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Welcome from Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities!

Published on January 28, 2009 by in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome! Here’s some information on what Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) is and what we’re working to accomplish.

PRCC is a nonprofit membership organization designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.
  2. Serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development and grant writing and management of federal and state-funded projects.
  3. Serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program initiatives, including project funding.
 
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Obama Orders Federal Agencies to Cut Fleet Emissions

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order requiring the federal government to reduce its direct greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% over the next decade. Although the comprehensive order calls for federal agencies to use more renewable energy, become more energy efficient, and reduce water intensity, it also mandates that their fleets cut per-mile GHG emissions by 30% by fiscal year (FY) 2025 and incorporate more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). To see full article go to http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10582#utm_medium=email&utm_source=LNH+03-24-2015&utm_campaign=NGT+Latest+News+Headlines

 
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Port Authority of Allegheny County Focuses on CNG Bus Fleet for Rapid Transit Line

Buses that will run along (Pennsylvania) Port Authority of Allegheny County’s proposed bus rapid-transit line from Downtown to Oakland will be fueled by natural gas, the agency’s board chairman said.

Chairman Bob Hurley announced at a Port Authority meeting that he established a committee that will study locations for a new Port Authority garage that could serve compressed natural gas buses, a project that could cost $70 million to $80 million. The committee will consist of fellow board members Rob Kania and Tom Donatelli as well as industry professionals.

“The goal of the committee is to assist the staff in the design and location for a new garage with the idea of primarily serving CNG buses,” Hurley said. “When we build the BRT line, the vehicles on that line will be CNG buses.”

Hurley and Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean said natural gas buses or garages are at least three to four years away. “We think in the long term there will be a cost-savings and environmental value,” Hurley said. “We’re sitting in a market where natural gas is being produced and we ought to be supporting that economic driver.”

Current Port Authority buses run on diesel along with 32 electric-hybrids. 

 
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PRCC to Hold Petroleum Reduction Workshops for EV/PHEV and Bio-Fuels

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The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has scheduled two Petroleum Reduction Technology Workshops for EV/PHEV(April 17, 2015) and a Bio-Fuels PRT Workshop(August 21, 2015). Both workshops will be helsat the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center,1000 MckeeRoad, Oakdale, PA 15071. The workshops will be from 10:00am to1:00pm.

 

Each participant will be given facts sheets about the specific technologies of each workshop

A chance to interact with people who already are using a specific fuel and or technology and see some of the alternative fueled vehicles

To register for the EV/PHEV PRT Workshop go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pGyk7uxYeZRgeXPht5mWi7SSCriDMQZ0_y2li5ES9Zc/viewform?c=0&w=1

 
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Upper St Clair Gets New Hybrid

Upper St Clair Township has been exploring the potential use of alternative fuels and technologies for a number of years. The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has arranged for the township to test drive different types of alternative fueled vehicles. In fact the township was involved in a PRCC grant from the Heinz Foundation (“A Vehicle for Change”) exploring the possible use of compressed natural gas in township vehicles.

They had decided the first alternative fuel vehicle would be a conventional hybrid vehicle according to Ron Sarrick , Building, Grounds, and Sustainability Administrator.

 
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PRCC Holds Stakeholder Meeting

The Pittsburgh Region Clean cities held its’ semi-annual Stakeholder Meeting on March 18, 2015 at the Community College of Allegheny County –West Hills Center. The meeting drew about 30 stakeholders who heard about many of the things that PRCC is doing, like hold alternative fuels training classes, grants they have won, petroleum reductions and increased use of alternative fuels, and upcoming events and workshops.  Each stakeholder had an opportunity to tell all attendees what their company’s interests were and what they would like to see more of from PRCC. Many great ideas were expressed and PRCC plans to try an incorporate them into their annual plan.

 
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PRCC Executive Director is Recognized by DOE

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Executive Director Rick Price received Special Recon ignition for his delivery of the Petroleum Reduction Technology training workshops at the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Conference & Expo in February 2014. The award was announced at the 2014 DOE Annual Coordinators Meeting at Director Rick Price received Special Recon ignition for his delivery of the Petroleum Reduction Technology training workshops at the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Conference & Expo in February 2014. The award was announced at the 2014 DOE Annual Coordinators Meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado by Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Darren Stevenson.

