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News Archive - July 2009

Dallas Firm Fueling Change to Natural Gas in Corporate Fleets
July 29, 2009 - Corporate fleet vehicles are driven into the BAF Technologies factory on traditional diesel or gasoline but come off the car lifts as natural gas vehicles. Dallas-based BAF is rising along with the green movement. The company just landed a contract to help convert the largest corporate alternative-fuel fleet in the nation. For more information, please click here.

Natural Gas Vehicle Research Bill Passes House
July 21, 2009 - A bill to reauthorize a Department of Energy program for natural gas vehicle research, development, demonstration and deployment won overwhelming approval Tuesday in the U.S. House. For more information, please click here.

House OKs $150 Million Natural-Gas Car Program
July 21, 2009 - The House overwhelmingly approved a $150 million program to research natural-gas powered vehicles. By a vote of 393-35, the House passed the bill that authorizes the Energy Department to conduct a five-year program of natural gas vehicle research, development and demonstration, authorizing $30 million annually starting in the 2010 budget year. The research program is to aid "the continued improvement and development of new, cleaner, more efficient light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle engines." The bill also seeks to improve the reliability and efficiency of natural gas fueling station infrastructure and boost the use of natural gas engines in hybrid vehicles. For more information, please click here.

Energy Companies Turning to Natural Gas Vehicles
July 17, 2009 - Colorado’s big oil and gas companies have begun burning natural gas in some of their fleet cars and pickups to demonstrate its effectiveness as an alternative motor fuel. For more information, please click here.

U.S. Fuels NGV Momentum by Passing H.R. 1622
July 20, 2009 - The U.S. House of Representatives has, by unanimous consent, passed H.R. 1622 – a bill that would direct the Secretary of Energy to: (1) conduct a five-year program of natural gas vehicle research, development, and demonstration; and (2) coordinate with the natural gas vehicle industry and with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding streamlining the certification of natural gas conversion systems to federal certification requirements and in-use emission standards. For more information, please click here.

Californian Port’s Clean Trucks Program Adds New Natural Gas Trucks
July 17, 2009 - The Port of Long Beach recently awarded subsidies for 100 new trucks, of which 98 were alternatively fueled liquefied natural gas (LNG) models. The trucks will add to a growing local fleet of less polluting vehicles which, under the Port's Clean Trucks Program, will reduce truck-related air pollution by 80 percent by 2012. For more information, please click here.

More than 300 Local School Buses to Benefit After Proposition 1B is Reinstated
July 16, 2009 - Los Angeles Unified School District will replace 260 of its oldest diesel buses with new CNG and propane vehicles following a $43 million vehicle replacement grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District awarded to a total of 13 districts, signaling the return of the state’s Lower-Emission School Bus Program amid a new 1-percent sales tax increase affecting state vehicle purchases. For more information, please click here.

SCAQMD Ports Program to Add 500 Alternative Fuel Trucks by Year End
July 16, 2009 - The Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), have jointly initiated a new round of Clean Truck Program grant funding. This program, which includes Prop 1B funding from the California State Air Resources Board, will focus on helping truck operators purchase alternative-fueled trucks between now and the end of the year. The grant program, which will provide Licensed Motor Carriers with up to $100,000 (per truck) toward the purchase of alternative fuel trucks, is expected to put a minimum of 500 new, ultra-low emission vehicles on the road by year's end. For more information, please click here.

Largest Grant Ever Awarded to Replace Region’s Diesel School Buses
July 10, 2009 - The South Coast Air Quality Management District today awarded nearly $43 million to help school districts in the Southland purchase clean-burning compressed natural gas and propane buses to replace the dirtiest diesel school buses in their fleets. Also today, the AQMD awarded more than $3 million to help school districts retrofit 176 newer diesel school buses with particulate traps to reduce diesel emissions. click here.

