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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)—an integral part of America's alternative energy portfolio
The importance of finding a solution to the nation’s current economic and energy challenges is at an all-time high. According to many organizations, natural gas is an American energy answer. When compressed into a transportation fuel, it offers the same benefits of gasoline- and diesel-power, but provides more advantages as a clean, affordable fuel. Urban and greenhouse gas emissions from a typical CNG vehicle are much lower than those from gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, and the cost to fuel a CNG powered vehicle is significantly less.

What is CNG?

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a readily available alternative to gasoline that’s made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. Consisting mostly of methane, CNG is odorless, colorless and tasteless. It's drawn from domestically drilled gas wells or in conjunction with crude oil production.

Did you know?

  • The U.S.'s recoverable natural gas reserves are projected to meet total domestic demand through the end of the century
  • The retail price of CNG over time is typically 40 to 50 percent less than an equivalent quantity of gasoline or diesel
  • There are more than 1,500 commercial CNG refueling stations operating in the U.S.
  • CNG powered vehicles emit 25 percent less carbon dioxide (a primary greenhouse gas) than gasoline or diesel powered vehicles
  • More than 150,000 natural gas vehicles (NGV) currently travel U.S. highways
  • An estimated 15,000 NGVs were added to U.S. highways in 2013
  • Up to 40 percent of new garbage trucks and 25 percent of new buses in the U.S. can run on natural gas

Sources: American Clean Skies, Alternative Fuel Price Report, U.S. Energy Information Administration, NGV America

What is Avista doing with CNG?

Avista has owned and operated CNG refueling facilities to serve its private utility fleet since the 1980's. Over the past several years, we have upgraded our high volume refueling facilities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to better serve the continued expansion of our CNG utility fleet of more than 85 vehicles.

We are also actively involved in providing regional NGV operators and CNG infrastructure developers the technical and natural gas delivery information they need to evaluate the feasibility of natural gas powered transportation for personal or commercial use.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about compressed natural gas, visit these sites:

Avista's contact for CNG:

Marc Schaffner
509-495-4113 (office)

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