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News Archive - February 2012

Encana Opens First LNG Fuelling Station in Louisiana
February 24th, 2012 - Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation, one of North America’s largest natural gas producers, has opened the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Louisiana. Located at The Relay Station in Frierson, the station which will serve the fueling needs of heavy duty truck fleets is open for public use (to those with proper LNG vehicle safety training) and will be accepting all major credit cards. The station is currently being utilized by Heckmann Water Resources (HWR), an Encana partner in water sustainability in the natural gas industry. READ MORE >

President Obama Announces Funding for Breakthroughs in Natural Gas and Biofuels as Alternative Fuels for Vehicles
February 23rd, 2012 - Today, President Obama announced new funding to catalyze breakthrough technologies for two key alternative fuels—natural gas and biofuels—as part of his all-of-the-above energy strategy to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and provide American families new choices for vehicles that do not rely on conventional gasoline. Through its Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E), the Energy Department will make $30 million available for a new research competition in the coming months that will engage our country's brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to find ways to harness our abundant supplies of domestic natural gas for vehicles. READ MORE >

3M and Chesapeake to Create New CNG Cylinder Technology for US Market
February 21st, 2012 - Innovation company 3M and natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy Corporation have entered into an agreement to collaborate in designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad portfolio of compressed natural gas (CNG) tanks for use in all sectors of the United States transportation market. Currently the fuel tank (cylinder) on a CNG vehicle is its most expensive single component. The new CNG tanks developed through the 3M and Chesapeake partnership will reduce costs while increasing performance. Less expensive tanks will enable greater market adoption of CNG as an alternative automotive fuel source. READ MORE >

Commercial Vehicle Shift to Natural Gas Spurring a Mini-Boom
February 17th, 2012 - A boom of sorts is happening in natural gas, especially compressed natural gas (CNG) in the commercial transportation sector. Most major truck manufacturers such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Mack Trucks and others are utilizing engines that run on CNG in many of their models. These engines are providing safer, cleaner and lower-cost fuel needs while keeping performance standards. Major truck stops and fuel stops are incorporating natural gas into their fuel islands for the increasing number of vehicles using it and fleet vehicles in the light-, medium- and heavy-duty categories using natural gas are growing in numbers at a very high rate. READ MORE >

International Motor Show World Premiere Will Include New Natural Gas and Biogas Models
February 17th, 2012 - During the 82nd edition of this event to take place from 8-18 March 2012 at the Palexpo-Geneva, gazmobile –the association that promotes the use of NGVs in Switzerland- will present the latest generation of natural gas versions from automakers Fiat, Mercedes, Opel and Volkswagen. The public will also be able to discover the VW Scirocco R-Cup, a motor racing car fueled entirely with biomethane whose CO2 emissions are reduced by 80 percent. READ MORE >

San Francisco is the Greenest Taxi City in America Using Natural Gas Vehicles
February 15th, 2012 - San Francisco celebrated becoming the “Greenest Taxi City in America,” having met mandates it enacted in 2008 to slash fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent – a target based on 1990 levels intended to be met this year. At a gathering attended by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, among others, former city Taxi Commission President Paul Gillespie noted the city’s level of commitment. Since 2008, San Francisco taxis are said to have consumed 2.9 million fewer gallons annually, while spewing 35.000 fewer tons of greenhouse gas per year. READ MORE >

Leading CNG Vehicle Companies Partner to Bring the First EPA-certified, Diesel to CNG Conversion Package for the Mercedes 906 Engine to Market
February 14th, 2012 - Sunny DeWakar, CEO of NGV Motori, USA and Dean Sloane, Founder and Managing Director of Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC (CVS), issued a statement today announcing their joint collaboration to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding demand for vehicles powered by CNG. The companies have already partnered together to successfully engineer, fabricate and install the first EPA-certified, dedicated diesel to CNG conversion package for the Mercedes 906 Engine.Conversions may be done on any of the Diesel MBE 900 series models with the F 65 series Detroit Diesel engine for model years 2003 - 2009. NGV Motori, USA and CVS also announced that the NGV Motori, USA/CVS’s partnership is also making available an EPA-certified, CNG Dedicated Conversion for the Ford E 450 Super duty 6.8L V10 engine and the E350 Super Duty 5.4L gas engine. Models created between 2005 thru 2010 are eligible for conversion. READ MORE >

Compressed Natural Gas Gets New Life as Alternative Fuel
February 10th, 2012 - Compressed natural gas is seeing signs of life in St. Louis, more than a decade after the alternative fuel for cars, trucks and buses made its debut here. The move reflects a broader push by companies, including UPS, AT&T and Verizon, and municipal bodies nationwide to seek a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline and diesel. Increased demand now is prompting several automakers, including General Motors andFord, to roll out vehicles that can be converted to run on compressed natural gas -- or CNG -- primarily for commercial use. READ MORE >

Clean Cities Coalition Hosting Natural Gas Vehicle Workshop
February 9th, 2012 - Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition will host a workshop titled CNG: Pullin' The Load, which will cover the basics of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as it relates to medium and heavy-duty vehicles for fleets. The workshop will take place Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CST at Vectren's corporate headquarters, One Vectren Square, Evansville, IN. Today, natural gas powers more than 100,000 vehicles in the United States and roughly 11.2 million vehicles worldwide. The advantages of natural gas as an alternative fuel include its domestic availability, widespread distribution infrastructure, low cost compared to gasoline and diesel fuel and clean-burning qualities. READ MORE >

Construction Begins on Revolutionary Public-Private Natural Gas Fueling Station
February 7th, 2012 - Leon County School (LCS) Superintendent Jackie Pons today broke ground on a revolutionary public-private natural gas fueling station that will reduce the school district's fuel costs, keeping more dollars in the classroom. The station is being built and operated by Florida-based Nopetro, which plans to build a network of natural gas fueling stations around the state. Today's event ushers in an era when schools, governments, businesses and the general public can transition to cleaner, greener, domestically abundant and less expensive natural gas. READ MORE >

Green Energy Oilfield Services Makes Its Move on LNG
February 2nd, 2012 - Green Energy Oilfield Services (GEOS), an oilfield service company that specializes in fluid management for oil and gas well drilling, production, and servicing agrees and has purchased 60 Peterbilt 388 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks featuring Westport HD systems. The water solutions company based in Fairfield, Texas, has committed to run its entire fleet on LNG. READ MORE >

Navistar-Led Partnership Plans Natural Gas Initiative
February 1st, 2012 - Navistar Inc. and natural gas provider Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced a plan to develop gas-powered medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and a nationwide infrastructure to fuel them. The plan includes financial incentives to enable customers to see a quick return on a premium of about $35,000 for the new technology. That’s largely due to a natural gas costing $1.50 a gallon less than diesel. Clean Energy will invest $200 million to build liquid natural gas fueling facilities, said Andrew Littlefair, Clean Energy president and CEO. The company announced last month that is expects to have 70 stations open by the end of 2012 in 33 states, many of them at Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers. READ MORE >
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