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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Groups Urge Action to Make DGE Official

September 30, 2015 in CNG, Education, LNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck, Gas and Retail Associations, NGVAmerica Make Plea

Weights and measures authorities should adopt the diesel gallon equivalent as a national standard for natural gas sold as a vehicle fuel, states a letter from nine truck, gas industry, retail and natural gas vehicle groups. The matter is especially relevant, they say, since legislation was enacted to tax liquefied natural gas at the same energy content as diesel.
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CARB Re-Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 29, 2015 in Biodiesel, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

National Biodiesel Board Is Quick to Claim LCFS Leadership

The California Air Resources Board last week formally re-adopted its LCFS, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a 10% reduction by 2020 in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in the state.

CARB's Mary Nichols

CARB’s Mary Nichols

“The LCFS, a pillar supporting the state’s efforts to fight climate change, delivers more clean fuels for Californians, and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants,” states a release.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) was quick to state that its fuel has “the best carbon score among all liquid fuels.”

‘A Key Element of California’s Plans’

The agency action “builds on years of successful implementation and will continue reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.

“Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gases in the state,” Nichols said. “This program is a key element of California’s plans to enact Governor Brown’s Executive Order mandating a 50% cut in petroleum use by 2030.”

Carbon Intensity

The LCFS program requires that transportation fuels used in California meet a baseline target for carbon intensity. That target is reduced each year. If a product is above the annual carbon intensity target, the fuel incurs deficits. If a product is below that target, the fuel generates credits which may be used later for compliance, or sold to other producers who have deficits.


“So far,” CARB says, “fuel producers are over-complying with the regulation.”

NBB's Don Scott

NBB’s Don Scott

CARB determines carbon intensity via a life cycle analysis measuring the amount of carbon generated during the extraction, production, transportation, and combustion of a fuel. The agency notes that the LCFS program does not require use of any specific fuel, “only that regulated parties find a blend of fuels and credits that will meet the declining target each year.”

It Depends on the Source

According to NBB, the new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 81% versus petroleum, giving it the best carbon score among all liquid fuels. (emphasis added: natural gas has a higher carbon intensity than the various biodiesel types, but the scores for renewable natural gas from landfills and feedlots are far lower.)

“Biodiesel is the most sustainable fuel on the planet,” NBB sustainability director Don Scott said in his organization’s release. “Low carbon alternatives can also be low cost alternatives when we use diverse supplies of renewable resources. This validates that California’s carbon reduction goals are obtainable.”


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Source: CARB and NBB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Shell LNG for Trucks in Amsterdam

September 29, 2015 in Infrastructure, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Capacity to Fuel Approximately 200 Trucks Per Day

Shell has opened its third liquefied natural gas fueling facility for trucks in The Netherlands. The new station has a capacity of 70,000 liters of LNG, nearly 18,500 gallons, Shell says, “enough to fuel around 200 trucks per day.”
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Advanced Disposal Adds CNG in Macon

September 29, 2015 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Georgia Station Is Company’s Seventh, Supports 15 Trucks (for Now)

Advanced Disposal reports the opening of its seventh compressed natural gas fueling station – a TruStar Energy facility in Macon, Ga. The station currently supports 15 CNG-fueled trucks – Peterbilt vehicles with Heil bodies. updated October 19

Advanced Disposal continues to add CNG trucks.

Advanced Disposal continues to add CNG trucks.

“This number will increase as the company replaces retiring diesel trucks once their useful life has expired,” states a release.

“Approximately 12% of our collection routes run on CNG,” Advanced Disposal CEO Richard Burke said in a release, adding, “We will increase our CNG fleet to 15% by the end of 2015.”

ANGI Compression

The Macon CNG station was a $1.6 million investment and according to the Advanced Disposal announcement is the only multi-truck CNG station in the metro area. About a fourth of Advanced Disposal’s collection routes in the Macon area run on CNG.


The Macon station has twin 200-horsepower ANGI Energy-packaged compressors with 40 time-fill hoses and provision for 40 more, says Advanced Disposal procurement VP Chad Mark.

Advanced Disposal’s sixth CNG station, also built by TruStar, opened last year in Detroit (F&F, June 3, 2014).


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Source: Advanced Disposal with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

CleanTech OC In Irvine on October 6

September 29, 2015 in batteries, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Batteries and Intelligent Transportation Systems in Orange County

Irvine, Calif.-based CleanTech OC (Orange County) is holding its sixth annual CleanTech OC Conference & Expo at the Institute for Innovation at UC Irvine on October 6.


Batteries and ITS – intelligent transportation systems – are on the agenda for the CleanTech OC meeting in Orange County on October 6.

Batteries and ITS – intelligent transportation systems – are on the agenda for the CleanTech OC meeting in Orange County on October 6.

The event attracts high-level clean technology practitioners as well as investors and government officials, with an emphasis this year on water conservation solutions, energy efficiency including advanced batteries, ITS/intelligent transportation systems, and the financial strategies that make cleantech work.


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Source: CleanTech OC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Colorado Has More Money for AFVs

September 29, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, CNG, EVs, money available, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$9 Million for Public Fleets and $5.5 Million for Private Fleets

The Colorado Energy Office and affiliated agencies have floated a new solicitation for alternative fuel vehicles, offering $14.5 million to help offset the incremental cost of natural gas vehicles, propane autogas vehicles, and electric vehicles.

AltFuelsColoradoThe Alt Fuels Colorado program is managed by CEO in partnership with the RAQC, the Regional Air Quality Council, and the Colorado Departments of Transportation and Local Affairs. This program will provide funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles.

RAQC handles the vehicle grants. Under the current round, $9 million is available for public fleets and $5.5 million is available for private fleets.


