Miami-Dade County Adopts Resolution to Study Natural Gas in County Vehicles

The resolution directs the county mayor or a designee to study whether it would be feasible to use natural gas as a fuel alternative in county vehicles.

By Samantha Shavell
|  Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade County Commissioners Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa sponsored the resolution that would study natural gas in county vehicles.

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The Miami-Dade County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday that would study the use of natural gas in county vehicles.

The resolution, which was sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, directs the county mayor or a designee to study whether it would be feasible to use natural gas as a fuel alternative in county vehicles. It will also study the possibility of installing natural gas pumps at existing county vehicle pumping facilities.

“The emerging boom in domestic natural gas production is fueling hopes for energy independence for the United States," Chairwoman Sosa said in a statement before the meeting. "Exploring the feasibility of using natural gas for our vehicles could place Miami-Dade County at the forefront of this phenomenon."

The resolution dictates that the study would include addressing compressed or liquified gas to power the vehicles and the potential revenue of allowing other government entities to purchase the gas from county facilities. It would also address using a public-private partnership to supply the natural gas.

“Using natural gas could also have other economic as well as environmental benefits, as it may be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than conventional fuels,” she said.

The resolution was unanimously adopted, according to county commission records.

As part of the resolution, the results of the study will be submitted to the board within 90 days.

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