The West Virginia Clean State Program’s quarterly stakeholder’s meeting was held in July in Charleston, West Virginia. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has two stakeholders in the program: assistant director of Communications and Outreach, Judy Moore, and executive director, Al Ebron. Moore attended the meeting as a representative for the NAFTC. Both the NAFTC and the WV Clean State program are committed to reducing the use of petroleum in vehicles and promoting the use of alternative fuels.
“We focus on a different fuel each quarter,” co-coordinator of the WV Clean State Program, Kelly Bragg explained. ””This year we’ve focused on electric vehicles, natural gas, and propane, with propane being the focus of this summer’s meeting.”
Director of West Virginia’s Division of Energy, Jeff Herholdt, and co-coordinators of the WV Clean State Program, Casey Randolph and Kelly Bragg at the Clean State stakeholder’s meeting. Credit: NAFTC.
Propane was chosen as the meeting’s topic because it is a by-product of natural gas, a resource that exists abundantly in West Virginia. Today, propane is the third most common fuel in the U.S., with over 300,000 propane-fueled vehicles in use.
The stakeholder’s meetings, held by Jeff Herholdt, director of West Virginia’s Division of Energy and Department of Commerce, featured two main presentations. Bragg provided stakeholders a report on the West Virginia natural gas vehicle task force. Next, Bret L. Chandler, vice president of Triana Management Services, gave a presentation titled “Propane as an Engine Fuel (Autogas),” with assistance from James “Eddy” Grey, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Triana Energy.
The two presentations covered several important developments for stakeholders in the Clean State Program, including the news that through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, funds are being made available to convert fleets of petroleum vehicles to propane. The presenters also disclosed that General Motors is working on producing 3,500 6-L fuel engines for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). (The two most common grades of LPG sold in the U.S. are commercial propane and HD-5). The 6-L fuel engines will be used primarily in fleets of school buses.