Railroad Commission Presents Oct. 31 Austin Fleet Seminar on How to Fuel Up With Natural Gas, Save Money & Reduce Emissions

10/05/2012

AUSTIN –– The Texas Railroad Commission—the state’s top energy agency—invites central Texas fleet managers to learn more about vehicles fueled by natural gas—one of Texas’ top, abundant domestic energy resources. Fleet managers will learn how they can save money on fuel costs and reduce vehicle emissions by using natural gas-fueled vehicles.

“Thanks to technological advancements like hydraulic fracturing, our state and nation are enjoying an abundance of inexpensive natural gas,” said Chairman Barry T. Smitherman. “In fact, Texas is experiencing an unprecedented rate of natural gas production at some 7.2 trillion cubic feet a year, and this domestic resource will help move us closer to energy independence as a nation.”

Commissioner David Porter said, “Moving more of our vehicles, such as fleets, toward natural gas, is a step that I have long advocated to help reduce our nation’s reliance on foreign energy resources. This seminar is a great opportunity for local fleet managers to relate their first-hand experiences with running natural gas fleets. Seminar participants will also learn about the latest breakthroughs in home refueling for natural gas vehicles.”

Commission Buddy Garcia said, “As a former commissioner at our state’s top environmental agency, I know first-hand the importance reducing emissions in Texas. And fortunately, there are a variety of natural gas vehicles available to help reduce emissions from passenger sedans to garbage trucks to 18-wheelers. Fleet managers also will be able to ride in and drive these vehicles at our seminar.”

Natural Gas Vehicle Seminar
9 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Room 1-100, William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701

For more information on how you can switch to alternative fuels to help reduce emissions, and about incentives that are available, contact the Railroad Commission’s Alternative Energy Division at (800) 64-CLEAR.

 

About the Railroad Commission

Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including more than 90 years regulating the oil and gas industry. Additionally, the Commission promotes research and education on the use of alternative fuels and has jurisdiction over gas utility, surface mining and pipeline industries. Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/.