Saylor’s Clean Energy Efforts Garner National Award
|Left, Rich Kolodziej (left), president of NGVAmerica, and Doug Horne (right), president of Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, present the “NGV Public Policy Champion 2012” award to Pennsylvania state Rep. Stan Saylor for his efforts in the Pennsylvania Legislature to promote the use of clean and efficient natural gas vehicles.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York) was recently honored for his efforts to boost Pennsylvania’s economy and improving air quality by encouraging businesses to convert their diesel and gasoline vehicle fleets into clean-burning natural gas vehicles (NGVs) by NGVAmerica and the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation (CVEF).
NGVAmerica and the CVEF are organizations dedicated to increasing the use of natural gas-powered vehicles to improve air quality, lessen dependence on foreign oil and reduce fleet operator costs. In Chicago on Oct. 5, they honored the 2012 winners of the prestigious NGV Achievement Award. The awards, 10 of them, are given to persons and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions in leadership, vision and innovation to the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel.
Saylor garnered the organizations’ “NGV Public Policy Champion” award for “showing great leadership by generating tremendous NGV momentum in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.” Saylor’s outreach to other House members about the benefits of natural gas, as well as the huge opportunity the Marcellus Shale resource plays to move the Commonwealth toward energy independence, were the factors that led to his selection.
In particular, the “Marcellus Works” package of legislation designed to secure Pennsylvania’s energy future and create thousands of new jobs by creating incentives for the use of clean natural gas, and Act 13 impact fee law – strongly supported by Saylor – will provide $20 million in grants through 2015 for initiatives that include the conversion of vehicles to natural gas.
“Marcellus Works encourages Pennsylvania companies with vehicle fleets to change over to natural gas vehicles,” Saylor said. This will accomplish two things: It will help clean our air by taking diesel and gasoline vehicles off the road in favor of virtually soot-free NGVs and the existence of such fleets will prompt the construction of a network of NGV filling stations, which could also be used by consumers.”
Saylor noted that fueling a vehicle with natural gas instead of gasoline costs about $2.50 on a gallon-equivalent basis and that using the fuel boosts the American economy.
“Pennsylvania companies, such as Mack-Volvo in the Lehigh Valley that manufactures natural gas engines for commercial vehicles, and Lehigh Gas’ construction of filling stations complement the spate of job growth taking place in the Marcellus region,” Saylor said. “Together, we can ensure Pennsylvania has a great environment and family-sustaining jobs for high school and college graduates alike while we show the nation how a clean energy plan works.”
State Representative Stan Saylor
94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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