Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Microgrids Can Charge Electric Vehicles While The Main Grid Is Down

"According to the Department of Energy, a microgrid is 'a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources…that connects and disconnects from [the] grid…'" A microgrid can enable the charging of electric vehicles during a blackout. Microgrids can also support hospitals, government facilities, data centers, etc. Microgrids are already in place at some universities and on some corporate campuses.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UPS Increases Use of Renewable Natural Gas

All Clean Energy CNG fueling stations in the Coachella Valley sell only renewable natural gas (RNG). CNG fueling stations here in the Coachella Valley are in Desert Hot Springs (just off Palm Drive on Park Lane), Palm Springs Airport, Cathedral City Arco on Date Palm, and Palm Desert at Burrtec - all open to the public

United Parcel Service will make its largest investment in RNG by agreeing to purchase 10 million gallon equivalents from Big Ox Energy. "Natural gas is a proven alternative fuel to gasoline and diesel and is a key building block for our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our ground fleet," said Mike Casteel, UPS director of fleet procurement.

Monday, November 20, 2017

"Statement by NGVAmerica on electric truck announcement"

From USGasVehicles.com:
November 16, 2017. NGVAmerica President Daniel Gage spoke about the announcement of an eventual electric truck by Tesla: "Pronouncements grab headlines and not much else. But clean technology natural gas trucks on our roadways today are already making a difference to improve our air and reduce our carbon footprint."

"NGVAmerica member companies have been manufacturing safe, efficient, affordable, clean-tech vehicles and powertrains for decades."

"Why wait years for maybe when we can positively impact air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower dependence on foreign fuels all at an affordable price in the commercial truck space right now?"

"No commercially-available heavy-duty powertrain solution runs cleaner than natural gas. The cleanest heavy-duty truck engine in the world is powered by natural gas."

"Natural gas vehicles are powered by American fuel, American technology, and American innovation. Natural gas transportation is making a difference through a variety of applications – trucks, trash, transit, marine and rail."

"Don't wait to clean our air tomorrow. Start today with available natural gas technology."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Why Some Fleets Still Like Natural Gas

There essentially have been three types of buyers (with a lot of overlap) for natural gas trucks: Those that are required to do so by clean-air rules, those that need or desire to be perceived as environmentally friendly, and those that are looking to save money over diesel. "Fleets still involved [in natural gas technology] are those that made an earlier investment in natural gas vehicles and infrastructure or long-term fuel contracts and are still leveraging that investment, as well as those who see natural gas as a way to meet corporate carbon footprint or other green commitments," said Scott Perry, Ryder System’s chief technology and procurement officer.