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NCWM, Finally, Approves the DGE

August 2, 2016 in CNG, LNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica Commends Weights & Measure Action
On Long-Sought Diesel Gallon Equivalent Recognition

The National Conference on Weights and Measures has voted to approve the diesel gallon equivalent as a legally authorized method of sale for natural gas that is sold as motor fuel, ending a long-running effort by NGVAmerica and others to simplify the sale, especially of liquefied natural gas.
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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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NGVAmerica ‘Dyssed’ by NCWM on DGE

July 24, 2015 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Regulations, standards by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Will Continue This Effort State-By-State If That’s What It Takes’

NGVAmerica said this week that it’s disappointed that NCWM, the National Conference on Weights and Measures, did not adopt the diesel gallon equivalent standard for natural gas at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Matt Godlewski

Matt Godlewski

The DGE standard would have created greater uniformity and consistency for the natural gas vehicle industry, the association said.

“Unfortunately transparency, uniformity, and consistency have fallen victim to a dysfunctional voting process,” said NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski said in a release.

“However,” he added, “state legislators understand the importance of this issue and we will continue this effort state-by-state if that’s what it takes to see this issue through.”

Better News in the Senate

Currently, NGVAmerica says, 26 states use the DGE for taxation of LNG, and ten have enacted legislation or approved regulations recognizing the DGE as a standard for dispensing natural gas. The association said it will continue to work with its industry advocates and allies at the state level until the DGE standard is a nationally recognized and accepted unit of sale.


The next NCWM annual meeting is slated for July 23-28, 2016 in Denver.

In happier news this week, NGVAmerica reported that the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed legislation forward to extend expired and expiring tax credits, including those for alternative fuel and infrastructure.

The bill included an amendment to correct the liquefied natural gas tax inequity, the association said: “This change places LNG on parity with diesel fuel by taxing the fuels equally based on energy content, rather than volume.”


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

DGE Standard on the NCWM Agenda

July 17, 2015 in CNG, LNG, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica and Allies Seek a Positive Vote in Philadelphia

Establishment of an nationally sanctioned diesel gallon equivalent for natural gas is again on the table as the National Conference on Weights and Measures meets July 19–23 in Philadelphia.

NCWM_buttonAn official DGE standard would make it easier to compare the costs, on an accepted energy basis, liquefied natural gas as compared with diesel, much as GGE/gasoline gallon equivalent standard has done for compressed natural gas since 1994.

The DGE was voted on and defeated by a key committee at the NCWM annual meeting in Detroit last year (F&F, July 22, 2014). The GGE, while threatened last year, remained in place.


Advancing the NGV

“The adoption of the DGE standard is an important issue that will help to further advance the natural gas vehicle,” NGVAmerica said yesterday. The association thanked

In bringing the DGE standard issue to Philadelphia, NGVAmerica was joined by natural gas industry leaders, including

  • Love’s Travel Stops supplied this image showing a current price of CNG versus gasoline. Love’s CNG prices range from $1.79 to $2.39 per GGE. Love’s CNG locations map (direct PDF link). Love’s also has a Fuel Price Search tool on its website.

    Love’s Travel Stops supplied this image showing a current price of CNG versus gasoline. An official DGE would allow similar comparisons with diesel. Love’s CNG prices range from $1.79 to $2.39 per GGE. Love’s CNG locations map (direct PDF link). Love’s also has a Fuel Price Search tool on its website.

    AGA, the American Gas Association,

  • ANGA, America’s Natural Gas Alliance,
  • APGA, the American Public Gas Association,
  • ATA, the American Trucking Associations,
  • NACS, the National Association of Convenience Stores,
  • NATSO, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators,
  • TRALA, the Truck Renting and Leasing Association,
  • and SIGMA, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America,

all of which, NGVAmerica says, “have expressed their support for the DGE approach as a sensible and necessary way to dispense, market and sell natural gas.”

The 21-year-old GGE standard, NGVAmerica said, “has benefited consumers and industry alike because it provides a common unit for comparing the cost of CNG and gasoline.

More Consistent Taxation

“If adopted, the DGE standard will become a national standard for dispensing LNG in DGE units. The DGE standard is universally supported by industry and would allow for the ready comparison of LNG with diesel.”

Further, an official DGE standard would provide a “benchmark for consistency with taxation methods and creates efficiencies associated with accounting and record keeping requirements.” Already, NGVAmerica says, 26 states use the DGE for taxing of LNG, and ten have enacted legislation or approved regulations recognizing the DGE as a standard for dispensing natural gas.

