State to hold programs on natural gas as transportation fuel

Gov. Scott Walker today announced that state energy officials will hold at least four public information sessions around the state to provide information to businesses and citizens about natural gas as a transportation fuel and identify opportunities to expand the use of compressed natural gas vehicles.

Current market conditions result in compressed natural gas being the equivalent of $2 less per gallon than conventional transportation fuels.

“An increasing number of trucking companies, fuel marketers, engineering and construction firms, and other businesses have expressed their interest and excitement to the state about compressed natural gas for transportation use,” Walker said in a press release. “Low natural gas prices combined with abundant supplies of a domestic fuel creates an opportunity we intend to harness to the benefit of individual citizens and our economic development efforts.”

The information sessions will be held at no cost to the public and the dates, times and locations will be posted on the State Energy Office website.

The information sessions will be coordinated by Maria Redmond and Peter Taglia of the State Energy Office, a part of the Division of Energy Services in the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Wisconsin Clean Cities and an advisory group made up of businesses from across the state have formed to assist the SEO in helping to expand the use of compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and biogas as vehicle fuels in Wisconsin.

The advisory group includes the following individuals:

• Andy Grimmer, President, ANGI Energy Systems, CNG fueling system manufacturer

• Bryan Nudelbacher, Business Analyst, U.S. Oil, Petroleum supplier with CNG fueling stations

• Dennis Petzke, Vice President, Wisconsin Kenworth, Truck supplier offering CNG vehicles

• Jeff Shefchik, President, Paper Transport Inc., Fleet Owner with CNG trucks

• Kathy Heady, Sector Development Manager, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

• Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director, Wisconsin Clean Cities Southeast Area

• Mark Radtke, Executive Vice President, Integrys Energy Group, Energy service business providing CNG fueling solutions

• Mark Torresani, Senior Project Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC, Engineering and consulting business with biogas to CNG fueling solutions

• Ruanna Hayes, Director of Alternative Fuels, Kwik Trip, Petroleum marketer with CNG fueling stations

• Venu Gupta, Superintendent, Buildings and Fleet, City of Milwaukee