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Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates

Page Count: 132

Date: April 2011

From the Document:

Executive Summary

The natural gas in the Marcellus Shale represents one of the largest energy reserves in the world. This clean-burning resource provides a unique opportunity for the transportation sector to move toward a lower-cost, lower-emission and domestic energy resource to meet our transportation needs in an economically and environmentally responsible manner. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) was organized by Industry leaders to promote the responsible development of natural gas, and to share best practices while working with, policymakers, business leaders and community partners to promote this use of locally produced natural gas as a transportation fuel. This NGV Roadmap for Pennsylvania Jobs, Energy Security and Clean Air report provides a roadmap for how such a transition can begin to take place.


In the transportation sector, natural gas offers the single best opportunity to achieve immediate gains in energy security and reductions in bottom-line fuel expenses while also realizing significant reductions in criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. In Pennsylvania, expanding the natural gas transportation sector offers the added benefit of increasing the economic and employment potential associated with the Commonwealth’s most prolific clean burning energy resource – natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

A transition to natural gas transportation is both technologically feasible and economically viable. The use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel has experienced a consistent 10-12 percent growth rate in each of the last five years1. This is due in large part to the fact that natural gas vehicles offer a proven alternative fuel technology that delivers significant economic, energy security and environmental benefits.

Today’s vehicle market – factory built or after-market retrofit/conversion – offers a natural gas vehicle (NGV) option for nearly every transportation application, from compact passenger vehicles such as the Honda Civic to heavy-duty trucks used to haul freight between major metropolitan areas2. Not only are NGV technologies readily available, but they offer immediate cost benefits, particularly in fuel-hungry, heavy-duty applications where operators report consistent fuel cost savings over diesel of 30-40 percent.

Because of domestic natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other gas shale regions throughout North America, fleet operators are increasingly recognizing that natural gas is an abundant, stable and low-cost fuel option for their operations. Pennsylvania is well-positioned to benefit from NGV market growth and can assume a leadership role in the transition to a cleaner energy economy. These initial efforts will build a critical foundation, upon which a regional and multi-state NGV development strategy can be based.