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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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PRT EV/PHEV Workshop

Published on February 23, 2015 by in Uncategorized

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) will be conducting a series of workshops about alternative fuels. The program was developed by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) under a grant from the United States Department of Energy, Clean Cities Program.  The Petroleum Reduction Technologies Workshops will educate the advantages and benefits of using alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.

OBJECTIVES:

Highlight the role of alternative fuel, advanced technology vehicles, and related such as fuel economy and idle reduction

Provide details on each option’s advantages, benefits, and important points to consider for implementation

Explain each of the Petroleum Reduction Technologies including:

Introductory material

Basic History

Points on why to consider

Infrastructure and distribution, technologies or strategies, and vehicle details or options

Success Stories or a form of Case Studies and vehicles

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

State, County, and Local Government Officials

Fleet Managers

Stakeholders

Private and Public Organizations

The General Public

Concerned Citizens

Automotive Technicians

Anyone wanting to know more about these technologies

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND

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

WHERE:

Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center

1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

WHEN:

April  17, 2015

10:00am to 1:00pm

 

This workshop will discuss the importance of electric, plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. The

advantages and reasons to consider adopting ev/phev/hybrid will be explored, as well

as a discussion of the health, environmental, economic, and energy security

benefits associated with alternative fuel technology.

There will also be a presentation for fleets as there are many options available for fleet managers who wish to convert their fleets to alternative fuel vehicles. There will be a presentation conducted to provide information specific to the use of ev/phev/hybrids as an alternative fuel. This workshop will provide the information necessary for fleet managers

to determine if using vehicles fueled by ev/phev/hybrid is a viable alternative for their fleet.

 

Click here to register for the EV/PHEV Workshop

 
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About PIOGA – PRCC’s Newest Silver Member

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) is the Commonwealth’s oldest and largest oil and gas trade association, with roots going back to 1918. We are a unique organization representing all facets of Pennsylvania’s upstream industry – among PIOGA’s approximately 900 member companies are unconventional natural gas producers, traditional oil and gas producers, and the broad range of businesses and professionals that support the exploration and production industry.

With offices located in Wexford and Harrisburg, PA, our staff brings over 100 years of experience that helps guide our overall mission to promote an environment favorable to the growth of the industry and ensure that Pennsylvania is an attractive place for oil and gas investment.  We are highly active in Harrisburg, and our broad-based membership gives us a unique voice as we work with the General Assembly and regulatory agencies on issues of importance to the industry.  Our committee framework offers members the opportunity to closely monitor legislative, regulatory and market developments, guiding the association’s focus.  Education is a key component for PIOGA’s work.  Not only do we provide a variety of conferences and roundtables throughout each calendar year to keep the industry abreast of key issues, but we also strive to educate the public about energy choices and energy development projects in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has emerged as a leader in natural gas production in the United States much faster than most experts predicted, bringing unprecedented economic, environmental and energy security benefits to the Commonwealth.   Now the nation’s number-two natural gas producer behind only Texas, Pennsylvania has the potential to experience a renaissance in manufacturing thanks to the abundant supplies and affordable prices.  But we as an organization see much more opportunity. PIOGA is the only state oil and gas association in the nation dedicated to developing new markets for clean-burning natural gas – electric generation, transportation fueling and infrastructure, petrochemicals and many more.  Pennsylvania has a bright energy future, and PIOGA is committed to see it become reality.  To learn more, visit www.pioga.org

 
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A Roadblock for the Important Alternative Fuels Industry

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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”

As gasoline prices drop, the US shale oil and gas industry is slowing down due to lack of demand. Companies are cutting back on working rigs, which leads to lost jobs and affects the overall economy. However, the results don’t look to be the same nationwide. Bob Beatty, President, “O”Ring CNG Fuel Systems explained, “Looking at the bigger picture, an area like the Marcellus Shale play will fare better than the Bakken Shale play due to the product. The Marcellus Shale is comprised of gas, whereas the Bakken Shale is composed of oil. It is easier to move a gas molecule than an oil molecule. For every dollar spent on hydraulic fracturing, there are infinitely more Btu’s recovered from a gas well than an oil well. Plus, depletion of an average oil well is about four to five years—rapidly diminishing production each year. In comparison, gas well production depletes at a much slower rate, which yields a return of almost double by comparison.”

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.

