At a ceremony opening his annual Conference on Energy, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell signed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to enable the Commonwealth and local Virginia governmental entities to purchase compressed natural gas from Clean Energy for their vehicle fleets.
“Not only is this good for the government and the environment, but ultimately it will be good for consumers and the economy as well,” said McDonnell. “The infrastructure created through this effort will be available to fuel passenger vehicles and other commercial fleets. Through this innovative public-private partnership we enter today, the Commonwealth, industry leaders and innovators can work collaboratively to move state government and private industry away from vehicles fueled by gasoline and diesel fuel and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
Commonwealth, county, city, municipal and other Virginia government bodies will be able to access special pricing for CNG fuel and services through the state’s procurement Website, eVA. Clean Energy also plans to build CNG fueling stations and provide CNG vehicle conversions for Commonwealth and local Virginia governments that want to use natural gas as a transportation fuel.
“Through his leadership, Governor McDonnell has put Virginia on a path to a more secure energy future,” says Mark Riley, vice president, Eastern Region for Clean Energy. “Clean Energy is honored to partner with the Commonwealth on this groundbreaking program that will give the Commonwealth, local governments and consumers easier and greater access to natural gas as their fuel choice.”