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News Archive - April 2013


AT&T to Ryder Driven to Natural Gas Vehicles as Oil Soars
April 30th, 2013 - For AT&T Inc., the decision to introduce natural gas vehicles to the company’s fleet in 2008 proved well-timed, as the price gap between gas and diesel soared to an all-time high that summer. The largest U.S. phone carrier began discussing a move away from higher-priced gasoline and diesel cars and vans the year before hurricanes Ike and Gustav disrupted energy output from the Gulf of Mexico. Now AT&T has 5,200 natural gas vans on the road, or about 7 percent of its fleet, as part of a plan to spend $350 million to replace about 8,000 gasoline-powered service vehicles over five years. Fleet-owners from Ryder System Inc. to United Parcel Service Inc. are also switching as natural gas proves cheaper and cleaner. Gas prices have plunged 68 percent from a 2008 high, and are now at a 95 cent-a-gallon discount to diesel as advances in drilling technology have triggered a boom in production of the fuel from shale formations. Natural gas emits about 27 percent less carbon dioxide than diesel, Energy Information Administration data show. READ MORE >

Trucking Industry Is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas
April 22nd, 2013 - The natural gas boom has already upended the American power industry, displacing coal and bringing consumers cheaper electricity. Now the trucking industry, with its millions of 18-wheelers moving products like potato chips, underarm deodorant and copy paper around the country, is taking a leap forward in switching from petroleum to cleaner-burning natural gas. And if natural gas remains cheap, consumers may benefit again. This month, Cummins, a leading engine manufacturer, began shipping big, new engines that make long runs on natural gas possible. A skeletal network of refueling stations at dozens of truck stops stands ready. Major shippers like Procter & Gamble, mindful of both fuel costs and green credentials, are turning to companies with natural gas trucks in their fleets. READ MORE >

Waste Management CNG from BioLNG: Closed-Loop Biomethane Supports Altamont Transfer Trucks
April 18th, 2013 - Waste Management emphasized the environment as it staged the formal opening of a new compressed natural gas fueling station at the Altamont Landfill in Livermore, Calif., east of San Francisco. The station is fed by liquefied natural gas that’s itself derived from landfill gas. The Altamont LNG plant, a joint project of WM and Linde, is rated at 13,000 gallons per day. The award-winning facility opened in 2009 and has to date produced more than 8.1 million gallons of LNG. WM has found that it prefers CNG for its operations, both for collection vehicles and for the transfer trucks that collect garbage from area hubs, bring it to the Altamont landfill, and fuel with CNG there. READ MORE >

TravelCenters of America, Shell to Build Natural Gas Refueling Sites
April 16th, 2013 - TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), in partnership with Shell Oil Products U.S., is planning a significant deployment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling infrastructure along the nation's interstate highways. According to the agreement, Shell will build at least two natural gas fueling lanes and the necessary storage capacity at up to 100 TA and Petro Stopping Center locations. These fueling sites, which Shell will fund itself, must be designed to accommodate heavy-duty over-the-road trucks. READ MORE >

ACSF: More Natural Gas Vehicles? No Problem
April 12th, 2013 - Nonprofit group the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) contends that a shift toward natural gas-fueled transportation in the U.S. will likely have a "minimal impact" on the price of natural gas overall. ACSF, whose board of directors includes Clean Energy Fuels Corp. CEO Andrew J. Littlefair and Robert A. Hefner III, founder and CEO of The GHK Companies, worked with Navigant Consulting Inc. on the analysis. The study used three scenarios to calculate potential natural gas demand and price impacts attributable to natural gas vehicles (NGVs). "We found that the estimated level of natural gas demand from NGVs, even under the most optimistic scenario, accounted for only about 2 percent of the overall market by 2025," says Gregory C. Staple, ACSF's CEO and co-author of the report. "And the incremental rise in fuel prices for this high-growth scenario was only approximately 25 cents per MMBtu, or 5 percent," he adds. "That's largely because we expect the growth in natural gas vehicles over the next decade to provide adequate time for supply and infrastructure developments to keep pace with demand, and thus to moderate any incremental natural gas price impact." READ MORE >

