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News Archive - September 2007

Western Climate Initiative Marks Landmark Effort Between Six U.S. States and Two Canadian Provinces To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 23, 2007 - This week, Western state governors from Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Utah, as well as the premiers from British Columbia and Manitoba, made significant strides in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enacting the Western Climate Initiative. Together, these elected officials committed to reduce emissions by 15% below the 2005 levels, totaling 350-million metric tons over the next 13 years. This landmark initiative will encourage the use of natural gas vehicles to curb fossil fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sacramento to Purchase LNG Garbage Trucks
August 7, 2007 – In an exciting move toward greening their fleet, The City of Sacramento used grant funds to purchase 21 new liquefied natural gas (LNG) garbage trucks, which are expected to be in use by early 2008. A grant from Sacramento Emergency Clean Air and Transportation (SECAT) paid the cost difference between the LNG vehicles their diesel counterpart. The city also took advantage of the federal tax incentives of 2006, which reduced the cost of the natural gas vehicles, fuel station equipment, and the fuel. The City of Sacramento looks at this as a step toward updating their aging fleet of garbage trucks, while contributing to the city's goal of being the most sustainable city in the nation.

Cummins Westport Inc.'s ISL G Engine Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engine Receives Coveted Certification From Both the U.S. EPA and CARB
August 13, 2007 - CNGVP active industry member, Cummins Westport, Inc., accomplished an impressive feat in meeting the 2010 standards of 0.2g/bhp-hr oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter (PM) with the ISL Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engine. The emission standards set for 2010 are significantly more stringent than those set in years past due to the need to address the reduction of harmful emissions from heavy-duty vehicles which contribute to greenhouse gases and other pollutants. As the first heavy duty engine for urban bus applications to be certified to the 2010 U.S. EPA and 2010 CARB standards, Cummins Westport Inc. can now claim the title "World's Cleanest Heavy Duty Engine."

San Pedro Bay Ports' Clean Air Action Plan Gets Help From Addition of New LNG-Powered Trucks
August 3, 2007 - Today, Total Transportation Services, Inc (TTSI) rolled out its "new green port fleet" at San Pedro Bay Ports with the help of both the Mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Sponsors of this significant event included Target Stores, NYK Steamship Lines, and TTSI. The fleet includes 20 new clean-burning Kenworth LNG-powered trucks. Fueling will take place at a new fuel station provided by Clean Energy. These 20 LNG trucks mark an important first step in the implementation of the Clean Action Air Plan's stated goal of 5,311 LNG trucks eventually operating at the Ports. To encourage the continued transition from diesel to cleaner burning natural gas, grants are available from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Pedro Bay Ports. A grant from the Air District was used to offset the higher cost of these 20 new LNG trucks.

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