vehicles that are using CNG. This idea generated a lot
of discussion about consumer confusion. One regulator
asked simply, “Where does it end?”
But in Albuquerque, mass was inserted as another
possible method of sale, and this only added to the
debate. So essentially three different methods would be
acceptable at local CNG stations. This new sentence
pleased a core group of regulators who see the mass
;ow meters inside these dispensers and question the
validity of any sort of “made-up numbers.” Retailers
balked at the notion of confusing consumers with
The fact that the proposal, as worded, de;ned mass
in kilograms didn’t help matters. Gordon Johnson of
Gilbarco Veeder-Root told us his company is “happy to
make a CNG dispenser measure whatever they prefer.
Once they decide what that is.” Tina Butcher from
(NIST) opined that a phase-in period would probably
be required because many CNG facilities currently in
operation are not equipped to measure and post sale in
mass. The ;nal verbiage that will be voted on in July
has not been made available, but PEI will continue to
monitor this important issue.
J. Rex Brown is PEI’s director of information technology.
He also serves as one of PEI’s staff representatives to the
National Conference on Weights and Measures.
Regulators wait their turn to testify before the
Laws and Regulations Committee.
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