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TXCNG Briefs Lt. Governor’s Staff on Natural Gas

Thanks to Stuart Mayper of CNG 4 America, TXNG board members Ken Morgan and Jason Isaac took part in a 90-minute briefing with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s staff on how new markets for natural gas can build the state’s economy, help fund our schools and roads and secure our country’s energy security.
Dr. Morgan led off the meeting by describing how the U.S. has abundant food, water and the opportunity to not only meet our own energy needs but also export energy to our allies.
Rep. Isaac discussed the Texas Energy Education Project and why it is so critical to educate our young people on the facts about the energy Texas produces; the positive and negative impacts of each energy resource; and why Texans should be proud and appreciative of our state’s ability to help people in our country and around the world lead better lives.
Dr. Morgan concluded the meeting discussing policy priorities for natural gas vehicles, including raising the CNG truck weight limit on state roads to harmonize with federal law, providing encouragement for public fleets to continue to transition to natural gas, creating a market for used natural gas vehicles, and expanding the Texas Transportation Triangle.
The Texas Natural Foundation wishes to thank Deb Mamula and Logan Spence of the Lt. Governor’s Office for their time and interest in expanding the use of Texas natural gas.

by Texas Natural Gas Foundation

Companies Open GAIN Clean Fuel, FastFlow CNG Station

Representatives from U.S. Gain, Independence Fuel Systems (IFS) and Canadian American Transport (C.A.T.), along with local and regional dignitaries, have celebrated the grand opening of the newest GAIN Clean Fuel and FastFlow co-branded compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Laredo, Texas.

As previously reported, the station is located at 15668 N. U.S. Highway 83 and will mainly support C.A.T.’s growing fleet of CNG trucks.

“We’re proud to make an investment in our future and be a leader in creating sustainable transport by opening our fifth CNG station with U.S. Gain and first station with IFS,” says Daniel Goyette, president of C.A.T. Inc. “By converting our fleet to CNG, we’ve made a significant move to becoming more environmentally friendly and creating fuel price stability.”

The company notes that nearly one-third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 350 tractors has been converted to CNG.

According to U.S. Gain, the Laredo location will provide easy-access and fast-fill capabilities, and it will be open for use by other fleets and the general public. They will also have fleet card acceptance capabilities for trucker convenience and provide reliability to ensure that fleets have a consistent fuel source.

“GAIN Clean Fuel is helping fleets and operations throughout the U.S. and Canada make the conversation to CNG,” says GAIN Clean Fuel General Manager Bill Renz. “IFS has been a reliable partner for U.S. Gain and has been instrumental in the expansion of our CNG network throughout Texas. This is a heavily traveled trucking corridor, and we look forward to serving not only C.A.T., but other carriers seeking to take advantage of the benefits of CNG.”

U.S. Gain, a division of U.S. Venture Inc., is a CNG fueling provider, offering fleet operators access to GAIN Clean Fuel as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional fuel options.

A Texas-based division of IFS, FastFlow CNG owns and operates CNG fueling stations with patented fuel dispensing technology for public and private use.

ampCNG, US Foods Agree to Build Texas CNG Fueling Station

ampCNG, a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) infrastructure and fueling solutions for the heavy-duty commercial trucking industry, has signed a fueling and station agreement with US Foods, one of the country’s largest foodservice distributors, to build a public-access CNG fueling station in Buda, Texas.

Located adjacent to the US Foods distribution center on Turnersville Road in Buda, the ultra fast-fill CNG station will have two dual-hose dispensers serving two lanes. ampCNG expects to break ground in early 2017 and will open the station in summer 2017.

As reported, US Foods recently won a Texas Emissions Reduction Plan grant for 40 new CNG trucks, bringing its Buda-based CNG fleet to a total of 50.

“US Foods continues to make improvements across the company to reduce our environmental footprint and allow us to serve our customers in an energy-efficient way,” says Dario Skocir, vice president of transportation for US Foods. “Increasing the number of CNG vehicles in our fleet allows us to continue to reduce our annual fuel costs, while [also] reducing the amount of emissions emitted during our daily deliveries to customers.”

The new station marks ampCNG’s eighth in Texas, bringing its total station network to 20. The company’s other stations in Texas are located in Amarillo, Harrold, Waco, Brock, Rosenberg, Sweetwater and Kerrville. According to the company, its network of high-performance, ultra fast-fill CNG fueling stations supports some of the largest CNG fleets in the country in the food and beverage, agriculture, and dairy industries.

Along with its parent company, AMP Americas, ampCNG also currently operates stations in the Midwest (Indiana and Ohio) and in the Southeast (Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee). New station projects are under development to further expand ampCNG’s footprint in Texas, as well as in Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee and California.

Propane Council Releases New Video on Benefits to Texas District

SAN ANTONIO — The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has added to its online “Straight Talk” video series a new video that showcases Northside Independent School District (ISD).

The series highlights schools, organizations, and businesses that have had success using propane to reduce expenses and emissions.

“Northside ISD saves $1.3 million each year on fuel and maintenance costs with their propane buses compared to their diesel bus fleet, which allows the district to keep more of its annual budget where it belongs — in the classroom for student-based programming,” said Mike Taylor, director of autogas business development for PERC. “Northside’s success is a great model for other schools looking for ways to save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase student and driver safety.”

Almost 50% of Northside ISD’s 916 buses are powered by propane fuel, according to PERC.

PERC also said that schools in 47 states are operating almost 11,000 propane school buses, transporting more than 650,000 students to school each day, and that since 2012, propane school bus sales have increased by 436%.

Watch the new Northside ISD Straight Talk video here.

2 Weeks Remaining: Texas Clean School Bus Program Application Deadline Extended

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Addendum to the Texas Clean School Bus Program Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) to extend the closing date of this grant solicitation.

Addendum No. 1 extends the deadline to submit applications from November 1, 2016 to December 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Over $5.9 million in grant funds are available to cover the cost of retrofitting diesel-powered school buses with emission-reduction devices to reduce children’s exposure to diesel exhaust.

Refer to the TERP website, terpgrants.org, to view and download Addendum No. 1, and to find out more information about the Texas Clean School Bus Program. Please contact TERP staff at 800-919-TERP (8377), or by email to cleanbus@tceq.texas.gov, if you have any questions.

For specific grant assistance in the San Antonio Area, please contact the Clean Cities Coordinator, Nicholas Jones at njones@aacog.com or at 210-918-1299.

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Give Input to Proposed EV-Ready Building Measure

This summer representatives from DOE, GSA and EPA introduced an EV-Ready
building measure to the national green building standard (ASHRAE 189.1
Standard for the Design of High-performance Green Buildings) to encourage
commercial building developers to prepare facilities with electrical
infrastructure to accommodate future charging station installation.

The measure passed working group and full committee approval. The public now
has an opportunity to weigh in before the 2017 edition of the standard is
published. To review the text and submit your support or comments, you can
access the addendum and comment page at https://osr.ashrae.org/default.aspx.
Comment period closes December 4, 2016.