Clean Energy to begin providing CNG for additional trucking fleets

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced that it has begun providing natural gas fuel to additional trucking fleets which transport products for some of the country’s largest and most well-known brands, accelerating the trucking industry’s conversion to natural gas fuel.

Five firms — Saddle Creek Logistics Services, Lakeland, FL; Premier Transportation, Atlanta, GA; Hoopes Turf Farm, Transport Division, Ulysses, PA; Lily Transportation Corp., Needham, MA; and Lancaster Foods, Jessup, MD — will use compressed natural gas (CNG) at existing Clean Energy public access stations, new stations built for the companies, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Clean Energy stations along its America’s Natural Gas Highway™.

“These companies are geographically diverse, but the common theme we hear from all of them is a desire to reduce their fuel costs and to deploy cleaner operating fleets,” said James Harger, Clean Energy’s Chief Marketing Officer. “With the availability of a new class of heavy-duty natural gas trucks as well as more fueling stations, regional and national trucking operators are seeing the enormous benefits of converting to natural gas as their transportation fuel.”

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So Is There a CNG Station Near Me?

With all the interest generated by the Powerstroke CNG conversion project, some are wondering how and where they can buy compressed natural gas. Is there a CNG station near you?

Maybe. CNG Now! has an excellent site that shows you where every publicly available CNG fast fill station is in the whole United States.  There’s also an iPhone app and an Android app.

The Department of Energy also maintains a page with a list of both public and private stations, as well as those that are in the planning stage.

If not, you still have options. Home, business, or farm-based compression means that the investment in a CNG conversion will take a bit more time to pay for itself, but it still makes financial sense for a lot of individuals, businesses, and farms. The gas from one of these small compressors usually costs around half of the price of CNG at a public access station, and the slower fill times mean a more complete fill every time. C&E Clean Energy Solutions can help you decide if a small compressor makes financial sense for you. Contact them today.

CNG and LNG vehicles see increased demand in U.S. and Canada

A recently completed analysis of the U.S. and Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Market found that while there are cost and infrastructure challenges to the broader use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles, demand for natural gas vehicles has increased.

Using 2009 numbers, it was found that the amount of natural gas demanded for transportation use is 3.2 billion cubic feet, the equivalent of 27.7 million gallons of gasoline.

The analysis, conducted by TIAX, LLC, is a thorough and independent assessment of the key technical, economic, regulatory, social, and political factors and challenges that shape the market for natural gas vehicles. This week, the first portions of TIAX’s analysis addressing CNG and LNG Infrastructure were released and can be found on ANGA’s website.

The report sections on CNG and LNG infrastructure are the most comprehensive and technical assessments about the current state of CNG and LNG transportation. In these sections, TIAX confronts the “chicken and the egg” conversations about natural gas vehicles; namely, do we need more natural gas vehicles to spur infrastructure development or do we need more infrastructure to be developed so that more natural gas vehicles can be put to use?

Read more here.

T. Boone Pickens preaches his energy “gospel”

T. Boone Pickens is preaching the benefits of natural gas. Here’s a little bit of what he says:

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” he says. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an abundance of it. It doesn’t require refining; it comes out of ground at 130 octane; run it through a separator and it’s ready to use. It will be very simple for us to make this transition.”

While natural gas-powered vehicles are nothing new — people have been converting vehicles for decades — Pickens says booming supplies of U.S. natural gas and falling prices make it ideal for the backbone of the nation’s transportation fleet: trucks.

“Wind, nuclear, and solar are fine, but if we’re going to do anything about our dependency on foreign oil, we have to address transportation.”

There are 18 million 18-wheelers in the U.S., he says. If converted to natural gas, the industry’s carbon emissions would drop by 30 percent, fuel costs would drop, and imports of OPEC oil would be slashed by 60 percent. Continue reading

Kwik Trip building CNG infrastructure in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Kwik Trip, one the largest convenience store chains in the upper Midwest, has opened a new CNG station in LaCrosse, WI, is working to open several more this year, and has plans for several more stations next year. Consequently, if you drive in the tri-state area of Iowa, Minnesota, or Wisconsin, you may want to seriously consider converting your cars, pick-ups, or fleets to CNG. The infrastructure should rapidly become available.

