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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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Christina Nyquist What’s New in the Redesigned American Gas Magazine?

AGFeb13Coverenews What’s New in the Redesigned American Gas Magazine?When subscribers of American Gas magazine receive their February edition, they’ll notice a few changes.

In keeping with its tradition of innovation and industry expertise, the American Gas Association (AGA) has redesigned its monthly trade publication to bring readers even more of the best news and information on natural gas utilities and the role they are playing in America’s energy future.

New magazine content will explore the business of gas – how everything from commodity markets to regulations affects the bottom line. Coverage will also include updates about AGA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of its members, along with profiles of emerging voices within the natural gas industry.

America’s natural gas utilities touch almost every segment of their customers’ lives.  In turn they become a crucial part of the nation’s economic recovery, environmental health and national security. American Gas examines both the technical and regulatory systems and processes that ensure the continued safe and reliable delivery of natural gas, as well as the broader benefits the industry brings to society. Check out February’s edition for in-depth coverage of all of these issues and more.

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Christina Nyquist Saving Money by Switching to Natural Gas: The Natural Gas Fleet Savings Calculator

Across the country, city buses, refuse vehicles, delivery trucks and even taxi and limousine services are saving money and reducing tailpipe emissions by switching from gasoline and diesel to natural gas.

Now, the Drive Natural Gas Initiative (Drive Nat Gas) has worked with Ricardo, a leading firm in sustainable energy technology, to help make it easier for vehicle fleet owners to make that switch.

The Natural Gas Fleet Savings Calculator lets users conduct a preliminary analysis and calculation of the payback period for converting a fleet, or part of a fleet, to natural gas.

Drive Nat Gas and Ricardo will host a free, public webinar on Tuesday, November 27th at 11 am EST to present the tool and give a tutorial, and will answer questions from the audience.

Expanding the use of natural gas in transportation delivers both economic and environmental benefits. On average, natural gas is currently 47 percent less expensive than an equivalent gallon of gasoline, and 59 percent less expensive than equivalent gallon of diesel. Natural gas-powered vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent compared to gasoline- fueled vehicles.

Using natural gas at the pump can provide significant cost savings. Yet making the initial investment to switch to natural gas vehicles and ensuring the infrastructure exists to fuel it can be daunting to businesses and individuals concerned with the bottom line.

Fleet vehicles, – like delivery trucks, refuse vehicles, transit buses and more – may see a significant benefit from making the initial investment to switch to natural gas. This is because fleet vehicles use more fuel than the average passenger car or truck, and frequently return to the same base to refuel, making them less reliant on a steady supply of fueling stations.  Fleets also replace their vehicles more frequently than lighter-duty vehicles. This may make it easier for them to recover the initial investment costs in a shorter amount of time.

As more fleets make the switch and encourage investment in fueling stations and infrastructure, it will become easier for lighter-duty vehicles to follow suit. More vehicles powered by domestic natural gas across the country will spur our economy, increase our energy security and improve our environment. AGA and Drive Nat Gas work every day to make those goals a reality.

Drive Nat Gas is a membership-based, collaborative effort of natural gas utilities and producers seeking to further develop the use of clean, domestic, affordable natural gas as a transportation fuel.  Through Drive Nat Gas, over 50 natural gas industry members  work to expand the role natural gas can play in enhancing national and energy security, improving air quality and providing America with a more affordable and reliable source of transportation fuel.

To join tomorrow’s webinar and learn more, contact Christina Nyquist at cnyquist@aga.org.

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Lisa Dundon Florida School District Converts Buses to Natural Gas, Opens Public Refueling Station

As state financial support and district budgets have gotten tighter, schools across the country are turning to natural gas to cut costs and leave a smaller carbon footprint.

A north Florida school district has teamed up with Nopetro, a company which designs, builds, owns, operates, and maintains compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations throughout the Southeast, to open a public natural gas vehicle fueling station on school grounds.

Leon County School District, located in Tallahassee, FL used to burn a half million gallons of diesel each year in their school buses. According to District Superintendent Jackie Pons, the district made the decision to buy new busses that run on natural gas, “because it’s cheaper, cleaner, and the energy source is available in the U.S.”  In doing so, the district is cutting its fuel costs per bus in half.

The new refueling station is open to motorists who register their vehicles with the company. A station attendant will manage the pumps and disperse the natural gas into the vehicles.

Using Tallahassee as a model for other communities, Nopetro is developing as many as 16 refueling stations in Florida within the next three years.

Tallahassee Sen. Bill Montford (D) plans to introduce a bill in the 2013 legislative session to help school districts save money on transportation.

There is a tremendous opportunity for school districts, municipalities, business and consumers through greater use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Through the use of natural gas vehicles we can move away from our dependence on foreign oil greatly increasing our national security.

Let us know how your community is using natural gas and we could feature your story in an upcoming AGA blog post.

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