Monday, April 30, 2012

Trillium CNG and Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. are Bringing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Stations to Arizona in 2012

Press Release
April 12, 2012

Trillium CNG and Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. are Bringing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Stations to Arizona in 2012

The Stations will Fuel Golden Eagle's Fleet and Provide Public CNG Fueling in Tucson and Casa Grande

Chicago, IL (April 12, 2012)--Today, Trillium CNG and Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. announced the scheduled opening of two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Arizona. The two sites, located in Tucson and Casa Grande, will provide CNG fuel for Golden Eagle's fleet of class 7 and 8 trucks. Both sites will be open to the public 24 hours per day, seven days per week providing convenient access to CNG in the surrounding areas.

The stations will incorporate the Pinnacle hydraulic intensifier compressor, which optimizes the use of the high pressure storage at the station. This will allow trucks to fuel at rates of 8 to 10 gallons per minute with the reliability that Trillium CNG customers have come to rely on.

Construction for the Tucson site began in March 2012 and the Casa Grande site will break ground shortly. The Tucson site, scheduled to open in June 2012, will be located at 705 E Ajo Way. The Casa Grande site, located at 1000 N Jefferson Avenue, will follow close behind with a scheduled opening in August. Trillium CNG will build, operate and maintain both locations.

The stations will accept major credit cards and fleet cards. Special fuel pricing programs will be available to encourage other fleets to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of CNG.
"These stations create the needed infrastructure to serve our CNG fleets," said Bill Osteen, Senior Vice President Operations, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. "Working with Trillium allows us to share that CNG infrastructure with other fleets and the public, making CNG a more viable option for other local fleets and individuals. We are proud to be able to provide this infrastructure to our communities."

"We are excited to support Golden Eagle in their pioneering efforts to make use of a clean, domestic and abundant resource - natural gas fuel," said Charles Koontz, VP of Commercial Operations for Trillium CNG. "The low price of CNG is changing the equation for truck fleets. The savings from using natural gas will provide a rapid payback for the project and create ongoing value for the company."

About Trillium CNG
Trillium CNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Transportation Fuels. Integrys Transportation Fuels provides exceptional CNG fueling solutions through Trillium CNG and manufactures the Pinnacle line of hydraulic intensifier compressors. The company has primary offices in Green Bay, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Midland, Texas. Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC, is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). Integrys Energy Group is a diversified holding company with regulated utility operations operating through six wholly owned subsidiaries, and nonregulated operations through its wholly owned nonregulated subsidiary, Integrys Energy Services; and also a 34% equity ownership interest in American Transmission Company LLC (an electric transmission company operating in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois). Learn more about all Integrys companies at
For more information about Trillium CNG please visit

About Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.
Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. has been the exclusive distributor of Anheuser-Busch products across most of Arizona since its creation in 1974. The family-owned company is headquartered in Tucson with offices in Buckeye, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Globe, Show Low, and Tempe, Arizona.

Beverage World Magazine, a national beverage trade magazine, has named Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. 2012 Fleet of the Year. "Arizona-based Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. has a long history of keeping its fleet on the leading edge of technology and operational strategy," said Tom Kelley, Fleet Editor, Beverage World Magazine.

In 2011, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. converted its entire Tucson heavy duty delivery fleet of 24 vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas. The CNG delivery fleet will greatly reduce Golden Eagle's carbon footprint and create cost savings over time.
For more information about Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. please visit

Charles Koontz
Vice President, Commercial Operations, Trillium CNG

Michelle Garcia-Estrada
Media Relations Coordinator, Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Come get fueled with knowledge to put you ahead of the curve!

Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC) is bringing professional trainers to Vernal City, UT to provide:

Light-Duty Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle and Compressed Natural Gas Fuel System Inspector* Training

$1,327 value
* cost of Inspector certification exam included

Cost: FREE for those who qualify
Jolie Jacobsen & Alan Dennis, Department of Workforce Services
Phone: 435-613-5225 or 435-260-8186
E-mail &

Must have proof of citizenship via birth certificate and picture I.D. If you don’t have a Utah I.D., must provide proof of residency

5 Day Training with classes held 8am-5pm daily includes:

· First three days - Compressed Natural Gas Overview

·Last two days - Natural Gas Cylinder Tank Overview and Certification

April 23rd - 27th

Sponsored by TransFuels

Only 20 students per class, so sign up NOW!
Did we mention lunch will be provided by TransFuels!

UBATC Registration Deadline: April 20th

Located in the Williams Building RM#234

450 North 2000 West (Aggie Blvd.), Vernal

If you have any questions about the training or to receive an application, please contact Irene Rizza, Utah Clean Cities Coalition at or at 801-535-7736

Additional Information:

Compressed Natural Gas Training Agenda

The week-long CNG course consists of two separate but related classes:

Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles (3 days)

Several auto manufacturers make natural gas-powered vehicles available to the consumer today. The need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly. This three-day hands-on course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and will teach safety, service procedures, vehicle systems, and the nature of gaseous fuels.

