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Leading NGV advocacy groups join forces

Oilfield Technology,

Two leading natural gas transportation advocacy groups in the US are joining forces to advance the growth of clean and affordable natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

The Drive Natural Gas Initiative, formerly a collaboration between the American Gas Association (AGA) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), will join forces with Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) to help promote the use of natural gas in transportation.

AGA CEO, Dave McCurdy, commented: “Natural gas vehicles offer a trifecta of solutions for our economy, environment and energy security. The momentum for NGVs has never been greater, and local natural gas utilities will play a key role in enabling NGV adoption. AGA is proud to join with ANGA and NGVAmerica to help ensure this momentum continues to grow.” McCurdy will serve alongside ANGA CEO, Marty Durbin, on NGVAmerica’s executive committee.

Drive Natural Gas Initiative
AGA and ANGA initially launched the Drive Natural Gas Initiative in 2010 as a two-year collaboration between the natural gas utility and natural gas production communities. The initiative played an important role in securing a level playing field for natural gas vehicles in 2012’s CAFE standards for light-duty vehicles. Thanks to the success of the programme, the participating companies elected to extend the collaboration for a third year in 2013.

AGA, ANGA and NGVAmerica have now decided to combine resources and help allow more Americans to benefit from the economic, environmental and energy security opportunities provided by natural gas.

ANGA CEO, Marty Durbin, commented: “This reorganised NGVAmerica will really help demonstrate to people the many benefits of employing natural gas vehicles as a growing part of our highway fleet. ANGA stands ready to help NGVAmerica as they build appreciation for the many economic and environmental benefits of using more natural gas on America’s highways.”

Alternative transport fuels
Natural gas vehicles offer long-term cost savings for users. These market dynamics create excellent opportunity for NGV adoption, which can be strengthened by policies that help ensure natural gas can compete on a level playing field with other alternative transportation fuels. The increased use of natural gas in transportation will also contribute to greater use of American energy and greater energy security, as cleaner air. NGVs produce approximately 20 – 30% fewer emissions than gasoline vehicles.

“The NGV industry is poised for historic growth,” said Rich Kolodziej, president of NGVAmerica. “NGVs are an essential part of America’s transportation system, and this new partnership will only help to grow that role and bring the benefits of natural gas to more Americans.”

Rob Eickelman, NGVAmerica president (Agility Fuel Systems), added: “NGVAmerica is excited about this new partnership with AGA and ANGA. Joining efforts will create a stronger front than we had individually, and I look forward to working with these two organisations to embrace the great opportunities that exist for NGVs in our nation.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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