Natural Gas – Conversions, Vehicles and Technology

Va. Legislation Sparks CNG Infrastructure Investment

August 08, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Infrastructure Developments Corp. (IDVC) said it plans to expand its compressed natural gas business into Virginia as the state bolsters efforts to convert public vehicles to CNG fuel.

“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,” said CEO Thomas R. Morgan. “Increased governmental attention on this issue at the federal, state and local levels has created opportunities for IDVC to expand its operations into the conversion and refueling of CNG vehicles. Virginia is a prime candidate for this expansion.”

IDVC is launching its efforts in Virginia following the passage of House Bill 2282, which requires Virginia’s Department of General Services to establish a plan to use alternative fuels in state vehicles. In addition, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell last month signed an executive order to set out Virginia’s alternative fuel plan to help foster partnerships among alternative fuel source providers, infrastructure developers and vehicle manufacturers. IDVC said it intends to participate in such partnerships.

“I have been a Virginia resident for many years and have seen its commitment to a healthy environment,” Morgan said. “The passage of HB 2282 is yet another example of how Virginia is intent on protecting its environment while leading the way to energy independence through the use of clean fuel technology. I look forward to pursuing what avenues might become available for IDVC to work with Virginia in translating this legislation into action.”

IDVC intends to focus on both the conversion of vehicles to CNG and the construction of CNG refueling stations.

McDonnell signed three pieces of alt-fuel legislation – HB2282, HB2105 and Executive Order No. 36 – on July 12 during a ceremony at the Department of General Services’ Office of Fleet Management Services in Richmond.

HB2105 excludes third-party EV charging retailers from being classified as a public utility, public service corporation or public service company. This law fosters growth of more EV charger installations.

The Office of Fleet Management Services oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles, used by more than 175 state agencies and institutions. At the signing ceremony, 14 alternative-fuel vehicles and two electric vehicle chargers were on display.

 

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