West Virginia governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, announced that Charleston, West Virginia will host the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference. In a July press conference, Tomblin, joined by the West Virginia Natural Gas and Oil Association, outlined plans for next year’s event. The 2013 Expo and Conference will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on May 13-15, 2013.
Charleston, West Virginia will host the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference at the Charleston Civic Center on May 13-15, 2013. Credit: West Virginia Governor’s Office.
Al Ebron, executive director of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium, attended Tomblin’s press conference.
“The NAFTC offers its full support to the upcoming event ,” Ebron said. “We believe in embracing alternatives to petroleum, and are very encouraged by the possibilities natural gas brings to our home state of West Virginia.”
“West Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural gas, and our state has the opportunity to showcase our commitment to using this resource at the 2013 Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo and Conference in 2013,” Tomblin said. “I will invite 12 governors, who share in my commitment to operate state vehicle fleets on natural gas, to join us for this event. The Expo will provide the opportunity for cities, counties and private businesses from throughout the country to learn more about using this natural resource as a fueling option for their fleets.”
Bob Orndorff, Board President of WVONGA, commented on the initiative,” Governor Tomblin’s dedication to converting the state fleet to natural gas vehicles will not only provide a cost savings on fuel but will give all West Virginians a chance to embrace this fuel source that we can produce right here in the Mountain State. Next year’s expo and conference will showcase opportunities with conversion accessories, heavy equipment and vendors for West Virginians to learn from and explore.”
This summer, Tomblin formed a Natural Gas Vehicle task force to assess the possibility of converting the state’s vehicle fleet to natural gas and developing a supporting infrastructure. Bids for the 2013 state-wide motor vehicle contract will include Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled vehicles. Tomblin also signed a memorandum of understanding, involving 12 other governors, in support of using natural gas powered vehicles in the state fleet. Additionally, Tomblin released a column in July, stating his plans to increase natural gas usage in West Virginia and further outlining its benefits.