We are working with a few other agencies to get together a comprehensive list of grants available as a result from the 84th legislative session. Please download the excel document for detailed information about current and closed grants.
Call to Action!
In July, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) will vote on the diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) standard. The vote will take place at the NCWM Annual Meeting July 19 – 23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is critical that natural gas advocates reach out to their state regulators in the next month in order to encourage them to support this important vote.
Our member NGVAmerica will attend the meeting to speak in support of the DGE proposal. However, state regulators need to hear from businesses in their affected states. NGVAmerica is asking members, trade allies, and other affected businesses to consider:
This standard compliments the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) standard that has been in place for more than 20 years. Under the proposal, retailers of CNG and LNG will be able to offer these fuels in diesel gallon equivalent units. CNG retailers would have the option of using GGE or DGE units but LNG would only be sold in DGE units.
Below are links to more information on state representatives and details on the upcoming Annual Meeting. If your state is represented on the L&R or S&T Committees, it would be helpful to also write those officials.
Link to State Directors: http://www.ncwm.net/resource/state-directors-all
Link to NCWM L&R Committee Members: http://www.ncwm.net/committees/laws-regulations
Link to NCWM S&T Committee Members: http://www.ncwm.net/committees/specs-tolerances
Link to NCWM Annual Meeting Details (July 19 -23, Philadelphia, PA): https://www.ncwm.net/meetings/annual/publication-16
As of this May 2015, ten states now officially recognize the DGE standard as the legal method of sale for natural gas. The latest state to do so was New Mexico, which on May 14 issued final regulations recognizing DGE for CNG and LNG. Twenty-five states also use the DGE unit for taxation of LNG.
Establishing a standard for dispensing CNG and LNG in diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) units is important for the continued use of natural gas in trucking and other applications that traditionally use diesel fuel. The natural gas industry has requested that the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) adopt a DGE unit for CNG and LNG that is sold to truckers and other users who typically use diesel fuel. From the purchaser’s perspective, the pump display and readings would show the number of DGE units dispensed and information would be provided on the pump to show how natural gas is converted to DGE units. This is the only rational way to offer CNG and LNG when sold to truck operators. Under the proposal, LNG would only be sold in DGE units since LNG is expected to be used exclusively as a heavy duty vehicle fuel. CNG would be dispensed in GGE units at retail outlets serving the general public and would be sold in DGE units on pumps selling to trucks and heavy duty vehicles.
Standards adopted by NCWM in 1994 require CNG to be sold in gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE). That standard has benefited consumers and industry alike because it provides a common unit for comparing the average energy in CNG to the average energy in a gasoline gallon. It also provides a ready means of informing consumers as to the relative economic cost of natural gas compared to gasoline. All of the retail pumps used today in the U.S. use the GGE unit for dispensing CNG and all retail stations price CNG in GGE units. Moreover, many states increasingly are using the GGE as the most appropriate unit for taxing CNG.
The need for this action is driven by the fact that there currently is significant national interest in promoting increased use of natural gas in heavy duty vehicles where diesel fuel has traditionally been used. The federal government and many state governments currently have in place policies intended to expand the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Private firms are investing hundreds of millions of dollars establishing a national network of retail fueling stations to supply this fuel to motor vehicles. Development of a weights and measures standard for a DGE of natural gas will complement the effort made 20 years ago to create the GGE standard.
From the Texas Railroad Commission
On May 5, Commissioner David Porter gave the opening remarks at the ACT Expo in Dallas, Texas. More than 3,500 attendees and over 200 exhibitors convened at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for the industry’s largest annual alternative fuel conference and expo. Commissioner Porter gave an update on his Texas Natural Gas Initiative. Commissioner Porter noted, “We’ve made some major progress in Texas since 2013. Natural gas motor-fuel sales, the number of natural gas vehicles, and the number of natural gas fueling stations are surging in our state. The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reports natural-gas motor-fuel tax collections doubled in the first six months of fiscal 2015 compared to fiscal 2014, jumping from $1.1 million to $2.2 million. At $0.15/gallon equivalent, these receipts represent sales 14.6 million gallon equivalents of CNG and LNG, compared to 7.3 million previously.” He continued, “The number of natural gas vehicles has more than doubled in the past two years, to more than 7,900 vehicles. The number of stations has kept pace, doubling from 69 to 136 in the same period. New figures from the Railroad Commission show that investment in natural gas vehicles and fueling stations in Texas totaled $260 million in the past two years, with a 12:1 match of private to public investment.”
Clean Cities University offers monthly webinars for coordinators and stakeholders with up-to-date information about industry topics and training on Web-based tools. They keep all of the previous webinars in their archives section, where you can watch them.
They offer information on many different subjects!
Go here to watch a few.
When it comes to the world of alternative fuel deployment, it’s a common mantra that no single technology will be the “silver bullet” for reducing the consumption of conventional fuels like diesel and gasoline. Instead, a combination of all viable fuels and vehicle technologies is necessary to improve the nation’s energy security and reduce environmental impacts.
A new report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States, examines the potential to successfully deploy the five most commonly used alternative fuels: electricity (used by plug-in electric vehicles), biodiesel (blends of B20 and higher), E85 ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), and propane.
To evaluate existing and potential regional market strength, the report’s authors studied six market indicators (in order of importance) for each state: the availability of existing fueling infrastructure, the current density of the area’s light-duty alternative vehicles (AFVs), gasoline and diesel prices, the availability of state incentives for AFVs, and the proximity to domestic resources such as biodiesel and ethanol. The report’s conclusion found that while markets varied among states, every state showed promise for being able to deploy at least one alternative fuel.
Other major report findings were:
Westport is expanding its 2015 vehicle lineup with natural gas fueling options for companies who are adding the all-new Ford Transit Van and Cutaway to their fleet. As Ford’s largest qualified vehicle modifier, Westport is offering the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway as a dedicated natural gas (CNG) Westport WiNG™ Power System vehicle. The Transit Cutaway will be offered at 10,000 GVW and below. Both versions of the Transit Van and Cutaway will be EPA and CARB certified.
Westport’s Transit Van and Cutaway will be compliant with Clean Port Act emissions standards, ensuring that fleets and small businesses who service airports can take advantage of natural gas.
Used to transport passengers and cargo, the 2015 Ford Transit Van and Cutaway models offers a 3.7L gaseous prep engine.
Visit www.westport.com for more information about our bi-fuel and dedicated CNG Ford vehicles, including our FREE CNG fuel card offer for qualifying Westport vehicles, until supplies last: www.westport.com/wing.