American Natural Gas, Casella Waste Bringing CNG Refueling to Maine
April 11th, 2013 - American Natural Gas LLC (ANG), a New York-based company that focuses on providing natural gas refueling solutions, is working with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to establish a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Westbrook, Maine - one of the first such facilities in the state. ANG founder and CEO Drew West tells NGT News that Casella is the anchor fleet of the new facility - and owner of the property on which the station will be constructed - but a potentially "big build-up of users" in the area is contemplating the adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) now that plans are in motion to develop refueling capacity. READ MORE >

Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Package Passes House Committee
April 10th, 2013 - The state House Finance Committee on Tuesday approved legislation from midstate lawmakers for annual tax credits for purchasing natural-gas vehicles, establishing natural-gas fueling stations at major interstates and encouraging firms to move to natural-gas vehicle fleets, according to a news release. The action moves House Bills 301, 305 and 309 to the full House for consideration, according to the news release from state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Centre and Mifflin counties, who chairs the committee. READ MORE >

Fund NGVs Research, Congress Told
April 9th, 2013 - NGVAmerica has joined with the Gas Technology Institute, the American Gas Association, and the American Public Gas Association in requesting that Congress provide $30 million next year for natural gas vehicles research and development. In a letter to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, the organizations asked the committees to approve the funding for research that will reduce costs and improve efficiency and durability of advanced natural gas engines and vehicles, fuel storage and fueling infrastructure, including home fueling systems. “We have a huge natural gas resource base right here at home and we should capitalize on it to displace foreign oil,” NGVAmerica president Rich Kolodziej said in a release.

Phoenix City Buys 120 CNG Buses
April 5th, 2013 - Phoenix City Council has approved the Phoenix Public Transit Department to buy 120 buses that use compressed natural gas (CNG), replacing buses that run on liquefied natural gas bus (LNG). The change will keep the Phoenix Public Transit Department in line with a majority of the nation’s transit properties said Neal Young, department director, “Compressed natural gas has become the public transit industry’s standard for natural gas powered vehicles.” CNG buses are cheaper because of the vehicle’s manufacturing process and the dense fuel can be delivered via pipeline to bus fueling sites. LNG must be super cooled and delivered via truck. Phoenix’s initial investment in LNG buses and fueling equipment came in the 1990s with a state-mandated conversion from gasoline and diesel to alternative fuels. As part of its new long-term fuel strategy, the city will upgrade its LNG fueling sites to dispense CNG without having a total refurbishment of its bus facilities. READ MORE >

Energy Department Announces New National Clean Fleets Partners
April 3rd, 2013 - Southern California’s US Hybrid has a contract with the Illinois-based Gas Technology Institute to fabricate and deploy two compressed natural gas-fueled Class 8 plug-in hybrid electric trucks for a year of drayage trucking trials. The plug-in CNG hybrid design is expected to reduce fuel consumption and the air quality impact associated with heavy-duty diesel emissions in ports, where trucks idle their engines for long periods while waiting in loading queues. US Hybrid is using the Freightliner M2 112 with dedicated-CNG ISL G engine from Cummins Westport. A 300-horsepower boost from the hybrid drive “will provide a fuel performance that exceeds the much costlier [and new 11.9-liter ISX12 G] engine,” states a program summary. READ MORE >

U.S. Hybrid for Two CNG Plug-in Hybrids
April 1st, 2013 - Southern California’s US Hybrid has a contract with the Illinois-based Gas Technology Institute to fabricate and deploy two compressed natural gas-fueled Class 8 plug-in hybrid electric trucks for a year of drayage trucking trials. The plug-in CNG hybrid design is expected to reduce fuel consumption and the air quality impact associated with heavy-duty diesel emissions in ports, where trucks idle their engines for long periods while waiting in loading queues. US Hybrid is using the Freightliner M2 112 with dedicated-CNG ISL G engine from Cummins Westport. A 300-horsepower boost from the hybrid drive “will provide a fuel performance that exceeds the much costlier [and new 11.9-liter ISX12 G] engine,” states a program summary. READ MORE >
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