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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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LNG Marine Forum

Published on September 30, 2014 by in Uncategorized

On behalf of the Clean Fuels Clean Rivers team, we would like to invite you to attend the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Forum on Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), West Hills Campus just outside of Pittsburgh.

There will also be a Pre-Forum Networking Cruise in the evening on Thursday, October 23, 2014 on RiverQuest. The RiverQuest vessel will be departing from the Carnegie Science Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Space will be limited.
The LNG Marine Forum provides an opportunity to learn more about the movement toward conversion of tow boats, ferries, and other similar vessels to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) that has begun and is under particular consideration for those vessels operating in environmentally sensitive areas. Natural gas offers marine vessels a cleaner burning alternative with significant reductions in particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions.
Clean Fuels/Clean Rivers is an initiative to build a natural gas marine corridor that extends from the Morgantown area in West Virginia through Pennsylvania, and down the Ohio River to Huntington, WV. The ultimate goal of this effort will be to expand the potential of natural gas as a replacement for diesel fuel to the often overlooked inland waterway system, which encompasses about 12,000 miles of navigable waters.
Panels will include representatives from:
· Regulators
· Manufacturers
· Fuel Providers/Developers
· Fleet Operators
Keynote address by B. Perry Babb, President, Fleet Energy America, on the Buquebus/Galileo Ferry Project. The presentation will provide insight into ship design, small scale LNG production, and delivery/fueling from this marine LNG success story.
In order to register for the LNG Marine Forum please visit the Clean Fuels Clean Rivers website at Firms are encouraged to exhibit their products and services. If you are interested in being an exhibitors please visit the Clean Fuels Clean Rivers website to reserve a space. Spaces are limited.
We believe this forum will offer a highly rewarding educational and networking experience for all. We look forward to seeing you at the LNG Marine Forum in Pittsburgh this October.
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Second Annual W.I.N.G. Awards

On Thursday, October 16th, Shale Media Group (SMG) will once again honor a distinguished group of women in the energy industry through the second annual Women in Natural Gas (W.I.N.G.) Awards. The ceremony will be held at the Holiday Inn in Monroeville, PA from 5-8 pm in conjecture with SMG’s Elite Energy Event (E3), an event that focuses on fun energy education and features great food and networking.

“The idea for the W.I.N.G. Awards originally came to fruition when one of our Editors, Chris Stroyne, beat cancer. In support, we decided to celebrate Women in Energy last year during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The W.I.N.G. Awards were established at our October E3 and are now an annual event,” explained Tejas Gosai, CEO, Shale Media Group.

The W.I.N.G. Awards are based on criteria that includes being a woman who: is employed in the shale oil and gas industry; contributes to community outreach efforts; acts as a role model and provides leadership qualities for future women in energy; and displays integrity, commitment and high standards in her daily work.

Last year’s distinguished honorees included:

 Mary Anna Babich, Director of Environmental, Dawood Engineering

 Sarah Barczyk, Manager Community Relations and Stakeholder Outreach, NiSource Midstream Services

 Dr. Lutitia Clipper, Manager Natural Gas Vehi- cles Business Development, Peoples Gas

 Cara C. Davis, Principal/Attorney, The Law Offices of Cara C. Davis

 Allison Fountain, Northeast Regional Manager, Swift

 Annette Moran, Landman Tech, Range Resources

 Stephanie Paluda, Public Outreach & Business Development Coordinator, PIOGA (now with EQT)

 Anna Schlata, Department Administrator III Northeast US Land, Baker Hughes

 Chris Stroyne, Editor, Shale Media Group

 Brittany Thomas, Coordinator, External Affairs, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

During last year’s acceptance speeches, Clipper expressed, “I’m privileged and honored to stand before you. I worked in the industry for 30+ years. It is wonderful to see the evolution of oil and natural gas from legislation to the development of natural gas refueling stations and to realize our legacy and recognize what it means. With natural gas for transportation we could take care of ourselves and the planet. We could make a difference for our fami- lies and community with a clean environment and stimulate the economy at the same time. Everybody’s life is affected today and in the future by what we are talking about here.” Schlata added, “It is important for the shale oil and gas industry to help and give back to the community.” In addition, Davis discussed the importance of learning the industry and staying on top of it, building relationships in it and ethical obligations around it.

