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NGVAmerica’s New NGV White Paper

September 20, 2016 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

A New Infographic Too to Aid Members’ Sales Efforts

NGVAmerica’s Emissions and Environmental working group has completed a white paper and infographic highlighting the benefits of natural gas as a fuel for fleets.

The association is circulating the Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper “to provide an NGV industry supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.”


NGVAmerica describes the seven-page Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper as ‘an NGV industry-supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.’

NGVAmerica describes the seven-page Fleets Run Cleaner on Natural Gas white paper as ‘an NGV industry-supported consensus document on the benefits of switching to natural gas.’

The infographic summarizes environmental benefits, while the white paper goes into more detail and provides definitions, assumptions and sources for the working group’s results.

The Meeting in Denver

NGVAmerica said it “hopes that these documents serve as a source for its members and the industry at large when discussing the benefits of using natural gas vehicles.”

Nearly 300 NGV industry leaders gathered in Denver earlier this month for NGVAmerica’s 28th Annual Meeting and Industry Summit. A variety of speakers provided including insight on industry mergers and gave perspectives on the current and future NGV sales market.

Volkswagen Opportunity?

Other topics included an update on the 2016 fall elections, innovation in the broader automotive industry, “and provocative insight on the future of America’s energy security.”

NGVAmerica’s State Advocacy and Technology & Develop ment committees hosted workshops on growing the market for LNG and explaining how the Volkswagen settlement may bring new funding opportunities for natural gas vehicles.

Click image or here to access the two-page infographic via the NGVAmerica website.

Click image or here to access the two-page infographic via the NGVAmerica website.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica-SWANA Best Practices Paper

August 29, 2016 in CNG, NGVs, Publications, refuse, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Release White Paper on CNG Refuse Truck Safety

NGVAmerica and the Solid Waste Association of North America have released a where paper on safety and best practices for natural gas-fueled refuse trucks.

Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry was released at SWANA’s WasteCon show in Indianapolis last week.


Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

Click image or here for the NGVAmerica-SWANA Natural Gas: A Clean, Safe and Smart Choice for the Waste and Recycling Industry white paper.

“While natural gas vehicles are as safe as diesel or gasoline powered vehicles,” the paper states, “proper training and maintenance of the vehicles, including all fuel system components and fueling facilities, is required.”

‘Relentless Focus’

“Waste truck fleet operators in both the private and public sectors need to make sure they operate natural gas fueled vehicles safely,” SWANA executive director David Biderman says in the white paper announcement.

“This collaboration is an example of SWANA’s relentless focus on improving the industry’s safety performance in the United States and Canada,” Biderman said.

‘Safety Is Always the Top Priority’

“Safety is always the top priority for NGVAmerica members,” said NGVAmerica technology and development director Dan Bowerson.

The organizations announced their collaboration earlier this summer (F&F, June 13).

The eight-page white paper covers such issues as vehicle operations, fueling, training (including first responder training), facilities requirements, and CNG/compressed natural gas fuel cylinder testing.

WasteCon 2017 has been slated for September 24-27, 2017 in Baltimore.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

CEOs to Speak at NGVAmerica Denver

August 23, 2016 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Convergence in the NGV Industry’ Following Key Mergers

NGVAmerica has slated Agility Fuel Systems CEO Kathleen Ligocki and Westport Fuel Systems CEO Nancy Gougarty to head a panel discussion on “Convergence in the NGV Industry” at the organization’s September meeting in Colorado.
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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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SWANA, NGVAmerica for Best Practices

June 13, 2016 in NGVs, refuse, Safety by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Are to Develop a New Safety Standard

NGVAmerica and SWANA, the Solid Waste Association of North America, are collaborating to develop a new safety and best practices guide for fueling and maintaining natural gas-powered refuse trucks.
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Sea to Sea CNG Rally in May 30-June 10

April 5, 2016 in CNG, event, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

May 30 Start in Long Beach for NGVAmerica-Backed Event

Sponsors welcome!

Sponsors welcome!

The CNG from Sea to Shining Sea compressed natural gas road rally is to commence on May 30 in Long Beach, Calif. and conclude June 10 in Washington, D.C.

Organizers including the presenting sponsors NGVAmerica and the American Public Gas Association, and Midwest Energy Solutions, Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) and Tennessee’s Gibson County Utilities, are seeking sponsors for the 3,144-mile event.

