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News Archive - April 2012

Is Natural Gas a Viable Option to Power Your Car?
April 30th, 2012 - The battle for the best alternative fuel to petroleum has been waged, unsuccessfully, since the automobile was invented. A century and a quarter later, we still have not found a fuel as abundant, energy-rich and cost-effective as gasoline and diesel. Ethanol, hydrogen, solar, electricity, a DeLorean running on trash — none has yet proved useful for the masses. But one fuel is even more abundant than oil, burns cleaner and is incredibly cheap and relatively easy to use: natural gas. READ MORE >

Governors Urge Auto Companies to Manufacture Natural Gas Vehicles
April 30th, 2012 - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and other governors have sent a letter to the chief executives of 19 auto companies urging them to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on natural gas. Hickenlooper said he and governors in 12 other states are interested in boosting the number of natural gas vehicles in their state fleets as an incentive to the auto manufacturers. In addition to Colorado and Oklahoma, the governors of Wyoming, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, also signed the letter. READ MORE >

ATA Chief Sees Move to Natural Gas, Better Days Ahead for Trucking
April 26th, 2012 - Bill Graves, American Trucking Assns. president and CEO, is optimistic about the future of trucking and predicts that the increased use of natural gas as truck fuel will bring major changes to the industry. Speaking at the 14th Annual Pegasus TransTech User Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL recently, Graves said that the barriers to wide adoption of natural gas as a mainstream fuel are being addressed. “This will change the landscape,” Graves said, adding that for the first time there will be serious competition between suppliers of diesel and of natural gas. READ MORE >

Natural Gas Offerings to Dominate 2012 ACT Expo
April 25th, 2012 - Natural gas industry leaders are set to gather at the upcoming Alternative Clean Transportation Expo 2012 – set for May 15-17 at California’s Long Beach Convention Center – to showcase the latest advancements across a wide variety of clean vehicle technologies. Natural gas industry experts will be on hand to discuss the many opportunities for natural gas as an alternative fuel for all vehicle types – light-, medium- and heavy-duty – and across a variety of applications. READ MORE >

Big Trucks Lead Use of Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel
April 24th, 2012 - Currently, natural gas is selling at its lowest price in 10 years, making it about 42% less than the cost of diesel fuel on a per-gallon basis. More importantly, the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration forecasts that this price differential will last for decades into the future. While natural gas-fueled passenger vehicles have yet to catch on, more and more managers of commercial truck fleets are beginning to replace their diesel trucks with trucks that burn compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). READ MORE >

WM Opens Illinois’ Largest Commercial Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Facility
April 24th, 2012 - Located in Stickney, it is equipped with 55 "slow-fuel" stations for the Waste Management’s growing CNG-powered fleet of trucks, and will also serve public and independent fleets. The company currently operates more than 30 NGVs in the Chicago area, and will have more than 80 in the area by year end, making it Illinois' largest commercial clean-fuel refuse truck fleet. According to Steve Batchelor, Waste Management area vice president for Illinois and Indiana, the transition to natural gas vehicles will improve air quality in communities Waste Management serves and help the company achieve its sustainability goals to reduce its overall fleet emissions by 15 percent and increase its fuel efficiency by 15 percent by the year 2020. READ MORE >

Cheap Fracked Gas Could Help Americans Keep on Truckin'
April 23rd, 2012 - Greg Roche, vice president for infrastructure at Clean Energy Fuels, is presently scouting locations to build one of the California-based company's natural gas fueling stations for long-haul trucks by the end of this year. With fracking techniques freeing more and more natural gas in the U.S., the alternative fuel is suddenly much cheaper than those made from petroleum. "A trucker can save one third of his energy spend by switching to natural gas," Roche notes, thanks to the historically low prices for the gaseous fuel occasioned by the boom in U.S. shale gas development via hydraulic fracturing. "It's also good for the environment because it's the cleanest fuel available for big-rig trucks." READ MORE >

Ford's Mulally Flags Push For Natural Gas Powered Autos
April 19th, 2012 - The head of Ford Motor Co. said the auto industry is focused on expanding the use of engines powered by compressed natural gas, creating a potential clash with the U.S. chemical sector. Alan Mulally, chief executive, outlined the alternative fuel technologies being pursued by Ford during a town hall meeting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., late Wednesday, having earlier in the week flagged the high cost of batteries for all-electric cars. Ford is exploring a range of alternative fuel sources including gas and biofuels, and Mulally said the "majority" of its electrified autos would use hybrid engines, with a move towards plug-inmodels and all-electric vehicles."The next big one that's coming now is natural gas," Mulally said. READ MORE >