“SMG was very proud and honored to recognize the achievements of a group of extraordinary women in the industry through the W.I.N.G. Awards last year. Our goal was to commend leaders and role-models in the shale oil and gas industry that contribute to community outreach and personify integrity and high standards. Those ten wonderful women exemplified

the qualities of the W.I.N.G. Awards. We’re looking forward to continuing this tradition and honoring another group of spectacular women this year,” expressed Gosai.

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Groundbreaking for Energy from US 1

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The groundbreaking for Energy from U.S. 1 was held the evening of Thursday, September 18, 2014, in front of the Holiday Inn Express in Bentleyville, PA. Energy from U.S. 1 is a new compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane refueling station.

CNG is domestically abundant, clean, safe, quiet, powerful, efficient and economical for the United States. In addition, it costs significantly less than its gasoline and diesel counterparts, running around $2.00/GGE (gas gallon equivalent). Perhaps more importantly, CNG offers America energy security and offers less of a dependence on foreign oil.

The station will have a prime location right off of I-70 along Route 917 in Bentleyville and halfway between Washington, PA and New Stanton, PA. This will be one of only a handful of CNG refueling stations across southwestern Pennsylvania and will be the first of its kind offering both CNG and pro- pane refueling options.

The project is a partnership, between doctors, Shashi Kumar, Anant Gandhi, Kamlesh Gosai and businessmen Nainesh Desai, Dilip Desai and “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems, L.P., a full-service global CNG fuel solutions company based in Western Pennsylvania, which is also the contractor for the project.

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National Drive Electric Week

On September 15, 2014, a group of electric car enthusiasts met with Grant Ervine, Sustainability Manager, City of Pittsburgh, to kick off the National Drive Electric Week at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Electric Car Garage. Grant presented a proclamation to Michael Kirven, the organizer of National Electric Drive Week – Pittsburgh, declaring the week of September 15-21, 2014, National Drive Electric Week – Pittsburgh. The Proclamation was signed by City of Pittsburgh’s Mayor Bill Peduto.

Mr. Ervin was able to see the nine charging stations that are installed at the Electric Car Garage (all in use) as well as hear about the different levels of chargers and see a wide variety of electric and plug-in electric vehicles. Grant even got to drive the Chevy Volt!

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Propane 101

Propane is used by millions of Americans each and every day. Traditionally, propane is often thought of for heating and cooking with household items including furnaces, water heaters, air conditioners, dryers, ranges and outdoor grills. However, in recent years non-traditional uses such as powering fleet vehicles have become more popular.

“Propane has been used as a motor fuel for more than 60 plus years, mainly for industrial and commercial forklifts. During the first energy crisis in the 1970s, alternate fueled vehicles started to appear. Propane was used to power cars and trucks as an alternate fuel because it was plentiful and cheaper than gasoline or diesel, but that didn’t last long as crude oil production increased and crude prices dropped. Everyone forgot about using alternate fuels,” explained Ronald Schramm, President, ProGas, Inc. “Today there is more awareness. Alternative fuels are being accepted more in light of the volatility in the Middle East and the effect crude oil prices have on gasoline and diesel prices.”

Propane is significantly cheaper than gasoline or diesel (costing about 40-50% less than the cost of diesel fuel). In southwestern Pennsylvania, the price of gas- oline is averaging $3.75/gallon, while diesel has an even higher average of $4.20/gallon. However, propane fairs much better at around $2.25/GGE. In addition, gasoline and diesel sometimes seem to vary daily and are very dependent upon international affairs, particularly in the Middle East. “Propane prices should remain stable because of the abundance of product being found in the various shale formations throughout the country,” relayed Schramm.

