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February 20 2015

                                                               

Cheney Brothers of Florida has taken the step to be the first Food Distribution Company in Florida to provide Natural Gas to all their restaurant and commercial customers. The gas is supplied by Tiger Gas of Oklahoma and marketed by Cheney Brothers, Tigers newest Broker. With over 450 outside sales people it's a sure thing that Cheney Brothers and Tiger will take over the Restaurant marketplace in Florida in a very short time.  

November 14, 2013

New Chrysler Tank Makes It Easier To Use Natural Gas in Cars and Trucks

The use of natural gas to power vehicles could become widespread, thanks to a new storage tank developed by Chrysler. Automotive News reported that the new tank will free automakers from the need to use large cylinders to store natural gas.

Natural gas for vehicles had use to have to be stored in special cylinders, similar to the ones on barbecue grills. The new tanks use a shape similar to the human lung to store in several different compartments.

Chrysler demonstrated a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck equipped with the technology. The ram has a 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 capable of burning both natural gas and gasoline. It also has a range of up to 255 miles on a tank of natural gas.

November  6, 2013

Now that Chevrolet as well as Honda will have natural gas cars available, more will soon follow just the same as all big three now have 3/4 tons in CNG and now Ford adds the F-150 for next year!! Progress is happening.



October 18, 2013
Lowe's Launches Natural Gas-Powered Truck Fleet

Lowe’s has announced it has launched a dedicated fleet of natural gas-powered trucks at its regional distribution center in Mount Vernon, Texas.

With the transition from a diesel-fueled fleet to trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), Lowe’s said it expects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nearly 20 percent and control fuel costs as it transports up to 68 truckloads each day to stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

“The transition to an NG-powered fleet was a natural step for Lowe’s because of the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas,” said Steve Palmer, Lowe’s vice president of transportation. “Given the amount of natural gas that’s available domestically, broadly utilizing natural gas will give us an opportunity to better control our transportation fuel costs in the coming years. Our goal is to replace all of our diesel-powered dedicated fleets with natural gas trucks by the end of 2017.”




Published: June 28, 2013

VANCOUVER, BC – Westport Innovations Inc. (TSX:WPT / NASDAQ:WPRT), the global leader in natural gas engines, today announced that it has acquired BAF Technologies, Inc. (BAF) and its subsidiary, ServoTech Engineering, Inc. (ServoTech), subsidiaries of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) for $25 million in Westport stock. Westport and Clean Energy also announced a $5 million joint marketing and sales program.

Westport believes that the amalgamation will create the largest product portfolio and largest market presence in the North American light duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) space. Specifically, Westport secures its position as Ford's largest partner under the Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program with over 10 products and approximately 150 Ford authorized dealerships. The transaction allows both Westport and Clean Energy to focus on the significant growth opportunities as natural gas emerges as a global fuel for transportation.

                                                                                                       Florida Laws and Incentives for Natural Gas

The list below contains summaries of all Florida laws and incentives related to Natural Gas.

State Incentives

Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) and Propane Vehicle Rebates

Beginning January 1, 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer a rebate for up to 50% of the incremental cost of an original equipment manufacturer NGV or propane vehicle or of the cost of converting a vehicle to run on natural gas or propane, up to $25,000 per vehicle and $250,000 per applicant per fiscal year. To qualify, the dedicated or bi-fuel vehicle must be part of a public or private fleet and must be placed into service on or after July 1, 2013. Of the funds available for these rebates, 40% will be reserved for government applicants; the remaining funds will be allocated to commercial applicants. (Reference House Bill 579, 2013, and Florida Statutes 206.997)



CS/HB 579 — Natural Gas Motor Fuel Prepared by: Transportation Committee

Prepared by: Transportation Committee (TR)

The bill repeals the decal fee program for motor vehicles powered by alternative fuels, repeals the sales tax on alternative fuels, establishes a new fuel tax structure for motor vehicles powered by natural gas, and creates a natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program.  Specifically, the bill: 

  • Creates part V of ch. 206, F.S., entitled “Natural Gas Fuel.”
  • Repeals the current decal fee program for motor vehicles powered by alternative fuels effective
    January 1, 2014.
  • Establishes a fuel tax structure for natural gas used as a motor fuel, beginning January 1, 2019.
  • Relocates statutory provisions relating to licenses for retailers of alternative fuel and related reporting requirements and provides penalties for acting as a retailer without a license.
  • Provides exemptions from the tax and refunds of the tax on natural gas fuel when used for specified purposes.
  • Revises the distribution of the proceeds of the taxes imposed on natural gas.
  • Expands the definition of “energy efficiency improvement” to include “installation of systems for natural gas fuel” under uses authorized by the Local Government Infrastructure Surtax.
  • Exempts natural gas and natural gas fuel placed into the fuel supply system of a motor vehicle from sales tax.
  • Directs the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to complete a report reviewing the taxation of natural gas fuel used to power motor vehicles by December 1, 2017.
  • Creates a natural gas fuel fleet vehicle rebate program within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) and appropriates an annual $6 million from General Revenue for
    FY 2013-2014 - FY 2017-2018 to fund the program.
  • Requires DACS to provide an annual assessment of the rebate program.
  • Requires OPPAGA to release a report reviewing the fleet vehicle rebate program by January 31, 2016.


