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    I'm taking a trip from Utah County (Utah) to West Yellowstone Montana. I'm going I-15 straight up. I checked the "Alternative fuel station locator" and it's saying that all the CNG stations are private or government. Is this true? Does anyone know for sure? Thanks.

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    Re: Idaho filling?

    Intermountain Gas. They have private fill stations for their own vehicles only. I have heard the INEEL (Idaho Falls/Pocatello) has a fill station however I do not know if it is public or private.

    EDIT:
    I just emailed Intermountain Gas the questions below:

    I see on your website you promote Natural Gas Vehicles, however I am unable to find a Idaho location to refill my 2000 Chevy Cavalier bi-fuel CNG. Is there and account I can setup with Intermountain Gas to be able to fill my NGV? Please advise.

    Thank you,
    ________


    I'll post their response. I am sure it will include, "We have no way of collecting road tax on the fuel." To which I ask, "How do you pay road tax on your NGVs?"
    Last edited by Harpoon; 01-21-2008, 01:17 PM. Reason: Update to add the email sent to Intermountain Gas

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    • #3
      Re: Idaho filling?

      Intermountain Gas Response:
      Hi ________:

      Our filling stations are for our private use only. We do not dispense to the public, so we won't be able to establish a CNG vehicle account with you. We do have a CNG tariff for delivery to customer-provided filling stations or appliances. The customers must provide their own filling equipment.

      Here's a link to a website for household-type filling equipment:

      http://www.myphill.com

      Best Regards,

      {employee's information removed by CNGchat moderator}
      Market Products and Services Manager
      Intermountain Gas Company
      www.intgas.com
      P.O. Box 7608
      Boise, Idaho 83707
      555 S. Cole Rd.
      Boise, Idaho 83709
      office phone: 208-377-6080
      cell: 208-867-9957
      fax : 208-377-6097
      e-mail:
      {employees information removed by CNGchat moderator}
      To bad they won't drive a truck to ones house and deliver natural gas at 3600 PSI in to a large cylander with a fill nozzle for a NGV

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      • #4
        Re: Idaho filling?

        Good try, Harpoon!

        We should all keep hounding Intermountain Gas to open up to the public like Questar and Oklahoma Gas, etc. I just wrote to the Idaho Clean Cities coordinator to see what they can do to put pressure on them. Others might do likewise:
        http://air.idaho.gov/clean_cities/cc_main.htm

        Putting on my moderator hat for a moment, I think we need to be a little careful in exposing private e-mails onto this chat board. Most boards have a rule to allow posting so long as the sender's information is obfuscated. I will update the Terms and Conditions accordingly.

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        • #5
          Re: Idaho filling?

          They used to have a CNG fueling station on Grandview (hyway 20) and I-15. However, the company went out of business. The tanks and compressor are still there. The property was just purchased by the bus company that makes trips up from Utah. I think its trailways??? I do not know if they will run the CNG or not. It would make sense to convert some of their buses. But they run better on LNG then CNG.


          An interesting side note: The INL has both CNG and LNG cars, trucks and buses. Their station at the INL does not use a compressor. They somehow generate CNG using the LNG ( shipped in from Wyoming).

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          • #6
            Re: Idaho filling?


            We should all keep hounding Intermountain Gas to open up to the public like Questar and Oklahoma Gas, etc. I just wrote to the Idaho Clean Cities coordinator to see what they can do to put pressure on them. Others might do likewise:
            http://air.idaho.gov/clean_cities/cc_main.htm
            The problem you will have is Idaho Falls is not in a non-compliance zone. in other words nobody has to get a smog check there. So, there are not any government incentives( Pocatello is in the same boat). When they sold CNG there it was the same price as gasoline. I looked into setting one up years ago and they would like to but the money is not in it for them. Their compressor was very simple and I suppose not a listed system. They can get away with it because they are the gas company and handle gas all the time.
            It would take 350,000 for the listed public equipment.

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            • #7
              IDAHO CNG Stations

              Does anyone know what it would take to get some of the Idaho stations made public?

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              • #8
                Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                First the station owner would have to agree to spend around $100,000 to provide a Weights & Measures approved dispencer in a publicly accessible area with a card reader and training video. It could be done for less with used equipment, but the agencies that might back or provide grants for such a venture usually go with new.

                Go to your Clean Cities Coalition, or AQMD rep and have a sit down. Determine if it's something they would back with grants should you find willing participants. Or start with the companies that you want to open and see if they'll play ball if you find backers to reimburse the vast majority of the costs of doing so.