Even though propane has been safety utilized for years, some still question its use. In order to put those questions to rest, we’re looking at a little Propane 101. First off, propane, also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas, is a by-product of both natural gas processing and petroleum refining. Propane is an alkane and hydrocarbon with a chemical formula of C3H8 (three carbon and eight hydrogen atoms).

With three carbon molecules and fewer emissions, propane is a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline or diesel. Schramm informed, “Propane autogas is an economical approach to substantially lower harmful emissions. Propane autogas-powered vehicles emit 25 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than vehicles running on gasoline, and 80 percent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons emissions than vehicles running on diesel.”

Joshua Wasielczyk, Account Representative and Alternative Fuels Specialist, Blue Bird Bus Sales of Pittsburgh, pointed out, “Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels. Tests con- ducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that propane-fueled vehicles produce 30 percent to 90 percent less carbon monoxide and about 50 percent fewer toxins and other smog- producing emissions than gasoline engines.”

In terms of a spill hazard, propane will dissipate into the air in an open environment. Propane is considered non-toxic and poses no threat to soil, surface water or groundwater. In its natural state, propane is also virtually odorless and colorless.

Due to this, an identifying scent is added so that propane can be detected if it leaks. The auto ignition temperature is beneficially high for propane in comparison to other common fuels. For example, propane’s auto ignition temperature is 890°. On the flip side, gasoline’s is 475°, while diesel’s is on- ly 420°. In addition, according to the Propane Educa- tion and Research Council (PERC), “Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products. In order to ignite, the propane-air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor. If the mixture contains less than 2.2 percent gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6 percent, it is too rich to burn.”

“General awareness is key. We’re at a point where the general public may benefit from more education in regards to propane autogas safety to relieve any pre- conceived fears that they may have. As an example, some have mentioned to me that propane autogas is like driving around with a potential bomb in my vehi- cle. That perception could not be farther from the truth. In fact, propane autogas gas tanks go through rigorous testing, have thicker tank walls and are equipped with safety features to ensure proper filling and transportation use,” relayed John Iannarelli, President/CEO/CFO, Green Eye AutoGas Solutions.

The propane industry has developed numerous methods to ensure the safe transport and use of propane, including incredibly durable and thick fuel tanks that hold the propane autogas. In fact propane autogas has been used in the school transportation industry since 1992. Blue Bird is a prime example of the safe utilization of propane autogas in this industry.

Wasielczyk explained, “Strategically located between Blue Bird’s robust steel frame rails, propane autogas fuel tanks are 20 times more puncture-resistant than typical diesel or gasoline tanks. They are made from carbon steel, include vapor-tight enclosures around all lines and fittings, and are manufactured with an Overfilling Prevention Device (OPD) that ensures the fuel volume will be able to adjust with temperature variations. There is also a pressure release device in every tank should the pressure rise beyond safe levels.”

“Our buses’ engine systems are fitted with safety devices and shut-off valves that function automatically if the fuel line ruptures, and all lines and hoses are protected to prevent damage from loose car- go which could be encountered in the vehicle interior. [In addition,] even with a 20g frontal impact, or 8g side or rear impact (which is twice the re- quirement specified in NFPA58), the propane tank will remain securely in place,” added Wasielczyk.

There are two types of engines currently available for propane autogas use: dedicated and bi-fuel. Dedicated engines would solely run on propane, whereas a bi-fuel engine could run on gasoline or propane. A bi-fuel vehicle has separate tanks for the two fuels. The engine will run off one fuel at a time, but uses the alternate fuel first. It would then switch from propane to gasoline. Light and medi- um-duty vehicles with gasoline engines are eligible to convert to a bi-fuel technology. This is often used in taxis, police cars, shuttles and commercial vans.

