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WELD COUNTY NATURAL GAS PROGRAM SETS THE STANDARD
Commissioners give tour to Noble Energy’s Israeli Government Relations Advisor
WELD COUNTY, CO – Weld County Commissioners Barbara Kirkmeyer and Sean Conway had the opportunity to share the county’s knowledge about compressed natural gas (CNG) last week, leading a tour for Noble Energy’s Government Relations Advisor in Israel, Noa Binyamin, along with Sherrie Merrow, CNG Advisor/LNG and CNG Development for Noble.
Along with Weld County Public Works Director Jay McDonald and Engineering Supervisor/Transportation Planner Elizabeth Relford, the Commissioners gave Binyamin a tour of the county’s CNG stations, demonstrating how they operate and safety precautions they take.
After hearing about Noble’s partnership with Weld County to provide CNG school buses to Weld County School District RE-1, Binyamin said she wanted to come visit Weld County to learn how she could implement a similar project in Israel.
“I heard about this project all the way in Israel,” said Binyamin. “That says something about Weld County and the work they’re doing in the CNG energy sector. It’s impressive.”
“This was a great opportunity to share the things we’re doing well concerning CNG in Weld County,” said Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. “It’s an honor that Noa wants to learn about our program and implement something similar in Israel.”
Binyamin said CNG is still an emerging source of alternative energy in Israel, but has really taken off since the discovery of the Leviathan offshore gas field in 2010. Binyamin said the discovery has allowed Israel to gain some natural gas independency. In fact, she said Israel’s government has issued a mandate for its transportation sector to reduce its dependence on crude oil by 30 percent by 2020.
“It’s incredible that news about something we’re doing in Weld County traveled all the way to Israel,” said Commissioner Sean Conway.
“This tour has been amazing. Weld County is doing such great and advanced things for its citizens. I’m happy Noble is able to help,” Binyamin said. “I want to do something similar in Israel. We have so much to learn.”
Relford says fleets that put a greater number of miles on their vehicles have the most to gain. “They will recoup the upfront costs quicker,” she said. “On average if you put 30,000 miles a year on your half-ton, you could pay off the conversion in less than three years … quicker if you have federal or state incentives.”
Do you have questions about how to fuel a CNG or LNG vehicle? Do you want to learn more about natural gas engines? The Weld County Natural Gas Coalition invites you to visit two sites that provide a wealth of knowledge on the topics of CNG and LNG vehicles.
Cummins Westport has posted several informative videos on the Natural Gas Academy section of their web site including: “What is Natural Gas?”,
“Natural Gas Engines” and “How to Fuel a Vehicle”, which provides fueling information for
both CNG and LNG vehicles.
CAT also offers videos explaining Dynamic Gas Blending Systems and Kits.
When considering CNG or LNG, we understand how important it is to have access to information and resources that will help you make the right decision for your fleet.
* I-25 and Hwy 119, Firestone
* 1607 2nd Ave. (16th St. & Hwy 85), Greeley
* 7984 Hwy 85, Fort Lupton
* 103 Hill St., Kersey
Learn more about each station opening by visiting the
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