by Lauren Tyler
A survey conducted by the Texas Natural Gas Foundation (TXNG) has found that Dallas County, with 3,579 vehicles and 25 stations, is the top natural gas vehicle county in the state of Texas.
“As our survey indicates, Texas is making strides in replacing conventional fuels with natural gas,” says State Rep. and TXNG President Jason Isaac. “Texas has catapulted the United States to the largest producer of natural gas in the world. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas holds more than one-fourth of the nation’s proved natural gas reserves.
“Natural gas currently supplies less than five percent of the total fuel used for transportation in the United States,” he continues. “We should encourage the use of Texas fuels, like natural gas, that help build our state’s roads and support our public education, while also growing our economy.”
There are currently 9,040 natural gas vehicles on Texas roads – a 27% increase since August 2014. Planned additions by fleets, including VIA in San Antonio and Houston Metro, will soon swell that number to 10,084.
Further, refueling stations under development will add an additional 33 stations to the state’s current total of 86 public fueling stations and 67 private stations.
“In a recent study, idling diesel engines emitted five times as much harmful emissions as natural gas,” says Isaac. “Whether it’s your city’s garbage trucks or the 18-wheelers on the highways, natural gas trucks provide quiet, clean transportation that relies on our abundant, domestic natural resources.”
There are many notable incentive activities at the state and local levels. Many states offer incentives for alternative fuels that advance specific environmental and energy security goals, while cities provide even more localized support.
States are targeting vehicles, infrastructure, and other means to encourage AFV adoption. Below are various types of incentives, as well as hyperlinked examples of each:
Municipalities are also playing a role in supporting AFV deployment. Cities and counties incentivize AFVs in a number of ways, including by offering free or discounted parking, expediting permitting processes, and providing vehicle and infrastructure grants. For example, New Haven, CT, provides free parking on city streets for AFVs, while Los Angeles, CA, offers instant, online residential electric vehicle supply equipment permitting approval. The Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Local Laws and Incentives page provides more information on these and a greater array of other local options; while the page regarding local laws and incentives is not meant to be comprehensive, it provides users an idea of the different municipal programs and policies that exist (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/local_examples). If you are aware of an innovative way that municipalities are supporting alternative fuels and vehicle acquisition, please contact the Clean Cities Technical Response Service firstname.lastname@example.org to share the details.
For more information about state and local alternative fuel incentives, see the AFDC Laws and Incentives page (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws).
Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) selections, 35 new projects will receive $57 million to develop and deploy a wide array of cutting-edge vehicle technologies to reduce carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in passenger cars and light trucks.
Five Clean Cities projects received funding under two specific areas of the FOA selections, including EV Everywhere Plug‐In Electric Vehicle Local Showcases and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Workplace Safety Programs. Drive Oregon, Plug In America, and the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest will tackle three projects aimed at promoting and demonstrating plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) use by establishing local showcases that provide a hands-on consumer experience and in-depth education. TheGas Technology Institute and Marathon Technical Services USA Inc. will each provide safety training and guidance related to maintenance and garage facility upgrades and building modifications that support the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The projects are focused only on facilities with Energy Policy Act (EPAct)-defined natural gas, propane, and hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure.
Most of the 35 projects will support the goals of EV Everywhere, an Energy Department program that aims to make PEVs as affordable and convenient as gasoline-powered vehicles by 2022.
On October 14th the Railroad Commission of Texas and Texas State Technical College held a Clean Fuels Workshop the college’s Waco campus. Over 50 persons attended to learn all about CNG/LPG from some of the biggest names in Alt fueling in Texas. We have collected here some of the presentations that were given, take a look, learn and keep Texas moving towards cleaner air!
Chancellor Mike Reeser and Vice-Chancellor Randy Wooten discussed Texas State Technical College’s Clean Fuels Initiative
Art Valladares, Railroad Commission of Texas discussed State of the Alternative Fuels Industry – PDF
Focus on Natural Gas Vehicles:
Focus on Natural Gas Refueling Options:
Natural Gas Vehicle Case Studies:
Propane Vehicles and Refueling:
Propane Vehicle Case Studies:
Susan Shifflett of the Railroad Commission of Texas – Funding Opportunities – PDF
Stacy Neef of Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance – U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities – PDF
Clean Fuel Curriculum: TSTC Student Learning Services
Senator Israel has introduced a bill intended to track information about the number of alternatively-fueled vehicles registered in Texas. H.B. 735, Subchapter A, Chapter 504 of the Transportation Code is being amended by adding Sec. 502.004. This bill will require TxDOT to collect info on alternative fueled vehicles registered in the state.