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News Archive - April 2008

Waste Management and Linde North America to Build New Landfill-to-LNG Project in California
April 30, 2008 – Waste Management and Linde North America have agreed to work together to build a facility that will convert landfill to gas into LNG at the Altamont landfill. This is a $15.5 million joint venture that will receive grant assistance from California Integrated Waste Management Board, the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Waste Management expects the facility to begin operations in 2009 and to produce up to 13,000 gallons of LNG a day. For more information, please click here.

Natural Gas Entities Amongst Blue Sky Award Finalists
April 25, 2008 - Calstart has selected three finalists for this year's prestigious Blue Sky Award. PG&E Transportation Services was selected for its green fleet initiatives; Southern Counties Express was selected for committing to build and operate a publicly available LNG truck fueling station at its own facility to the port trucking community; and Business Region, Goteborg was selected for catalyzing Sweden's use of biomethane as a renewable fuel for transportation. The annual award recognizes outstanding marketplace contributions to clean air, energy efficiency and to the clean transportation industry overall. The winner is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. For more information, please click here.

CNG Trolleys Added to California Public Fleet
April 25, 2008 - The town of Visalia is making an effort to put more cleaner-burning transit vehicles onto the streets in order to lessen the impact on the area's poor air quality. Three new CNG trolleys have been added to the public transit fleet for its downtown free bus loop service. The trolleys replaced older diesel trolleys. In May, the city expects a delivery of ten new large, fixed-route CNG busses and to convert their 11-bus Dial-a-Ride fleet to 100 percent alternative fuel. These additions will make two-thirds of the city's large buses powered by CNG. For more information, please click here.

Los Angeles MTA to Add 260 CNG Buses to Fleet
April 24, 2008 - The Board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has approved the purchase of 260 new 45-foot CNG buses for the fleet. The new buses are to be manufactured by North American Bus Industries and will be used to primarily replace the oldest 40-foot diesel buses in the Metro's fleet. The majority of MTA's current fleet of 2,561 active buses are already fueled by CNG. The funds – approximately $171 million – were approved in February from a combination of federal, state and local funds. For more information, please click here.

San Diego Launches the First-Ever Natural Gas-Hybrid Transit Bus
April 18, 2008 - The first commercial bus with a CNG and electric hybrid drive system has been launched by the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) of San Diego The new hybrid drive system was made possible by grants from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The hybrid model boasts numerous environmental benefits from significantly greater fuel economy to reduced emissions. For more information, please click here.

Natural Gas Vehicles Identified as Key Strategy at Recent Conference on Low Carbon Fuels
April 14, 2008 – Speakers ranging from Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, to Hal Snyder, vice-president of customer programs at SoCalGas and SDG&E touted the many benefits of alternative fuels and the importance of California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard at the recent Low Carbon Fuels 2008 conference in Sacramento. Natural gas vehicles were identified as a key part of the strategy to reduce the carbon content of California's transportation fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020. The utilities have committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions of their fleet vehicles approximately 15 percent by 2012. Additional information is available on the conference and commitments by utilities in regards to natural gas deployment. For more information, please click here.

San Diego Transit System to Equip 250 Buses with Natural Gas Engines
April 11, 2008 - California's San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will equip 250 New Flyer public transit buses with ISL G natural gas engines manufactured by Cummins Westport. The ISL G engine delivers ultra-low emissions by surpassing EPA 2007 phase-in levels and meeting 2010 emission standards. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates a fleet of more than 600 vehicles carrying more than 88 million passengers per year. For more information, please click here.

CNG Gets Another Looks as School Districts Face Higher Diesel Prices
April 1, 2008 - The Lodi Unified School District has already surpassed its annual bus fuel budget with two months still left in the school year. The price per gallon of diesel paid by the Lodi Unified School District has risen from $2.40 to $3.51 over the last year and the School District is compensating by combining routes, cutting overtime, and turning to its CNG buses - 27 CNG buses were reassigned to the longest routes and field trip routes. Other districts are also expecting to surpass fuel budgets while taking a closer look at cheaper and cleaner alternatives like CNG. For more information, please click here.

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