Federal CMAQ Funding

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

Applications are due on October 29.

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

The agency will pay up to 80% of the incremental cost of the alternative fuel vehicles.

ALT Fuels Colorado is funded through CMAQ, the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

NobleEnergy-CEONoble Energy Funding

RAQC is working with Colorado-based Noble Energy, which is helping fund the deployment of compressed natural gas-fueled schools buses in Weld County and Colorado’s non-attainment counties (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Larimer).

Noble expects that $4.8 million in matching funding will help place 30 CNG school buses in Weld County, and that $2 million will help place 33 CNG buses in the non-attainment areas. The Noble Energy funding is available fro RAQC programs awardees: $60,000 for 80-passenger and $40,000 for 29-passenger school buses.


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Source: Colorado Energy Office with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Clean Energy LNG for Raven Transport

September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet of More Than 180 LNG Trucks Is Being Expanded

Clean Energy Fuels details its relationship with Raven Transport in a recent website post, noting that the company has more than 500 trucks serving the U.S. Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast, operates more than 180 of those trucks on liquefied natural gas, and “plans to add more LNG trucks in their 2015 fiscal year.”
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Up to 217 CNG New Flyers for California

September 29, 2015 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Omnitrans Orders with Options for 202 over Four Years
As ‘Consortium Procurement’ Covers Multiple Agencies

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Omnitrans has placed a firm order for 15 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot Xcelsior buses, with options for an additional 202 buses over four years, New Flyer of America said Monday.
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OCTA Wants RNG for All of Its Buses

September 29, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Demand for Three Years at Four Locations Is About 20 Million DGEs

Southern California’s Orange County Transportation Authority wants to switch to renewable natural gas to power its existing fleet of more than 340 compressed natural gas buses – and 202 new ones.
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CarterEnergy CNG in Kansas City

September 28, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

[email protected] Cardlock Station Opens Near Firm’s New PDC

CarterEnergy celebrated the opening of a [email protected] compressed natural gas fueling station at a public-access cardlock north of its new product distribution center in Kansas City, Kans.
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NJNG CNG with Waste Management

September 28, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Toms River Outlet is First Under $10 Million NGV Advantage Program:
Second Is to Open Tomorrow with Shore Point Distributing in Freehold 

New Jersey Natural Gas has opened a compressed natural gas fueling facility with Waste Management in Toms River, N.J. It’s the first public access CNG outlet in Ocean County, and the ninth in the state.
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San Francisco Seeks Renewable Diesel

September 28, 2015 in Biofuels, Renewable Diesel, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s Mostly for Muni as City Seeks Nearly 22 Million Gallons

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

The City and County of San Francisco is taking bids for approximately 21.1 million gallons of renewable diesel for the three-year period starting this November 1.

Most of the fuel, some 15 million gallons, will be for Muni/San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency buses, with lesser amounts for S.F. Fire Department and other city vehicles, and for operations outside the city limits.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee pledged this last summer to fuel all of the city’s diesel vehicle with renewable diesel by year-end (F&F, July 22).

Bids under Solicitation CP 70884 are due on October 16.

Even San Francisco's fire trucks are to operate on reneable diesel.

Even San Francisco’s fire trucks are to operate on reneable diesel.




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Source: City and County of San Francisco with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

TruStar-Branded CNG in Louisiana

September 25, 2015 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lafayette Station Follows Orlando, Tulsa and Houston

TruStar Energy has opened the fourth in a planned “dozens” of company-branded compressed natural fueling stations, announcing this past week a new outlet in Lafayette, La.
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SoCalGas for CNG in Monterey Park

September 25, 2015 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public Station Is First Under New Compression Services Tariff

A new compressed natural gas fueling station Monterey Park, just east of Los Angeles, is the first for Southern California Gas under a new Compression Services Tariff.
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CNG Truck Webinar on October 7

September 22, 2015 in CNG, Education, NGVs, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Trucking Association and Southern California Gas

The California Trucking Association and Southern California Gas are hosting a free webinar on the future of clean trucking and how compressed natural gas operations can help meet long-term compliance goals and business objectives.
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UQM to Power 45 Zenith Trucks for DHL

September 22, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Orders Have Been Picking Up Steadily with Zenith Motors’

Colorado’s UQM Technologies announced yesterday that it’s supplying PowerPhase Pro135 systems for 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL Express U.S. updated September 23

PowerPhase Pro135 motors by UQM Technologies will power 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL.

PowerPhase Pro135 motors by UQM Technologies will power 45 100% battery electric delivery trucks by Zenith Motors for DHL.

DHL has purchased 45 of the Dodge ProMaster-based vehicles for use in California and New York (F&F, September 14).

“Orders have been picking up steadily with Zenith Motors and this contract with DHL is a good sign for Zenith and their growth in the EV delivery vehicle market,” UQM interim CEO and president Joe Mitchell said in a release.

‘Major Fleets Begin to See the Merits’

“As other major fleets begin to see the merits of electric vehicles and the efficiency and reliability of the UQM drive solutions, we anticipate seeing more good news like this,” Mitchell said.

“Zenith has been greatly anticipating this order with DHL and is excited to have the opportunity to showcase the UQM powered full electric delivery vehicles,” Zenith Motors William Yung says in the DHL announcement.

Zenith is sourcing both motors and inverters for the DHL vehicles from UQM.


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Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

Roush Offers 56% Larger Propane Tank

September 22, 2015 in New Products, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Fuel Tanks for Ford E-450 to Hold 64 Gallons, a 56% Increase

Roush CleanTech is promoting a new optional fuel tank for its propane autogas-fueled Ford E-450 vehicles. The new tank will hold more than half again as much fuel as today’s 41-gallon tanks: 64 gallons, for an increase of 56%.
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