On July 15, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) and the West Virginia Clean State Program concluded a series of three free natural gas and propane fleet workshops in West Virginia. The workshops were held in Bridgeport, Charleston, and Wheeling.

With gasoline prices continuing to rise and natural gas and propane continuing to be the more economical fuel choices, local fleet managers are interested in learning more about how these fuels can improve their bottom line.

Fueling costs are some of the highest expenses that gasoline-powered fleets face. Because of the low cost of natural gas and propane, the use of these fuels can quickly offset the cost of conversion for vehicle fleets, making the use of these fuels a win/win for West Virginia businesses.

Each workshop allowed traditional fleet managers to meet with fleets who have transitioned to natural gas or propane, local fueling companies, and conversion specialists.

NAFTC Director Bill Davis commented, “The reaction to these workshops has been fantastic. They have brought together all of the major players and helped fleet managers realize that they are not alone in making the transition to alternative fuels.”

The workshops were held in areas that already have or will soon have access to natural gas and propane fueling stations as part of Governor Tomblin’s focus to use West Virginia’s natural gas resources, both for fleets in West Virginia and through expanding markets for the fuel outside of the state.

“An increasing number of fleets in the area and in surrounding states are turning to natural gas and propane, which has helped reduce our dependence on foreign oil, clean up the environment, and create jobs here in West Virginia,” Davis added.

2014 July CNG Workshop 1

Jeff Corcetti from Jeff’s Performance presented at the Wheeling workshop on converting vehicles to use natural gas or propane. Credit: NAFTC.

2014 July CNG Workshop 2

Corky Demarco director of WVONGA provided an update on the natural gas and propane movement in the state. Credit: NAFTC.

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