 
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It’s All About the Price Delta

By Todd Mouw – Roush Cleantech

Have you been considering alternative fuel vehicles for your fleet, but are now thinking twice with gasoline prices under $3.00 per gallon? Don’t let the sudden drop in prices fool you – there is still a large advantage to switching to domestic fuels like propane autogas. (Note: Autogas is the internationally recognized term for propane when used in on-road engines.)

It’s all about the price delta. Our recent research shows that with an average $1.80 fuel cost difference between propane and diesel, customers operating vehicles over a 12-year lifespan will see a payback in three years or less. Take a look at what some of our customers are saving with propane autogas.

Bend-La Pine Schools in Oregon has experienced a 57 percent reduction in fuel costs with their fleet of autogas powered school buses. They currently pay $1.31 per gallon for autogas versus $3.11 for diesel. The City of Santa Ana, California, reports an average of $1.50 per gallon for autogas throughout their local area. Chicago’s GO Airport Express is saving almost 50 percent on fuel costs since switching to autogas. And, the list goes on — all around the nation.

Although gasoline and diesel prices have fallen recently, propane prices will continue to cost less than conventional fuels because of the large scale production occurring across the nation. In fact, the Energy Information Administration predicts propane prices will be 24 percent lower than last year.

Add the bottom line savings to the emissions reduction and domestic fuel source benefits of autogas, and you can see why hundreds of private and public organizations have made the switch. Interested to learn how much you could be saving? Use our Savings Calculator or the new Propane Education & Research Council’s calculator to compute your potential savings.

 
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A Roadblock for the Important Alternative Fuels Industry

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

Images Provided By: Shale Media Group

With plummeting prices at the pump, many consumers are rejoicing, while those in the shale oil and gas industry are concerned. OPEC’s (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) refusal to cut its output and change its production strategy, has led to a freefall in gasoline and diesel prices and the lowest prices in years. Consumers may be saving money when it comes to filling up their tank, but odds are they’re losing money in their 401Ks and worse yet, may be getting laid off or losing their jobs all together.

Looking at the headlines in the past few weeks of Shale Energy Business Briefing alone, headlines, such as “Crude Oil Falls Below $45/Bbl as OPEC Continues Playing Hardball” have led to other headlines, such as:

  • “$2 Trillion in Oil Projects at Risk Due to Plunging Prices”
  • “Baker Hughes Cutting Thousands of Jobs in Response to Slumping Crude Prices”
  • “Exploration and Production Spending in North America Could Fall 30% or More in 2015”
  • “Working Rig Count Suffers Biggest Drop in Nearly Quarter Century”

With the domestic abundance and growth of the shale oil and gas industry in the United States, the alternative fuels industry (compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane in particular) started to pick up speed in terms of garnering more attention and popularity. CNG is cleaner than petroleum-based fuel and helps reduce emissions from greenhouse gases. Plus, CNG is safe, quiet, powerful, efficient, and offers America energy security, since its source comes from areas like the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays, a region right under the feet of millions of Americans.

These are some of the reasons that we’ve seen locally-based, national companies move towards CNG. For example, Beemac Trucking, a flat-bed trucking company headquartered in Ambridge, PA, with offices nationwide, purchased 20 Volvo tractors that are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) CNG and built a public CNG station in Ambridge to fuel those trucks. Additionally, one of the largest flatbed carriers in the country, PGT Trucking Inc., unveiled five new CNG trucks at their Monaca, PA headquarters in January.

In addition, CNG is affordable and provides price stability, consistently sitting around $2.00/GGE (gas gallon equivalent), while its counterparts, gasoline and diesel, often vary dramatically and are very dependent upon international affairs, particularly in the Middle East. It’s likely a safe bet that the price of gasoline and diesel won’t remain this low forever, while the price of CNG looks to remain stable due to this nation’s abundant shale oil and gas reserves found throughout the country’s various shale formations

However, the CNG and propane industries are beginning to hit a roadblock due to the decrease in gasoline prices. “When the price of gasoline does go back up, the US won’t be able to react as quickly, [since many of this country’s shale oil and gas producers are cutting back due to the lower gas prices]. This opportunity [our current situation] reinforces how unstable the world is. OPEC came out and admitted to playing with the market. While this is a well-calculated move on their part, it is economic war, and we’re losing.

If we don’t respond properly, we could be doomed to repeat history once again,” expressed Beatty.

To read the full article: http://shalemediagroup.com/2015/02/02/a-roadblock-for-the-important-alternative-fuels-industry/ 

 
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