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News Archive - August 2011

US builds Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor
August 30, 2011 - North America’s fuelling infrastructure has been built over the past 100 years, giving oil-based fuels an advantage over newer alternatives, like natural gas or hydrogen. Now, there is project to develop a new network of alternative fuel filling stations for long-haul trucking fleets in western United States. click here  >

United States: AT&T introduces 3,000th natural gas vehicle in its corporate fleet
August 26, 2011 - The company’s milestone also includes the deployment of the 4,000th alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) for its corporate fleet in Chicago, and the 2,000th AFV for its California’s fleet in San Diego. The 3,000th NGV was rolled out in Houston. AT&T avoided the purchase of one million gallons of petroleum in 2010 as a result of its use of CNG vehicles. click here  >

CNG Fuelling Station Opened to Refuse Vehicles and Public in California
August 25, 2011 - Waste Management Inc. has opened a new CNG fuelling station in Santa Ana, California to fuel its existing fleet of CNG recycling and trash collection vehicles as well as to sell fuel to fleet operators and the public. The company says that it currently operates the largest fleet of heavy-duty natural gas trucks in North America, with approximately 80% of them operating in Southern California - including 141 natural gas powered trucks in Orange County. click here  >

USGS issues new estimate of Marcellus gas reserves
August 23, 2011 - The U. S. Geological Survey says the Marcellus Shale contains some 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas, far more than thought nearly a decade ago. Tuesday's figure is much higher than the last government assessment in 2002, which suggested only about 2 trillion feet of recoverable gas. The USGS says the new estimate came from new information about the gas-rich formation, which is thousands of feet beneath much of Pennsylvania and New York and nearby states, and from technical improvements in how wells are drilled.click here  >

The Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (Video)
August 22, 2011 - Even though gasoline may be costly, it’s still easy to find a gas station when you need to fill up your car. The convenient nationwide network of filling stations has been built over the past 100 years, giving oil-based fuels an advantage over newer alternatives, like hydrogen and natural gas. Correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan travels to California to learn about efforts to build a new network of alternative-fuel filling stations – the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor. click here  >

AGL to supply Encana with LNG for Louisiana truck fueling stations
August 22, 2011 - Pivotal LNG, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, has signed an agreement with Encana Corp. to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) that Encana plans to offer to service providers operating fleet trucks near Haynesville, Louisiana. Encana will dispense the LNG through mobile and permanent public fueling stations, it said. Natural gas in a liquid form is easily transported and stored. It is an environmentally responsible fuel ideal for use in large fleet vehicles and heavy-duty engines, the companies said. click here  >

US Department of Transportation will fund LNG conversion of Staten Island Ferry
August 18, 2011 - The funding, part of the Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, will be of USD 2,340,000 and will pay to switch one Staten Island ferryboat from the use of diesel fuel to clean-burning liquefied natural gas. The federal pilot project aims to cut fuel costs for the ferry by nearly half as well as reduce harmful emissions and increase reliance on domestic stocks of LNG. The Department of Transportation's Ferry Boat Discretionary Program was announced by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer, who also launched an initiative to acquire new CNG buses for Queens and Brooklyn, and Kirsten Gillibrand. "Converting the Staten Island Ferry to liquefied natural gas is a win-win-win: It will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower operating costs and help the environment," said Schumer. Staten Island ferryboats currently run on ultra-low diesel and offer the only service between this borough and Manhattan. They carry more than 21 million passengers per year including 65,000 passengers every weekday, reported local newspaper SIlive.com. click here  >

Indian Railways will gradually switch to LNG
August 15, 2011 - The initiative, announced after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the country’s largest oil marketing firm, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), aims to cut down carbon footprints and ensure major operational savings. “The induction of LNG in railways is likely to be in a phase-wise manner,” said senior Railway Ministry official, who added that Indian Railways will explore the potential of LNG in a substantial manner in locomotives, factories and workshops. According to Rail.co, the agreement between Indian Railways and IOC will open up new possibilities and ‘act as a catalyst’ in the Indian industry towards adoption of LNG as a primary fuel. “Major savings in fuel cost are expected with Indian Railways switching over to natural gas in a substantial manner,” said the official. click here  >

NAT GAS Act a step toward energy independence
August 14, 2011 - Most everyone can agree that something needs to be done about the damage that importing foreign oil is doing to the economy. Unfortunately, not everyone can agree on how to ease the pain of that damage. There is, however, one good idea that has been in Congress for two years that just might finally have the votes to pass. The NAT GAS Act looks to have the votes in the House and Senate to be approved. President Barack Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill if it gets to his desk. The bill, authored by First District U.S. Rep. John Sullivan, is supported by T. Boone Pickens, a devoted proponent of using compressed natural gas to fuel vehicles. The benefits of CNG are well-known and indisputable. That, however, doesn't stop those with deep pockets and vested interests from doing what they can to derail this important piece of legislation. click here  >

