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Tracy Burleson 2014 New American Home Showcases Emerging Energy Efficiency Technology

The abundance and affordability of natural gas provides many new opportunities to expand its use throughout different sectors of the economy, including increased numbers of uses in the residential sector. The use of natural gas appliances in the home can not only help improve total energy efficiency, but can also help lower your energy bills and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

TNAH 2014 1 2014 New American Home Showcases Emerging Energy Efficiency Technology

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Visitors to the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, NV next week will have the opportunity to experience these emerging energy-efficient technologies and products first-hand inside the 2014 New American Home. The stunning, 7,400-square-foot home integrates an array of natural gas appliances and features, including a compressed natural gas (CNG) home fueling station supplied by Southwest Gas, which delivers a convenient, on-site way to refuel CNG vehicles using the home’s existing natural gas supply line.The efficiency created by using natural gas is just one of the many ways this home reduces its carbon footprint.

The New American Home was constructed to the highest level of the National Green Building Standard by custom builder Element Building Company with state-of the-art technology, including a solar water heater, photovoltaic panels, closed-cell spray-foam insulation and a weather-sensitive irrigation system that automatically adjusts usage relative to the immediate climate. The house, dubbed the greenest New American Home in the program’s 31-year-history, also features tankless water heaters, hydronic air handlers, intelligent fireplaces and sustainable building materials.

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Natural gas plays an important role in increasing household energy efficiency while also being extremely cost effective. Appliances using this fuel help consumers save money and increase comfort while improving the environment. According the American Gas Foundation’s new study “Fueling the Future with Nature Gas: Bringing it Home,” households with natural gas heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $654 less annually than households using electricity for the same appliances.

The American Gas Association (AGA) is proud to once again partner with utility member Southwest Gas to deliver clean and efficient natural gas to the New American Home. Utility member Questar will be providing a CNG pickup outside the home, specifically a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD Crew Cab 153.7.

This dynamic home will be open for free daily tours from February 4-6 via free shuttle buses (ticket required) departing every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center. For a sneak peak of the New American Home, watch this video below:

Reminder: AGA will also be participating in IBS on February 4-6. Stop by booth C2615 to meet with leading manufactures and learn about the latest industry innovations and technology. You can also follow AGA’s livetweet on Twitter using @AGA_naturalgas and #IBSVegas.

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Tracy Burleson World CNG Revved Up to Spotlight NGV Pickup at International Builders’ Show

Guest Blogger: John Hodgkinson on behalf of World CNG

As thousands of construction professionals from across the country arrive at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) Opening Ceremony, a 2013 Ford F150 bi-fuel truck will be on display at the entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center. World CNG, with the American Gas Association and Southwest Gas, is excited to display the truck at IBS held February 4 – 6, 2014. The Seattle-based company, with additional conversion facilities in Chicago and Las Vegas, specializes in compressed natural gas (CNG) upfits of small and medium-duty passenger and cargo vehicles.

WorldCNG Passengerside2 300x114 World CNG Revved Up to Spotlight NGV Pickup at International Builders’ ShowThe 2013 5.0 L Ford F150 is a bi-fuel CNG conversion with 21 Gasoline Gallon Equivalent Cylinder providing an overall range of approximately 750 miles.  With a technical and sales staff that includes some of the industry’s leading experts in CNG vehicle technology, World CNG develops custom CNG conversion packages for pickup truck applications designed to meet the requirements of fleet operations.

According to the new “Fueling the Future of Natural Gas: Bringing it Home” study by the American Gas Foundation and IHS CERA, a natural gas vehicle can save consumers an average of $4,500 in fuel costs over five years compared to a gasoline vehicle.  IHS CERA reports that natural gas prices will remain in the $4-5 per mmBtu range (in constant 2012$) on an annual average through 2035. In contrast, the price of crude oil is projected to be $90 per barrel, or almost $16 per mmBtu. This translates to projected retail costs for gasoline and diesel fuel that are approximately twice the natural gas price. IHS CERA reports that the volume of natural gas used as a transportation fuel in the U.S. will triple by 2020.

In addition to World CNG, AGA will also partner with appliance manufacturers to feature the latest in natural gas technology in booth C2615 located in the Central Concourse of the Convention Center. AGA will be livetweeting throughout IBS and encourages you to join the conversation on Twitter using @aga_naturalgas and #IBSVegas. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of World CNG alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.*

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Lisa Dundon Universities Making the Grade with Natural Gas

Communications & Marketing Department Intern Terence Edelman contributed to this story.

Universities around the country are looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions and be more environmentally friendly.  To achieve this, many institutions are moving away from other fuels in favor of efficient, cleaner burning natural gas.

