ACT News 2017


UPS Ups the Alt Fuels Ante – Again

November 20, 2017 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Companies, delivery vehicles, investments, LNG, milestones, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ten Million Gallons Annually of RNG from Big Ox Energy
As Well as 1.5 Gallons Annually for Five Years from Amp

UPS is disclosing this morning a landmark agreement for 10 million equivalent gallons per year of RNG/renewable natural gas from Big Ox Energy. “This is the largest investment in RNG to date for the company,” says a release.

The agreement with Big Ox runs through 2024.

Siemens eHighway Runs for SoCal Ports

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

One-Mile Demo Line with Three Heavy Trucks in Carson,
TransPower and Volvo-Mack for the Electric-Drive Vehicles

A diesel-hybrid truck by developed Volvo-Mack, and a battery-electric truck and CNG-fueled hybrid-electric truck developed by TransPower are taking part in the Siemens-led, SCAQMD-backed eHighway project.

A long-discussed idea to use overhead catenary lines to power trucks exiting Southern California’s big ports is moving closer to fruition: Siemens reports that America’s first “eHighway” demonstration is running, with three different heavy duty, electric-drive trucks “hauling freight.”

Agility CNG Tanks for Phoenix New Flyers

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agility to Supply Fuel Cylinders for as Many as 396 Buses

New Flyer of America has disclosed a contract to supply, through a joint procurement, as many as 396 compressed natural gas-fueled 40-foot Xcelsior brand buses to the City of Phoenix and the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority – aka RPTA, or Valley Metro.

This item was initially posted on November 15

CLNE’s Redeem RNG for DFW Airport Fleet

November 17, 2017 in Airports, Biomethane, CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biomethane Fuel for the Airport’s Fleet Vehicles
As Pact to Support Public-Access Stations Extended

Clean Energy Fuels said today that the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas is the first airport outside California to use the company’s Redeem brand RNG/renewable natural gas.

Trillium for FWTA’s CNG Station Upgrade

November 17, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Early Transit Adopter’s Private Station Is Getting a Makeover
With Ariel Compressors by ANGI & J-W Power, TGT Dispensers

Following a competitive solicitation process, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Texas has selected Love’s Trillium CNG to provide a series of upgrades to its private compressed natural gas fueling facility.

Sparq Starts Large Tulsa CNG Station

November 7, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Breaks Ground Today with Timmons in Oklahoma
That’s the First in State with J-W Power’s PowerFill

Sparq Natural Gas broke ground today on a new natural gas fueling outlet in Tulsa – “Oklahoma’s 121st and fastest public-fill CNG station,” Sparq says, and the first in the state to employ J-W Power’s new PowerFill technology.

HHP: Natural Gas at Seaports and Beyond

November 3, 2017 in CNG, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine, Publications, Rail by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GNA Report on the Eve of HHP Summit in Florida

A new report authored by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates and released by the California Energy Commission assesses the feasibility, issues, and potential benefits associated with expanded use of natural gas in California high horsepower (HHP) seaport applications.

The sixth edition of GNA’s Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit takes place this coming week: November 6-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

Click image or here for the full GNA/CEC report (registration required).

The HHP Summit 2017 exposition will be open this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7-8.

Strong Societal Benefits

The new report, The Feasibility, Issues, and Benefits of Expanded Use of Natural Gas at Seaports and Other High Horsepower Applications by GNA senior VP Jon Leonard finds that using natural gas in HHP seaport applications can provide strong societal benefits, especially in high-impact sectors like marine vessels and locomotives. The use of natural gas can significantly reduce key harmful air pollutants, thereby improving ambient air quality.

“By switching to natural gas,” states a report summary, “HHP end users have opportunity to simultaneously comply with challenging regulatory requirements, while potentially reducing life-cycle costs.

RNG? Even Better

“Moreover, if these fleets can gain affordable access to growing volumes of RNG [renewable natural gas] in California, they will be able to realize deep reductions of GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.”

The GNA report for CEC report focuses on of natural gas in California’s three major ports: Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland, facilities that “act as the anchors of California’s world-class goods movement system.

“To date,” GNA notes, “actual use of natural gas to power HHP vehicles, vessels and equipment at these and other North American ports has essentially been limited to proof-of-concept tests and a few early market commercial deployments. In addition, low oil prices over the last several years have inhibited further growth of demonstrations and deployments.

If the Price of Petroleum Rises…

“However, the predicted return of higher oil prices, combined with recent phasing-in of stricter emission regulations, has stimulated new interest in switching to clean-burning natural gas engines.

LNG/liquefied natural gas fuel systems are receiving the most interest for these large HHP applications, but CNG/compressed natural gas fuel systems may also play a role, the report notes. “Gradually, RNG can be phased in to displace fossil-based natural gas, to sharply reduce GHG emissions and maximize the climate change benefits.”

As summarized in the report, there are important technical, policy, institutional, and economic challenges that must be addressed before California can realize the major benefits of using natural gas in seaport HHP applications. Recommendations are provided for actions that can be helpful to enable fuel switching in marine and locomotive applications serving California seaports.

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Source: GNA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Catalina Pacific: 118 CNG Concrete Mixers

November 3, 2017 in CNG, concrete, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Kenworth T880S Chassis, McNeilus Bodies, Agility Tanks

Catalina Pacific says it will have 118 new compressed natural gas-fueled concrete mixer trucks in service by year-end, noting that 52 of the trucks are already at work in the Los Angeles area.

