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News Archive - August 2012

It's Official: Government Sets Fuel Efficiency At 54.5 MPG By 2025
August 28th, 2012 - On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that it had finalized the national fuel-efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks, mandating an average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who called it a "monumental day," held a press conference to discuss the regulations. The new mandate, which covers model years 2017 to 2025, builds on standards implemented in 2010 that require automakers to reach an average fuel economy of 35.5 mpg by 2016. The officials said multiple stakeholders, notably the Big Three and the United Auto Workers, have been on board all along in the crafting of the regulations. For their part, automakers asked for certainty in standards, so they could make the right level of investment at the right times. "They know that the government can help consumers," Jackson said, adding that the automakers' customers are increasingly seeking fuel-efficient options to contend with rising gasoline prices. The new standards, the officials said, will help ensure that such vehicles are available. READ MORE >

Companies Announce Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
August 22nd, 2012 - SA group of 15 companies announced the creation of The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC), including TECO/Peoples Gas, Florida Natural Gas, Champion Brands, and JJ Taylor Companies. FNGVC advocates incentives similar to those in Texas and nearly a dozen other states. Such programs offer grants, tax credits and other incentives for the purchase of NGVs (natural gas vehicles). FNGVC also released an Economic Impact Study showing NGV incentives could create over 10,000 jobs, $300 million in new wages and $1 billion dollars in economic output over two decades. READ MORE >

Compressed Natural Gas Stations on Edge of ‘Fuel Revolution’
August 19th, 2012 - South Florida gas prices are heading up again after steadily declining since April. But Jeff Greene is hardly worried that higher gasoline prices will hurt his business. In fact, it may even be a good thing for Greene’s bottom line. The reason: Greene runs Fort Lauderdale-based Wise Gas Inc., which operates the region’s first and only compressed natural gas station open to the public. Since the station opened last summer, a gallon of pressurized natural gas has held steady at about $2.19 per gallon — one-third cheaper than regular gasoline. The company is also working to build a half-dozen others around the state, including one in Miami he aims to open by year’s end. He said the demand for cheaper, eco-friendly fuel alternatives produced in the U.S. is rising and CNG fits the bill. As a result, he sees it as a growth industry for Florida. READ MORE >

99 Cents Only Stores Establishes the Largest CNG Trucking Fleet in Southern California
August 14th, 2012 - 99 Cents Only Stores, a pioneer of the single-price retail concept for 30 years, has gotten bigger, better and even greener over the years. In addition to amazing deals, the Company celebrates its 30th birthday by announcing the conversion of 40 semi-trucks from diesel to clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG). This new fleet is the largest private Class-8 CNG trucking fleet in Southern California. "We are thrilled to be marking this important 30 year milestone by making this announcement which will help save the planet, use a plentiful domestic resource and help save our customers money. We believe we will have one of the nation's largest retail fleets operating on compressed natural gas," says Eric Schiffer, CEO. READ MORE >

New Report Urges Federal Government to Invest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles
August 10th, 2012 - American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a Washington, D.C. energy policy group, has unveiled a document that states a switch of just 20% of the U.S. government’s $150 billion budget to freight and package carriers using domestically produced natural gas, electricity, biofuels and other alternatives to diesel and gasoline would lead to taxpayer savings of up to $7 billion annually and approximately $25 billion by 2025 (assuming a gradual fuel shift, beginning in 2015). The ACSF report finds that shifting federal transportation contracts to vans and trucks running on alternative fuels could reduce oil imports by billions of gallons annually; cut greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by over 20 million metric tons a year; and stimulate the nationwide introduction of tens of thousands of new alternative fuel vehicles. READ MORE >

Quantum Reports Four-Fold Increase in Orders for its CNG Fuel Systems
August 8th, 2012 - This growth was registered during the year-to-date period ending July 31, and is compared to orders received during the same period in 2011. California-based company received orders from leading natural gas vehicle system integrators and system developers for supplying its ultra-lightweight carbon composite CNG storage tanks for a variety of transportation applications ranging from Class 1 to Class 8 natural gas trucks. Natural gas vehicles equipped with Quantum's storage systems help to lower ownership and operational costs, while truly benefiting from the historically low prices of this domestically produced fuel. NGVs can be fueled for a third less cost than other vehicles, and emit less smog-forming nitrogen oxide and particulates. ">READ MORE >

WM Opens Louisville's First CNG Filling Station and Launches 25 Green Trucks
August 7th, 2012 - The fleet launched by this leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America is the first of its kind in Kentucky, replacing heavy-duty collection trucks with new state-of-the-art vehicles that run on CNG. The new filling station provides first-of-its-kind infrastructure in the state’s largest city to serve commercial fleet managers and private individuals a ready supply of natural gas. The company is adding up to 25 CNG-powered collection vehicles in Louisville and will roll out additional NGVs in the area in the future. The public fueling station will refuel WM's local fleet as well as sell CNG to commercial fleets and retail consumers with methane-equipped vehicles. READ MORE >

Waste Management Opened 13 CNG Stations During First-Half of 2012
August 3rd, 2012 - This brings the company’s natural gas fueling stations to 31 with another 17 either in operation or in construction by the end of 2012. Waste Management owns the stations, purchases the fuel and finances the construction of the stations. It also enters into maintenance contracts with third party companies, a strategy that allows it to secure better natural gas prices in the long run. The new stations are located in Mesa (Ariz), Venice and Pompano Beach (Florida), Stickney (Illinois), Louisville (Kentucky), Baltimore (Maryland), Blaine (Minnesota), Portland (Oregon), Washington (Pennsylvania), West Jordan (Utah), Conroe (Texas), Auburn and Woodinville (Washington). READ MORE >

Study Finds Natural Gas Promising For U.S. Transport Sector
August 3rd, 2012 - Clean Energy Fuels has released The Road to Natural Gas, a listing of trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations which have signed new or expanded existing agreements with Clean Energy to provide natural gas transportation fuel and other services for their vehicles and fleets. The report includes mostly new information, including a list of recently completed stations on the firm’s America’s Natural Gas Highway project with partner Pilot Flying J, and at other interstate locations. “There are natural gas engines now available for more vehicle classes, the U.S. has an abundant supply of cheap natural gas and there is a greater understanding of the economic and environmental benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel,” Littlefair said.

U.S. State Governments Set NGV Fleet Acquisitions in Motion
August 2nd, 2012 - In the U.S. State of Oklahoma, the Department of Central Services has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that could eventually lead to the purchase of thousands of compressed natural gas powered vehicles. The announcement comes a week after the governors of Colorado and Oklahoma sat down with officials from Chrysler, Ford and GM to discuss their desires that the automakers supply more natural gas vehicles (NGVs) for the national market. 21 states have joined the initiative, including the thirteen states that previously signed onto the NGV MOU (Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming), plus eight more states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia). Other states are invited to participate as well. READ MORE >
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