You can read more here.

Sunny Delight to cut 400,000 gallons of diesel by use of CNG

Sunny Delight Beverages has put into service a fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles for distribution in southern California, in markets including Los Angeles, Mira Loma, Carson and Riverside.

The move is expected to cut about 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel in 2012, and to cut well-to-wheel greenhouse gas by 23 percent versus diesel-powered engines.

Transportation management and logistics provider Transplace said that it executed a transportation plan that focused on keeping costs down for the beverage manufacturer. The companies have a five-year arrangement. Transplace manages the carriers and the fueling options within the network, and Glacier Transportation deployed the fleet.
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Governors from 13 states promote natural gas vehicles

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors have sent a letter to the chief executives of 19 auto companies urging them to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on natural gas.

Hickenlooper said he and governors in 12 other states are interested in boosting the number of natural-gas vehicles in their state fleets as an incentive to the auto manufacturers.

To that end, Hickenlooper announced that the Governor’s Energy Office will work with the Colorado Municipal League to encourage Colorado municipalities to participate in a multi-state agreement he and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed in November to increase natural gas vehicles in their fleets.

The municipal league will work with the Governor’s Energy Office on behalf of the municipalities interested in adding vehicles to their fleets.Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other governors have sent a letter to the chief executives of 19 auto companies urging them to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on natural gas.

Read more at The Denver Post.

Waste Pro USA partners with Clean Energy for CNG filling stations and vehicles

The private time-fill fueling facility will support the company’s new fleet of CNG-powered trash trucks.

Waste Pro recently announced its investment of $100 million for vehicles and fueling stations to transition a portion of its fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel. The investment includes planned construction by Clean Energy of natural gas fueling facilities in the South.

Development of the Waste Pro CNG station at Fort Pierce has been permitted, with opening projected for early third quarter of 2012. In Phase One of its CNG transition effort, Waste Pro expects to deploy 150 heavy-duty waste collection and recycling trucks to serve residential and commercial customers.

Read more at LNG World News.

CNG Vehicle Progress in China

According to Forbes.com:

In December, 1999, China’s National Science and Technology Ministry (NSTM) and State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) set 10 percent as a target for clean vehicles as a portion of the overall vehicle population, and set a target of 40 to 50 percent for taxis and buses. Additionally, the policy called for the launch of clean vehicle model zones in 19 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Chongqing.

As part of this program, city governments in China have implemented policies to encourage the industrialization of CNG passenger cars, LNG heavy-duty trucks and engines, LPG engines, and direct-injection LNG engines. Measures that have been used include offering preferential gas price policies and constructing refill stations. At the end of 2010, more than 80 cities across China had gas refilling facilities and the number of CNG/LNG refill stations totaled more than 1,000. During the course of China’s 12th Five-Year Plan, it is projected that an additional 1,000 refill stations will be constructed. Finally, municipal governments have been working with automobile companies and industry research institutions to accelerate the development of new technologies. Continue reading

Natural Gas Could Fuel a “Manufacturing Renaissance” in the U.S.

The New York Times had a story Tuesday on how the availability of abundant, cheap natural gas is fueling a “manufacturing renaissance” in the U.S. Here are some of the reasons why:

According to Kevin Swift, chief economist at the American Chemistry Council, European producers mostly use oil-derived raw materials for making these same products. “The U.S. has a competitive advantage when oil is seven times as expensive as natural gas, but now we have more like a 50-to-1 advantage,” he said. “The ‘shale gale’ is really driving this. A million B.T.U.’s of natural gas that might cost $11 in Europe and $14 in South Korea is $2.25 in the U.S. Partly because of that, chemical producers have plans to expand ethylene capacity in the U.S. by more than 25 percent between now and 2017.”

A 2011 PricewaterhouseCoopers study estimates that high rates of shale gas recovery could result in a million new manufacturing jobs by 2025. Robert McCutcheon, United States industrial products leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said in a statement that the revived natural gas industry “has the potential to spark a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S., including billions in cost savings, a significant number of new jobs and a greater investment in U.S. plants.”

Because of cheap natural gas, CNG vehicles may capture 10 to 20 percent of the new tractor-trailer market:
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