UPS to Purchase 700 LNG Vehicles  USA

Posted on Apr 23rd, 2013 with tags 700 LNGNewsPurchaseUpsUSAVehicles .

UPS today announced the accelerated growth of its alternative vehicle fleet with plans to purchase approximately 700 liquefied natural gas  LNG vehicles and to build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, the LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S.

“LNG will be a viable alternative transportation fuel for UPS in the next decade as a bridge between traditional fossil fuels and emerging renewable alternative fuels and technologies that are not quite ready for broad-based long-term commercial deployment,” said Scott Davis, UPS Chairman and CEO.

UPS has been operating natural gas vehicles for more than a decade. With natural gas prices 30-40 percent lower than imported diesel and U.S. production gearing up, the logistics company is investing more aggressively in the natural gas infrastructure necessary to make it part of the UPS delivery network here. Beyond favorable fuel cost and domestic resource access, the industry cites 25 percent less CO2 emissions.

Worldwide UPS has more than 1,000 natural gas vehicles on the road today. UPS’s alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet of more than 2,600 vehicles also includes a wide array of low-emissions vehicles, including all-electrics, electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids, propane, compressed natural gas and biomethane. Since 2000, the fleet powered by alternative fuels and technologies has driven more than 295 million miles.


Florida House approves natural gas motor fuel bill


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A bill that would simplify state policy for natural gas when used as a motor fuel has passed the Florida House.

Sponsored by State Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, The Natural Gas Motor Fuel bill HB 579, would eliminate existing decal and license programs for natural gas fuel, and instead require the same licensing and taxes that now apply to diesel vendors.

It also provides a five-year incentive to encourage fleet conversion to natural gas vehicles and requires the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to complete a report reviewing taxation of natural gas motor fuel.

“This bill is the compliment to the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan legislation that we passed last year,” Ray said in a statement. “Natural gas is cheaper, domestically abundant, cleaner and greener than diesel fuel. It makes sense to secure our energy future with natural gas vehicles for our freight haulers.

"Every older generation diesel powered tractor truck we take off our roads is the equivalent of over 300 automobiles interms of the environmental impact.”

The House unanimously approved the bill Wednesday.

Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, is carrying the companion bill, SB 560, in the Senate. That bill should be ready for the Senate floor next week, the release said.


3M™ CNG Tanks
Transportation's natural progression           

With the costs of traditional fuel technology taking their toll on the economy and the environment, businesses and consumers are looking for alternative solutions to meet the growing demands for transportation. Recognizing compressed natural gas (CNG) for its lower price point and reduced emissions, 3M has invested in technologies to fully harness its true power and potential.

Thanks to revolutionary 3M™ Matrix Resins, our CNG Tanks offer a compressed natural gas storage solution that’s stronger, lighter and more cost effective. The tank is 21.5 X 60 the largest carbon tank available.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation was the partner with 3M in the disign/build of the new tank.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation NYSE:CHK is the second-largest producer of natural gas. Chesapeake is currently converting its fleet of nearly 5,000 vehicles to run on natural gas. 


Beer fleet switches to natural gas

by Fleet Owner Staff

Jan. 31, 2013

Beer distributor J.J. Taylor Companies a Jupiter Florida based compay  is planning to swap out the diesel-powered tractors in its Tampa-based fleet with units fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors via a fair market lease financing contract through PHH FirstFleet, a division of PHH Arval.

“We’ve been working to reduce our carbon footprint over the past five years, so the change to CNG is a natural progression,” explained Jose Rivera, VP- finance/administration for J.J. Taylor. “CNG has near-zero emissions and is therefore less harmful to the environment. It also has a lower cost on a diesel gallon equivalent basis, and CNG vehicles are markedly quieter than their diesel counterparts.”

He noted that J.J. Taylor has ordered 43 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 CNG-powered tractors and plans to its entire 95 unit fleet with CNG-fired units within the next 36 months. The tractors – acquired through Tampa Truck Center and powered by a Cummins-Westport 8.9L ISL-G engine and an Allison 3000Hs transmission – will start operating in February once Vocational Energy, LLC, out of Fontana, CA, finishes building a nearby CNG refueling station.

Meanwhile, plans for a second station and conversion of the company’s Ft. Meyers-based fleet of 75 units are also underway, Rivera said, noting that J.J. Taylor will use the CNG vehicles in daily delivery operations throughout the company’s territory covering Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

In the future, the company's CNG-powered fleet will operate in a total of 17 Florida counties

Pennsylvania Firm Buys 7.6-Liter Engine Specialist

Franklin, Pa.-based CNG One Source has emerged as the buyer of Emission Solutions, Inc., which specializes in converting Navistar International engines, notably the 7.6-liter DT 466, to spark-ignition dedicated-natural gas operation.