Schramm relayed, “There is a comfort level involved with the bi-fuel technology. Some fleet managers worry about running out of propane when using dedicated propane engines. A bi-fuel system gives them a full supply of propane and gasoline. Since the engine can automatically switch from one fuel supply to the other, this eliminates the fear of ‘running out’. Plus, propane fueling infrastructure is growing every day, and propane fueling stations can be found in every state.” According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are currently close to 2,750 propane fueling stations across this country.

Some conversions can take as little as two days. It is still a pricey endeavor for the general public to convert a personal vehicle to propane, but there are often various grants to assist with the purchase or conversion. A light duty bi-fuel propane conversion costs about $6,000 to $8,000. As for medium-duty conversions, Iannarelli informed, “To convert one bus to propane costs about $15,000 to $18,000.” “In addition, fleets can choose from an array of OEM-supported vehicles that are EPA – CARB certified and provide equal horsepower, torque and towing capacities as their gasoline or diesel counter- parts,” stated Schramm.

The users who see the biggest return are those who use the most gas. Propane autogas also tends to be the most convenient for companies with their own fleet and own yard, where they come back each night to refuel. Schramm expressed, “Propane autogas provides an affordable, easy to use infrastructure solution for fleets that can use a central home base refueling location.”

In order for propane to be available to the general public and fleet vehicles, the industry worked to create a fueling infrastructure that people are fa- miliar with. Schramm explained, “Dispensing units, pumps, for propane autogas are being made to image that of gasoline and diesel fuel. Up until recently, we’ve only provided dispensing units for commercial fleet or industrial forklift accounts only. These units are crude in appearance and not what the general public is used to. Now that propane has made headway as a viable motor fuel, manufactures of propane dispensing units are developing units to look and work like gasoline and diesel dispensers.” Consequently, refueling a propane autogas vehicle takes around the same amount of time as refueling a gasoline vehicle.

Propane fueling facilities are very affordable in comparison to their alternative fuel counterparts. Iannarelli informed, “You could build 10 to 15 propane dispenser stations for the price of one com- pressed natural gas (CNG) sta- tion. Depending on the bells and whistles selected, a propane dispenser station costs about $25,000 to $35,000 to start. If you get more sophisticated, you can add on another $50,000 to $125,000.”

Companies, who are thinking of switching to propane autogas, need to look at the total cost of investment and the return on investment. Propane is a great choice for many companies. “The consumer can be a clear cut winner if they choose to use propane. I have customers that have paid their initial conversion cost back in three and one half months,” informed Schramm. Wasielczyk added, “Since propane is a clean-burning fuel, our buses exhibit less wear-and-tear on engine components and need less frequent oil changes. Due to the affordability of Blue Bird’s propane-powered buses and the abundance of savings experienced from operating a propane-powered bus, a return-on- investment is usually experienced within 2-3 years. This rapid return provides customers with significant fuel and maintenance savings throughout the life of the bus.”

In conclusion, propane autogas is safe for its users and the environment, along with being plentiful, affordably priced and domestically produced. In fact, roughly 97 percent of propane consumed in the U.S. is produced in North America. Millions have already turned to this alternative fuel for buses, taxis and other fleets.

Schramm concluded, “With the finding of abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids, like pro- pane, from the Marcellus, Utica and Bakken Shale formations, we have an energy source right under or feet that we can develop and provide this country with a solution for energy independence. Choosing vehicles that run on American-made propane autogas reduces dependence on foreign oil and keeps jobs here in the US and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What better way to help our own economy.”

Provided by Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communi- cations, Shale Media Group

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CPI Expands Product Offering

CP Industries of McKeesport, PA is proud to an- nounce that we have recently hired Nicole Rebyanski as a Senior Product Manager for Alternative Fuels. Nicole joins us with an extensive product sales and marketing background. She has 14 years of manufacturing and distribution experience from a variety of industries including building materials, professional motorsports and electrical/MRO. Please help us give her a warm welcome to the industry!

