Natural Gas is a fuel composed primarily of methane. It comes is 3 varieties:

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): This fuel is the gaseous product of the decomposition of organic matter that has been processed to purity standards. RNG comes in both a compressed gas form and a liquified form.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): A fuel produced by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. To provide adequate driving range, CNG is stored onboard a vehicle in a compressed gaseous state within cylinders at a pressure of 3,000 to 3,600 pounds per square inch.

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG): This is natural gas in its liquid form. LNG is produced by purifying natural gas and super-cooling it to -260°F in order to turn it into a liquid. During the process known as liquefaction, natural gas is cooled below its boiling point, removing most of the compounds found in the fuel. The remaining natural gas is primarily methane with small amounts of other hydrocarbons.

Learn more about the basics and benefits of  natural gas here!

Landfills account for over 90% of renewable natural gas production, and are often more economical relative to other waste streams. Many landfills already have methane collection mechanisms, and they tend to produce more gas in a concentrated area.

There are 8 RNG facilities in Ohio.

Natural gas offers around 30% – 70% reductions in fuel spending compared to petroleum. The utilization of this fuel source also supports Ohio’s economy because of Ohio’s growing production of fossil and renewable natural gas.

Natural gas is a healthier alternative to conventional petroleum-based fuels because it produces significantly fewer tailpipe emissions. This is because methane (natural gas) burns much cleaner by emitting fewer hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. Utilizing natural gas can cut net greenhouse gas emissions by 25% when compared to gasoline or diesel vehicle exhaust.

Government incentives or financing may help offset higher initial costs for new vehicles or support converting existing vehicles to CNG and LNG. Click here to find Ohio incentives and laws.

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