The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) attended the first Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Expo and Conference May 13 through 15 at the Convention Center in Charleston, WV.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association hosted the event. Bringing together energy innovators and veteran business leaders, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers, the NGV Expo was designed to encourage these groups to discuss implementing strategy for meeting future energy needs with natural gas.
The NAFTC hosted a booth that showcased natural gas courses and curricula, including Introduction to Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles, Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles, Heavy-Duty Gaseous Fuel Applications, and Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel System Inspector.
Judy Moore, NAFTC assistant director communications and outreach shows a list of the 25 available courses taught by the NAFTC at the expo booth.
NAFTC Acting Director Bill Davis spoke about the need for proper service technician training in a session about Mainstreaming NGVs: Managing Sales & Service Channel.
Bill Davis, NAFTC acting director speaks to attendees about the importance of training technicians skilled in working on natural gas vehicles.
On the final day of the event, Governor Tomlin spoke about the need for West Virginia to support natural gas initiatives to reduce transportation costs and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
Last year with 22 other states, West Virginia sent out Natural Gas Vehicle Request for Proposal to pursue greater purchasing power to change fleets to NGV. Last year, West Virginia, along with 22 other states, sent out a Natural Gas Vehicle Request for Proposal to demonstrate an interest in using natural gas fueled vehicles in its state fleet and to encourage auto manufacturers to increase production of these vehicles to meet those needs. The goal of the request was to leverage greater purchasing power to pursue the transition of state vehicle fleets to compressed natural gas vehicles. Auto makers have responded saying that they are ready supply NGV.
Additionally, a NGV taskforce charged with finding sensible cost efficient manner to encourage the use of NG to fuel our states transportation needs. They found that counties with largest fleet vehicle concentration and interstate traffic should lead the development of natural gas infrastructure.
In Governor Tomblin’s words, “I believe we can make West Virginia a national leader in the utilization of natural gas for government transportation. As we begin to see more natural gas vehicles on our roads, and natural gas fueling stations opening in our communities, I believe consumers will be encouraged to learn more about the benefits of natural gas powered vehicles. Natural gas as a vehicular fuel is currently half the cost of regular gasoline. Transitioning to this fuel source can save us money, create new jobs, and has the potential to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. I believe it will open many doors-for our state and our nation.”
Governor Tomblin spoke about the natural gas initiative in West Virginia at the final session of the conference.