Frito-Lay Pledges a Major Shift Toward Natural-Gas Trucking
April 17th, 2012 - Frito-Lay recently announced it would add 67 trucks that would run on compressed natural gas, known as C.N.G., to its fleet. Eventually, the company said, a majority of its longer-range vehicles would run on C.N.G., as well as liquefied natural gas for longer-distance hauls. The C.N.G.-powered trucks would save the equivalent of $2.50 a gallon compared with diesel at current prices, as well as reduce greenhouse emissions by 23 percent when compared with diesel rigs, the company said. Currently, 18 trucks burning natural gas in 8.9-liter Cummins Westport engines are undergoing a pilot test. READ MORE >

Clean Energy Will Support Waste Pro’s New $100 Million NGV Commitment
April 17th, 2012 - Through a partnership with a major Southeast U.S. solid waste collection company, Clean Energy Fuels Corp will build, operate and maintain a new CNG fueling station on Waste Pro property in Fort Pierce. The private time-fill fueling facility, which is already under construction, will support the company's new fleet of CNG-powered trash trucks. Development of the Waste Pro fueling station at Fort Pierce has been permitted, with opening projected for early third quarter of 2012. In Phase One of its CNG transition effort, Waste Pro expects to deploy 150 heavy-duty waste collection and recycling trucks to serve residential and commercial customers. READ MORE >

Obama Issues Executive Order on Natural Gas
April 13th, 2012 - President Barack Obama released an executive order that will coordinate the administration’s activities on natural gas and perhaps answer criticism that the White House is trying to end hydraulic fracturing.The order creates a working group that includes various White House offices such as the Council on Environmental Quality and National Economic Council, as well as relevant cabinet departments and agencies like Interior, EPA and Department of Homeland Security. It comes on the heels of complaints by GOP leaders — including Mitt Romney — and the gas industry that too many departments are working on hydraulic fracturing regulations, potentially halting the growth of the industry. READ MORE >

Collaborative Project to Develop NGV Fueling Infrastructure in Florida
April 11th, 2012 - Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has announced that its natural gas marketing subsidiary, Peninsula Energy Services Company, Inc. (PESCO), has entered into an agreement with Wise Gas, Inc., to build filling stations for municipal and private fleets. Wise Gas has already developed five CNG fueling facilities throughout the state of Florida. "There has never been a better time for the United States to break its dependence on foreign oil," said Bill Hancock, General Manager of PESCO. "And Jeff's experience in station design and construction, his knowledge of vehicle conversions, and his network of professional contacts will be valuable to Chesapeake Utilities as PESCO and Wise Gas work together to execute upon our common goal of developing fueling station infrastructure." READ MORE >

Natural Gas Signals a ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’
April 10th, 2012 - AS horizontal drilling and the controversial extraction technique known as fracking have made domestically produced natural gas more available and sharply cheaper, that gas has been widely embraced by industry, electric utilities and trucking fleets. The rapid development of shale gas technology has helped reduce energy imports and, in some cases, encouraged companies producing petrochemicals, steel, fertilizers and other products to return to the United States after relocating overseas. Natural gas exports are growing and terminals built to hold imported supplies are being repurposed for international sales. READ MORE >

American Public Gas Association Sends Letter to Congressional Committees Urging Adoption of the NAT GAS Act
April 5th, 2012 - American Public Gas Association (APGA) sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Energy Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Natural Resources Committee urging them to support the New Alternative to Give Americans Solutions Act (NAT GAS Act) in response to the recent and dramatic increase in gasoline prices. Bert Kalisch, President and CEO of APGA said, “The recent increase in the price of gasoline to a national average of $3.91 has sent shockwaves throughout the economy.Kalisch went on to note that by passing the NAT GAS Act and adopting natural gas vehicles (NGVs) consumers, “could save $1-$2 per gallon (and possibly more) by filling up with natural gas produced right here in the U.S. In so doing, U.S. consumers and businesses would save billions of dollars which could be spent on other necessities or new job-creating investments.” READ MORE >

Compressed Natural Gas: The Solution To High Prices At The Pump
April 4th, 2012 - ACNG can be used as an alternative to gasoline and is much cheaper, safer and cleaner to use as a fuel. It produces less carbon emissions and less greenhouse gas than regular gasoline or diesel and is more economical to produce. Since 98% of natural gas used in the U.S. is produced within North America, CNG also provides the opportunity to reduce our reliance on foreign oil. One company stepping up to develop and utilize CNG domestically is Chesapeake (CHK). By doing so they hope to spark more demand for natural gas here in the U.S. They have invested $160 million in Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), run by T. Boone Pickens, to add natural gas pumps to 300 truck stops. Approximately 1,000 more are needed to develop a nationwide network. READ MORE >
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