Kenworth states its case for natural gas
August 12, 2011 - When it comes to natural gas as a vehicle fuel, Kenworth Truck Co. shared high hopes and high praise with trucking industry editors yesterday at a special “Green Editor” event at the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, WA—the research, development and testing facility which supports all Paccar divisions, including Kenworth and Peterbilt Motors. As natural gas- and diesel-powered trucks zipped around the 2-plus mi. test track with Paccar test drivers or editors at the wheel, Kenworth and Westport HD experts discussed the multiple reasons why they consider natural gas to be such a good fit for the trucking industry and such a benefit to the nation as a whole. click here  >

CARB certifies natural gas Transit Connect
August 12, 2011 - The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified a natural-gas model of the Ford Transit Connect, according to Impco Automotive. Impco, a division of Fuel System Solutions, manufactures the compressed natural gas system. The system is available on 2011 Transit Connect van and wagon models with the 2L, 4-cyl. engine. Certification is expected for 2012 models later this fall, Impco said. “We are pleased to continue to expand our offering of products to convert this popular light-duty Ford vehicle platform from gasoline to clean burning, plentiful, domestic CNG,” said Jay Sandler, Impco Automotive’s director of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) & fleet sales. “Our innovative fuel systems enable fleets and vehicle operators to significantly lower their operating costs and reduce emissions while at the same time avoiding reliance on foreign oil during these times of rising fuel prices.” click here  >

Benefits of HD NGVs Understated in New US Rules
August 11, 2011 - The new regulations that will reduce emissions and increase the fuel economy for medium and heavy-duty trucks. But NGVAmerica, a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen, strongly believes that the rules could have been even more effective in reducing emissions and reducing the use of imported petroleum. “The rules include some regulatory incentives and flexibility for natural gas trucks but should have gone much further in recognizing the benefits of NGVs,” said NGVAmerica President, Richard Kolodziej. “The rules are designed to address the urgent and closely intertwined challenges of dependence on oil, energy security, urban emissions and global climate change. Natural gas vehicles help achieve all these goals and more.” click here  >

Natural gas waste haulers gaining traction
August 8, 2011 - Compressed natural gas-powered travel is no longer the sole provenance of the socially aware or environmentally challenged. Once reserved for places like California, the use of compressed-natural-gas-powered trash trucks is undergoing an explosion of sorts around the country as companies and communities alike see the economic and environmental benefits. Make no mistake, however, the number of natural gas-powered trucks is still low in comparison to the country´s entire garbage truck fleet. But the numbers are growing and sometimes rather quickly – even in smaller locales such as West Seneca, N.Y., and Blaine, Minn. Both Waste Management Inc. and Republic Services Inc., the two largest private solid waste management companies in the country, are devoting millions of dollars to convert significant portions of their fleets to CNG vehicles. click here  >

Arkansas offers rebates for natural gas vehicles
August 5, 2011 - A $2.2 million stimulus funded program will allow public and private fleets to apply for rebates to purchase or convert vehicles that rely on compressed natural gas, Gov. Mike Beebe and state officials announced Friday. Beebe announced the launch of the Compressed Natural Gas Conversion Rebate Program funded by the federal stimulus. The program is open to state agencies, higher education institutions, cities, counties, school districts and private fleets with at least 10 vehicles. click here  >

Ryder supplies grocer with CNG-powered trucks
August 4, 2011 - Ryder System has finalized a deal to lease 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks to grocery store chain Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, in partnership with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). The first 15 CNG vehicles were delivered to Fresh & Easy in July and the balance will be delivered in October, Ryder said. The $38.7 million Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a public/private partnership between the company and the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), the California Energy Commission, plus the Southern California Assn. of Governments’ Clean Cities Coalition. Ryder said the project is helping put 202 heavy duty natural gas vehicles on the road, upgrade three maintenance facilities for the proper servicing of natural gas vehicles, and construct two natural gas fueling stations. click here  >

Fresh & Easy Introduces Natural Gas Trucks from Ryder into Fleet
August 4, 2011 - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) announced today that it has finalized an agreement to lease 25 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer. The CNG vehicles are the first of their kind in the Fresh & Easy fleet and have been made available through Ryder’s agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) in Southern California. The $38.7 million Ryder/SANBAG project is part of a public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition, and Ryder System, Inc. The project includes 202 heavy duty natural gas vehicles, upgrades to three maintenance facilities for the proper servicing of natural gas vehicles, and the construction of two fueling stations. click here  >

New Honda Civic Will Be Only Consumer CNG Car In America
August 1, 2011 - Why don’t we have more natural gas vehicles on American roads? Europe is swimming in vehicles that burn the stuff, but in the U.S. the only option is the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas, formerly known as the Civic GX. It seems kind of crazy, because natural gas is about half the price of gasoline (on a per gallon basis) right now. The U.S. has an estimated 117,000 CNG vehicles on the road, but most of them aren’t cars. There are 12 million of them around the world, from buses in Denmark to tiny three-wheeled delivery trucks in India. There’s a really bright future for compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered commercial trucks, because fleet operators will see a payback in just a few years (as long as prices stay low). In the U.S., CNG has amazingly enough captured 20 percent of the new garbage truck and bus markets. click here  >

 

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