On Wednesday, July 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), hosted the West Virginia Clean State Program Stakeholder Meeting.
The event focused on natural gas and propane, with the theme “Making it Happen in West Virginia”
The stakeholder meeting featured a roundtable discussion on gaseous fuels (natural gas and propane) and gaseous fuel vehicles, which included updates on activity in WV. NAFTC Acting Director Bill Davis explains, “This continues the process of providing education and information to stakeholders and the public about the use of gaseous fuel vehicles in the state. To succeed in the transition of state and private vehicles to gaseous fuels, education is key. Users of the vehicles must have knowledge and be comfortable with the technology to embrace it.”
Kelly Bragg, WV Clean State Program Co-coordinator, provided the attendees with a brief overview of the WV Clean State Program.
Roundtable speakers included:
Chris Weikle, Deputy Director of Public Policy for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Mike Romano, Harrison County Commissioner
Kelly Bragg, Coordinator for the West Virginia Clean State Program
Bret Chandler, Managing Director of Propane Fuel Technologies
Bill Davis, Acting Director of the NAFTC
Rebekah Hogue, Special Projects Coordinator for the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association
TJ Meadows, CNG Business Manager at IGS Energy CNG Services
Michael Moore, President of CNG Innovations of WV
Roundtable participants discuss ideas for implementation of natural gas vehicles in West Virginia.
Following the roundtable discussion, attendees toured the NAFTC facility and viewed displays of various alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
The NAFTC, which provides program management, curriculum development and training, and education out outreach activities on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, is a stakeholder of the West Virginia Clean State Program and was recently appointed to the Governor’s Natural Gas Vehicle Transition Team. .
The appointment to the Transition Team was recommended as part of the Governor’s Natural Gas Task Force final report, released in February of this year. In the report, the Task Force urged that the NAFTC—along with representatives from the Division of Highways, Energy, Tax, Fleet Management, Purchasing, the Governor’s Office, and Board of Education—form a Natural Gas Vehicle Transition Team.
The Transition Team will review agency plans to accomplish Gov. Tomblin’s call to have 25% of the state fleet fueled by natural gas in four years.