Alaska considers compressed natural gas as fuel for vehicles

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is studying whether Alaska would benefit economically and environmentally by using natural gas instead of diesel and gasoline to fuel the more than 7,500 vehicles the state owns.

The Division of Statewide Equipment Fleet plans to spend up to $65,000 on a study, due by the end of the year, that could lead to a compressed natural gas pilot program.

Like the name suggests, compressed natural gas, or CNG, is highly pressurized methane, reduced to a fraction of its original volume and stored in special pressurized containers. CNG can be used as a transportation fuel in special engines.

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