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News Archive - July 2013

Waste Management Opens 50th Natural Gas Fueling Station
July 31st, 2013 - Waste Management announced the opening of its 50th natural gas fueling station, a further move toward the company’s sustainability goals of reducing its fleet emissions and increasing its fuel efficiency. At a ceremony in Jackson, Miss., state, county and local officials joined the company to dedicate the fueling station and the fleet, which will service routes in the communities in and around the city. “This is a significant milestone for us as we convert our heavy-duty collection fleet to natural gas,” said Eric Woods, vice president of fleet supply chain for Waste Management. “For each diesel truck produced in 2006 or earlier that we replace with a natural gas one, we see an average annual reduction of 8,000 gallons of diesel and 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases.” Woods added that with the company’s 32,000 collection and support vehicles, the conversion makes good business sense because of the significant maintenance and diesel fuel costs savings. READ MORE >

Fleets Awarded $1.3 Million for Natural Gas, Propane Vehicles
July 16th, 2013 - As the network of stations fueling compressed natural gas expands, the state Energy Office is awarding $1.3 million in grants to help bring down the cost for natural gas and propane vehicles. The office, part of the Department of Administration, announced 29 grants, which will help fund the purchase of 81 natural gas and 18 propane vehicles. According to the department, the grants are expected to create demand for more fueling stations, helping Wisconsin to have 200 compressed natural gas filling stations opened by the end of 2015, as well as at least 15,000 compressed natural gas powered mid- to heavy-duty trucks. READ MORE >

Ryder Opens Two Natural Gas Fueling Stations in California
July 15th, 2013 - Ryder System Inc, a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced July 11 that it has opened the first natural gas fueling stations in its North American network to serve both the general public and Ryder lease and rental customers. The Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) stations are located at two of Ryder’s maintenance and fueling facilities in Orange CA and Fontana CA--two key facilities serving the Southern California region. Both facilities are part of a larger project that will displace more than 1.5 million gallons of diesel annually with 100% domestically produced low-carbon natural gas. READ MORE >

WVU Program Appointed to Natural Gas Vehicle Transition Team
July 6th, 2013 - The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium recently was appointed to the governor's Natural Gas Vehicle Transition Team. Gov Earl Ray Tomblin appointed the West Virginia University program as part of the Natural Gas Task Force's final report, WVU officials recently announced. In the report, the task force urged that the program — along with representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways Division of Highways, Division of Energy, Tax Department, Fleet Management Office, Purchasing Division, the governor's office and the West Virginia Board of Education — form the transition team. The team will review agency plans to accomplish the goal to have 25 percent of the state fleet fueled by natural gas in four years. READ MORE >
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