Governor Kitzhaber Launches Oregon’s First Public CNG Fueling Station

Governor John Kitzhaber will cut the ribbon at Oregon’s first public Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station June 11 in Eugene.  Because costs can run 50% less than gasoline and diesel, CNG is commonly used in private fleets, but until now, there hasn’t been a completely public station. The environmental benefits include less greenhouse gas emissions and has been a key part of Kitzhaber’s 10-Year Energy Plan.

“Building a clean energy future means cleaner-burning and more efficient vehicles need access to a network of fueling stations,” Governor Kitzhaber explained, “This is the first of many CNG stations around our state.”

John Anderson, whose family owns Eugene based Truck Haven, operator of the Travel Card Commercial Fueling CNG station, says the half million dollar retrofit can be done to most any traditional gas station, but it’s a long-term investment.

“We will just begin to see the benefit in our lifetime,” said Anderson, “But our family feels strongly in investing in an energy future that is better for our environment.  My daughter, nieces, nephews and are going to be the generation where CNG is as common as traditional gasoline is today.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, although CNG is more commonplace around the world, there are just 705 CNG stations in the Unites States. and Greg Kantor, CEO of NW Natural Gas, the CNG supplier, as well as Representatives of Oregon’s Department of Energy will be on hand to provide additional information on the future of CNG planned in Oregon.

 

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting event to see a variety of alternative fuel vehicles including: CNG, Hybrid, Electric, Propane and Bi-fuel. Representatives from the transportation industry will be there as well including: Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Navistar, Ford, Cummins Westport, World CNG, TECHSTAR CNG Systems, and many more..

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting for Oregon’s first Compressed Natural Gas fueling station

WHEN: June 11, 2014 – 10:00 Governor Press Conference         

Alternative Fuel Vehicles on Display to the public from 9am-Noon.

WHERE: 65 N Seneca Road, Eugene Oregon

Lunch will be provided by Northwest Natural

Natural Gas Utilities Applaud President’s Efforts to Upgrade Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. – The United States has more than 2.4 million miles of natural gas pipelines. President Barack Obama is calling for action under Executive Order 13604 to upgrade and modernize our nation’s infrastructure, highlighting his administration’s efforts to streamline the federal permitting process and reduce the timelines for approving projects. America’s natural gas utilities share the goal of a safe, resilient, clean energy infrastructure and work with federal and state regulators to build and maintain a 21st century infrastructure capable of safely and reliably delivering natural gas to homes and business throughout the United States.

“America’s natural gas utilities are deeply committed to upgrading and modernizing our nation’s infrastructure,” said Dave McCurdy, President and CEO of the American Gas Association. “We applaud the Administration’s effort to improve permitting processes for infrastructure projects, by cutting timelines, reducing red tape, and promoting transparency through a modernized process.  As natural gas utilities plan infrastructure upgrades, these reforms will give utilities more regulatory certainty and will increase early coordination of multi-agency permitting processes to reduce costs for utilities and agencies.  These reforms will also help ensure that agencies and stakeholders are working together during the permitting process to build on, and consistently implement, best practices for environmental mitigation.”

Safety is the top priority for natural gas utilities. Since 1990, natural gas utilities have installed modern plastic pipes used for delivering gas at low pressure at a rate of 30,000 miles per year, and cathodically protected steel mains used for high pressure delivery at a rate of 1,500 miles per year, both connecting new customers and upgrading existing pipeline infrastructure. Natural gas emissions from utility-owned distribution systems have dropped 17 percent during that time period and nearly 90 percent of those emissions declines are due to pipeline replacements.

“The increased and strategic use of American natural gas across all sectors will help achieve our national goals of reducing our costs for energy, protecting our environmental and securing our energy future, yet there are policies that need to be revised to clear the way for this to happen. Improving the permitting processes for infrastructure projects is a great step towards making it possible for all Americans to experience the efficiency, environmental and economic benefits of natural gas,” McCurdy continued.

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About the American Gas Association

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 94 percent — over 68 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets more than one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs.

