environmentally-friendly diesel fuel. Potelco and InfraSource are also adding additional LNG vehicles to their fleet. These are the trucks Puget Sound Energy (PSE) customers see every day doing heavy electric and natural gas system construction. As a service provider to PSE, they perform the day to day work building and maintaining the electric and natural gas systems, including working around the clock to restore power after a storm.
Potelco and InfraSource have been using LNG in their service vehicles since 2013. However, without a local source of LNG, they have been required to transport the fuel from locations outside of the state of Washington. Through this agreement, they will be able to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by substantially shortening the supply chain of LNG from source to end use.
Last year Potelco and InfraSource offset almost 566,075 gallons of diesel from being consumed and reduced GHG emissions by 339 tons. They were recognized for their efforts with an award from Western Washington Clean Cities in 2016.
Potelco and InfraSource will start receiving the cleaner fuel when the Tacoma LNG facility is operational, which is scheduled for some time in 2021.