PHILADELPHIA, PA, October 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Blake Zimmerman understands how the gas and oil industry market operates. Over the past several years, people around the world have all seen the changing trends when it comes to fuel. The price of oil has risen exponentially while occasionally seeing small drops every now and then. The cost for fuel is becoming a huge concern for both individuals and even entire cities. That is why some local governments are taking a stand and implementing new strategies.
One such location is the city of Fargo, North Dakota. An article
in Minnesota Public Radio discusses how Fargo is going to be implementing a new fueling strategy. City officials are currently developing a plan to move city vehicles to natural gas-friendly engines. Soon, city workers will be able to fuel up using natural gas pumps rather than diesel engines. Garbage trucks and buses will especially benefit from this innovative plan.
Experts like Blake Zimmerman have long agreed that natural gas holds many advantages over diesel. Natural gas is cleaner, burning more efficiently so that it produces less emissions. This helps reduce vehicles' carbon footprint and lowers their contribution to environmental pollution. Natural gas is also very powerful, on par with the abilities of diesel fuel. Lastly, natural gas is much cheaper. On average, it is two dollars a gallon cheaper than diesel fuel.
City vehicles will ultimately benefit from the use of natural gas in many domains. However, there is one large problem present. There are no natural gas filling stations within the city of Fargo. Therefore, the city is working towards an effective solution by proposing the construction of a natural gas fueling station. According to city officials, the cost of a fueling station can reach approximately one million dollars.
Luckily, there are excellent financial advantages of a natural gas fueling station. As mentioned previously, this type of gas is significantly cheaper than diesel fuel. The city of Fargo currently spends approximately $4 million per year on its current fuel expenditures. A natural gas fueling station would save roughly 50 percent, leading to a respectable gain very quickly.
City officials have also stated that they intend to let private businesses utilize the natural gas station. This will allow for a thriving market that is not restricted to the city's vehicles. Other companies will be able to benefit from natural gas and update their fuel practices to more efficient means.
"I think more cities should start following this practice," says Blake Zimmerman. "There is plenty of natural gas in North America, which is why it is so much cheaper than diesel fuel. It also has less effects on the environment. We have to protect the world as much as we protect our wallets. Diesel fuel can cause a lot of harmful emissions while natural gas produces very little pollution. Overall, Fargo has the right idea and will hopefully inspire other cities to follow suit."
Blake Zimmerman is excited to see the city commission consider this natural gas movement plan later on this year.
Blake Zimmerman is the Founder and Partner of NxtGen Energy. This Houston-based company provides power and production solutions for gas and oil companies at well sites. NxtGen Energy utilizes natural gas to create power that is used to run equipment. This allows for them to forgo the usage of diesel fuel, which tends to be more expensive. Blake Zimmerman is also an avid philanthropist and regularly contributes to the United Way and Texas A&M. He has shown his involvement in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Gas and Electric Partnership, and the Gas Processors Association.