‘Our Mission Is to Inform and Educate’

“Our mission is to inform and educate the American public to the benefits of natural gas vehicles and the natural gas refueling infrastructure,” states backgrounder circulated by Midwest Energy Solutions.

“When this rally is complete, we will prove that natural gas vehicles can travel across the nation and that there are adequate refueling stations to make this trip a reality.”


Sea to Sea CNG-backer Memphis Light, Gas and Water recently held a successful CNG Rally Across Tennessee event.

Sea to Sea CNG-backer Memphis Light, Gas and Water recently held a successful CNG Rally Across Tennessee event.


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Source: Midwest Energy Solutions with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

NGVAmerica Advises TMC on NGV Trucks

March 22, 2016 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Inspection Intervals and Maintenance Facility Recommendations

NGVAmerica is presenting new recommended practices to make it easier to operate natural gas fueled trucks to the American Trucking Associations’ Technology Maintenance Council. NGVAmerica working groups are working on the new RPs for the corresponding TMC panels on two topics: CNG system inspections and natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities. updated March 23


ATA-TMB+NGVAmerica-logosTo be formally accepted, the NGVAmerica RPs will go through a TMC balloting process. It’s likely to begin next month for the CNG system inspections, says association technology and development director Dan Bowerson, as work on the NGV maintenance facility recommendations continues.

Back-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly .. photo courtesy Penske via NGVAmerica

Back-of-cab CNG fuel cylinder assembly .. photo courtesy Penske via NGVAmerica

NGVAmerica has recommended breaking CNG system inspections into three categories:

  • detailed visual and complete high pressure system inspections to be completed annually;
  • a general visual inspection, including examination of system shielding and readily accessible system components, to be completed at each preventative maintenance inspection; and
  • a cursory visual inspection of exposed surfaces to be conducted during every pre- and post-trip vehicle inspection: shields and enclosures would be reviewed for any damage, and system components for any signs of damage or leakage.

Following meetings at the recent ATA/TMC annual gathering in Nashville, Bowerson has briefed the NGVAmerica board, noting that the NGV association is working closely not only with with ATA/TMC, but with the U.S. Department of Transportation to incorporate the CNG inspection recommendations into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s FMVSS 304 regulations.

Dueling Authorities

NGVAmerica’s working group on maintenance facilities also met with TMC officials in Nashville.

The goal, Bowerson told F&F, “is to provide user guidelines to either modify an existing maintenance facility, or build a new maintenance facility for servicing natural gas vehicles.”

The draft RP highlights the electrical, heating, ventilation, gas detection, and architectural requirements for NGV maintenance facilities. A key challenge, Bowerson notes, is to reconcile the voluntary guidelines of the IFC/International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association/NFPA 30A with the requirements of local authorities.

NGVAmerica’s maintenance facility modifications working group has proposed modifications to the IFC for 2018 code clarification for NGV maintenance facilities, he says. IFC code hearings are to take place in Louisville, Ky. April 17-27.


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Source: NGVAmerica interview with Fleets & Fuels

ACT Expo ’16: More Diverse than Ever

February 9, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, Alternative Fuels, batteries, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, LNG, NGVs, Propane, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EDTA, PERC, CHBC, NACFE and NGVAmerica Among the Co-Hosts

The fast-approaching Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif. May 2-5 will be the most diverse ever, with co-hosts including the California Hydrogen Business Council, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, NGVAmerica, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, and the Propane Education & Research Council.
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NGVAmerica Cites Wins, Sees Challenge

January 12, 2016 in NGVs, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘We Have Much More Work to Do in 2016,’ Says Godlewski

Policy wins in Washington, a stepped-up state committee, and “strengthened programs to communicate the strong value of natural gas as a transportation fuel” are among the highlights in the just-released 2015 Annual Report from NGVAmerica.

‘The industry’s best days are ahead, and I look forward to working together in the new year to move our industry forward,’ NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski says in the introduction to the association’s 46-page 2015 Annual Report.

‘The industry’s best days are ahead, and I look forward to working together in the new year to move our industry forward,’ NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski says in the introduction to the association’s 46-page 2015 Annual Report.

“Together, we achieved several crucial policy wins in the Congress and state capitols,” Godlewski said in an email to association members.

