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    Natural Gas Industry Joint Task Force Meets with "Big Three" in Detroit
    Courtesy of NGV America Newsletter 12-20-09
    This week, representatives from natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies and local distribution companies (LDC) met with executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler at DTE Energy’s offices in Detroit. The group, comprising members of NGV task forces from both the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and American Gas Association (AGA), met with the OEMs to discuss potential reengagement of NGV market opportunities -- either directly (with factory-built products), through OEM-approved Qualified Vehicle Manufacturers (QVM), or
    through greater cooperation with independent Small Volume Manufacturers (SVMs).

    Specifically, the group was pursuing pressing for the development of OEM-backed bifuel and dedicated pick-up trucks, vans and SUVs to serve these natural gas companies’ own fleets, which the group suggests would serve as a catalyst for greater market penetration of the light-duty work truck segment. Taylor Shinn, Manager of Corporate Development for Chesapeake Energy (and chair of ANGA’s NGV Committee), and Hank Linginfelter, Executive Vice President of AGL Resources (and chair of the OEM liaison sub-committee of AGA’s NGV Working Group), cochaired the meeting. DTE Energy, which has had long-standing relationships with the Big Three as their customers, hosted the meeting.

    Per meeting co-chairs Linginfelter and Shinn, the meeting was the first of what they hope will be an ongoing dialogue with OEMs concerning natural gas company fleet needs and potential orders, technical and market analysis information to help OEMs understand the present NGV market picture, and possible strategies to introduce OEM-backed light-duty work truck/vans as soon as possible. NGVAmerica’s Stephe Yborra, who was asked by both task forces to attend to serve as a resource during the
    discussions, provided factual input regarding medium- and heavy-duty OEM chassis availability, infrastructure development trends and current and proposed legislative and regulatory initiatives. For more information about the ANGA NGV Committee, contact Taylor Shinn at [email protected] or 405.935.3115. For more information about AGA’s NGV Working Group, contact Paula Gant at 202.824.7000
    or [email protected].
    Last edited by Curtis; 12-25-2009, 10:47 PM.