PRESS RELEASE from America's Natural Gas
August 22, 2012
ANGA Provides Transportation Fueled by
American Natural Gas for Republican National Convention
- America's Natural Gas
(ANGA) today announced that it is providing buses fueled by clean,
affordable, American compressed natural gas (CNG) for the 2012
Republican National Convention.
The 12 shuttle buses, dubbed the GOP EZ Shuttles, will transport
convention participants on specific routes to several hotels, as
well as attractions in the Tampa Bay area, including Ybor City and
Busch Gardens. ANGA is working with local utility TECO Peoples Gas
and Ultimate CNG to provide CNG fuel for the buses.
CNG fuel provides significant cost savings over diesel-fueled
buses. When compared to diesel, compressed natural gas costs about
$1.69 less per gallon equivalent. CNG also offers fleets an
American fuel choice that is cleaner for the environment.
"We are proud to have this opportunity to provide transportation
to convention participants in Tampa and to give them a first-hand
experience with natural gas vehicles," said ANGA President and
Chief Executive Office Regina Hopper. "Companies and local leaders
across the country are embracing natural gas as a fuel choice and
calling for more vehicle options and filling stations to help drive
this change. Our message in Tampa and beyond is that this is an
extraordinary opportunity for our nation, and it's time to get on
board with this American fuel choice."
Tampa and St. Petersburg are already taking advantage of natural
gas as a clean, affordable, American transportation fuel, using it
for airport transit vehicles and as part of the Hillsborough Area
Regional Transit system starting next year. The decision to employ
natural gas vehicles will add up to substantial cost savings and
environmental benefits over the life of the vehicles.
"As mayor, I have seen firsthand the benefits that natural gas
vehicles can bring in terms of lower fuel costs and clean air. I am
pleased to welcome natural gas buses to the convention. These buses
will not only provide a cleaner, cheaper method of transport but
will also connect the thousands of guests here for various
convention events to our local attractions," said City of Tampa
Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
"We're delighted that these 12 natural gas vehicles - what we call
'the Clean Dozen' - will be part of our convention," said William
Harris, CEO of the 2012 Republican National Convention Committee on
Arrangements. "Energy independence is critical to Mitt Romney's
vision of a better future for all Americans, which is what this
convention is all about."
Thanks to recent discoveries of vast supplies of shale gas
throughout our nation, the United States is now the world's leading
producer of this versatile energy resource that can be used for
transportation, power generation and industrial purposes. Greater
use of natural gas vehicles can save money, create American jobs
and enhance U.S. energy security. Leading companies such as Ryder,
Verizon and AT&T have invested in natural gas vehicles for
Natural gas production is responsible for nearly 3 million jobs
and adds $385 billion annually to our economy. Abundant domestic
supplies also translate into affordable energy, increasing the
disposable income for the average American household by an
estimated $926 this year.
Florida is the second largest user of natural gas in the country,
with 62 percent of the state's electricity generation coming from
natural gas. According to a recent IHS study, natural gas supported
more than 15,000 jobs in Florida in 2010. That number is expected
to rise to more than 30,000 by 2035. In addition, IHS found that
natural gas will contribute more than $23 billion in government
revenue to Florida by 2035
ANGA also will be providing buses for the Democratic National
Convention in Charlotte, NC.