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News Archive - January 2013

DART Begins Deployment of New Natural Gas Buses
January 29th, 2013 - The entire fleet involves 459 31- and 40-foot buses running exclusively on CNG that will replace the agency's mix of diesel and LNG buses by 2015, will cut the agency's annual fuel costs by nearly two-thirds by the end of 2015 and significantly limit harmful emissions. The first five NGVs began operations on January 28 and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) plans to put approximately five buses into service every week. The $210 million contract with North American Bus Industries Inc. (NABI) of Anniston, Ala., one of the nation's largest natural gas bus orders, includes heavy-duty low-floor buses with an ISL G 8.9-liter, 280 HP engine from Cummins Westport. The first five eco-friendly buses are refueling at the four CNG filling stations built by DART and Clean Energy at the agency’s bus and mobility management operations facilities. READ MORE >

Obama Calls for Expanded Use of Natural Gas
January 26th, 2013 - While speaking in Nevada recently, President Obama declared the U.S. the 'Saudi Arabia of natural gas' and began pushing for greater use of the fuel resource under domestic soil as he continued to pitch his economic plan on a tour of battleground states. Addressing a crowd of United Parcel Service workers at a facility here, Obama said the government should encourage U.S. shipping companies and other large users to reduce reliance on foreign oil to power their fleets. Tapping natural gas sources in the U.S. could "power our cars and our homes and our factories in a cleaner and cheaper way," Obama said. "We, it turns out, are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. We've got a lot of it." The president rolled out a plan that offers tax incentives for companies that buy natural-gas-powered trucks. He promoted the idea in a visit to a UPS hub because company officials were, he said, among the first to respond to his call for increased use of natural gas vehicles. READ MORE >

Honda to Build 2014 Accord Hybrid in U.S.
January 25th, 2013 - Honda of America Manufacturing says it will invest $23 million and hire approximately 50 people at its Marysville, Ohio auto plant to add production of the new two-motor Accord Hybrid Sedan, slated to go on sale nationwide this fall. It will be the third Honda hybrid built in the U.S. and the first in Ohio. Separately, American Honda announced a two month extension to its $3,000 free fuel card promotion for the dedicated-CNG Civic Natural Gas sedan. The new deadline is March 4. READ MORE >

Rim of the World School District to Install Fast Fuel CNG Station
January 25th, 2013 - Rim of the World School District in California wants to go into the vehicle refueling business, and it's hoping its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fast fuel station will help fuel a future source of revenue for schools. The spark plug behind much of the move towards CNG is coming from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The SCAQMD has awarded nearly $43 million to help school districts in the Southland region of Los Angeles purchase CNG and propane buses to replace the dirtiest diesel school buses in their fleets. The Rim school district has received a $1.7 million grant from the SCAQMD, and so far has added 15 clean-burning natural gas buses to its fleet. There are 14 diesel fuel buses remaining, and most of those eventually will be replaced with CNG buses. READ MORE >

Mansfield wins new CNG contract for Temecula Valley Unified School District
January 24th, 2013 - Mansfield Energy Corp. has been awarded a contract to provide new equipment and upgrades to Temecula Valley Unified School District's existing time-fill CNG fueling station in Temecula, California. “Through funding made available by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee (MSRC), Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) has contracted with Mansfield to expand our CNG fueling capacity from 8 to 18 buses concurrently. TVUSD currently operates 15 school buses powered by clean burning natural gas. We are happy to see the expansion of our CNG fueling station capacity, as the use of clean burning CNG-powered buses helps reduce air pollution and provides for better heath of our students and the community,” said Jason Osborn, Director of Transportation for Temecula Valley Unified School District. READ MORE >

Sneak Peek: Kwik Trip Has Aggressive CNG Plans For 2013
January 23rd, 2013 - In the convenience store industry, Kwik Trip Inc. is known as a progressive, nimble entity that knows how to get a lot accomplished quickly and with little superfluity. Perhaps not surprisingly, the company has quickly gained exactly the same reputation in the natural gas industry. Kwik Trip put nine state-of-the-art compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling facilities into operation in the second half of 2012 (with a tenth just about complete), and the company has announced plans for at least an additional 10 to be constructed this spring. Joining Kwik Trip in this deployment is ANGI Energy Systems Inc., which provided the key CNG equipment for the first round of stations and has been chosen again to provide components for the next group. READ MORE >