                Realize that they will have to pay all up-front costs and wait to be reimbursed. That makes it a harder pill to swallow for many companies.

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                • #9
                  Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                  I emailed an individual at the city of Boise a few weeks ago. I was informed that they have discussed the idea of opening the pumps to the public, but that so far it's a no go. I was informed that in the past there has not been any interest in opening the pumps to the public because of a lack of infrastructure and Intermountain Gas' disinterest in providing CNG for public vehicles. Only the bus system and Intermountain Gas vehicles run on CNG at the moment, with few private vehicles in the area. I was informed though that interest is picking up and that they were not sure where things would lead.

                  If we continue to write and request it (both from within and without Idaho), maybe we can get them to make the pumps public. I know that would help my Utah/Colorado commutes now that we've moved to Washington!
                  Devin

                  http://www.cnginfoguide.com

                  http://feedproxy.google.com/CngInformationGuide
                  http://feedproxy.google.com/CngForSale

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                  • #10
                    Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                    Perhaps you should post some info on who we can contact. We are mounting a campaign in Ca to solicit CARB to change a ruling on the quality of cng dispenced to vehicles. Perhaps that's the strength of this group. 1200+ people showing interest in getting things done can make a difference... anywhere!

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                    • #11
                      Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                      For a very limited time The AQMD would only grant new equipment (your former vender had his hands in this). With lobbying by some customers and installers this was receded.

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                      • #12
                        Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                        I looked into setting up a CNG station in Idaho Falls 5-10 years ago. I talked with inter mountain gas and an official in Pocatello who was trying to set CNG up for the city buses. They were both willing to help in any way they could. Such as filling up at my station. The problem then was and still is the cost of all of the equipment needed to compress the gas. The numbers were not there to pay for it let alone make a profit. The pollution in Idaho Falls was not anywhere bad enough to get any government help. Even though DOE had and still has many CNG and LNG car and trucks. The government rules state they can not make their pumps public because it would be completing with private companies. yet they were trying to find a way such as putting out for bid the rental of their compressor if I would run it. Still not enough profit in it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                          Originally posted by Curtis View Post
                          Perhaps you should post some info on who we can contact. We are mounting a campaign in Ca to solicit CARB to change a ruling on the quality of cng dispenced to vehicles. Perhaps that's the strength of this group. 1200+ people showing interest in getting things done can make a difference... anywhere!
                          I see the following individuals as contacts for the Idaho Clean City Coalition, etc.

                          Brian Defenbach - Intermountain Gas
                          Beth Baird - City of Boise
                          Devin

                          http://www.cnginfoguide.com

                          http://feedproxy.google.com/CngInformationGuide
                          http://feedproxy.google.com/CngForSale

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                          • #14
                            Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                            Moderator we need to combine this thread with:

                            Other thread

                            I have sent a few correspondences with InterMountain gas with no satisfactory response. My family lives in Twin Falls, it would be great to make the round trip on CNG instead of only one way on CNG. It coses me $7 to get there and $35 to come home. I have even considered re-emailing them requesting to apply for a job in NGV education or something stupid to give me access to their pump. It is less than 25 feet from the road. We need to send some mass mailings and get them to open the pumps the public. I just can't believe a gas company isn't smart enough to look for a new way to sell your product. As home builds are declining.

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                            • #15
                              Re: IDAHO CNG Stations

                              If there is not a large enough return to justify the expense of the filling station then the state needs to step up and help set some up. Remember the local gas company can not charge what ever they want for the gas they sell. It is controlled as a utility. They do not have the tank capacity to open it up to the public. So how are they going to pay for the extra equipment? They fill their own trucks slowly overnight. at a .05 or .25 profit per gals how long does it take to repay 350,000 for fueling equipment? at 1.00 how long? if they charged 3.00/ gal would you convert you car?

                              The problem for Idaho is that the feds will not help out because there are no pollution problem areas in most parts of the state. If you want more CNG filling stations in Idaho you need to be talking with the state and federal government. Try to tie it in with farmers and bio-gas perhaps.

                              The thing is once you set up a station people will come out of the wood work and convert fleets of vehicles.

                              Maybe even talk with the state of Wyoming. They have a lot of natural gas wells. Some of which are stranded from the pipeline. Setting up liquid natural gas supplied CNG stations may promote the sale of natural gas and increase their tax revenues. But do not expect the price to be the same as Utah with out some government help.

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