U.S. liquid fuels net imports as a share of consumption is projected to decline from a high of 60% in 2005, and about 40% in 2012, to about 25% by 2016. The United States is also projected to become a net exporter of natural gas by 2018. EIA 2014 Annual Energy Outlook
Natural gas can immediately be put to use in Pennsylvania as well as across the country to safely fuel a wide range of transportation options, from fleet and light duty vehicles to heavy duty trucking and off-road applications such as mining, marine and rail. Natural gas for high horsepower, fleet, and consumer vehicles will substantially improve our carbon footprint. When compared to gasoline, natural gas reduces emissions dramatically due to its lower carbon content. Given a consumer vehicle such as a Honda Civic and its CNG counterpart, the Civic GX, and current prices per gasoline gallon equivalent, the average consumer cost savings is $900/year compared to gasoline.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection offers grant funding for clean, alternative fuel projects in Pennsylvania, and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. The primary goals of the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the state’s economy and environment.
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Gas Fact: Unlike gasoline, natural gas does not spill or pool. If an event occurs causing its release, it dissipates into the atmosphere and safely disperses.