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Cal NGVC Urges the LA Ports to Use RNG

July 20, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Biofuels, Biomethane, NGVs, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Coupled with Low-NOx Engines, Major Gains are Possible:
‘This Technology Is Available Today,’ the Association Says,
‘Can Be Used to Completely Upgrade the Port Truck Fleet’

The California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition is urging the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to step up the role of natural gas vehicles in its 2017 Clean Air Action Plan, a draft of which was released yesterday.

“The draft CAAP,” Cal NGVC says, “is the starting point.”

Click image or here for details on Cal NGVC’s Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan.

“The draft CAAP can be strengthened with earlier measures,” says the association, “that accomplish immediate reductions of air pollution and greenhouse gases from heavy duty trucks.”

Port Fleet Can Be ‘Completely’ Upgraded by 2023

Cal NGVC wants to see accelerated deployment of low NOx trucks powered by RNG/renewable natural gas “that reduce air pollutants by over 90% and greenhouse gasses by over 70%.

“This technology is available today and can be used to completely upgrade the port truck fleet by 2023…

“Waiting for an unproven, expensive technology will only prolong the damage being done to our air by the tens of thousands of diesel trucks moving in and around the ports every day,” the association says.

More Low-NOx Engines in 2018

Cummins Westport offers the 8.9-liter super low-NOx ISL G Near Zero engine (the L9N for 2018) now, and pledged at early May’s ACT Expo 2017 meeting in Southern California to expand the technology to its 6.7- and 11.9-liter engines for 2018 – the B6.7N and ISX12N (F&F, May 5).

Cal NGVC’s proposal for RNG trucks at the ports is detailed in the Advanced Clean Trucks Now (ACT Now) plan website at

Clean Energy Fuels is a longtime advocate of natural gas trucks for the Ports – this photo dates from 2009. The company has since emerged as a major supplier of ‘Redeem’ brand RNG, with customers including Southern California’s LA Metro and port operator TTSI – Total Transportation Services, Inc. (F&F, March 24).

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Source: Cal NGVC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Cal NGVC Prods the Los Angeles Ports

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, policy, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Says That Current Draft Lets Dirty Diesels Remain Too Long

Members of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition took the occasion of ACT Expo to urge the San Pedro Bay Ports to develop and implement an aggressive clean truck program as part of CAAP, the Ports’ updated 2017 Clean Air Action Plan.

To accelerate the current CAAP, Cal NGVC earlier this year proposed the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) Now Plan, which it says “offers a cost-effective opportunity, using proven technology, to drastically and immediately reduce emissions from the 13,000 heavy-duty trucks serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

‘Busy Transportation Corridors Near Homes’

Approximately 80% of the region’s smog comes from the transportation sector, the association says: “The single largest contributor to this pollution is heavy-duty trucks that haul goods in and out of the San Pedro Bay Ports through busy transportation corridors near homes.”

Cal NGVC’s Act Now Plan calls on the Ports to immediately increase the number of zero- and near zero-emission trucks “to dramatically improve regional air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive job growth throughout the region and the state, and increase the competitiveness of the Ports and the entire California goods movement system.”

‘An Entire Generation’

As written, the Port’s CAAP discussion draft relies on a long-term transition plan to implement zero emission technology, “leaving room for diesel trucks to continue polluting the air for another 17 years,” Cal NGVC says – “affecting an entire generation.”

By contrast, Cal NGVC members support Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Sustainable Freight Advisory Committee recommendation to deploy 100% zero- and near-zero emission trucks powered by renewable fuel within five years, by 2023.

Clean Energy Fuels is among the companies that’s long been lobbying for a serious natural gas trucks program at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This photo from the Port of Los Angeles dates from 2007.

“The latest generation of low-NOx, zero-equivalent natural gas engines powered by renewable natural gas exceed the required air quality standard by 90% and they are available today,” said association president Thomas Lawson. “There is no reason to wait to clean Southern California’s air.”

‘A Public Health Issue’

“This is a public health issue – especially for the underserved communities living near the freeways that serve the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,” said Clean Energy Fuels VP Greg Roche.

“The ACT Now Plan can save a generation from the ill-health effects of the NOx and smog-forming emissions coming from diesel trucks,” he said.

The ACT Now Plan encompasses all zero- and near-zero emission technologies and fuels, including natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric.

“Near-zero-emission heavy-duty natural gas trucks can immediately deliver clean-air benefits and transform the Ports’ diesel-dominated freight movement system,” said George Minter, regional VP for Southern California Gas.

“This,” he said, “is a game-changing option.”

ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.

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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach

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