Ironically, the US is playing “catch up” to the rest of the world in terms of CNG infrastructure. In fact, the US is far behind other countries that began utilizing CNG for transportation decades ago.  Third world countries, such as Pakistan and India, have 2.8 and 1.5 million natural gas vehicles, respectively, in use. Beatty explained, “CNG is the fuel of choice for these oil-poor countries, mainly because they don’t have the luxury of paying for ‘expensive’ gasoline.”

Beatty also noted the number of CNG vehicles in this country is growing daily, but pointed out, “The rest of the world uses CNG. Iran, which is the size of New Jersey, has 3.5 million CNG vehicles. The U.S. has in excess of 300,000 CNG vehicles. Natural gas is our opportunity. It offers energy independence and it is green.”

As for propane, many of the vehicles going that route aren’t personal vehicles, but rather fleet vehicles, such as school buses, shuttles, and police vehicles. ProGas, Inc. is a propane distributor in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, that services residential and commercial accounts along with propane motor fuel, known as AutoGas.

Ronald Schramm, President, ProGas, shares his thoughts, “The fabric of this country is being tested again by the Middle East. They play on our short term mentality. We’ve become a people that want instant gratification. Now we have lower gasoline and diesel prices, so let’s go out and buy the big SUV’s, RV’s, and so on. Are our memories that short? We forgot the oil embargo, long lines at the pumps, price increases that created economic problems for this country, and the many lives lost by American soldiers to keep oil flowing. We need to wake up and get off the merry-go-round.”

“We as a people and a country have to think beyond today. We have to act and think like our industrial leaders before us. You don’t build a business or nation on short term goals. They must be long term goals. We cannot allow falling oil prices to stop the progress we’ve made in the alternative fuels market. To secure our energy independence, we need to keep moving forward and continue drilling and developing more natural gas and natural gas liquid products (propane). We need to develop the infrastructure and make it available to the consumers and fleet operators,” continued Schramm.

Schramm then added, “CNG and propane AutoGas are leading the growth in the alternative fuels market. Even with falling gasoline and diesel prices, propane AutoGas continues to offer cost advantages over conventional fuels. Price is a key factor, but not the only factor. Fleet managers look at overall performance, efficiency, and productivity. Propane provides all of that and more. With the Marcellus Shale and all the shale plays throughout our country we need to stay the course.”

Energy from U.S. 1 L.P. is a CNG and propane refueling station currently being built in Bentleyville, PA, which will be one of a handful across southwestern Pennsylvania. Currently the Alternative Fuels Data Center places about 800 CNG refueling stations across this country. Tejas Gosai, CEO, Energy from U.S. 1, explained, “This country needs to strategize. The momentum is going now for CNG vehicles and stations in this country. We’re going to have to make this switch one day. Now is the right time. We can’t let this temporary drop in gasoline prices pause or cease our momentum.”

This is why events such as the upcoming Tri-State Alternative Fueling Expo & Conference are important to the shale oil and gas industry, the transportation industry, and America in general. The event is scheduled for February 24-26, 2015 and will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA.

Themed “Success Stories,” the event in its second year ties together two vital industries: the shale oil and gas industry with the growing alternative fuels trade and showcases exhibitors from not only the CNG and propane realms of the industry, but includes all types of alternative fuels and energy companies. The event showcases alternative fuel trucks, new technology, various equipment, a transportable CNG fueling station, and propane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dispensing stations.

The conference will include keynote speakers Toby Fauver, Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive. Additional sessions will include presentations from representatives from Giant Eagle, Waste Management, “O”Ring CNG Fueling Systems, and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, among others.

At last year’s event, Rick Price, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, remarked, “There are a lot of misnomers about alternative fuel and technology. I like to give the facts and background. The event in itself brought so many different varieties of vendors to one area for the purpose of alternative fuels.” Dan Weaver, Director of Public Outreach, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), added, “It is important to see what is going on in the industry, especially on the end user side. There needs to be places or outlets for the product to go. It is fantastic to see new markets opening up at events like this.”

Only time will tell what exact effects this temporary drop in gasoline prices will have on America’s shale oil and gas industry, transportation industry, and the country in general. For more on the second annual Tri-State Alternative Fueling Expo & Conference, visit http://alternativefuelingexpo.com/.

