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News Archive - August 2013

Trillium CNG Opens New CNG Fueling station in San Jose
August 29th, 2013 - Trillium CNG opened a new natural gas fueling station at the GreenTeam San Jose’s refuse and recycling facility in San Jose, Calif. GreenTeam will use the station to fuel the company’s 18 new trash hauling trucks that run on compressed natural gas (CNG).“Our investment in CNG infrastructure and the conversion of our entire fleet to a cleaner burning fuel, which is estimated at $15 million, is intended to reduce our carbon footprint and improve local air quality,” said Paul Nelson, Division Vice President of GreenTeam San Jose. READ MORE >

Kwik Trip Ahead of CNG Station Curve
August 14th, 2013 - A little more than a year after entering the compressed natural gas market, Kwik Trip has installed the service in a dozen communities and plans to have 26 stations online by the end of the year.That’s more than twice what was originally planned and has made Wisconsin one of the nation’s fastest-growing states for CNG fueling.Alternative fuel superintendent Joel Hirschboeck credits consumer demand, but the La Crosse-based convenience store is also helping pioneer the new fuel. READ MORE >

Transportation at Leading Edge of U.S. Natural Gas Revolution
August 13th, 2013 - The boom in natural gas production in the U.S. has ignited a revolution in the auto sector that could reshape the way Americans fuel their vehicles, market participants and analysts said in a week-long special on FOX Business. Technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and horizontal drilling have led to a surge in natural gas production. In fact, production is up 25% from 2007 to a record in 2012, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. BP Capital Chairman and CEO T. Boone Pickens has been one of the most vocal advocates for using natural gas as transportation fuel. READ MORE >

Trash Hauler Turns to Natural Gas
August 11nd, 2013 - Vogel Disposal Service recently joined the ranks of companies converting their fleets to compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles.The company began the transition with the purchase of 10 so-called CNG garbage trucks and installing a fueling station at its headquarters on Route 228 in Mars. “We are doing it because we're anticipating the cost of diesel fuel is going to continue to rise, so we're going to do what we can to curb some of that cost,” said Doug Vogel, company vice president. READ MORE >

NJ Natural Gas Announces Latest Compressed Natural Gas Station
August 7nd, 2013 - New Jersey Natural Gas has started work on a third compressed natural gas refueling station in South Jersey, the utility announced.The $2.4 million station will serve the beer-and-wine distributor Shore Point Distributing Co., in Freehold, which is planning to add natural gas tractor trailers to its fleet in 2014. The station also will be open to the public.In addition to the Freehold location, NJNG is building compressed natural gas stations in Toms River at a hauling site for Waste Management Inc., and in Middletown at the Middletown Department of Public Works — both of which will be open to the public. READ MORE >

Range Resources Purchases 180 Natural Gas Vehicles
August 7nd, 2013 - Range Resources Corp. has purchased 180 natural gas powered vehicles to serve operations in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other states.The Fort Worth, Texas-based gas drilling company says in a Wednesday release that it purchased Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and Ram 2500 pickup trucks from the manufacturers. The vehicles cost more than conventional ones but since compressed natural gas sells for about half the price of gasoline, Range says the fuel savings will pay back the cost in about two years. The CNG vehicles also emit less pollution. READ MORE >
Strong World Growth Seen for NGVs
August 7nd, 2013 - Two new reports indicate strong continued growth for natural gas vehicles, both in North America and China. The number of NGV fueling stations installed worldwide will reach nearly 30,000 by 2020, says Colorado’s Navigant Research, predicting that some 40% of the new stations between now and 2015 will be in North America. “Creating a robust infrastructure to refuel NGVs is challenging on several fronts,” says Dave Hurst, Navigant’s principal research analyst. “The cost of NGV refueling infrastructure is higher relative to other fuels, and any new pipelines needed for supplying CNG from the gas grid can make the viability of a new station challenging. READ MORE >

Fox Transportation to Add 100 CNG Trucks
August 7nd, 2013 - Fox Transportation has signed a fueling agreement with Clean Energy for its planned deployment of more than 100 natural gas trucks over the next several months. The trucks will fuel at Clean Energy stations throughout Southern California. Once fully-deployed, Fox Transportation is expected to use approximately 600,000 gasoline-gallons-equivalent of CNG per year which reduces greenhouse gases by 1,936 metric tons, the equivalent of taking 399 cars off the road per year. READ MORE >

Clean Energy Signs Three Major Natural Gas Deals
August 6th, 2013 - In an update to its "Road To Natural Gas" report, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has unveiled three recent deals in the transit, trucking and manufacturing space. Financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed. LA Metro has signed a 10-year compressed natural gas (CNG) station operation and maintenance contract with Clean Energy for four of LA Metro's CNG bus fueling stations. Clean Energy has also entered into a fueling agreement with trucking company Fox Transportation. Fox is planning to deploy more than 100 medium-duty CNG trucks over the next several months, and the vehicles will fuel at Clean Energy stations throughout Southern California. Under its third newly announced deal, Clean Energy Fuels has partnered with Vermont-based NG Advantage under a 10-year deal to construct a new natural gas compression facility in central New Hampshire. READ MORE >

149 Lease-Purchase CNG School Buses
August 2nd, 2013 - Daimler’s Thomas Built Buses and Clean Energy Fuels are among the winners as the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District outside Kansas City celebrates a ten-year lease-purchase program for “the nation’s largest school bus transition to compressed natural gas.” This fiscal year is to see deployment of 106 Thomas Built buses via Midwest Bus Sales. The district says that more CNG buses will deployed next year for a total of 149. Also to be converted to CNG are a school district refrigerator truck used for delivery of food items, and approximately 46 vehicles used by maintenance and custodial employees. They are to fuel at a new CNG station by Clean Energy Fuels, the first public-access facility on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As part of the project, the Clean Energy station “will provide additional revenue for the district since Lee’s Summit R-7 will receive a royalty on retail CNG sales.” R-7 will operate the station. READ MORE >
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