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Compressed natural gas could be the next big thing in energy efficiency.
On Friday, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce, State Senator Troy Balderson (R) and State Representative Brian Hill (R) sponsored a seminar to promote legislation that would give customer's such as drivers, incentives for converting to compressed natural gas. Rep. Hill says the switch would mean more cash in people's pockets.
"In general terms, it's about half the cost today as a gallon of gasoline," explained Rep. Hill. "So the public's interested in that and it's a cleaner burning fuel. So it's environmentally a better product to use and just a lot of opportunity that's here in eastern Ohio because of the Marcellus and Utica shale development."
Sen. Balderson, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, says it's important to look at all sides of renewable energy and to use what we have available in our region.
"There's certain sections in this country and the State of Ohio that wind works; northwest Ohio has windmill farms. That does not work down here in Appalachian region Muskingum County," said Sen. Balderson. "So we're just trying to get the dynamics for everything. Because all of our energy can't come from one source, we have to have diversity and include all energy. So that's what this bill is looking back on and dealing with energy efficiencies."
Both Balderson and Hill say they are pleased with the turnout at Friday's event and are hoping to gain more support on the issue.