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Compressed natural gas beginning to fuel Cedar Valley

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An emerging alternative fuel source is becoming less scarce in the Cedar Valley.

Advocates praise compressed natural gas, or CNG, for being a cleaner-burning fuel that costs almost half the price of conventional gasoline.

A Waterloo distribution company, United Beverage, has begun converting its 30-plus sales vehicle fleet to CNG.

Their first CNG van returned from a conversion plant in Madison this past week, and the company's president Vince Lumetta says he is happy with the results.

Lumetta estimates that he will begin to see savings after running the vehicles for three years.

Last August, the state's second CNG fueling station opened at a Kwik Star in Cedar Falls.

On the day of its grand opening, the equivalent of a gallon of regular CNG was going for $1.79. Meanwhile, a gallon of unleaded gasoline cost $3.48.

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