Utah-based Infrastructure Developments Corp. (IDVC), an engineering and construction services company, is expanding development of its compressed natural gas (CNG) business into Virginia as the state bolsters efforts to convert public vehicles to CNG. The impetus follows the passage of House Bill 2282 which requires the State of Virginia’s General Services Department to establish a plan to utilize alternative fuels in state vehicles.
In addition, Governor Bob McDonnell signed an Executive Order to set out Virginia’s alternative fuel plan to assist in creating partnerships between alternative fuel source providers, infrastructure developers and vehicle manufacturers.
IDVC intends to focus on both the conversion of vehicles to CNG and the construction of CNG refueling stations, with potential sites in Utah and elsewhere in the Western United States. CEO Thomas R. Morgan says, “The introduction of the NAT GAS Act of 2011 in Congress has prompted many states across the country to initiate programs to convert publicly owned fleets to cleaner alternative fuels.”
CNG is a clean burning fuel that is abundant domestically with the discovery and evaluation of numerous large-scale natural gas fields in the U.S. as well as improved methods for extracting the resource. Natural gas in the U.S. is estimated to exceed 2500 trillion cubic feet, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook for 2010.