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Promote NGVs
July 10, 2009 - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) joined Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Robert B. Menendez (D-NJ) in introducing legislation on July 8 to increase use of natural gas in U.S. motor vehicles. "Each day, our nation consumes about 21 million bbl of oil, more than 25% of the world's supply. Nearly 70% is imported from outside our borders. With only 3% of the world's oil reserves, we cannot produce our way to a safe and secure energy future," said Reid. "We must get serious about using cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy, and this legislation is a strong step in the right direction." The three senators said their bill, S. 1408, would expand the alternative fuel vehicle and refueling property tax credits in several ways. It would make all dedicated NGVs eligible for a federal tax credit equal to 80% of the vehicle's incremental cost, instead of only some NGVs as is the case now. It would make all bifuel NGVs eligible for a 50% federal tax credit for the first time. For more information, please click here.

Green Tech Connect Forum
July 9, 2009- The AQMD Green Tech Connect Forum will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday, August 3-4, 2009. This event is one of four elements of the Helping Hand Initiative adopted by the AQMD's Governing Board earlier this year to support the local economy while keeping the region on the path toward clean air. Registration for the Forum & Expo includes plenary sessions featuring government policymakers, green tech success stories, and government funding opportunities. The event will showcase 60-70 exhibitors and feature alternative fuel vehicles and a Monday evening reception. Cutting-edge panels and discussion sessions will introduce the investment community to renewable energies and green technologies. The event will also offer a variety of networking opportunities for cleantech developers and potential funding partners, bringing together the investment community with greentech entrepreneurs, public policymakers, R&D professionals, and project opportunities. For more information, please click here.

New US NAT GAS Act of 2009 Introduced on 'Energy Independence Day
July 8, 2009 - T. Boone Pickens has declared the 8th July "Energy Independence Day" on the one year anniversary of the launch of the Pickens Plan. Further, he is encouraging the event to be registered on future calendars, signalling intent to continue his ongoing commitment to end US dependence on foreign oil. The recent plethora of US legislation activity around alternative fuels confirms natural gas for vehicles is clearly on the US agenda. For more information, please click here.

Freightliner Introduces First Natural Gas-Powered Truck
July 7, 2009 - Natural gas is not just for cars and buses. Today, Freightliner Trucks introduced its first natural gas-powered truck tabbed the Freightliner Business Class® M2 112 NG. The truck was designed for use in port operations, natural gas utilities, and municipalities. The truck is powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G. For more information, please click here.

Moorpark To Use Federal Grants For New Buses
July 2, 2009 - The Moorpark City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved replacing the city's diesel engine buses with three new lower emission buses. The cost of the three new compressed natural gas transit buses is $1.26 million. The city's cost will be reimbursed by federal grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. For more information, please click here.

McNeilus Launches First Cement Mixer Fueled By CNG
July 2, 2009 - McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, an American company leader in the manufacture of waste collection trucks and cement mixers, introduced to the market the first mixer unit powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). The McNeilus® CNG meets 2010 emission standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) for the heavy engines, which have been set by the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA). The new product offers a clean fuel technology solution for the market of heavy trucks and helps the construction industry becomes more environmentally responsible. Compared to diesel engines, the CNG mixer allows to lower costs of fuel, reducing noise pollution and is six times cleaner. The units will be equipped with 6-cylinder and 8.9L Cummins ISL G engines developed by Cummins Westport of Canada. For more information, please click here.

Emission Solutions Inc. Earns EPA, California Air Certifications for Engine Conversions
July 1, 2009 - Emission Solutions, Inc., (ESI) a McKinney-based manufacturer of natural gas engines for trucks and buses, has earned its 2010 certifications from both the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB). All types of companies and organizations—public, private and non-profit—can now use ESI services to qualify for grant money and tax credits for engine conversion. Technology has steadily advanced since natural gas engines were introduced onto the market in the late 1980s. The torque, horsepower and fuel economy of the newer natural gas engine has vastly improved and is now comparable to diesel-powered vehicles. The fuel cost is half. For more information, please click here.

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