Thursday, July 26, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Trillium CNG™ and AMP Americas Announce Ambitious Joint Venture to Build Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Stations Across the US
Trillium CNG, a business unit of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG), and AMP Americas announced today a joint venture, AMP Trillium, focused on building a network of CNG stations across the US.
Initially, AMP Trillium will construct stations along the I-65 and I-75 trucking corridors and
Major routes in Texas, with the first station breaking ground by fall 2012. The stations will be open to the public, though the primary customers will likely be heavy---duty and long---haul
The new stations will feature fast---fill capabilities and redundant equipment providing increased fill speed and reduced downtime while delivering exceptional reliability backed by our 24/7 on call service---team. The stations will also accept fleet cards and major credit cards and offer special fuel---pricing programs to encourage fleets to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of CNG. To further accentuate the project's sustainability benefits, AMP Trillium plans to use renewable CNG whenever possible. Renewable CNG is the chemical equivalent of fossil---based natural gas and is obtained from biomass, often food or animal waste.
Both Trillium CNG and AMP Americas bring substantial experience and expertise to the joint venture. Trillium CNG is highly respected within the alternative fuels industry and the CNG market place for its facility design, construction, operations and maintenance capabilities. "Trillium CNG is excited to join with AMP and support the leaders of the dairy industry on energy and sustainability issues," says Charles Koontz, VP Commercial Services for Trillium CNG.
AMP Americas currently owns two CNG fueling stations in Indiana and, in partnership with Fair Oaks Farms, manages a fleet of 42 CNG milk---transport trucks. By fall, these trucks will run entirely on renewable CNG made from manure from the dairy's cows in a process called anaerobic digestion.
"We're very excited by what this joint venture means to AMP and our industry. It allows us to complete more renewable CNG projects alongside a strong financial and operating partner," said Nate Laurell, AMP's founder and CEO. "Oil, being globally priced, is expensive, but natural gas is not only abundant in the US, it's also cleaner, producing 20 to 30 percent fewer greenhouse emissions than diesel fuel."
Event: 2012 Clear The Air Challenge
Southern Utah Kick-Off
Date: Monday, July 30th @ 9 a.m .
Southern Utah Kick-Off
Date: Monday, July 30th @ 9 a.m .
Location: 540 Red Hills Pkwy .
St. George, UT
St. George, UT
This August, Governor Herbert will be joined by Washington City Mayor Ken Neilson, City of St. George Mayor Daniel McArthur, Hurricane Mayor Tom Hirschi in challenging Southern Utahns to tackle the pressing issue of air pollution for cleaner, more breathable air. They will encourage Utah residents to consider how their transportation habits impact their environment. Come join Utah Clean Cities and our Southern Utah Mayors in kicking-off this month long challenge!
The Clear the Air Challenge:
August 1st – 31st 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
OFFICE of the MAYOR | RALPH BECKER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2012
Contact: Kate Lilja Lohnes
City Encourages Utahns to Take 2012 Clear the Air Challenge
Leaders across the state promote proactive and personal approach to clearing the air
SALT LAKE CITY –Mayor Ralph Becker, Gov. Gary Herbert and other community leaders will kick off the 2012 Clear the Air Challenge on Saturday, July 21 at Hogle Zoo, 2600 Sunnyside Ave. The Challenge will run from August 1-31 and focus on encouraging residents statewide to “Drive Less, Drive Smarter” to help improve air quality.
“The Clear the Air Challenge has become an annual demonstration of the commitment we are making together to change our travel habits to have a positive impact on air quality,” said Mayor Becker. “Since the Challenge began in 2009, we have saved over 3.6 million vehicle miles and engaged nearly 9,000 Utahns. With the fourth annual Challenge this August, we hope to make this our best year yet.”
This year the Clear the Air Challenge is reaching well beyond Salt Lake County, with close partnerships in place to engage leaders and residents in Utah County, Weber County and Southern Utah. Provo Mayor John Curtis, Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, St. George Mayor Daniel McArthur and Washington City Mayor Ken Neilson have all signed on and will be participating this summer.
Gov. Herbert and Mayor Becker will be joined at Hogle Zoo by Rachael Herrscher, co-founder, CEO and publisher of Today’s Mama, and over 75 lifestyle bloggers and their families. The event emphasizes the importance of everyone taking action daily to reduce vehicle trips and displays the commitment of Utah’s families to ensure their community is a healthy and thriving place for future generations.
“Reducing emissions starts with each of us,” said Gov. Herbert. “Individuals coming together to drive smarter and pollute less has a tremendous impact on our environment. This is a great way for Utah residents to take ownership of Utah’s air quality.”
The nationally recognized Clear the Air Challenge was the product of a 2009 Salt Lake Solutions project bringing together then-Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon to spearhead a community-based effort to mobilize businesses,organizations and individuals to take personal action toward improving the air quality in Utah.
More information and Challenge registration are available at www.ClearTheAirChallenge.org.
WHAT: 2012 Clear the Air Challenge Kick-Off
WHO: Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Today’s Mama Chief Executive Officer Rachael Herrscher
WHEN: Saturday, July 21
WHERE: Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Seal Amphitheater, Rocky Shores Exhibit
2600 Sunnyside Ave.
SALT LAKE CITY CORPORATION
451 SOUTH STATE STREET, ROOM 306
P.O. BOX 145474, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH 84114-5474
TEL 801-535-7704 FAX 801-535-6331
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
ROUSH CleanTech Receives First CARB Retrofit Alternative Fuel System Certification for 2010 Model Year Vehicles
LIVONIA, MICH. (July 10, 2012) — ROUSH CleanTech has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) approval of its propane autogas fuel system for retrofitting 2010 model year 5.4-liter Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 cargo vans and wagons.
This is the first CARB certification awarded since 2000 for a liquefied petroleum gas retrofit system, and the first CARB certification for any alternative fuel system for retrofit installation on 2010 model year vehicles.
“We are excited to offer our customers in California another option for adopting clean, economical propane autogas into their fleets — without having to purchase a brand new chassis,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “This certification demonstrates ROUSH CleanTech’s continued investment to help meet the needs of fleet managers.”
With 2010 model year certification in-hand, ROUSH CleanTech is now pursuing similar retrofit certification for 2009, 2011 and 2012 model years of the same Ford E-series vans and wagons, and E-450 cutaway vehicle platforms.
Known as the “clean air agency” of California, CARB works to improve air quality and reduce public exposure to air contaminants. Their B-series Executive Orders certify alternative fuel retrofit systems for sale in California, although several other states follow CARB guidelines. The number of alternative fuel retrofit certifications awarded has been limited due to stricter regulations implemented in 1994.
In addition to this aftermarket certification, ROUSH CleanTech offers a wide range of CARB certified dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for pre-title installation, which includes applications for Ford F-250 / 350 trucks, Ford E-series vans, Blue Bird Propane-Powered Visions and Micro Bird G5 school buses. The vehicles offer equivalent horsepower, torque and towing capabilities as conventionally fueled counterparts, and clean-burning propane autogas costs 30 to 40 percent less than gasoline.
About ROUSH CleanTech: Based in Livonia, Mich., ROUSH CleanTech offers dedicated liquid propane autogas fuel systems for a variety of light- and medium-duty Ford vans and trucks, and for the Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision and Micro Bird G5 school bus. Currently offered through authorized Ford dealerships around the country, the ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system delivers the same factory Ford performance characteristics and serviceability with a 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty. Customers can lower operating costs significantly while reducing vehicle emissions. Complete details on ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas offerings can be found online at ROUSHcleantech.com or by calling 800.59.ROUSH.
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