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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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Tracy Burleson Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

NAHB IBS 2013 logo Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasThe National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) is America’s largest annual residential housing construction trade event for home construction products and services. This year, in addition to IBS,  attendees will have access to a second big tradeshow for design and construction professionals.

For the first time, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. The two events will remain separate with distinct shows being held simultaneously, February 4 – 6, 2014. An estimated 75,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, developers, building material dealers and distributors will attend from across the country to learn about new products, new technologies and new marketing ideas.

009 300x224 Join AGA at the 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las VegasPartnering with natural gas utilities and gas appliance manufacturers, the American Gas Association (AGA) will have more than 2,500-square-feet of display space featuring the latest technologies in the gas industry. With less than a month from the start of the show, be sure to make plans now to join us at this exciting event. AGA will also be livetweeting from the show from @aga_naturalgas. Join the conversation or follow along using hashtag #IBSVegas on Twitter. For more information, contact Tracy Burleson at tburleson@aga.org.

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Lisa Dundon AGA Incoming Chairman: Natural Gas Provides Solutions for Our Economy and Our Environment

The American Gas Association (AGA) hosted a media roundtable breakfast this morning to introduce 2014 AGA Chairman Gregg Kantor, president and CEO of NW Natural. At the event, Kantor discussed the theme for his chairmanship, “Solutions for Our Economy and Our Environment,” outlining how natural gas offers the potential for a stronger economy and a healthier planet.

“America’s natural gas utilities can bridge the divide between an either/or approach to fostering economic growth and protecting the environment,” said Kantor. “With natural gas we can do both and so much more.”

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Incoming AGA Chairman for 2014 says natural gas provides solutions for our economy and our environment.

As AGA Chairman, Kantor said his top priority will be to continue to deliver natural gas in a safe, clean and responsible manner. To achieve this goal, Kantor noted, the industry must work together to enhance an already excellent safety record, upgrade and enhance our nation’s natural gas infrastructure to continue to improve safety while reducing emissions, expand the use of natural gas in transportation, and invest in efficient technologies that utilize our nation’s abundance of natural gas effectively.

NW Natural is headquartered in Portland, Ore. and provides natural gas service to approximately 689,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Kantor also emphasized the importance of natural gas working alongside – not competing against – other forms of renewable energy.

“Natural gas can be a partner with other clean energy sources, including renewables,” said Kantor. “We need to get away from the notion that they are somehow at odds. That narrative is over, as far as I’m concerned.”

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Incoming AGA Chairman Gregg Kantor and AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy discuss the vision for natural gas in 2014.

After the presentation, Kantor and AGA President & CEO Dave McCurdy took questions from reporters of top energy trade, policy and environmental publications, including Environment & Energy Publishing, Platts, SNL News, Politico, CQ Roll Call and The Hill.

AGA will post a short video interview with Gregg Kantor on AGA’s YouTube page next week. Stay tuned!

 

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Christina Nyquist Recapping 811 Day 2013

Find out how your local natural gas utility promoted safe digging and how you can win a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series World RV Sales 500.

August 11 has come and gone, which means another National 811 Day has too. But don’t worry – we have a recap in case you missed out, and there are still some great deals and ways to celebrate.

811 is the national “Call Before You Dig” number, created to help avoid accidental damage to utility lines caused by digging activity. With excavation damage still the leading cause of costly and sometimes fatal pipeline incidents, it’s important to remind communities about the importance of calling 811 before undertaking any type of digging activity.

Every year, as part of their commitment to safety, American Gas Association (AGA) member companies throughout the country promote 811 Day in their own unique ways. Last Sunday marked the seventh year that utilities, communities and other stakeholders have joined together to promote and celebrate  811 Day, and the fifth year for the national effort led by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), of which AGA is a founding member.

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811 Day at the San Antonio Missions minor league baseball game.
Photo Courtesy: Facebook CGA and Texas811

Here are some highlights:

  • Baltimore Gas & Electric lit up downtown Baltimore with their impressive window light display. BGE also promoted 811 Day through various social media channels, a Safe Digging video, and a press release.
  • Vectren supported the new CGA TV spot “Don’t Ignore,” and also aided efforts to deliver cakes to TV and radio stations around Indiana to spread the 811 Day message.
  • Pacific Gas & Electric held several community and media outreach events at Home Depot stores that included: Picarro Surveyor vehicle demonstrations, gas and electric demonstration boards, hourly raffle draws, mark-and-locate demonstrations to provide a look at how PG&E marks its underground lines when 811 is called, and information and giveaways.
  • CenterPoint, Xcel Energy and Alliant Energy sponsored an 8.11K run/walk in Minnesota which was followed by a safety day event full of giveaways and Call Before You Dig messages.
  • Black Hills Energy helped promote 811 Day during an Iowa Cubs game on August 11. Ticket prices for the first 1,000 reserved tickets were sold for $8.11 and 1,000 additional general admission tickets were distributed to the public through several events.

Many other organizations and individuals chipped in to support 811 Day, and are still offering promotions you can take part in. Here are a few of the standout examples:

  • Beggars Pizza in Illinois and Indiana is offering small one-topping thin crust pizzas for $8.11 on Mondays through the entire month of August.
  • CGA and the 3M manufacturing company are working together to promote 811 through the Diggin’ Dega Sweepstakes effort. Beginning August 6 and running through September 13, fans who visit www.diggindega.com can enter to win a VIP trip for two to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 20, including airfare, two nights’ hotel stay, ground transportation while in Alabama and
    $500 spending money. To enter the sweepstakes, just “like” the Call Before You Dig page on Facebook.
  • This year the awesome 811 Bike made an appearance at the Oregon Utility Notification Center’s booth during the Bite of Oregon culinary event in Portland, Oregon.
  • 811 Runs were held in Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Kansas.
  • Texas 811 spread the safe digging message by sponsoring the August 11 Houston Astros baseball game against the Texas Rangers. Planes featured an 811 safety message banner flew over the park both before and after the game, and CGA President Bob Kipp threw out the first pitch.
  • A season-long promotion of 811 at the Kentucky Speedway has been underway since June.
  • John Tendell, a musician who works at the Utility Notification Center of Colorado got really creative and came up with an 811 song, entitled “811 Call Before You Dig.” To hear a short demo of the song, listen here.

811 Day is not the only dedicated time to remind people to practice safe digging. April is National Safe Digging Month (NSDM), and plenty of reminder events take place every year during the month. Many utility companies air PSAs and TV spots to promote safe digging, especially during planting season. The 811 Bike travels throughout the country, and community events are held in many cities and towns.

August 11 has passed, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to join in the effort to make a difference. You can (and should) still make the 811 Promise to help protect your community and keep your family safe and connected to critical services.

We can dig it, can you?  (Please call 811 before you do!)

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

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