Clean Energy Does More for the U.S. Mail

November 1, 2017 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Multiple Fueling Agreements’ with Contractors in Four States

Clean Energy Fuels has signed “multiple fueling agreements” with U.S. Postal Service contract carriers in Florida, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas, the company said yesterday, “increasing the total number of USPS carriers fueling with Clean Energy now to 15.”

No fewer than 15 contract carrier for the U.S. Postal Service get natural gas for their trucks from Clean Energy Fuels, the company reported yesterday.

Signing new deals with Clean Energy are

  • C. Blackburn Trucking Associates, which is to will fuel four of their Class-8 heavy-duty trucks at Clean Energy’s John F. Kennedy International Airport station;
  • G&P Trucking of Springfield, Mo., which is to fuel at Clean Energy’s CNG/compressed natural gas station at the Will Roger’s Airport in Oklahoma City;
  • Thunder Ridge Transport, a 150-truck carrier servicing 13 states, also based in Springfield, Mo. Clean Energy says the company will fuel 20 new CNG trucks at Clean Energy’s Dallas-Fort Worth station; and
  • St. Augustine, Fla.-based Postal Fleet Services, “one of the largest USPS carriers,” which is adding CNG trucks to its fleet fueling in Texas and Florida.

“The United States Postal Service takes our sustainability goals very seriously,” USPS surface transportation manager Bridget Rice says in the Clean Energy announcement. “Our carriers live in the very same communities we serve, and we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

“Since 2005,” she said, “we have increased the use of alternative fuels by 141%, and we are encouraged that our contract-carriers are using alternative fuels as well.”

Good for the Air, and Good for Business

“Businesses that require goods to be transported, such as the USPS, continue to demand cleaner fleets in their supply-chain,” said Clean Energy sustainability chief Ashley White.

“Fleets realize that by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions as well as NOx by switching to natural gas, they not only help the environment, but they’re also winning more business.”

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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Sheehy Honored with EPA SmartWay

November 1, 2017 in CNG, Companies, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mail Contractors’ Fleet Is More than 90% CNG

Sheehy Mail Contractors is spreading the word that it’s been honored with a U.S EPA SmartWay Excellence Award “for being an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.”

LA’s Big New Flyers: Both CNG & Electric

October 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

As Many as 300 New CNG Buses, and 100 Electrics,
All to Be the Manufacturer’s 60-Foot Xcelsior Model

New Flyer of America took the occasion of this month’s APTA/American Public Transportation Association exhibition in Atlanta this month to trumpet big new orders for 60-foot Xcelsior buses from LA Metro, California’s the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority: as many as 300 compressed natural gas-fueled buses, and as many as 100 battery-electric vehicles.

TriMet’s First Five eBuses: New Flyers

September 29, 2017 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Oregon Agency’s ‘First Move’ Toward All-Electric Fleet

TriMet, Oregon’s Portland-area Tri-County Metro Transportation District, has ordered five 40-foot all-battery Xcelsior buses from New Flyer, the manufacturer said yesterday. “It is TriMet’s first move in deploying a long-term test of battery-electric buses within their network, in consideration of transition to an all-electric fleet,” New Flyer said.

ANG Opens CNG Outlet in Fontana

September 9, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Public-Access ANGI-Ariel Station East of Los Angeles
Is Designed for High-Volume Users in an ‘Industry Hub’

American Natural Gas is promising a “premium fueling experience” at its new compressed natural gas fueling outlet, a public-access station in Fontana, east of Los Angeles.

Long Beach Opens TruStar CNG Station

September 8, 2017 in CNG, Infrastructure, municipal fleet, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Private Time-Fill Station for Refuse Trucks and Street Sweepers

The city of Long Beach, Calif. has opened its new compressed natural gas station, a private facility for time-fill fueling at the city’s Temple/Willow Yard.

Capstone Kenworth: CNG Drives a Turbine

September 7, 2017 in CNG, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TransPower Integration of a Corvus Battery Pack
Driving JJE Motors in Reefer Vehicle for Deliveries,
Agility CNG Tanks Fuel Electricity-Generating Turbine 

Capstone has released details about a CNG microturbine-powered Class 7 Kenworth T370 configured for battery-electric or series hybrid electric operation, intended as a delivery vehicle. Recently completed track testing has confirmed both high-speed performance as well as operation on 20% grades, the company says. updated September 12

ENC for LA Metro: CNG Bus Contract

September 6, 2017 in CNG, Fleet Order, milestones, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ElDorado National – California Gets $200 Million Contract
And Critical NtP for 295 Forty-Foot CNG-Fueled Transit Buses,
Local Employment Was Factor, as ENC Builds Buses in Riverside

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week awarded a $199.1 million contract to ElDorado National – California for 295 forty-foot compressed natural gas-fueled transit buses. Also received from the agency is an NtP/notice to proceed.

Hurricane Harvey: CNG Stays the Course

September 2, 2017 in CNG, Hurricane Harvey, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Problems for Sure, But Not Like Liquids’ Problems, Providers Say:
‘CNG May Be the Only Fuel Abundantly Available in Houston Soon’

Compressed natural gas remained available in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. There were shutdowns to be sure, according to an email survey of operators, but almost all downed fueling outlets were up and running by the end of the week. updated August 3

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