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The future of natural gas is coming to the Kanawha Valley

PrintKanawha County’s burgeoning alternative fuel infrastructure is getting a boost with the announcement of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station opening on Charleston’s West Side.

On Thursday, IGS Energy CNG Services announced plans to build the station on Spring Street, next to the Foodland grocery store. The station is part of a CNG Corridor the company will construct in West Virginia. IGS also announced station plans for Jane Lew, Bridgeport and Mt. Morris, Pa.

IGS has worked with and been an active member of the Kanawha Converts Consortium on the creation of the new station. Created in January 2012, the Kanawha County Commission initiated the consortium, which was charged with the development of infrastructure designed to take advantage of natural gas as an alternative, more cost efficient, and cleaner transportation fuel.

The commission designated the Charleston Area Alliance as the non-governmental entity to lead the efforts.

“Kanawha Converts commends IGS for its investment in the area, which will bring options for natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel,” said Commission President Kent Carper. “With the abundant supply of the Marcellus and other natural gas deposits in the state, consortium representatives believe this is the first step in a new fuel infrastructure for the state.”

“With newly accessible natural gas resources under our feet, all West Virginians, as taxpayers and as individuals, should benefit from our own domestic natural resources,” said Matt Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance and head of Kanawha Converts.

“IGS Energy CNG Services chose to concentrate its efforts on West Virginia because of leadership from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the legislature and their decision to implement economic policies encouraging the development of the CNG industry in the state,” said IGS President Scott White.

In July 2012, Tomblin announced the organization of the state’s Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force. This task force’s mission is in part to evaluate the feasibility of converting the state’s motor vehicle fleet to natural gas vehicles.

Ballard said the state officials should be commended for their efforts to attract the interest of natural gas companies to the area.

“The governor, legislature and other stakeholders helped get legislation approved for tax credits for this type of infrastructure, which will generate new investment and new jobs and a diversified tax base of the state in the long term,” Ballard said.

“In time, these stations will make alternative transportation fuel accessible for all West Virginians, who in turn can save some extra money at the pump. Putting a few extra dollars in the pockets of hard working West Virginians is always something we strive to accomplish.”

CNG consumers can expect a cost savings of approximately 30 to 50 percent over gasoline and diesel fuel. For more information on the CNG Corridor, visit the IGS Energy CNG Services website at: http://www.cngservices.com

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