Pennsylvania looks to CNG
The value of CNG (compressed natural gas) to run vehicles is being seen here in northeastern
A PA Route 6 CNG Corridor is being planned, and Chesapeake Energy is also taking advantage of CNG.
Benefits of CNG
According to Denise McCourt, a spokesperson for Natural Gas Vehicles for America, a trade association representing the natural gas vehicle industry, based in Washington, D.C., a vehicle can come off the production line ready to run on CNG — such as the Honda Civic GX — or vehicles can be converted to run on CNG; this involves installing hardened valves in the engine to handle CNG.
The environmental benefits of a CNG vehicle are that they produce 20 to 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than comparable diesel- and gasoline-fueled vehicles, she noted. She said this fact comes from research by the California Air Resources Board.
She added that a CNG vehicle has less emissions. For example, she said, a Honda Civic GX produces 95 percent fewer emissions of non-methane hyrdrocarbons and 75 percent less emissions of nitrogen oxide.
She noted that natural gas, per unit of energy, contains less carbon than any other fossil fuel and thus produces lower carbon dioxide per vehicle mile traveled.
The PA Route 6 CNG (compressed natural gas) Corridor would establish a series of CNG filling pumps at existing filling stations across the Pennsylvania US Route 6 Corridor stretching 400 miles from
Smethport Mayor Ross Porter from
He noted that the team is not looking for grants to establish the CNG filling pumps, but is rather is seeking to work closely with private industry to install the pumps. The Corridor could be a model for the whole country, he said, and could be duplicated in other places. He said they would initially like to have pumps every 30 or 50 miles.
Currently, the PA Route 6 Alliance is building the leadership team for the CNG Corridor project.
It will include people from the natural gas industry, from academia, vocational-technical schools, and from state and federal government, he said.
According to Porter, the Leadership Team’s purpose is move the project forward.
He said CNG is the fuel of the future, and the PA Route 6 CNG Corridor is “an idea whose time is ripe.”
“We’re looking for a transition into CNG as a future fuel,” he said. He said it’s a proven technology and a conservative estimate shows 11 million CNG vehicles in the world.
Currently, he said, the
“We have this resource and it will be a minimum of change for people living in our region,” he said.
Porter said a gasoline vehicle could be converted into a “bi-fuel” vehicle to run on both CNG and gasoline. A motorist, he said, would be able to switch back and forth from one fuel to the other “on the fly.” He noted that CNG vehicles run much more cleaner than gasoline vehicles.
“We are the original natural gas heritage region in the world, certainly in the
According to Brian Grove, Senior Director — Corporate Development for
Chesapeake Energy is undertaking a pioneering and innovative community project to convert its vehicles in northeastern
As part of this project, which received $750,000 through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant program, the Endless Mountains Transit Authority (EMTA) will convert to CNG fuel five 18-passenger public-transit buses. Additionally, Chesapeake Energy will convert 50 vehicles from its local light-duty fleet to run on CNG, which is part of the company’s ‘Fueling the Future Initiative’ to convert all of its 4,100 corporate vehicles. By virtue of this complete transformation, Chesapeake Energy is leading the way to help transition the national transportation system away from expensive and carbon-heavy gasoline and diesel to carbon-light, affordable, domestically produced natural gas.
In conjunction with these fleet conversions, Dandy Mini Mart will construct and operate one of the first public natural-gas-fueling stations in northeastern
The effort to promote CNG in
The discovery and development of a once-unimaginable supply of natural gas from several shale formations across the country allow the
Locally, Ferrario is making inroads on the energy frontier with liquid propane. Its website notes that Ferrario Ford can supply Ford Trucks with ROUSH Liquid Propane Injection as a complete vehicle, or convert existing vehicles at its location in