A facility that will convert vehicles to operate on natural gas, propane, or other alternative fuels will be built in Morgantown, organizers said.
Alternative Fuel Solutions of West Virginia expects to break ground in several weeks and have a ribbon-cutting ceremony in early March, said Guy Peduto, director of the Innova Commercialization Group.
With the Jan. 18 announcement that an Ohio-based company plans to build natural-gas filling stations along Interstate 79 at Charleston, Jane Lew, Bridgeport and Mount Morris, Pa., "we now have all the pieces in place to make natural gas a viable and cost-effective fuel of choice in West Virginia - using our own resources," Peduto said.
Alternative Fuel Solutions of West Virginia is a collaborative effort among three entities: Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania; the Innova Commercialization Group, which is an initiative of the West Virginia High Technology Consortium in Fairmont; and Kinetic Clean Energy.Peduto said state tax credits proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and passed by the Legislature last year played a significant role in the decision to create the fuel conversion facility. The closest similar facility now is in Pittsburgh, Pa., he said.