The adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) offers an array of benefits to policy makers as well as residents of the state of California. These include the economic benefits of a low-cost domestic fuel, developing a market for green jobs, improving regional air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing our dependence on petroleum, encouraging the use of renewable energy, and providing a pathway to a hydrogen economy.
Benefits for policy makers from NGVAmerica
NGVAmerica is a national organization representing over 100 companies who are interested in forwarding the advancement of NGVs and supporting infrastructure. Their website * contains an extensive amount of useful information for policy makers * in one convenient location. The NGVAmerica issue brief, The Case for Natural Gas (pdf) * also provides specific recommendations for policy makers beginning on page 10.
NGVAmerica has published a substantial amount of additional information listed below which may also be helpful for policy makers:
Growth of the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) market
On a global scale, the market for NGVs is enormous. Currently, there are 9.5 million vehicles in operation worldwide. Here in the U.S., the market for NGVs is still in the early part of the growth curve.
The chart below shows the growth in CNG consumption by customers in the Southern California Gas Company service area from 1999 to 2008.
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