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Friday, November 12, 2010

Utah Agencies and Industries Support Alternative Fuel

Zion National Park has been given a $10,000 grand to help purchase a hybrid vehicle, and to help support its propane-powered shuttle system, which includes 30 vehicles. The grand came from an Automobile Association of America.

That's just one example of alternate energy use described in this article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Other examples include governmental agencies and businesses cooperating to promote clean energy. Below are excerpts from the article.

“They [Zion] walk the talk,” said Robin Erickson, southern Utah director of Utah Clean Cities.

Ivins mayor Chris Hart is high on natural gas and hopes to cut this southern Utah city’s $25,000 annual fuel budget in half by converting the city fleet to the clean burning fuel.

Hart was one of several southern Utah mayors who gathered Friday at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol and biodiesel.

To help accommodate clean fuel programs, three refueling stations are coming online to offer commercial trucks liquified natural gas. The first, at the Flying J Truck stop at 845 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City, will open next month. Two others will be built later in Beaver or St. George and in the Ogden area.

Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA, said Utah has the second best infrastructure in the country after California for supporting the emerging technologies.

“Alternative fuels are the next chapter in the history of the automobile and AAA is leading the way by funding cutting-edge research and development of sustainable fuel options,” she said.

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