Zane State College is leading the area on a push for natural gas alternatives.
Friday at the college, a panel of specialists took part in an energy forum to discuss compressed natural gas and it's use in commercial vehicles. The panel spoke to a crowd of drivers, farmers and those in the fuel industry who want to learn more about the new technology.
"This is very similar to when the gasoline engine was first created, this is the new technology in the industry far better than battery, it's not creating the pollution that batteries do when they have to create power, far cleaner than regular gasoline engines and far cleaner than coal or any other fuel," said Mark Hurt with AFV Natural Gas Fuel Systems.
The forum was part of Zane State's Energy Series. The college currently has multiple energy programs they offer and this was a way to educate the community on energy alternatives.
"This is part of what we do is to communicate, train and educate people, the more people that know the right information allows the industry to grow safer and more effectively," said Hurt.
Around thirty people turned out for the free forum.