Natural gas is a "natural" alternative fuel used to power automobiles. It burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, and the nationwide pipeline system makes it available in almost every community in the country. From the earliest days of the internal combustion engine, natural gas has been used as a clean-burning, efficient fuel. The number of vehicles powered by natural gas is growing every year. Mandates such as the federal Energy Policy Act and the California Federal Pilot Program require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, many consumers have chosen to buy and drive vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).All of this means that the demand for AFV technicians is increasing dramatically. The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to servicing automobiles, along with new technology to deal with the gaseous fuel system, engine, electronics, and exhaust.

For an experienced technician, the greatest challenges when working with AFVs include the concepts of working with natural gas, changes in emission-control equipment, electronic ignition, diagnostics, and safety. Each chapter of the Technician’s Manual contains text, illustrations, explanatory figures and tables, chapter review questions, and job aids, along with classroom and/or shop activities. The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) is pleased to offer this course, Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles, which meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution. The hands-on and classroom time will be approximately split 50-50.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the technician will be able to:

  • Explain the sources and processing of compressed and liquefied natural gas
  • List personal and shop safety procedures, and describe the appropriate responses to common emergencies such as fire, gas leakage, and collision
  • List the major policies and regulations pertaining to the installation, operation, and inspection of gaseous fuel vehicles
  • Use the concepts of pressure, density, and volume in describing, measuring, and handling natural gas
  • State the chemical and physical properties of methane (natural gas)
  • Describe the four-stroke Otto and diesel cycles, and explain how combustion is different with a gaseous fuel
  • Explain lean-burn technology and calculate the correct air-fuel ratio to achieve best power, lowest emissions, and greatest fuel economy
  • Describe the components of a natural gas fuel system and explain how each operates
  • Explain the operation of the Electronic Control Module (ECM) and the components that connect to it
  • Describe basic diagnostic techniques, the use of the Diagnostic Scan Tool (DST) and the meanings of Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
  • Identify the primary types of emissions testing and the equipment used to perform such tests.
  • Understand the basics of natural gas conversion using the IMPCO GM 6-Liter conversion kit. This training will also include proper installation of natural gas cylinders.
  • In addition, there is a comprehensive appendix containing detailed information about the conversion of gasoline vehicles to dedicated CNG or bi-fuel CNG/gasoline operation
Materials Provided to the Technician
Course Manual and job aids (charts, handbooks, checklist) and IMPCO specific handouts. Program certificate of completion, continuing education units (CEUs, optional)

Natural Gas Vehicles: CNG Cylinder Inspection (2 days)

CNG vehicle cylinders should be inspected every three years or 36,000 miles. This two-day hands-on
course will prepare you to take the certification examination as a CNG cylinder inspector. More than 150,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs), each using CNG cylinders and each cylinder requiring periodic inspection, create a demand for certified inspectors.

Current standards require a detailed visual inspection once every three years or 36,000 miles over the life
of the container. Good shop practice recommends a more frequent general inspection. The inspector needs to know what to look for, how to visually inspect, and how to determine whether the container is safe. The continued use of acceptable cylinders and the removal from service of damaged cylinders that do not pass the visual inspection criteria are critical to the safety and well-being of all who may come into contact with NGVs. Done correctly, cylinder inspection will assure a viable, safe future for an industry that provides a cleaner alternative to traditional fuels for transportation.

The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University has developed a

thoroughly-researched, instructionally sound, easily-applied training program for CNG cylinder inspection. Participants gain a thorough knowledge of all required inspections, tests, and apparatus and inspection procedures applicable to the types of cylinders to be inspected.

What You Will Learn

Taught by a certified NAFTC instructor, this course will enable you to:
  • Understand theory, equipment, safety, and good work practices
  • Develop a working knowledge of the types of cylinders used in CNG vehicle systems
  • Describe construction techniques and material types used in CNG cylinder manufacturing
  • Build skills in proper installation and removal of cylinders
  • Vent and store CNG cylinders safely
  • Perform required reporting procedures
  • Determine and apply the correct testing procedures
  • Recognize various failure modes
  • Safely and confidently handle CNG cylinders
  • Visually inspect CNG cylinders for damage and deterioration
  • Become a certified CNG Cylinder Inspector by passing the CSA International standardized certification test for cylinder inspection (CSA International is a recognized certification and standards organization). Certification exams are offered at the conclusion of each training session. CSA charges a $375 non-refundable fee to take the certification.

Materials Provided to the Technician
Course Manual and job aids (charts, handbooks, checklist) Program certificate, continuing education units(CEUs, optional)