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Utah State Pilot CNG Certification Program
In 2008 the motorists in the state of Utah got good news and they got bad news. The bad news was gasoline rose to over $4 a gallon. But the good news that everyone was talking about was that here in Utah the price of natural gas was only $.68 a gge (gasoline gallon equivalent). As some motorists began selling their SUV’s and started buying fuel efficient cars, others began looking for a way to convert to using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). The need for natural gas conversion systems created its own industry here in Utah. CNG proponents sought out and connected with CNG systems suppliers worldwide. Because the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in converting over to using Compressed Natural Gas there were few installation systems available. By the end of the year the CNG component suppliers were ready to provide tanks and systems to the public. Utah also geared up in training and has more trained CNG mechanics than any other state.
Just as the components needed were becoming available and technicians were becoming trained and able to do safe conversions, the dropping price of gasoline caused interest to wane. On 12 Jan, 2009 Get Gephart reported that an estimated 4,000 newly converted CNG vehicles would not be able to register since their systems were not “EPA Approved”. This announcement was based on a change in the Highway Patrol safety inspection to now include Natural Gas Vehicles. Since there are very few vehicle types that have been “EPA Approved” for conversion, even if you converted all of the vehicles of this type it would make up less than 1% of the total number of vehicles on the road in the U.S. at this time. The U.S has a total of 234,646,314 vehicles with 146,876 being CNG. This represents a percentage of .00623. This means that the estimated 4,000 CNG conversions in Utah in 2008 represented an increase of 3% to the overall CNG vehicles in the United States!
There is a way that the State of Utah can be an example to the rest of the United States in streamlining the certification of converted CNG vehicles. They can do this by setting up a pilot program that would allow individual vehicles to be tested by the State on an annual basis. The Highway Patrol safety requirements could be refined and used along with NFPA52 Tank and system regulations to provide the safety component of the program. The existing state emission stations can be utilized to verify emission standards initially and annually to verify continued compliance to emission standards. Statewide, all Natural Gas Vehicles need to be tested for safety and emissions. Any CNG Vehicle that is not compliant should be given a reasonable amount of time to rectify the problem. By implementing this program we will be able to grandfather in already converted CNG vehicles as long as they meet safety and emissions standards.
Even though the EPA certification process in its time brought about thousands of conversions of vehicles to CNG, with the changing times and circumstances the process needs to be streamlined. Everyone wants more Natural Gas Vehicles, but if nothing is done to make the process of converting to CNG less expensive and less complicated it will not happen. The good news today is Utah is poised and ready to surge forward and take the lead in providing thousands of safe and clean running CNG Vehicles. We have the trained CNG technicians, we have the system components, and we have consumers eager to convert to CNG. The way we can move forward in this is with the State providing legal sanction for a Pilot CNG Certification Program.
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Tomorrow 11:00 am PST, Jeff Green Florida State Leader will be joining us on The Green Revolution Show. Details posted under events. We will be discussing among other things, the NAT GAS ACT, and what we have to do to get it passed. We hope you and our other friends in Utah will join in on the conversation. If we are lucky maybe a Congressperson or Senator will join in.
Thank you for your help and all the great work you do in Utah. We really appreciate your help.
I am puzzled by the problematic CNG certification process. I say this because major manufacturers produce CNG and dual-fuel cars in Europe, Russia and the Phillipines. Therefore, there should be OEM (original equipment manufacturers) equipment from them to modify our cars instead of relying on getting aftermarket kits approved and certified. Also, it seems we could import cars that are dual-fuel from a major manufacturer ( including GM). How insane and backward would that be?
Invitation to join NW Renewable Energy Group
I have started a Regional group, welcoming comments, ideas, and suggestions for Renewable Energy in the NW Region. Including states from the Pacific, Cascade and Rocky Mountain areas. I realize that some of my Pickens Plan friends are outside this region, but you are always welcome to join and add your thoughts to the discussion. We should be looking at best available sources of energy in our region, and ways to improve the power grid to transfer energy from region to region as it is needed.