PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As the owner of his own natural gas and energy company called NxtGen Energy, Blake Zimmerman
promotes a recent article in Fox Business that discusses how natural gas production in the U.S. is reshaping the way Americans fuel their vehicles. According to market participants and analysts, "Technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' and horizontal drilling have led to a surge in natural gas production." The U.S. Energy Information Administration asserts that production is up 25 percent from 2007 to a record in 2012.
Blake Zimmerman weighs in on the advancement in the natural gas industry. "The domestic natural gas industry has become a larger focus in recent years, given the rise in foreign oil and gas prices," he said. "As technology continues to progress and increase domestic resource production, energy costs will decrease, less oil will get wasted and environmental conditions will improve."
The article notes that BP Capital Chairman and CEO T. Boone Pickens has been one of the most vocal advocates for using natural gas in transportation fuel. "It's 30 percent cleaner than diesel, cheaper by two dollars a gallon," said Pickens. "We have more natural gas than any other country in the world." Blake Zimmerman concurs, adding that he believes the transportation sector will act as a model of changes taking place in the coming years.
Andrew Littlefair, CEO of Clean Energy Fuels, mentions that the "heavy-duty truck industry is on the verge of making the switch from gasoline to natural gas now that companies have developed the necessary 12-liter engines." Kevin Book, ClearView Energy Partners managing director of research also contributes to the discussion of transportation at the leading edge of the natural gas revolution. "The defined route vehicles that have point-to-point paths - where they start and end at the same place - is a good starting point for compressed natural gas. Eighteen-wheelers along defined corridors, that's the next step."
According to a report by Citigroup, 25 percent of the truck market could potentially convert to natural gas by 2020: "Buses and garbage trucks are already well down the path to adoption. Indeed, some eight in 10 new trucks Waste Management [WM] bought in 2012 were powered by natural gas."
The Natural Gas Vehicles for America declared that of more than 15.2 million natural gas vehicles on roads across the globe, roughly 120,000 are in the U.S. Zimmerman believes one of the greatest challenges natural gas advocates face is the lack of infrastructure and the fact that natural gas vehicles are more expensive than cars and trucks that run on regular gasoline. "It takes a long time to fuel, unless you do it overnight in your house - which isn't currently an option," Blake Zimmerman said.
is a seasoned professional in the natural gas and energy industry. He hails from Houston Texas, where he serves as the owner of NxtGen Energy, a company that provides power and production solutions to E&P Companies at well sites. Zimmerman is passionate about supplying safer alternatives to diesel or fossil fuels, blocking harmful emissions from wreaking havoc on the environment. He graduated from Texas A&M and is a proud member of Gas Processors Association. He envisions a more environmentally-friendly future for America in terms of energy usage and established independence of foreign oil and fuel.