“We also took on new efforts to advance important NGV safety and technology issues,” he said, “and strengthened programs to communicate the strong value of natural gas as a transportation fuel.”

Challenges Beyond the Price of Oil

“As proud as I am of these accomplishments, we have much more work to do in 2016.”

“Headlines from the recent Paris climate talks and continued challenges from environmental groups here at home, remind us that we must stay focused on long-term threats beyond the short-term challenge of low petroleum prices,” Godlewski said.

‘We Must Be Aggressive’ 

“Significant environmental benefits are the cornerstone of the value of natural gas as a transportation fuel. “We must be aggressive in promoting and defending this sustainability message to ensure the industry’s future growth” (emphasis added).


From the Report:

  • “While world energy prices have certainly had an effect on the marketplace, we are collectively in a much stronger position now to advance our value proposition to industry stakeholders. Major shippers and countless local and national fleets are heavily invested the benefits of natural gas. That commitment can only continue.” – Ron Eickelman, Agility Fuel Systems
  • “We also face external threats from those who have an agenda against fossil fuels. NGVAmerica must lead in clearly stating
the environmental benefits of NGVs and
use credible data to make our case with policymakers, fleets, and consumers. One of my top goals for the association in 2016 is to help our members better communicate our winning environmental message. – Gord Exel, Westport Innovations
NGVAmerica graphics show the significant growth of CNG and LNG fueling infrastructure in the United States over the past five years – and the continued dominance of California.

NGVAmerica graphics show the significant growth of CNG and LNG fueling infrastructure in the United States over the past five years – and the continued dominance of California.


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

50¢ NGV Fuel Tax Credit Is Reinstated

December 21, 2015 in CNG, Legislation, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

50¢ Per Gallon and Fueling Infrastructure Credits
Are Extended and Made Retroactive to Cover 2015

NGVAmerica and member companies expressed great satisfaction late last week as the U.S. Congress voted to reinstate key tax provisions for natural gas for transportation that had been allowed to expire at the end of last year.
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NGVAmerica Praises Congress for FAST

December 4, 2015 in CNG, Legislation, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Surface Transportation Law Allows Heavier Natural Gas Trucks

Trucks fueled by compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas may now be 2,000 pounds heavier than diesels, making up for some of the loss of payload suffered by the clean fuel vehicles. Passage of the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation law will help advance natural gas as a transportation fuel, says NGVAmerica.
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ATA & NGVAmerica Urge Tax Break

December 1, 2015 in Legislation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

They Are Among the Organizations Seeking Restoration
Of Credit For Three Years, Counting the One About to End

Organizations including the American Trucking Associations and NGVAmerica have asked key members of Congress to reinstate incentives including the 50¢ per gallon tax credit for compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas that was allowed to expire at the end of 2014.
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NGV Men Attend HHP Summit 2015

November 24, 2015 in Companies, event, HHP Summit 2015 by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Markets, Like the ‘Virtual Pipeline,’ Eyed in Dallas

The recent High Horsepower Summit 2015 conference and exhibition in Dallas attracted a substantial number of natural gas vehicles industry representatives.
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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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OPW’s Pistol-Grip Nozzles for CNG

September 17, 2015 in CNG, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Multi-Configuration P30 and P36 Units Introduced in Denver

OPW took the occasion of this week’s 2015 North American Natural Gas Vehicle Conference & Expo in Denver to introduce a new pistol-grip nozzle allowing one-handed self-service compressed natural gas vehicle fueling.
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CWI’s ISL G Certified as ‘Near Zero’

September 17, 2015 in certifications, Conference/Meeting, NGVAmerica 2015 Denver, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The U.S. EPA Is Expected to Follow California Air Resources Board
As Natural Gas Again Provides the Cleanest Transportation Option,
Next-Generation Engines Are to Be Available for Vehicles in 2016

The California Air Resources Board has certified the 100% natural gas-fueled 8.9-liter ISL G engine by Cummins Westport for “near zero emission” of nitrogen oxides: just 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower – 90% cleaner than the existing NOx standard of 0.2 grams in effect since 2010.
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ARPA-E’s MOVE, then NGV Expo in Denver

August 6, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, event, LNG, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy Review Precedes NGVAmerica

The federal Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy is holding its MOVE Program Review, an invitation-only conference, September 14-15 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver. MOVE is the Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy initiative overseen by ARPA-E.
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