Shale Media Group (SMG) is the news, information, and education resource dedicated to the shale oil and gas industries by messaging across video, Internet, publications, events, and radio. For more, check out ShaleMediaGroup.com to access all platforms, including SMG’s latest news delivery system–Shale Energy Business Briefing (SEBB), an ad-free subscription based service, where subscribers receive a real-time, daily email, featuring concise, hard hitting shale news 7 days/week, 365 days/year. To sign up, go to sebb.us. In addition, join us on February 26th for our next Elite Energy Event in at the Holiday Inn in Monroeville, PA from 5-8pm. Kristie Kubovic is the Director of Communications at Shale Media Group. Contact her at Kristie@ShaleMediaGroup.com.

 
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CP Industries Kicks Off 2015 with a Couple of New Faces

CP Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Everest Kanto Cylinder Ltd., is pleased to announce the recent hire of Nicole Rebyanski as their Senior Product Manager for Alternative Fuels.  She will provide customer, product and sales support for Ground Storage, Transportation and On-Board Vehicle applications.  Additionally, Nicole will be responsible for leading the marketing efforts for the company.  She joins CPI with a combined 14 years of manufacturing and distribution experience.  Nicole’s extensive marketing and product sales background includes Building Materials, Professional Motorsports and Industrial MRO.

CPI is also pleased to announce Concept Derek RM Inc. as their exclusive Manufacturer Sales Representative in Canada for Alternative Fuels including tube trailer applications for transportation market sectors and ground storage for refueling stations.  Derek Russell-Murray is the Owner and President of Concept Derek RM Inc.  He is a Manufacturer Sales Representative professional with over 30 years of experience.  His sales and marketing expertise largely consists of industrial equipment for the NGV and CNG markets.

For information about CNG product offerings or to receive a price quotation, you can contact Nicole Rebyanski at (412) 664-6637.  For information about Canadian approved product offerings or to receive a price quotation, please contact Derek Russell-Murray at (514) 237-9164 or via email at derekrm@sympatico.ca.  You can also visit the company website at www.cp-industries.com.

 
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Heartland Energy Award

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has started a foundation called the Heartland Energy Award. The first donation to the foundation is a check donated by Peoples Gas.  Two members from the PRCC Board of Directors Executive Director Rick Price and Bob Beatty (ORing CNG Fueling Systems) will be on the foundations’ board along with Dr Lutitia Clipper of Peoples Gas and two educational organization one each from California University of Pennsylvania and the Community College of Allegheny County.

The purpose of Heartland Energy Award is to encourage and motivate those who are endeavoring to develop and improve strategies that reduce their emissions and carbon footprint of their fleet’s fuel and /or introduction in their business practices of new technology that utilizes more clean , safe, abundant natural gas.  Foundational to the award is the intent that the outcome of the implementation of the innovative energy initiative will result in reduction of our dependence on foreign oil.

The award will be available to PRCC Members in good standing and applicants will submit proposals that will be reviewed by the Committee. Watch the PRCC webpage for more information on this foundations award program www.pgh-cleancities.org

 
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Obama Signs Alt Fuels Tax

President Obama has signed legislation extending the per-gallon alternative fuel and alt fuel infrastructure credits that expired at the end of 2013 through the end of this year. The new law allows firms that sold fuel for natural gas vehicles, or biodiesel, or propane autogas for transportation, or that invested in infrastructure for AFVs, to file for significant tax credits for 2014.

Clean Energy Fuels is among the companies that will file happier tax returns for 2014

Because the bill averts a tax bump for companies who took advantage of the credits in 2013, it is known as the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

The bill extends the 50¢-per-gallon gasoline gallon equivalent for natural gas and the $1.00 per gallon blender’s tax credit for biodiesel. It also extends the 30%/$30,000 investment tax credit for alternative vehicle fueling installations and the $1,000 tax credit for home fueling appliances.

The alt fuel credit alone is worth some $397 million.  To read more  http://www.fleetsandfuels.com/fuels/cng/2014/12/obama-signs-alt-fuels-tax-bill

 
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PGT Trucking Unveils Five New CNG Trucks

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

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

Photos By: Shale Media Group

On January 6th, one of the largest flatbed carriers in the country, PGT Trucking Inc., unveiled five new compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, which are the first for the trucking company. 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.

Additionally, 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. 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, such as the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. This domestic abundance has also helped CNG gather more attention and popularity in recent years.

Headquartered in Monaca, PA, PGT Trucking is a multi-service transportation firm offering flatbed, dedicated, international, and specialized services. PGT operates in excess of 1,000 power units and over 1,500 trailers. The company primarily runs routes from New York to Texas and operates around 30 terminal hubs.

