NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the U.S. natural gas vehicle industry, has released a draft of model legislation to address the state-level taxation of compressed (CNG) and Liquefied (LNG) natural gas. NGVAmerica members as well as other trade associations were represented on the task force that developed the model legislation. The goal is to ensure that natural gas is taxed on an energy equivalent basis with gasoline and diesel fuel, and that uniform conversion factors are used for these calculations. Read more »
The growing argument for transportation fuel change in the United States has stimulated a group of 15 companies to create a new advocacy group — The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC). FNGVC advocates incentives similar to those in Texas and nearly a dozen other states, that offer grants, tax credits and other incentives for the purchase of NGVs (natural gas vehicles). Read more »
The Hungarian Natural Gas Vehicle Association, known as MGKKE (Magyar Gázüzemű Közlekedés Klaszter Egyesület) is a cluster of companies dedicated to promoting the use of clean and environmentally friendly gas-powered vehicles, including natural gas, biomethane and hydrogen, through shared resources and collective lobbying. Formed in April 2011, the company has attracted membership interest from a range of stakeholders including major gas suppliers, OEMs and scientific institutions. NGVA Europe reports the Hungarian association has now joined its own ranks. Read more »
Governors from 13 US States have sent a letter this week to the CEO’s of 19 auto companies encouraging them to manufacture vehicles that use natural gas. The letter is part of a multi-state agreement initiated last fall by Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to promote the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Read more »
NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the U.S. natural gas vehicle industry, hailed President Obama’s call for using more natural gas in the transportation sector. The President made this call last week at a United Parcel Service (UPS) facility in Las Vegas when he discussed his clean energy blueprint, first announced during the State of the Union address. Read more »
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a 958-page document that includes new regulations that will reduce emissions and increase the fuel economy for medium and heavy-duty trucks. But NGVAmerica, a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen, strongly believes that the rules could have been even more effective in reducing emissions and reducing the use of imported petroleum. Read more »
Alicia Milner, president of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance (CNGVA), was recently appointed to serve on Canada’s National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency (NACEE). NACEE is composed of representatives from government, academia, and the private sector. Milner says the move signals the federal government’s growing interest and engagement with respect to natural gas as a transportation fuel. NACEE members provide strategic assessment and counsel regarding the federal government’s approach to meeting energy-related policy objectives. Having CNGVA engaged will ensure more balanced input on transportation energy use as only electric and petroleum-based fuel options are currently represented. The CNGVA’s Technical Advisor, Dr. Alex Lawson (also NGV Global’s Technical Chair), also serves on NACEE as an emissions expert.
More than 50 producers and distributors of natural gas from America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) are working collaboratively to advance the development and utilization of natural gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure in the North American marketplace. Read more »
Given “proper government policies”, natural gas fuel for vehicles could reduce imports “the equivalent of about 10 billion gallons of gasoline within 15 years”, says Rich Kolodziej, NGVAmerica president.
Testifying before the U.S. House Energy and Power Subcommittee this week in a hearing entitled The American Energy Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities for Alternative Transportation Fuels and Vehicles, Richard Kolodziej, president of NGVAmerica, said the New Alternative to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011 (H.R. 1380) would jump start the use of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the United States. These vehicles would be powered by domestically produced natural gas rather than gasoline or diesel. Read more »
The Federal Government of Colombia has declared its intention to continue to promote the uptake of compressed natural gas (CNG) and has announced measures to facilitate that process, reports el universal. Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Tomás González said, “Where it is economically sensible to use CNG, it will be used. It’s important to have CNG in public transport to have a reduced reliance on liquid fuels, and reduced vulnerability to subsidies.” Read more »
Washington’s Capitol Hill, home to the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the House and Senate Office buildings, became the venue for a gathering of natural gas vehicle advocates this week intent on emphasising the urgency for passing the newly introduced H.R. 1380, the “New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions” (NAT GAS) Act of 2011. The NAT GAS Act was highlighted by President Obama as a bipartisan solution in a recent speech about energy at Georgetown University. The bill jump-starts the use of natural gas fuel in our nation’s transportation sector by offering limited tax credits and federal regulatory changes to encourage the production and purchase of natural gas vehicles. Read more »
The Czech Gas Association held its 4th Prospects for the Development and Use of CNG in Transport international conference in Prague in February. The discussion highlighted the need for much stronger support for CNG in transport, mainly on the part of governments and regions, and much more intensive media support in CNG promotion and popularisation. Nineteen speakers from ten countries appeared at the conference to share their latest industry experience and knowledge with the delegates. Read more »
January 3, 2011 set as the deadline for comments
Domestically produced natural gas, which already fuels fleets across the country, has been left out of the government’s proposed rule to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency in medium and heavy duty vehicles, in spite of the fact that natural gas is the cleanest burning alternative transportation fuel commercially available today. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a 660-page proposed rulemaking that establishes targets for reducing the emissions and increasing the fuel economy beginning with the 2014 model year for three categories of trucks: combination tractors, heavy-duty pickups and vocational vehicles. The rule includes regulatory incentives for electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles, but not for natural gas vehicles. Read more »
Last week U.S. President Obama addressed the nation on the oil catastrophe resulting from the April 20 explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. NGVAmerica, joining 13 other national, regional and local organizations, took the opportunity to urge the President and the country to develop a comprehensive clean energy plan that would accelerate the use of alternatively fueled vehicles. Read more »
Japan’s gas industry, encouraged by the huge uptake of natural gas for municipal buses in nearby Republic of Korea, has apparently adopted a policy to support natural gas vehicle transportation in its own country, advocating for high-efficiency trucks and reduced costs for fueling stations, reports the Electric Daily News. Long-distance truck transport and other freight transport accounts for about one-third of Japan’s total CO2 emissions in the transportation sector. A move to natural gas, reportedly supported by the Japan Gas Association, is expected to have an immediate and positive effect on the environment by significantly reducing emissions.