Acceptance of CNG is slowly growing
Some vehicles can run on dual sources of energy. Some alternative energy policies can cut both ways. Thus, some consumers of compressed natural gas will pay 25 cents more per gallon to finance rebates that could encourage more people to use CNG.
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CNG users might grumble about this surcharge, approved recently by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, but energy policies have been generous with CNG and include incentives to build fueling stations or buy a CNG-capable car or truck.
The fuel should need little encouragement: It's cheaper than gasoline. But the vehicles cost more. Over a period of years, the extra cost of buying a CNG vehicle is more than offset by the fuel savings. But “over time” is a subjective term. “The average person discounts any fuel savings beyond three years,” Kathryn Clay of the Drive Natural Gas Initiative told The Wall Street Journal.
Other disincentives to the CNG switch remain but are being addressed. One is a relative scarcity of fueling stations. The nation now has more than 1,500 places to buy CNG, but half those are accessible only to private fleets. Still, availability is growing rapidly. This includes Oklahoma Natural Gas fueling points that will assess the 25-cent surcharge.
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