Energy services company, Piedmont Natural Gas, has entered into a partnership with America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) to provide shuttle buses fueled by natural gas for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The shuttle buses are for visitors, delegates and the media.
Piedmont Natural Gas is a distributor of natural gas in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It provides natural gas to over one million industrial, commercial and residential customers in these states.
The Democratic National Convention is being held from 4 to 6, September 2012. Twelve buses fueled by American natural gas will be available for the convention-goers.
The senior VP of Piedmont Natural Gas, Jane Lewis-Raymond expressed her pleasure at the partnership with ANGA to demonstrate the advantages of natural gas vehicles. When compared to other transportation fuels, natural gas demonstrates considerable amount of benefits to the environment as well as cost-effectiveness. The present effort is a means to promote wider usage of natural gas demonstrating the company’s efforts towards sustainability. The company is converting its service fleet to natural gas as part of these efforts. Further, it is increasing the number of available natural gas refueling stations and also collaborating with public sector and private operators of vehicle fleets.
Natural gas provides significant economic benefits. Huge supplies of natural gas have been discovered in shale deposits in America. This has led to significant reduction in the cost of natural gas. When compared to a bus travelling on diesel fuel, the natural gas fuel buses cost $1.69 less per diesel gallon equivalent.