‘A Common-Sense Vote for Transparency’

“Adoption of this resolution is a common-sense vote for transparency,” said AGA policy strategy VP Kathryn Clay says in NGVAmerica’s Thursday notice. “The NCWM has a real opportunity to lay this important issue to rest in Philadelphia.”

“When consumers make business decisions, they want an easy way to make comparisons,” said ANGA market development VP Amy Farrell. “This is a good, common-sense direction that is consistent and understandable.”

“We need to get this right and take corrective action,” said ATA Vice President and energy and environmental counsel Glen Kedzie. “Selling and advertising natural gas in diesel gallon equivalent units is the most practical way to communicate the value of natural gas to truckers and fleets looking to use natural gas in heavy-duty vehicles.”

“NGVAmerica thanks our members, industry allies and public officials for their efforts to make the DGE standard a voting issue at the NCWM meeting this summer,” said NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski. “The adoption of the DGE standard would provide greater uniformity and clarity for the continued use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.”


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DGE Fails to Get NCWM Approval

July 22, 2014 in CNG, LNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GGE Remains in Place But Issue Effectively Dead Until Next Year

Backers of an officially sanctioned diesel gallon equivalent to govern the sale of natural gas for heavy vehicles failed to get the votes they needed at last week’s National Conference on Weights and Measures meeting in Detroit, according to NGVAmerica.

“The measure was not adopted,” states the association report. The gasoline gallon equivalent that has been in effect since 1994 – and had been somewhat threatened by advocates of a pure metric-mass-basis for selling natural gas as a transportation fuel – remains in place.

‘In the absence of a standard,’ notes NGVAmerica, ‘LNG fuel retailers have been selling in DGE units.’ Scott Sporleder photo courtesy Clean Energy Fuels.

‘In the absence of a standard,’ notes NGVAmerica, ‘LNG fuel retailers have been selling in DGE units.’ Scott Sporleder photo courtesy Clean Energy Fuels.

“The debate in committees and in the open session was very spirited,” NGVAmerica says in its summary of the Detroit NCWM meeting. “A number of state officials spoke up in favor of the DGE proposal and our industry was well represented.”

‘A Common Sense Unit,’ Says ATA

The American Trucking Associations told members after the vote that the GGE has worked well since its 1994 inception, and that “adopting a DGE standard would allow for the ready comparison of CNG and LNG with diesel fuel and provide a common-sense unit of sale for fuel retailers and users.

“In addition,” ATA said, “the DGE standard would provide a benchmark for states in their taxation, accounting, and recordkeeping requirements.”

“We are disappointed but will continue to work on it,” said Trillium CNG VP Bill Zobel.

“We will vigorously continue to pursue the creation of an official DGE standard,” said Todd Campbell, public policy and regulatory affairs VP with Clean Energy Fuels.

A Complicated Process

NGVAmerica, which has developed a developed a keen understanding of the byzantine processes by which NCWM enacts new measures, warns, “Despite the efforts of industry and state regulators who supported our proposal, there continues to be a strong faction within NCWM that opposes the DGE approach and that also would like to see the gasoline gallon equivalent standard rolled back.”

The natural gas vehicles industry wants to allow buyers to make this easy comparson for diesel too.

The natural gas vehicles industry wants to allow buyers to make this easy comparson for diesel too.

As the situation stands, “CNG station operators can continue selling it in GGE units but will not have the option of selling CNG in DGE to truckers as had been proposed,” the association says. “NCWM needs to develop a standard for LNG since there currently is no recognized standard for dispensing LNG. In the absence of a standard, LNG fuel retailers have been selling in DGE units.

“NGVAmerica will continue to work with its members and other trade allies to determine the best strategy for seeking adoption of the DGE standard.”

“Next year, NCWM will have to decide,” NGVAmerica says. But the organization concedes that NCWM could take up the matter purely as an informational item, or “drop the issue altogether.”


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NCWM’s Key DGE Vote Looms in Detroit

July 8, 2014 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGV Industry Seeks an Officially Sanctioned Diesel Gallon Equivalent

Months of urging the industry to step up and speak out, including a special section at early May’s ACT Expo 2014 meeting in Southern California, comes to a head next week as the National Conference on Weights and Measures votes on whether to establish an official diesel gallon equivalent for CNG and LNG sales. updated July 9

NGV advocates want to make this easy price comparison possible for diesel as well as gasoline.

NGV advocates want to make this easy price comparison possible for diesel as well as gasoline.

“The adoption of the DGE standard is a critical issue that will have lasting effects on the future of the industry,” NGVAmerica said in a release issued on July 9. “The DGE standard is universally supported by industry and would allow for the ready comparison of CNG and LNG with diesel… a common-sense unit of sale for fuel retailers and users.”

