Idaho Natural Gas Vehicle Users Association
Why We Exist
Natural gas is an inexpensive, abundant domestic source of fuel that emits far less carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (NOx) than diesel and gasoline. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming while NOx and associated particulate matter cause major health risks.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified the I-84 and I-86 corridors as air sheds in critical danger of being placed into the category of non-attainment due to excessive pollution generated by diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles and other factors.
A non-attainment status designation would require Idaho to produce a state plan for reducing air pollution that could entail severe restrictions on businesses and our transportation infrastructure.
Increasing the number of vehicles that run on natural gas, rather than gasoline or diesel, would help mitigate and remediate Idaho’s air quality challenges.
Included in the recently passed (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) FAST Act of Congress is the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), a mandate for states such as Idaho to invest a portion of its federal funding to reduce fine particulate matter. The CMAQ includes a provision for natural gas-fueled vehicles.
The Idaho Natural Gas Vehicle Users Association strives to work with community, industry and elected leaders in protecting Idaho’s air quality and reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign fuel sources.
The Idaho Natural Gas Vehicle Users Association will increase the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the state of Idaho through: education, tax incentives, vehicle access, fuel access and technician training.
The Idaho Natural Gas Vehicle Users Association will work with the Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition and Idaho Transportation Department to increase the number of natural gas fueling stations along I-84, a United States Department of Transportation designated Alternative Fuel Corridor.