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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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Clean Fuel Ohio and Optimus Technologies are Hosting a Free Webinar

Published on August 3, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Clean Fuels Ohio has teamed up with Optimus Technologies to host a free webinar on biofuel conversion systems. Optimus Technologies is a biofuel conversion company based in Pittsburgh and has arranged for the City of Pittsburgh to speak at the webinar and share their experience using Optimus’ technologies. We encourage anyone interested to attend. The webinar will be held tomorrow so register now!

More information and a registration link can be found here. 

 
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Petroleum Reduction Workshop for Bio-Fuels

Published on August 3, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has scheduled a Petroleum Reduction Technology Bio-Fuels PRT Workshop for August 21, 2015. The workshop will be held at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center – 1000 Mckee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. The workshops will be from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Each participant will be given fact sheets about the specific technologies of the workshop and 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 Bio-Fuels PRT Workshop click here.

 
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PRCC to Hold Idle Reduction Workshop

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WHERE: Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center 1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071

WHEN:July 9, 2015 9:30am to 11:30am

This workshop will discuss the importance of idle reduction technologies and policies. The advantages and reasons to consider adopting idle reduction policies will be explored, as well as a discussion of the health, environmental, economic, and energy security benefits associated with idle reduction technology. There will also be a presentation for fleets as there are many options available for fleet managers who wish to convert their fleets with these technologies. There will be a presentation conducted to provide information specific to idle reduction. This workshop will provide the information necessary for fleet managers to determine if using these technologies and policies are viable for their fleet.

To register for the Idle Reduction Workshop. go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hh7n7p2vCJbOKw8m9f3BA3vEO-xlWZXZHsOanVZNWGQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

 
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Sunoco: Offering Alternatives at Pittsburgh International Airport

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

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

Photos By: Shale Media Group

Sunoco celebrated the Grand Reopening of their refueling station and APlus store at the Pittsburgh International Airport on Monday, June 8. During the remodel,

Sunoco added three alternative fueling options: compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, and electric/hybrid charging.

It is the first station in Pennsylvania to offer all three options and only the ninth CNG refueling station across southwestern Pennsylvania. “Sunoco has always been about giving customers choices. Whatever they need for fueling, whether it be alternative fuel or traditional, we’re going to give it to them,” stated Jeff Shields, Communications Manager, Sunoco, Inc.

CNG and propane autogas are domestically abundant, clean, safe, quiet, powerful, efficient, and economical for the United States.

In addition, they are affordable, costing less than their gasoline and diesel counterparts, and offer price stability, consistently remaining under $2.30/GGE (gas gallon equivalent), while their counterparts, gasoline and diesel, often vary dramatically and are very dependent upon international affairs, particularly in the Middle East. The price of both CNG and propane look 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.

Perhaps more importantly, both offer America energy security and less of a dependence on foreign oil.

During the brief ceremony, Shields along with Dennis Pivik, Vice President—Engineering, Allegheny County Airport Authority; Rick Price, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC); Ron Schramm, President, ProGas, Inc.; and Tommy Johnson, VP for Government Relations, CONSOL Energy, talked about the achievement.

First up, Shields thanked those involved in the project and expressed, “This is an exciting day for us. We have a lot to celebrate.

We now have alternatives for our customers in addition to gasoline and diesel.” In Pennsylvania, this station is Sunoco’s first to provide propane and second to offer CNG. Shields added, “We opened our first CNG station in the Commonwealth on the turnpike at  “Pittsburgh is unique because of the resources of the Marcellus Shale play. Western Pennsylvania is fertile ground in terms of CNG and propane. the New Stanton Turnpike Plaza in November.”

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Tesla owners/travelers have a charging option at the Westin Convention Hotel Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Westin Convention Hotel in Pittsburgh is now equipped with a charging station for Tesla vehicles.

 
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Western Pennsylvania American Public Works Association Holds Equipment Event

On June 4, 2015 the Western Pennsylvania Chapter held its annual Equipment Show event at Franklin Park. Over 37 municipalities attended to see all the new and different equipment available from a number of vendors. The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and its stakeholders brought alternative fuels vehicles and equipment for display. PRCC had a CNG Honda Civic at the event for display and Ride-n-Drives. Ron Schramm from ProGas had his propane bi-fuel van and Exmark had their propane lawnmower on display.

 
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CP Industries Announces Organizational Changes

CP Industries, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of seamless high-pressure vessels for Industrial Gas, Offshore, Defense Alternative-fuel storage applications, is pleased to announce several organizational changes.  Brian Kochanski, Quality Assurance Manager, has been promoted to Director of Continuous Improvement & IT Systems.  He will be leading the rollout of the company’s new MRP system and implementation.  Additionally, Mr. Kochanski will be responsible for LEAN Manufacturing and Quality Assurance.

William Yurek was recently hired as the company’s new controller.  In his new role, he will also provide MRP system support.   He joins CP Industries with nearly 20 years of combined experience as an accountant and controller.  Mr. Yurek served in the United States Marine Corps and earned his B.S. Business/Accounting from Duquesne University.

CP Industries has also appointed Kevin Collins VP of Sales & Marketing.  Collins, formerly VP of Business Development, will be responsible for driving new products to market in Industrial Gas, Alternative Fuels and Offshore sectors.

Michael Larsen, President of CPI, commented, “These organizational changes combined with our LEAN effort and new product developments over the last four years will ensure that we maintain our leadership position in our end markets and with the customers that we serve .“

 
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Grand Rapids: Rapidly Moving Toward Alt Fuels

Public transportation agencies have long embraced environmentally efficient vehicles in their fleets. According to the America Public Transportation Association, more than 35 percent of U.S. public transit buses use alternative fuels or hybrid technology. A recent example is Grand Rapid, Michigan’s The Rapid. The transit agency recently introduced four new vehicles fueled by propane autogas to its GO!Bus service. GO!Bus is available for seniors and residents with disabilities who cannot ride fixed route buses. The propane autogas buses are “another step” in the agency’s sustainability program, said Peter Varga, CEO of The Rapid. “Propane is produced here in the United States, supporting American jobs and reducing dependency on foreign oil.” The new Ford F-450 cutaways are expected to reduce emissions, save on fuel costs, and provide a quieter ride for customers. By choosing the alternative fuel, The Rapid is “providing clean transportation to its customers and saving taxpayer dollars,” said Todd Mouw with ROUSH CleanTech, the manufacturer of the autogas fuel systems for the vehicles.

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