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News Archive - February 2013


Clean Energy Fuels: Nearly Two Dozen New Stations, Scores of NGVs Being Served
February 25th, 2013 - Clean Energy Fuels Corp. says it added 22 natural gas refueling stations to its "America's Natural Gas Highway" network between November 2012 and the end of January, as well as signed dozens of new compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel and service agreements with fleets in the refuse, transit and other sectors. Since early November, 455 new CNG refuse trucks were delivered to Clean Energy's 101 refuse customers, and another 567 additional CNG vehicles were ordered. The New York City Department of Sanitation, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Tampa, Fla., represent major customers in this vertical. The latest installment of Clean Energy's "The Road to Natural Gas" report also points to new relationships with partners such as Suhaan Group, Petroleum Wholesale and Road Ranger for the co-location of natural gas refueling infrastructure at existing truck stops, gas stations and convenience stores. READ MORE >

Savannah River National Laboratory Joins Research for Natural Gas Vehicles
February 25th, 2013 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s top-secret Savannah River National Laboratory will use a $5.5 million award to help Ford Motor Co., and other partners, explore developing vehicles powered by natural gas. The research includes exploring low-pressure natural gas fuel systems that would be compatible with cars and light vehicles. Today’s natural gas vehicle technologies require tanks that can withstand high pressures, are cumbersome, and are either too large or too expensive to be suitable for light-duty passenger vehicles, the national lab said, in a news release summarizing the program. The funding, from the department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy project, will help find ways to remove those barriers, which in turn could encourage wider use of natural gas vehicles. READ MORE >

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New York City's First Food Truck Powered by CNG
February 21st, 2013 - East Harlem-based Neapolitan Express Pizza has unveiled a pizza truck with not only the engine converted to compressed natural gas, but with a CNG-powered genset powering all of the kitchen equipment, including electric air conditioning and near 900-degree pizza oven. The truck was shown to the press on Thursday in City Hall Park with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Clean Energy Fuels founder and arch natural gas vehicles advocate Boone Pickens taking part. Three more Ford E-450 trucks have been converted to CNG by Green Alternative Systems in Indiana using upfit kits from Clean Energy’s BAF unit, says Neapolitan founder and owner Max Crespo. They await their CNG-powered electric kitchen installations, he says. READ MORE >

The Beautiful Banality of Natural Gas Refueling
February 20th, 2013 - The city council in Fairborn, Ohio, a relatively small community outside of Dayton, voted Monday night to approve plans for a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in town. There is nothing extraordinary about Fairborn or the CNG station itself, which is simply a planned expansion of an existing private fueling site owned by Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (VEDO), a subsidiary of energy company Vectren Corp. Only a handful of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) go in and out of the station each day, and projections suggest only a handful more will use the site once it goes public. But perhaps the nondescript nature of this CNG station and the public forum in which it was discussed is precisely what makes the slow and steady rise of natural gas refueling infrastructure in the U.S. so compelling. It is becoming somewhat routine. It is settling itself into the mundane and usual. READ MORE >

California Energy Commission Awards Over $8 Million to Support NGV Projects
February 15th, 2013 - Increasing clean mobility options throughout the state, the Commission approved $17,223,593 for a wide range of projects, including four that promote the use of CNG and biomethane in transportation. "These awards are helping to support the expansion of alternative fuels and zero-emission vehicles. The funded projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants to protect our environment and improve the health of all Californians," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. Awardees include Pasadena-based CALSTART, Blue Line Transfer, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and Paso Robles Waste & Recycle. READ MORE >

California May Ease Biomethane Use: Public Utilities Commission Opens New Rulemaking
February 14th, 2013 - The California Public Utilities Commission has initiated a rulemaking to make it easier for producers of biomethane to introduce the renewable fuel into the state’s utility pipeline grid. CPUC is acting in compliance with Assembly Bill 1900, from Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, which became effective on the first of the year. “Given California’s large dairy industry and the number of landfill sites that are able to produce biomethane, we have an enormous opportunity to develop this natural resource,” CPUC commissioner Mark Ferron said in a release. According to Assemblyman Gatto, AB 1900 allows California producers of biogas, “whether big landfills or small farmers, to sell it to utilities in the state, as long as it is demonstrably clean, pure, and safe.” READ MORE >

