Milestone Dallas Meeting Summary Documents, and Videos
The organizers of this month’s ACT Expo 2015 meeting in Dallas are offering summaries of the event, which drew several thousand clean transportation professionals to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Organized by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, ACT Expo 2015 covered the full range of alternative fuel options – natural gas vehicles, propane autogas, electric and hybrids and hydrogen – as well as efficiency technologies and trends as furthered by such organizations as NACFE, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and Walmart.
BP Capital CEO and Clean Energy Fuels founder T. Boone Pickens, Waste Management CEO David Steiner, and Frito-Lay senior VP Gregg Roden were among the featured speakers.
Waste Management Likes CNG
Compressed natural gas, said Steiner, “has been a big winner.” Waste Management has invested $1.5 billion in NGVs and infrastructure, he said, and today more than 90% of its annual vehicle purchases now are natural gas trucks, as natural gas comprises 25% of its current fleet – about 4,100 vehicles.
“Today, natural gas pays for itself,” Steiner said. Waste Management expects to reduce fleet emissions by more than 50% in 2020, he noted, more than doubling a 15% reduction goal set in 2007.
ACT Expo organizer GNA has posted a video featuring Steiner, Pickens, and Rush Enterprises chairman, CEO and president W.M. “Rusty” Rush. Rush introduced Momentum Fuel Technologies as a new organization that’s developed high-end CNG fuel systems for Class 8 trucks, in which it’s installing new lightweight Type IV CNG cylinders by 3M (F&F, May 4).
The Price of Oil Will Recover, Says Pickens
Pickens, commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission, Dallas Area Rapid Transit president and executive director Gary Thomas, and Anheuser-Busch transportation director Billy Lawder participated in Fleet Owner-sponsored executive roundtable session moderated by Fleet Owner editor-in-chief Jim Mele.
“The market is stabilizing itself,” Pickens said in reference to recent low prices for conventional fuels. “Since 1980 there have been six collapses in the oil price,” he said, and for all of them, prices “have recovered rapidly and that’s going to happen now too.”
“You’re going to see a recovery back to $70 per barrel by the end of the year,” Pickens said. When it comes to natural gas vehicles, “Once the change is made, nobody goes back.
‘The Right Way to Go’
“It’s the right way to go and we’re going that way.”
Fleet Owner has posted a video of the executive roundtable session.
GNA has posted a free ACT Expo 2015 Event Summary, and the ACT Expo 2015 Resource Book that was handed out at the show. GNA notes that the two Fleets & Fuels-powered ShowTimes magazines printed live at the show are available online too. For those seeking more depth, presentations by more than 150 ACT Expo 2015 speakers are available to non-attendees for $295.
The next ACT Expo has been scheduled for May 2-5, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
GNA, Kimberly Klonoski, 424-744-4481; [email protected]; www.gladstein.org (access to ACT Expo 2015 materials)
Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up