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News Archive - October 2007

The Tax-man Cometh: But Not for Owners of the 2008 Honda Civic GX
November 5, 2007 – While the saying may be true that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is giving some relief to environmental stewards. Just this week, the IRS acknowledged the certification by CNGVP industry member, American Honda Motor Company, Inc., that its Honda Civic GX Model Year 2008 vehicle meets the requirements of the Qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Credit. As such, the natural gas Civic GX qualifies for a tax credit of $4,000, not to mention the savings at the pump as gasoline prices continue to climb. This news should come as no surprise to fans of the Civic GX as the Environmental Protection Agency already recognized it as the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle on Earth. The natural-gas Honda Civic GX is now on sale at select Honda dealers in California and New York. For more information, please click here.

Just Do It – Go Green
November 5, 2007 – A groundbreaking announcement from Nike, Inc. and its Converse affiliate this week will leave Southern California residents breathing a lot easier. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Nike, Inc. will switch a significant portion of their Los Angeles area harbor drayage fleet from diesel to new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. This move toward sustainable goods movement comes on the heels of another exciting announcement that Nike, Inc. has joined the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), a group advocating for policies and public/private partnerships that encourage the use of cleaner truck technologies in port communities. According to Nike, the new LNG trucks will emit an estimated 18 percent less CO2, 88 percent less NOx and 96 percent less particulate matter per mile compared to their diesel counterparts. Southern Counties Express, a local trucking firm, will meet approximately 50 percent of Nike's port-related trucking needs in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, requiring the use of more than 70 new LNG-fueled trucks in the next two months. For more information, please click here.

Aggressive Plan for Alternative Fuels in California
November 1, 2007 – In a dynamic move to strengthen California's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved an aggressive plan to fund the research and urge the use of 10 alternative fuels. The CEC's plan recommends the statewide use of alternative fuels grow to nine percent in five years, 11 percent in 10 years and 26 percent in 15 years, and sets forth a strategy for reaching the aforementioned goals. These targets apply to fuels used by trucks, cars, construction, and agricultural vehicles. The CEC hopes this move will send a signal to the market and the rest of that nation that they are serious about alternative fuels, not just ethanol. For more information, please click here.

Prometheus Sets the Bar for LNG Transfer
November 1, 2007 – Prometheus Energy Co. is setting a great example by utilizing landfill gas (traditionally flared into the environment) and converting it to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for use by the local transit agency. Prometheus trapped 10,000 gallons of gas emitted from the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill, located in Irvine, CA, converted it to LNG and transported it via their new LNG fueled Kenworth tractor to be used by the Orange County Transit Authority, where they are prepared to power their fleet of 232 LNG transit buses with LNG. Prometheus delivered the 10,000 gallons of LNG on behalf of CNGVP member Applied LNG Technologies. The new LNG-fueled Kenworth tractor used by Prometheus to transport the LNG is comparable in fuel efficiency to similar model diesel trucks but reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 18-20 percent. For more information, please click here.

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