“Uniformity and Clarity’

“The adoption of the DGE standard would provide greater uniformity and clarity for the continued use of natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said association president Rich Kolodziej.

“When people make business decisions, they want an easy way to make comparisons,” America’s Natural Gas Alliance VP Amy Farrell says in the NGVAmerica release. “This is a good, common-sense direction that is consistent and understandable.”

Also in question is whether the gasoline gallon equivalent that’s been in use for some 20 years will remain in force. New blends of gasoline and varying energy contents have prompted some officials to call for compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas to be sold by their metric mass, rather than their equivalency to liquid fuels.

“This unit of measurement for LNG fuel would not be familiar to consumers and would lead to confusion,” Chart Industries chairman, CEO and president Sam Thomas said in a letter of support for the DGE standard.

Myriad Technical Points

Numerous industry organization have written in support of the DGE and the continued use of the GGE, arguing that a shift to metric mass measurements would make comparison pricing difficult.

Besides ANGA, NGVAmerica reports the support of the American Gas Association, the American Public Gas Association, the American Trucking Associations, the National Association for Convenience Stores, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America, and the Truck Renting and Leasing Association for a DGE standard.

Recent developments, according to Jeff Clarke of NGVAmerica, include differences between the NCWM and IRS definitions of the current GGE – “concerns that we hope,” he says, “can be addressed later this year with the IRS.”

“As the deadline looms,” Clarke says, “we continue to work to convince additional states on the merits of adopting the DGE standard and continuation of the GGE standard as the best way to dispense natural gas at retail stations.

‘Momentum Is on Our Side’

“The vote could be close since you have to have 27 states vote for the measure and I believe 42 states are registered to attend the meeting. I do think momentum is on our side… as more states are signaling they support the DGE approach.”

The 99th NCWM Annual Meeting takes place July 13-17 at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Detroit, Mich. The Natural Gas Steering Committee meets on morning of Sunday, July 13.

“I expect that at least a dozen industry representatives will be on hand to comment in support of the measure,” Clarke told F&F.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NCWM on DGE Added to ACT Expo

May 3, 2014 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Special Monday Afternoon Session on Diesel Gallon Equivalent

Organizers of this week’s ACT Expo conference have added a special Monday afternoon session on the pending National Conference on Weights and Measures vote on a formal diesel gallon equivalent. NGVAmerica and ANGA, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, will give briefings on the DGE issue.

NGV advocates want to make this easy price comparison possible for diesel as well as gasoline.

NGV advocates want to make this easy price comparison possible for diesel as well as gasoline.

An official GGE – gasoline gallon equivalent – has existed since 1994. It has allowed consumers to easily compare the prices of compressed natural gas and gasoline. A DGE would allow heavy vehicle operators to compare the price of liquefied natural gas (or CNG) to diesel’s.

Potential Obstacles Remain

Critical voting is scheduled for NCWM’s annual meeting July 13-17 in Detroit. Before then, however, deliberations at the Northeastern Weights and Measures Association meeting this week and at the Central Weights and Measures Association later in the month could affect the outcome July (F&F, April 26).

An officially sanctioned DGE as now proposed by NCWM “would create a transparent and easily understandable measurement for consumers to make simple and accurate comparisons between vehicle fuels and could support market growth,” NGVAmerica and ANGA explain through ACT Expo organizer Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.

NGV Advocates Urged to Help

“While this is good news, some NCWM state officials support a scenario in which natural gas would be sold and dispensed in kilograms, eliminating the GGE standard and any DGE option,” states the summary.

“NGVAmerica and ANGA are requesting natural gas vehicles industry stakeholder participation in this important issue. This session will educate members of the NGV industry so they can better understand the issues, potential impacts, and opportunities to take action on this decision.”

Presenters will cover

  • the details behind the NCWM proposal, process and important vote taking place this July;
  • the potential real-world fleet and market impacts to your business, whether you are a fleet looking to use natural gas or an industry supplier looking to grow the market for NGVs; and
  • what you can do to get involved in this debate

Attendance at this session is free to ACT Expo attendees and the general public. Pre-registration is requested.

The Northeastern Weights and Measures meeting is being held May 5–8 in Manchester, N.H. and the Central Weights and Measures meeting exactly two weeks later, May 19–22 in St. Louis. NGVAmerica is urging members to attend if they can, and to communicate with undecided officials.

ACT Expo – North America’s largest clean vehicles event – takes place May 5-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. It is co-located with NGV Global 2014, the world natural gas vehicles meeting.

The special ACT Expo session takes place on Monday, May 5 from 3:45-4:45pm.


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Source: Gladstein, Neandross & Associates with Fleets & Fuels follow-up



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