The five new CNG trucks will be stationed and utilized at PGT’s Baltimore terminal where they will run local routes, which means traveling within 100 air miles of the hub and returning to base each night. PGT will be utilizing Clean Energy and Waste Management CNG refueling stations in the Baltimore area. “We started pursuing this a year ago and put it into play six months ago,” explained Micah Yarger, Marketing Coordinator, PGT Trucking Inc.

“We looked at converting to CNG three years ago; however, the time wasn’t right then. Now—the time is right. It is right for our company, the economy, and the country. This equipment will have top priority, and we have the best guys for the job,” expressed Gregg Troian, President, PGT Trucking Inc., who then presented the trucks to the drivers. PGT Trucking’s first CNG drivers include: Tremaine Abner, Anthony Cain, Terence Dixon, Scott Gordon, and Anthony Henderson.

Though the CNG trucks are very similar to diesel trucks in terms of operation and driving, each driver underwent training to operate and fuel the truck safely and was provided with safety materials and guides. All drivers expressed excitement for driving the new CNG trucks and being one of the first five CNG drivers in the company. Dixon said he will now haul wallboard instead of pipe with the new CNG truck, while Gordon mentioned the CNG truck allows him the opportunity to be home every night, which he is looking forward to.

Noting PGT’s valuable commitment to CNG, Pat Gallagher, CEO, PGT Trucking Inc., credited FYDA Energy Solutions for their help with the experience. Offering complete sales, parts, and service for alternative fuel vehicles, FYDA Energy Solutions walked PGT through the process. “FYDA designed and installed the CNG fuel storage system,” relayed Bob Bodkin, Director of Operations, FYDA Energy Solutions. PGT hauls a variety of products with a wide range of weight, but averages about 40,000 to 52,000 pounds per load. “PGT needed a larger liter class engine (400 horsepower, 12 liter) for what they’re using, which wasn’t available until more recently,” added Bobkin, who also added that CNG trucks do cost more upfront, but tend to offer a better return on investment due to lower on average fuel prices and lower maintenance costs.

Tim Fyda, President, FYDA Freightliner, expressed, “Companies, like PGT Trucking, making the conversion to CNG give the United States a national security advantage. This is an important initiative for us at FYDA.”

Yarger explained, “The switch to CNG provides a huge potential for a cleaner environment and lower transportation costs. This purchase and investment of CNG dedicated engines is a tangible representation of PGT’s commitment to safety, environmental protection, innovation, and efficiency. With the nature of our business, we have hopes to invest into more units as fueling stations continue to be built and the success of this fleet proves itself.  We run local routes in several cities across the country that could eventually become CNG fleets. We are very excited about this opportunity, and eager to see the results of this initial investment.”

For more information on PGT Trucking, visit www.pgttrucking.com. For additional information on FYDA Energy Solutions, go to www.fydaenergysolutions.net.

Shale Media Group (SMG) is the news, information, and education resource dedicated to the shale oil and gas industries by messaging across video, Internet, publications, events, and radio. For more, check out ShaleMediaGroup.com to access all platforms, including SMG’s latest news delivery system–Shale Energy Business Briefing (SEBB), an ad-free subscription based service, where subscribers receive a real-time, daily email, featuring concise, hard hitting shale news 7 days/week, 365 days/year. To sign up, go to sebb.us. Kristie Kubovic is the Director of Communications at Shale Media Group. Contact her at Kristie@ShaleMediaGroup.com.

 
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PRCC and UPS Partner on an ACT 13 Grant

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and the United Parcel Service have partnered on a proposal for 20 Class 8 natural gas tractors to be used at the UPS New Stanton, PA location.  PRCC submitted the grant proposal to help bring UPS’s use of natural gas to western Pennsylvania. On January 14, 2015 PA Governor Corbett announced 18 grants $7.3 million in Act 13 funding to 18 companies, organizations and partnerships making the switch to natural gas for their heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

The Project Awarded $500,000.00 – The Western Pennsylvania CNG Conversion Initiative Program was to help fleet convert to compressed natural gas (CNG) in western Pennsylvania. This project is to utilize 20 new alternative fueled Class 8 Mack Tractors that run on CNG and build a new private CNG Refueling station in the New Stanton, PA area. UPS’s New Stanton depot and is located in close proximity of the Interstates 70 and 76.  The goals and the objectives of the project are to provide air quality benefits to western Pennsylvania and fuel cost savings to the company who utilize these vehicles to replace diesel.

 
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