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Governors Fallin, Hickenlooper to unveil CNG bids next week

Gov. Mary Fallin and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will announce the preliminary results of a 22-state solicitation for bids for compressed natural gas vehicles at this week's Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.
by Jay F. Marks Published: September 29, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin and her Colorado counterpart next week will unveil the preliminary results of a multistate solicitation for more functional and affordable compressed natural gas vehicles.

Fallin and Gov. John Hickenlooper will announce the results Thursday at the Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City. The forum begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

It is the event where the two state leaders — one Republican and one Democrat — introduced their plan to use states' buying power to make CNG vehicles more affordable.

“What was originally an idea between two governors has grown into something very big,” Fallin said. “With 22 states now participating, Gov. Hickenlooper and I are excited to be able to share what can be accomplished when politics are put aside and states work together.

“We believe that our CNG vehicle initiative will jump-start state use of CNG automobiles, save taxpayer dollars on fuel costs and help to support the use of an American-made fuel that supports American jobs.”

The coalition of governors in July requested bids for CNG sedans, pickups and vans to be used in state fleets, after Fallin and Hickenlooper met with automakers in Detroit.

Hickenlooper said he expects the initiative will increase fuel diversity in the transportation sector.

“Americans want more options when it comes to transportation fuels.” Hickenlooper said. “Compressed natural gas is a technology that works today. It's clean, affordable, abundant and we produce it right here at home.”

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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