A group of Pacific Northwest businesses and nonprofits launch the Northwest Alliance for Clean Transportation. The Alliance is dedicated to helping the region reduce pollutants and greenhouse emissions by encouraging use of natural gas vehicles.
Alliance members include utilities Puget Sound Energy, NW Natural, Avista and FortisBC. They are joined by non-profits including Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities, American Biogas Council, and Natural Gas Vehicles for America.
The Alliance aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to the Northwest. These range from reducing air pollution and carbon emissions to cost-savings from lower fuel prices and maintenance costs.
The benefits of natural gas vehicles can be multiplied with the use of renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is methane captured from waste treatment facilities, food processors and cattle operations. It offers even more environmental benefits, especially with respect to greenhouse gases, where it can offer up to a 115% GHG reduction over diesel. Many waste haulers and public transit companies already use RNG, and it is increasingly available for fleets across the country.