2014 Gas Outlook

“The Natural Gas Outlook serves as an important point of reference for energy stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest,” said Ed Brewer, NWGA Board President and Vice President and General Manager of Williams Northwest Pipeline. “These stakeholders are navigating decisions concerning abundant North American natural gas supply options, existing and potential new markets and the infrastructure needed to bring the supply and demand together,” he added.

DOE Study: Choosing Natural Gas Appliances Can Double Energy Savings

Washington, D.C. – The American Gas Association (AGA) today announced that residential customers could cut their annual heating costs nearly in half by choosing natural gas appliances. These findings come with the release of AGA’s 2014 Representative Average Residential Space Heating and Water Heating Costs analysis, which compare average annual costs for various types of space and water heating appliances. According to estimates, customers can save up to $1,262 on space heating and more than $300 on water heating costs annually by using appliances powered by natural gas instead of other common energy choices. The cost comparisons are based on the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy notice as published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2014. After a winter marked by sustained cold and record energy demand, this information can help Americans to better understand how to meet their energy needs.

“These numbers show that natural gas is the clear choice for consumers looking to save on home heating costs,” said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. “Choosing natural gas means you don’t have to choose between your wallet and the environment. This is because the direct use of natural gas in home appliances is the clean, efficient choice, achieving 92 percent energy efficiency and producing nearly 40 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a home with all-electric appliances.”

America’s natural gas utilities are dedicated to helping their customers achieve even greater savings. In 2012, natural gas utilities spent $1.1 billion on efficiency programs, providing valuable tools, incentives and information to help their customers understand and reduce their energy usage. Many in the nation continue to struggle to pay their energy bills, and these resources, along with assistance to low income customers provided by utilities and government programs such as LIHEAP, are essential to ensuring that no American needs to choose between energy and other basic needs.

A piece of equipment with a higher annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating provides greater savings for customers. For example, a 97 percent AFUE natural gas furnace provides the lowest cost space heating option for homeowners, followed by an 80 percent AFUE natural gas furnace. Both offer significant annual operating cost savings over comparable space heating options.

The tables below demonstrate estimated cost comparisons for home and water heating devices.

SPACE HEATING ANALYSIS SUMMARY: The space heating analysis is based on a 2,072 square foot house located in St. Louis and represents a 5,000 Heating Degree Day location. The house meets the energy conservation provisions in the 2012 International Residential Code and the space heating equipment is selected from the AHRI online directory. The 97 percent AFUE natural gas furnace provides the lowest annual operating cost followed by the 80 percent AFUE gas furnace.

 

2014 Space Heating Annual Cost Summary

(Annual Operating Cost)

 

Heating Equipment Type 5000 Heating Degree Days
97% AFUE Gas Furnace $544
80% AFUE Gas Furnace $714
7.7 HSPF Electric Heat Pump $1,029
97% AFUE Propane Furnace $1,409
87% AFUE Oil Furnace $1,500
80% AFUE Propane Furnace $1,793
80% AFUE Oil Furnace $1,614
Electric Resistance Furnace $1,806

 

WATER HEATER ANALYSIS SUMMARY: The water heater analysis is based on the equivalent First Hour Rating (FHR), national average energy usage, and the 2014 energy costs as published by DOE. A natural gas 40-gallon and an electric 50-gallon, both conventional storage types, are chosen based on their FHR. The natural gas water heater would provide the lowest annual operating cost.

 

2014 Water Heating Annual Cost Summary

(Annual Operating Cost from Low to High)

Water Heater Type Annual Cost
40 Gallon Natural Gas (FHR = 74 gallons) $275
50 Gallon Electric (FHR = 67 gallons) $576

 

COMBINATION SPACE HEATING AND WATER HEATER INSTALLATION: Based on the annual cost analysis for space heating and water heaters, the combination of a natural gas 97% AFUE furnace and storage water heater provides the lowest operating cost space/water heating package.

 

2014 Space Heating with Water Heater Installations

(Annual Operating Cost from Low to High)

 

Space Heating/ Water Heating Type Annual Cost
Natural Gas: 97% AFUE Furnace & Water Heater $819
Natural Gas: 80% AFUE & Water Heater $989
Electric: Heat Pump & Water Heater $1,605

 

About the American Gas Association

The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent — more than 65 million customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs.