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News Archive - September 2012

Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s California Green Fuels Bill Signed into Law
September 27th, 2012 - Assembly Bill 1900, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), a bill which removes barriers to the development of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a fuel in California and will save local rate-payers millions on their utility bills, was signed by Governor Brown today. AB 1900 will save the millions of Californians who get their power from municipal utilities hundreds-of-millions of dollars by protecting the municipal utilities’ contracts for biomethane. AB 1900 will also create a California industry for producing biogas, creating thousands of local jobs and economic activity in a new, homegrown, renewable-energy industry. Todd Campbell, the former Mayor of Burbank and Vice-President of Regulatory and Public Affairs for Clean Energy explained that biogas is “both a renewable and an ultra-low-carbon fuel derived from landfill, sanitation, and agricultural waste streams. When properly harnessed, biomethane can help our municipal utilities provide affordable and reliable service to local businesses and residents, and cost effectively power our cars, trucks, and buses with a near zero emissions alternative that will help protect California’s air quality.” READ MORE >

September Closes Strongly with Multiple CNG Sites Now Open for Fueling
September 26th, 2012 - A number of fueling specialists and fleets cut ribbons on compressed natural gas (CNG) stations over the past couple of weeks, bolstering the complement of alternative fuel infrastructure in many areas of the U.S. READ MORE >

SoCalGas Conference Accelerates Interest in Natural Gas-Powered Vehicles
September 26th, 2012 - The dramatic cost savings realized by fueling cars and trucks with natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel was on display as Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) hosted its first Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Conference at the company's Energy Resource Center in Downey, California. The conference featured the latest developments in compressed natural gas (CNG) technology and natural gas vehicles (NGVs). In recent years, most major, heavy-duty transit and refuse fleets in Southern California have switched from diesel to clean-burning natural gas. This has resulted in the growth of one of the largest networks of CNG fuel stations in the U.S. and sparked an interest among automakers in the increasing market potential of NGVs. READ MORE >

California Energy Commission Awards More Than $580,000 for Clean Transportation Projects
September 18th, 2012 - The Energy Commission unanimously approved funding of $582,000 for the development of two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facilities and for buy-downs of alternative-fuel vehicles. "These awards will help put cleaner cars on our roadways, and expand the availability of alternative fuels," said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. "These are investments that will reduce air pollution, create jobs and support the development of clean transportation options in California." The awards are made through the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. READ MORE >

NGVi Bringing CNG Refueling Training Courses To California
September 14th, 2012 - The Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) says it is presenting two courses related to compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling - "CNG Fueling Station Design Training" and "CNG Fueling Station Operation & Maintenance Training" - on Nov. 13-16 in Downey, Calif. The CNG Fueling Station Design Training course, which is scheduled for Nov. 13-14, is tailored to organizations that are purchasing, building, operating or maintaining a CNG fueling station. CNG Fueling Station Operation & Maintenance Training (Nov. 15-16) is designed primarily for CNG station maintenance technicians, fleet managers and supervisors responsible for stations, and station owners who contract their maintenance to a third party. READ MORE >

California Agencies Get Millions in Federal Grants for Cleaner Buses
September 14th, 2012 - The Obama administration announced more than $8 million in grants to California transit agencies in an effort to get diesel buses off the streets. The grants, which include $2.4 million for the Riverside Transit Agency for new compressed natural gas buses, are among 27 such awards handed out nationwide. “President Obama is committed to investing in sustainable transportation systems that improve access to jobs, education and medical care for millions of riders, while bringing cleaner air to our communities and reducing our dependence on oil,” said Ray LaHood, the federal Transportation Agency secretary. “These projects will also help transit agencies operate more efficiently, and save money in the long run.” READ MORE >

Leading Fleet Experts to Speak at Natural Gas Conference
September 13th, 2012 - The Natural Gas Fleet Vehicles North American Congress 2012 set for Oct 23-24 in Houston, TX, will feature representatives from more than 20 companies that adopted natural gas as a fuel source. The event, sponsored by American Business Conferences and co-sponsored by Cummins Westport, Trillium CNG and the Drive Natural Gas Initiative representing AGA and ANGA, will address how companies and natural gas suppliers can capitalize on the growing natural gas opportunity. It will also explore what the expense associated with supporting the development of infrastructure to promote natural gas vehicle adoption is and how committed fleet operators are in the long-term use of these fuels. READ MORE >

LA Metro Keeps Moving on CNG
September 10th, 2012 - LA Metro is getting ready to accept delivery of an additional 150 CompoBuses from North American Bus Industries – 45-footers with the mass of a 40-foot vehicle, making for substantial productivity gain with no special driveline technology. Like all of LA Metro’s buses, they are CNG-fueled. “We get 16% more passenger capacity with these longer buses,” says LA Metro vehicle technology and acquisition manager John Drayton. “I don’t know of many other recent technology developments that can offer comparable improvements in regards to reducing operating costs,” he told F&F. READ MORE >

Long Beach Transit Introduces Buses That Use Natural Gas
September 6th, 2012 - Long Beach Transit, California, celebrated its latest environmental milestone with the unveiling of a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station and fleet of CNG buses. The first fleet of CNG buses - about 64 to be in service by year's end - will complement Transit's fleet of hybrid electric-gasoline 40-foot buses and replace the smaller diesel buses, while the North Long Beach station, which will be able to fuel up to 95 buses, is expected to help lower gasoline costs by about one-third, said Rolando Cruz, Transit's executive director and vice president of maintenance and facility, who was the project director on the station. READ MORE >

New CNG Buses Touting Central Coast Attractions are Running at Hearst Castle
September 4th, 2012 - A fleet of cleaner-burning natural gas buses that cost less to operate and sport colorful photos and graphics letting tourists know about Central Coast attractions went into service at Hearst Castle, California, on July 31. Silverado Stages Inc. of San Luis Obispo is investing $3.5 million over a 10-year contract to supply the buses. The fleet of 14 57-passenger buses and two 29-passenger buses for the disabled carries about 650.000 tour-takers per year from the visitor center at the base of the hill along a twisting five-mile road that climbs 1.500 feet to the top of La Cuesta Encantada (“The Enchanted Hill”). READ MORE >

Another National Party Convention Gets CNG Shuttle Service
September 3rd, 2012 - Thanks to a partnership with America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), Piedmont Natural Gas will provide the compressed natural gas to fuel 12 buses that will be used to offer transportation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will take place this week. "We are pleased to partner with ANGA to showcase the benefits of natural gas vehicles, including substantial cost savings over other transportation fuels and significant environmental benefits," said Jane Lewis-Raymond, senior vice president of Piedmont Natural Gas. "As part of our broader commitment to sustainability, we are collaborating with both private and public sector fleet operators, expanding the number of refueling stations available to NGVs and converting our own fleet of service vehicles to CNG." READ MORE >
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