Peterbilt Hosts Governor For Bill Signing Ceremony
Peterbilt Motors Company hosted Texas Governor Rick Perry for a special bill signing ceremony and tour of Peterbilt’s truck manufacturing plant in Denton, TX. Accompanied by Senator Jane Nelson, Commissioner Bryan Shaw and Representatives James Keffer and Tan Parker, Governor Perry signed three Texas bills supporting the development of natural gas initiatives in Texas. Included is Senate Bill 20 for the establishment of a natural gas transportation corridor.
“Texas’ energy sector continues to fuel the nation by continuing to develop traditional energy sources, cleaning our air and making tomorrow’s technologies more viable,” Gov. Perry said. “These bills will help us stay on top by expanding our use of Texas sources of fuel, while addressing public concern about air and groundwater quality.”
Bill Jackson, Peterbilt general manager and PACCAR vice president, said Peterbilt was honored to host the bill signing. Acknowledging Peterbilt’s ongoing commitment to supporting natural gas development efforts, he continued, “Peterbilt’s family of alternative fuel trucks forms the industry’s most comprehensive, high performing, fuel efficient, and environmentally responsible lineup, and these initiatives will promote the use of alternative fuel technologies and create a stronger sense of environmental stewardship through Texas and North America.”
- Senate Bill 20 establishes a natural gas transportation corridor in the rapidly expanding Texas Triangle, which encompasses Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, by increasing the number of natural gas-refuelling stations, supporting the use of natural gas-powered trucks across the state.
- Senate Bill 527 provides funds through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan for 20 new air monitors in the 16-county Barnett Shale region, which includes Denton.
- House Bill 3328 requires hydraulic fracturing operators to disclose the chemical constituents of fluids used in the fracturing process on a well-by-well basis.
Peterbilt offers a full range of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) power platforms. Equipped with the Cummins Westport ISL-G engine, Models 384, 365 and 320 can be specified with CNG or LNG offering 320 horsepower and 1,000 ft-lbs of torque, suitable for short-haul, regional, refuse and dump trucks with GCW/GVW ratings up to 66,000 lbs. Peterbilt Models 386 LNG and 367 LNG are powered by the Westport GX engine and offer up to 475 horsepower and 1,750 ft-lbs of torque. The 15-litre Westport GX engine uses high pressure direct injection, proprietary fuel injectors, (HPDI) fuel system, specialized cryogenic fuel tanks, and associated electronic components to facilitate robust performance and reliable operation.
This technology uses a low cost, cleaner-burning fuel than diesel with no compromises on engine torque, power, fuel economy, or drivability, in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25%.
America’s Natural gas Alliance president and CEO, Regina Hooper paid tribute to the consortium of more than 200 stakeholders who have been engaged in the strategic plan, including fleet operators such as UPS and business groups such as the Houston NGV Alliance and the Metroplex NGV Consortium. They were joined by utilities, fuel suppliers such as Clean Energy Fuels Corp., natural gas producers, and universities.
“The Texas Triangle initiative will dramatically reduce emissions, the equivalent of removing 175,000 cars from Texas highways, and it will reduce reliance on overseas oil by displacing more than 41 million gallons of petroleum-diesel fuel over four years,” Hopper said.
“As I have said before, a strong economy does not need to come at the cost of the environment, and Texas has shown that to be true,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Bryan Shaw said. “A clean environment and strong economy are not mutually exclusive, but mutually beneficial and necessary.”
According to Gov. Perry press release, Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas exploration and production, generating nearly one-third of all domestic natural gas, and containing one-fourth of all U.S. oil reserves and refining capacity. Texas has also decreased ozone levels by 27 percent from 2000 to 2009, more than any other state in the nation, and improved NOx emissions by nearly 58 percent.
Texas legislature can be viewed online here.
(This article primarily compiled using information from a Peterbilt press release)