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13 Governors Notify Automakers of Their Desire for Natural Gas Vehicles

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

May 3, 2012


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

13 Governors Notify Automakers of Their Desire for Natural Gas Vehicles

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead joined 12 other Governors in promoting wider use of natural gas. The Governors sent a letter to automakers requesting information on procuring natural gas vehicles for state vehicle fleets. The states are gathering the information to develop a multi-state solicitation, which will likely be forthcoming later this summer.

“For many Americans, high gasoline prices create a financial strain in an already difficult economic environment,” the Governors’ letter reads. “As governors, we share the concerns of citizens and are committed to finding solutions.” The Governors’ letter also notes that natural gas presents a tremendous opportunity for America to use domestic resources for the country’s transportation needs.

“Wyoming and other states need to buy vehicles for our fleets. If we can aggregate our purchasing power in order to get natural gas vehicles it will build momentum for the production of these cars and trucks,” Governor Mead said. “This joint effort makes sense fiscally. It also makes sense practically given Wyoming’s role as the number 2 natural gas producing state in the country. We want to encourage others in private industry to build infrastructure and convert their own fleets.”

The states involved in this effort are Wyoming, Oklahoma, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah, Maine, New Mexico, West Virginia, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Mississippi and Louisiana.