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Rates Imminent to Fuel Vehicles with Natural Gas

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rates Imminent to Fuel Vehicles with Natural Gas

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Rates for compressed natural gas to fuel vehicles are imminent, paving the way for a comprehensive conversion program, but state school officials said reactions in the districts are tepid.

Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. has proposed a set of rates that are awaiting final approval from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Hearings have been conducted and only a signed order is needed, said ONG spokesman Don Sherry.

The proposed rates set a volume of 3,240 hundred cubic feet of compressed natural gas at 75 percent to 85 percent of wholesale regular unleaded gasoline, or .4988 cents per hundred cubic feet to .6088 cents per hundred cubic feet at service installation.

For a private fleet, commercial or industrial, the rate for a volume of 3,240 hundred cubic feet would be .5815 per hundred cubic feet to .6915 per hundred cubic feet.

Natural gas is usually measured in thousand cubic feet.

A hearing is set in a week for the rule making procedure required to adopt provisions of the bill passed by the Oklahoma Legislature setting up a $1 million revolving fund to help schools and government agencies convert gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or other alternative fuels.

Commissioners discussed the status of the program Thursday.

Commissioner Jim Townsend, one of the most vocal advocates of compressed natural gas vehicles, said ONG may be dragging its heels in the program and missing an opportunity.

In 1986, ONG was looking at compressed natural gas as a motor fuel and studying the concept while a national campaign was touting the clean and efficient qualities of the alternative fuel. Yet, nothing materialized in Oklahoma or the nation until earlier this year.

Natural Fuels Corp. of Denver has been discussing the possibility of establishing a public fueling network in Oklahoma like the one under way in Colorado. The consortium company is also looking at expanding into Texas, California and several other southwestern and western states. …

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