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News Archive - July 2007

House Introduces New & Improved NGV RDD&D Bill
July 2007 - HR 2877, introduced by Representatives John Sullivan (R-OK), Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Ralph Hall (R-TX), reauthorizes a new natural gas vehicle (NGV) research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) program at the Department of Energy (DOE) for a five-year period at $20 million per year. In 1992, the Energy Policy Act directed DOE to carry out a similar program, but due to several obstacles the Department has not progressed in the NGV RDD&D arena in several years. HR 2877 has not only resurrected this program, it has updated it as well: the legislation directs the DOE to develop cleaner and more efficient NGV engines, in addition to improvements in vehicle platforms, fueling infrastructure and the development of codes and standards.

NGV Institute Offers CNG Cylinder Inspection Class
July 2007 - The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is offering an NGV Fuel Storage Cylinder Inspection Safety Training Course September 18-19, 2007 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. The course will train participants to determine whether a CNG cylinder is safe, and CSA America's certification exam will be offered at the end of the session. The demand for certified inspectors has risen along with standards related to CNG safety and inspection procedures, making this training course especially pertinent.

New Phone Service Helps Locate West Coast Alternative Fuel Stations
July 2007 - Drivers in California, Nevada and Arizona can now access alternative fuel station information by using a free phone service provided by The Better World Club (a green car club) and CALSTART. When drivers call the toll-free number (866-238-1137) a Better World Club operator will provide the nearest of over 1,500 alternative fueling station using CALSTART'S CleanCarMaps.com. The program's goal is to ease motorists' transitions from conventional to alternative fuel vehicles, thereby reducing energy dependence and cutting carbon emissions. For more information, please click here.

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