New Light CNG Tank Design for Fleet Vehicles Launched
February 14th, 2013 - 3M announced it has successfully completed the NGV2-2007 certification process for its first compressed natural gas tank, designed for light- and medium-duty pick-up trucks and corporate fleet vehicles. The 21.5 x 60 inch tank capitalizes on improvements in geometries and proprietary 3M™ Matrix Resin featuring nanosilica technology to deliver a solution that is lighter, offers greater capacity, and is more cost effective than similar tanks. The successful certification follows the 2012 announcement by 3M and Chesapeake Energy Corporation that the two would collaborate in designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad portfolio of CNG tanks for use in all sectors of the United States transportation market. 3M expects to announce certification of other geometries in the coming months. Chesapeake is slated to become one of the first end users of the new tank, which it will incorporate in its fleet vehicles. READ MORE >

Obama Intends to Boost Natural Gas Use to Achieve Energy Independence
February 13th, 2013 - On Wednesday, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the President stated: “I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.” He also expressed that he wanted to work with the Congress to boost the research and technology “that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and our water.” Obama stressed the importance of this fuel by saying: “We produce more natural gas than ever before,” and later added that “natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence” and that needs to be encouraged. The U.S. President believes that the country is finally poised to control its own energy future. READ MORE >

Phoenix to Buy 120 New CNG Flyers
February 11th, 2013 - Arizona’s Phoenix Public Transit Department, which operates the nation’s largest fleet of liquefied natural gas buses with 305 units in service under the Valley Metro badge, is shifting over to compressed natural gas, with deliveries of 120 replacement buses from New Flyer Industries expected to begin in November. CNG for the 120 new buses “will save the city a net $4 million,” states the announcement. “The 120 new CNG buses will replace the same number of retiring LNG buses and will be procured for $61 million via a regional cooperative purchasing agreement with the [Phoenix-area] Regional Public Transportation Authority,” the release says. Deliveries are to be complete by spring 2014. READ MORE >

BioCNG for St. Landry Parish: Sheriff’s Department Benefits from Award-Winning Project
February 8th, 2013 - More than a dozen dedicated-compressed natural gas and bi-fuel CNG-gasoline vehicles are powered by landfill gas-based biomethane in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette, La. There, the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste Disposal District has just won the LMOP 2012 Project of the Year award from the U.S. EPA (LMOP stands for Landfill Methane Outreach Program). Wisconsin-based BioCNG, LLC has installed capacity for some 250 gasoline gallon equivalents of CNG at the site, based on 55% to 58% methane landfill gas. The cost is said to be about half that of gasoline. READ MORE >

Beverly Hills Opens Fueling Station for Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles
February 7th, 2013 - The City of Beverly Hills in California has opened a new fueling station for its fleet of vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The city now has 12 CNG vehicles – including six trash trucks, and four street sweepers. The fueling station in the Fleet Services yard on Third Street cost $1.2 million, but the city estimates it will pay for itself in five or six years by saving roughly $250.000 on fuel costs. Beverly Hills is acting on a mandate from the California Air Resources Board to convert its diesel trucks to alternative fuels. The city used a grant of $550.000 from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to help fund the fueling station, and to buy new vehicles or convert old ones to natural gas. READ MORE >

Cummins Westport ISL G Going Deeper into Transit Fleets
February 5th, 2013 - Cummins Westport Inc. has confirmed that its 8.9-liter ISL G natural gas engine will power a pair of massive transit-fleet natural gas vehicle deployments: one for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and another for LA Metro. LA Metro has ordered 550 New Flyer Xcelsior natural gas buses, and plans call for these units to be rolled out in 2014 and 2015. LA Metro also has an option to purchase an additional 350 buses in 2016 for both its own fleet and for contract operators. READ MORE >

Navistar Readies the CNG TranStar
February 1st, 2013 - Beleaguered Navistar International continues work on its new compressed natural gas trucks with Cummins Westport ISL G engines and CNG storage assemblies by Agility Fuel Systems. The company will produce a limited number of TranStar vehicles in March at the plant it is closing in Garland, Texas, then shift production to Springfield, Ohio for full CNG truck manufacturing effective this summer, says alternative fuels director Nadine Haupt. READ MORE >
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