Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel

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IGS Energy, America’s leading independent retail supplier of natural gas, is taking the necessary steps to support natural gas as a long-term solution for transportation fuel.

The company’s initial venture into this industry is a partnership with the City of Dublin, Ohio, to build a natural gas fueling station that will service compressed natural gas (CNG) City fleet vehicles and the public. Dublin is expected to convert existing fleet vehicles to CNG in the spring of 2011, and the fueling station is to go on-line in August 2011. Replacing gasoline burning vehicles with CNG powered vehicles will not only save the City of Dublin an estimated $20,000 or more in fuel costs, it will also translate into 25 to 30 percent fewer emissions.

IGS and Dublin’s commitment to natural gas as a transportation fuel mirrors what is happening across the United States. For example, 26 of all new transit bus orders in 2009 were for natural gas vehicles (NGVs), and nearly 18 percent of all buses were NGVs, according to the American Public Transit Association.

This partnership parallels a national movement to reduce emissions in vehicles and our country’s reliance on foreign oil, a change for which there is already evidence of success. There are more than 110,000 NGVs and 1,000 fueling stations in the United States, with almost half of those stations accessible to the public. The manufacturing industry also recognizes this trend with approximately 30 companies currently producing 100 different models of vehicles and engines.

NGVs biggest advantages over traditional gasoline- and diesel-burning vehicles are fuel cost savings and reduction of emissions. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, fuel costs for NGVs are 30 percent less than those using gasoline and 42 percent less than those burning diesel – and those percentages are only expected to rise over time. Also, natural gas contains less carbon than any other fossil fuel, refined or not, so less carbon dioxide – one of the most detrimental greenhouse gases – is emitted per vehicle. Experts say that reduction is as much as 30 percent with current NGV technology.

IGS Energy has delivered in its role as a leader in the natural gas industry, first through its work as one of the architects of Ohio’s Choice Program, and today through its focus on expanding the efficacy of our natural gas reserves. Recent estimates show that the United States has the world’s largest reserves of natural gas – enough for decades of domestic use. Expanding the scope and capacity of our nation’s use of natural gas, specifically as a transportation fuel, is an important first step in reducing our nation’s carbon emissions and dependence on foreign oil. The partnership with the city of Dublin is IGS’s first step as a leader in the natural gas supplier industry for these efforts.

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