ESI entered bankruptcy last year after Navistar said it would offer natural gas trucks with Cummins Westport engines F&F, October 5. CNG One Source says that its ESI buy took place on April 4, and that it “will be moving all operations of the former Texas company to Erie, Pennsylvania.” Another top priority is re-affirming U.S. EPA certification of the 7.6-liter ESI engine, says CNG One Source president Karen Teslovich, for both new engines and for older IUL and OUL (intermediate useful life and outside useful life) units.

 

“The purchase of ESI will allow CNG One Source to further develop the industry for medium and heavy duty natural gas vehicles,” Teslovich said in a release. “Cummins Westport and now CNG One Source will be able to offer multiple engine types for consumers to operate their vehicles on a dedicated natural gas platform.”


BNSF News

BNSF to test liquefied natural gas in road locomotives

2013-03-06

BNSF will begin testing a small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative fuel later this year, as will be announced by Matthew K. Rose, BNSF chairman and CEO at the CERAWeek conference on March 6.

"The use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative fuel is a potential transformational change for our railroad and for our industry," said Rose. "While there are daunting technical and regulatory challenges still to be faced, this pilot project is an important first step that will allow BNSF to evaluate the technical and economic viability of the use of liquefied natural gas in through-freight service, potentially reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions, thereby providing environmental and energy security benefits to our nation."

BNSF has been working with the two principal locomotive manufacturers, GE and EMD, a unit of Caterpillar, to develop the natural gas engine technology that will be used in the pilot.



Apache Celebrates Houston Opening of Public Access CNG Station

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Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) announced today the grand opening of its latest compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, located in Houston’s Galleria shopping district at 2109 McCue Rd, adjacent to Apache’s corporate headquarters.
Steve Farris, Apache’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, addressed about 150 attendees at the grand opening ceremony, held on March 22, 2013, and a number of Houston-based dealers/installers and OEMs original equipment manufacturers) exhibited a selection of CNG-powered vehicles.
Since 2009 Apache Corporation has transformed 42 percent of its U.S. fleet vehicles to CNG power, which represents more than 450 cars and trucks, with a long-term goal of converting 80 percent of its fleet to this clean-burning, abundant, and domestically generated fuel. Including its Galleria area facilities, Apache has constructed 20 CNG fueling stations in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. Six of these are public access facilities and the private CNG stations are available to other area fleets by agreement with the company.

This article was first published by Apache.


 
  

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it sold a record 11,600 natural gas vehicles last year, more than four times the number it sold two years ago. It’s the latest sign that natural gas is making inroads as a transportation fuel, particularly for truck fleets, buses and taxis. The consumer market is tougher to crack, but sales are gaining there as well. Natural gas is cheap and plentiful in the U.S. after a spike in production that began in the middle of last decade. At the same time, the price of gasoline and diesel fuel has jumped more than 30 percent.

GM Starts Making CNG Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra

Posted by Mark Williams | November 9, 2012

On Thursday, GM announced that production of the bifuel versions of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD are under way in Fort Wayne, Ind. The company has been taking orders from fleet and retail customers since April, and the pickup trucks can still be ordered through Chevy and GMC dealers.

The $11,000 upgrade allows the trucks to switch seamlessly between regular gas and compressed natural gas. The two tanks produce a combined range of 650 miles, the longest bifuel range of any original equipment automaker, GM says. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Ram started production of its bi-fuel Ram 2500.

The heavy-duty trucks, which come with a 6.0-liter V-8, will be offered only in extended cab configurations but can be ordered with the long or short bed in two- or four-wheel drive.

CNG offers benefits in increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. It generates 25 percent less carbon dioxide and is in abundant supply. The infrastructure is growing, too. Since 2009, the number of CNG stations has increased 26 percent.





Let’s rethink the Strategic Petroleum Reserve:

It's been almost five years since you and I set out together to get America the energy plan it deserves. One thing hasn't changed: the need for aggressive and effective energy leadership in Washington. For the last four decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have fallen short in this regard. Long story short - we have no national energy plan.





Mar 13, 2013

U.S. Oil Expanding Its Network of GAIN CNG Stations


APPLETON, Wis. -- U.S. Oil believes compressed natural gas CNG is the fuel of the future. The company backed up that belief by purchasing six GAIN Clean Fueling stations in Wisconsin.

Prior to the acquisition, U.S. Oil already operated two GAIN stations. Hence, the company now operates eight such stations in the Badger State, located in Menomonie, Marinette, Appleton, Franklin, Racine, Waukesha and two locations in Milwaukee.

In addition, U.S. Oil announced it will open a ninth GAIN location in Green Bay next month.

“CNG provides a more cost effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fuels, and our goal is to create a network of stations that link markets, allowing more trucking companies to utilize CNG," said Mike Koel, vice president of business development for U.S. Oil.

According to U.S. Oil, all GAIN stations are equipped with a quick fuel design that allow truckers to fill a tank with CNG in the same time it would take to fill up a conventional diesel tank.

Looking ahead, Koel said U.S. Oil is seeking to open addition GAIN Clean Fueling stations throughout the United States.













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