Portland-based energy supplier Northwest Natural Gas Company (NWN) has received approval from the Public Utility Commission in the U.S. State of Oregon (OPUC) to offer a service to install, own and maintain gas compression equipment at business locations of customers who want to fuel their fleets with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
NW Natural filed the tariff with the OPUC in June 2013 after receiving requests from businesses interested in switching to or expanding the number of fleet vehicles fueled by natural gas. The approved tariff will be reviewed by OPUC in two years, after assessing the development of the market.
“We are excited to offer this service to business customers who want to take advantage of this abundant, clean and affordable fuel,” said Barbara Summers, director of business development. “Our next steps will be to work with interested customers operating vehicle fleets to help them through the process and understand the service option that NW Natural can now provide.”
Natural gas is one of the cleanest-burning alternative transportation fuels commercially available today. And because natural gas is in abundant supply in the United States, prices have dropped dramatically. That means by switching to natural gas, fleet operators can cut their fuel costs nearly in half while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent.
Summers adds that the service supports Governor John Kitzhaber’s goal of developing a comprehensive alternative fuel program, as well as legislative interests in alternative fuels.
(Source: NW Natural)