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