Oberlin College in Ohio has a plan to eliminate their carbon emissions by 2025. In order to achieve this goal the campus is transitioning to gas boilers for the next 12 years, at which point the college plans to switch to electric compressor technology. Their old coal burners, installed in the 1940s, will be taken offline next March and replaced with cleaner burning natural gas. Once the electric compressor technology is utilized, the natural gas plant will serve as a back-up system in the event of an electrical outage, unusually high needs and during maintenance periods.

Lock Haven University (LHU) in Pennsylvania has also found a good use for natural gas.  A university trolley used to transport students around campus was recently converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). LHU has other trolleys which burn diesel fuel and are much louder. University spokesperson Keith Roush said the college made the switch to clean, green CNG as a way to cut down on emissions. LHU officials have also stated that they are paying less for the CNG trolley and get comparable miles per gallon as the diesel fuel alternatives.

LHU CNG trolley Universities Making the Grade with Natural Gas

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The University of Colorado (CU) is taking advantage of low and stable natural gas prices and will use natural gas powered turbines to generate electricity and heat for the campus.  CU is developing a $91 million “campus utility system” project to renovate their existing power plant, enabling them to generate steam and electricity from natural gas, all while reducing carbon emissions.

“These enhancements to our power plants so that we can burn natural gas to create electricity will lower our carbon footprint significantly,” said Dave Newport, director of the university’s Environmental Center.

After analyzing a range of alternatives, Pennsylvania State University is converting its coal-powered steam plant to natural gas to upgrade and improve efficiency.  The steam plant, which was built in 1929, consumes 70,000 tons of coal each year. The university expects to recover the investment in the mechanical upgrades through the savings achieved from purchasing lower cost natural gas. To accommodate the increase in natural gas demand, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will upgrade its natural gas service to the plant by installing a new gas line across campus.

Universities across the country are taking advantage of affordable, clean and reliable natural gas to reduce their carbon footprints and improve the energy efficiency of their institutions. Let us know in the comments section below what you or your school is doing to embrace our nation’s clean, abundant supply of natural gas.

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Christina Nyquist Driving the Nation to a Secure Energy Future: The White House Gives a Boost to Natural Gas Vehicles

The nation is searching for cleaner, cheaper, domestic and more secure fuel sources for transportation – and natural gas is a big part of the solution. Now, the White House is showing strong support for policies that grow the use of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) across the country.

On Friday, March 15, President Barack Obama stood in front of a row of alternative fuel vehicles, including a white Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle, at the Argonne National Laboratory and unveiled his plan for the Energy Security Trust.

“We can support scientists and engineers that are devising new ways to fuel our cars and trucks with new sources of clean energy – like advanced biofuels and natural gas – so drivers can one day go coast to coast without using a drop of oil,” the President said in his speech.

The proposed trust will expand alternative transportation fuels and shift American vehicles away from their reliance on foreign oil. The plan will provide $2 billion over 10 years, using revenue from federal oil and gas development, for research that focuses on developing cost-effective transportation alternatives, including domestically produced natural gas.

Obama NGV March 2013 Driving the Nation to a Secure Energy Future: The White House Gives a Boost to Natural Gas Vehicles

President Obama speaks in front of a stage of alternative fuel vehicles, including a white Honda Civic Natural Gas Vehicle, at the Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15, 2013. The 2012 Honda CNG Civic GX was named one of the Kelly Blue Book 10 Best Green Cars of 2012.

In a White House factsheet, President Obama commits to leveraging our domestic abundance of natural gas by working with the private sector to grow the use of natural gas in the nation’s trucking fleet. Among other items, the plan includes the following measures that support NGV growth:

  • Incentives for medium-and-heavy-duty trucks that run on natural gas or other alternative fuels.
  • Providing a credit for 50 percent of the incremental cost of a dedicated alternative-fuel truck for a five-year period.
  • Laboratories that use federal resources to develop different models for deploying advanced vehicles.

Kathryn Clay is the Executive Director of the Drive Natural Gas Initiative, a collaborative effort of natural gas utilities and producers to develop the use of clean, domestic, affordable natural gas as a transportation fuel.

“About two-thirds of U.S. oil consumption in the United States fuels the transportation sector, and over 70 percent of the oil we use is imported,” said Clay. “We have a nearly one hundred years supply of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas and it just makes sense to use that resource to fuel our cars, trucks and buses. The President’s remarks recognize the role that NGVs can play in boosting our national security, improving our environment and reducing fuel costs for our citizens.”

The American Gas Association  is thrilled to see the President voice his support for encouraging the growth of natural gas vehicles, which is already underway thanks to private sector investments to build fueling infrastructure across the country, encouraged by the low cost of natural gas.

Learn more about the Energy Security Trust in this White House Blog post, and view an infographic showing the role for NGVs in America’s secure energy future. You can also watch the full speech here.

 

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