L.A. Metro Staff Proposes Purchase of 550 New CNG-Powered Buses
January 17th, 2013 - The 40-foot vehicles will be manufactured by Winnipeg-based New Flyer and involve a major contract valued at $302 million. These new buses are part of Metro's fleet replacement plan for FY13-FY15. During this period, the agency is scheduled to retire buses that were purchased between 1998 and 2001 and that are past 12 years of age and 500,000 miles. Metro’s recommendation also introduces the option for up to 350 additional compressed natural gas buses, which will replace vehicles in FY16 and/or in the contract service fleet, including 50 NABI 7000 series buses that are operated by Metro’s contract service providers. READ MORE >

New Flyer CNG Artics for San Diego
January 16th, 2013 - Tew Flyer Industries today reported a contact with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System for as many as 165 of its compressed natural gas-fueled Xcelsior articulated 60-foot heavy-duty buses. The MTS board approved the purchase last month. The contract for 165 Xcelsior CNG buses contains a firm order of 47 60-foot articulated buses with options for up to an additional 118. New Flyer says it has “more CNG expertise than any other bus manufacturer in North America, experience that has been gained over the last 20 years from the production of over 4,700 CNG powered buses. “This bus order and future Xcelsior CNG procurements will build on San Diego’s already significant fleet of environmentally friendly buses, consisting of approximately 80% CNG buses,” New Flyer said. READ MORE >

BAF Receives EPA and CARB Approvals for Its 2013 Ford NGV Lineup
January 15th, 2013 - Clean Energy’s subsidiary recently announced that with the additional vehicles in its product line, they have positioned as the company with the largest Ford CNG-powered vehicle offering available in the industry. All of BAF's 2013 models can be ordered now through May/June, depending on the platform. It is worth mentioning that BAF has the first F-250/350 pickup trucks with an underbody tank package in the industry, giving drivers the use of the full truck bed – something fleets have long desired. This tank package also has EPA and CARB approvals. READ MORE >

Clean Energy-Covanta CNG
January 9th, 2013 - Clean Energy Fuels says it’s broadening its compressed natural gas fueling station agreement with Covanta Energy beyond an initial facility in New Jersey, teaming to identify other Covanta sites. “This relationship is expanding into other states,” says Clean Energy solid waste VP Ray Burke. Covanta operates more than 40 “state-of-the-art facilities that convert everyday trash into clean, renewable energy,” Clean Energy says. In addition to three sites in New Jersey, Covanta has EfW (energy from waste) facilities in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as British Columbia and Ontario, and Italy, with other international projects in development. READ MORE >

Tax Relief and Then Some: Biofuels, EVs, NGVs, and Propane See Tax Breaks Extended, Reinstated
January 2nd, 2013 - An extension of clean vehicle tax incentives and even the reinstatement of expired tax breaks were included in the American Taxpayer Relief Act passed on New Year’s Day to avert the “fiscal cliff” tax hikes and spending cuts. “For CNG, the fuel tax credit will increase NGVs’ economic advantage and help accelerate the industry’s ability to displace foreign oil,” Kolodziej says. “We are extremely pleased that Congress included the $0.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit in the American Taxpayer Relief Act passed yesterday,” said Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) president and CEO Andrew Littlefair. “This will help the acceleration of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” Littlefair told F&F this afternoon. “Hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the U.S. are currently enjoying the environmental and economic benefits of natural gas, an abundant, domestic and cleaner-burning fuel choice. READ MORE >

Waste Management Reduces its Carbon Footprint with $18 Million Investment
January 1st, 2013 - Waste Management opened its newest compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility in Cranston and announced the launch of 48 natural gas-powered collection vehicles to serve municipalities and customers across the state. The CNG-powered trucks will contribute to a smaller carbon footprint, reducing air particulate emissions by up to 90 percent and lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. For each truck replaced with CNG, the use of diesel fuel is reduced by an average of 8,000 gallons per year, delivering a reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The trucks also run much quieter than traditional diesel engines, improving the quality of life in the communities Waste Management serves. READ MORE >
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