Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BP America Partnering with Local Energy Efficiency Organization


BP America is partnering with the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) and the La Plata Energy Council (LPEC) to host regional meetings that will explore   interest, viability, benefits and possible drawbacks of converting local vehicle fleets to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG.

The meetings come as falling price and reduced emissions of compressed natural gas (CNG) are prompting a discussion among local vehicle fleet managers about transitioning to CNG as a transportation fuel.

“BP America was a founding partner of our organization,” said Gregg Dubit, 4CORE Executive Director. “We look forward to facilitating the exchange of information through these regional discussions and exploring the many moving parts of CNG viability for fleets.” CNG is currently less expensive and burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, making it an affordable and environmentally preferred option for many fleets.

CNG meetings are planned to assess fueling, range, power, maintenance, return on investment, regulations, synchronization between vehicle attainment and fueling stations, and conversion of existing versus the purchase of new vehicles.

Guest speakers with expertise in these areas will be present to inform dialog among regional fleet managers. Fleet managers invited to these meetings include those from the City of Durango, La Plata County, Fort Lewis College, and Southern Ute Community Action Programs Road Runner Transit, among others.

A fleet manager survey is currently underway regarding CNG potential. 4CORE and partners will use this data to further dialogue, address issues, and collaborate on potential solutions.

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