Naturals Gas Powered Vehicles: Do They Make Financial Sense?
EQT’s natural gas fueling station in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is selling a gallon equivalent of natural gas for about $1.76. Given the cost differential, it may seem like a no-brainer to swap out your gas powered vehicle for one that runs on natural gas. But as Ken Zapinski of the Allegheny Conference and EQT’s Lisa Hyland state, there are other considerations — including the lack of natural gas fueling infrastructure and high-initial cost of purchase and/or conversion — that must be accounted for before making the plunge. While natural gas vehicles may not make financial sense for many consumers, commercial operations — particularly ones with “high-mileage, return to base” fleets — may be able to take advantage of the cost savings. You can learn more at alleghenyconference.org/naturalgasvehicles.
NETL: Creating Cleaner, More Efficient Coal Power Plants
Bill caught up with Charles McConnell, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, who was in Pittsburgh to brief business leaders on the future of fossil fuel energy. McConnell emphasizes that the U.S. will be a fossil fuel dominant society for the next 50 — 100 years, even as today’s energy debate is often centered on fossil fuel alternatives versus traditional energy sources. In the studio, Bill discusses the future of fossil fuel research with Jared Ciferno, director of coal and power research and development at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) which is located in the South Hills.
Three Rivers Regatta Returns for Extended July Fourth Weekend
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Three Rivers Regatta is the largest inland regatta and the biggest summer event in the tri-state area. ISM USA’s Michael Dongilli previews this year’s festivities which, for the first time, include a free outdoor “ice-less” skating rink open to the public.
Our Region’s Business airs Sundays at 11 a.m. on WPXI-TV. Hosted by the Allegheny Conference’s Bill Flanagan, the 30-minute business affairs program is co-produced with Cox Broadcasting. The program is rebroadcast on PCNC-TV at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, and at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. It also airs Sundays on WJAC-TV (Johnstown-Altoona) at 6 a.m. and WTOV-TV (Wheeling-Steubenville) at 6:30 a.m.