SHARP ENERGY TEAMS WITH AUTOPORT, INC. TO PROVIDE NEW CASTLE COUNTY’S FIRST 24-HOUR PROPANE AUTOGAS FUELING STATION

June 26, 2014

DOVER, DE — Sharp Energy, Inc., the largest propane retailer on the Delmarva Peninsula and a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK), announced today that New Castle County’s first Propane Autogas Public Fueling Station is open for business. Located at AutoPort’s Conversion Center at 201 Pigeon Point Road in New Castle, DE, the new station will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

“Propane autogas is the highest grade of commercial propane, and is the most widely used alternative fuel for gasoline and diesel vehicles in the world. It’s environmentally friendly, creating less pollution than gasoline. It’s domestic, with the new supplies coming from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.  It’s also economical,” explained Bob Zola, President of Sharp Energy, Inc. “Vehicles that have converted to propane autogas will save $1.25 to $1.50 on each gallon of propane as compared to gasoline.”

By converting existing fleet vehicles — such as buses, taxis and shuttles — to propane autogas, customers experience dramatic fuel cost savings, and the implementation costs are significantly less than for other alternative fuel options.

“We are thrilled to be working with Sharp Energy to make propane autogas easily available to all vehicles utilizing the world’s most popular alternative fuel,” said Roy Kirchner, President and CEO of AutoPort, Inc. 

The fueling station is conveniently located to serve local customers and those as far as Baltimore, Philadelphia and Trenton. Additional fueling stations are located in Georgetown, DE and Salisbury, MD.
“We have a great product and we can help you save a lot of money,” added Mr. Zola. “We are continually educating customers on the many benefits of propane autogas.”  

Sharp Energy and Autoport are members of Alliance AutoGas. Alliance AutoGas is a national consortium with over 35 propane autogas fueling providers and over 40 vehicle conversion centers.

Based in Salisbury, MD, Sharp Energy distributes propane to approximately 36,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. With four rail facilities and over two million gallons of propane storage, Sharp Energy has established a solid supply portfolio.  To learn more about Sharp Energy and its many customer programs or to become a new customer, visit www.sharpenergy.com or call 1-888-SHARP40.

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing; electricity distribution; propane distribution and wholesale marketing; advanced information services and other related businesses. Information about Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Chesapeake family of businesses is available at www.chpk.com.

Established in 1981, AutoPort, Inc. is a privately held company with property totaling over 175 acres in the private sector and in the Port of Wilmington, DE. Auto Port has handled, processed and modified well over 2,000,000 vehicles destined to market for U.S. based automotive manufacturers including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, American Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi and Toyota.

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Sharp Energy, Inc. and AutoPort, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the first 24-hour automotive propane fueling station in New Castle County, DE. Pictured from left: Roy Kirchner, President of AutoPort, Inc.; Dick Johnson, Director of Business Development for AutoPort, Inc.; and Bob Zola, President of Sharp Energy, Inc.

Sharp Energy, Inc. and AutoPort, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the first 24-hour automotive propane fueling station in New Castle County, DE. Pictured from left: Roy Kirchner, President of AutoPort, Inc.; Dick Johnson, Director of Business Development for AutoPort, Inc.; and Bob Zola, President of Sharp Energy, Inc.

Chris Cafarella, Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager for Sharp Energy, Inc., fuels up with propane autogas.  Vehicles that have converted to propane autogas will save $1.25 to $1.50 on each gallon of propane as compared to gasoline.

Chris Cafarella, Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager for Sharp Energy, Inc., fuels up with propane autogas. Vehicles that have converted to propane autogas will save $1.25 to $1.50 on each gallon of propane as compared to gasoline.

For more information, contact:
Sydney Davis, Communications Manager
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
302.736.7828
shdavis@chpk.com

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