Since 1897, we have been the leading manufacturer of seamless pressure vessels for world-wide use. Common applications include, but are not limited to, NGV Refueling Stations and transportation of CNG. CP Industries is well-known and highly respected for producing quality products, providing technical expertise and exceptional customer service.

The growing interest and demand in natural gas as a vehicular fuel and an alternative energy source for power generating plants and diesel driven engines has created opportunity for new ideas and solutions. For those reasons, CP Industries designed a line of Type IV cylinders for on-board CNG storage. Type 1 cylinders are also available for on-board storage. They are manufactured in compliance with ANSI NGV 2 and FMVSS 304. The Type IV blow-molded liners are wrapped with Carbon Fiber and have a protective Fiberglass overlay. Both Type I and Type IV cylinders can be con-

figured in a number of sizes, with or without valves and strap or neck mounts. We manufacture 21”OD x 60, 80 and 120” and now offer 25 1⁄2”OD x 60”, 80”, 90” and 120”. The 14” OD is the most popular size in the Type I, but other diameters are available upon request. The Type IV cylinders are proudly made in the USA at our McKeesport plant.

Additionally, we design and manufacture ASME pressure vessels in a multitude of configurations for NGV refueling station applications. These vessels are U-Stamped and can be provided with a CRN for Canada, SQL for China, KGSC for Korea and a CE mark for Europe. The storage assemblies can be designed for seismic zones and provided with suitable bracing. Various lengths are available to accommodate NGV Stations with space limitations. In addition, we manufacture DOT-3AAX and ISO 11120 UN-USA vessels for tube trailers and modules. Tube trailers are being used extensively to transport CNG and other gases to locations as a virtual pipeline for distribution. We stock material for various pressures and can custom order pipe to meet the specific needs of any project.

CP Industries offers retest and refurbishment service; Hydro-testing of DOT/ISO vessels and ultra- sonic inspection of ASME vessels. Our facility is equipped to bring vessels and vessel assemblies back to like new condition.

CP Industries is committed to providing complete product solutions to the CNG market. The Type I and Type IV cylinders compliment the steel ASME ground storage and ISO/DOT steel transportation line of products. For more information, please visit our website,, or contact us at 412-664-6604 or

Provided by CP Industries

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Tri-State Alt. Fuel Expo Back in 2015

What an exciting inaugural show we had in 2014! With a variety vendors and sponsors, the Honorable Sam Smith, Speaker of the PA House, and Steve Yborra, Director of Market Development for NGV America, as keynote speakers, as well as a full CNG station on display, I am confident that attendees from last year’s show will agree that it was well worth the trip to Monroeville.

On behalf of the Advisory Board, I would like to personally welcome everyone back for another great expo and conference in 2015. This is an alternative fuels event you won’t want to miss! Our mission is to revolutionize the US transportation industry by promoting and facilitating the use of indigenous alternative energy sources that will in turn boost the local and national economies and protect the environment. Our team has been working hard to line up an even better expo in 2015; we’ll have more vendors and the conference topics will keep you up to date on the latest technologies and products in the alternative fuels industry.

Speaking of industry advancement, we have seen tremendous progress seen industry-wide over the last year. More OEMs are making alternatively fueled vehicles. As a result, dealerships are able to offer better warranties and service than ever before. Pennsylvania alone awarded over $100 million in grant funding to further alternative energy use in the state. And alternative fuel stations are pop- ping up all over the region, allowing consumers to travel farther and fuel up with ease along more routes. It is an exciting time to be involved with alternative fuels! Much is going on in this con- tinually growing field and we are committed to bringing the best the industry has to offer together for one great event.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or a vendor, now is the time to secure your space! To learn more or to contact us please visit our website at

To reserve exhibit space contact 800-747-5599

We hope to see you all in February for another great event. Together we are powering America’s future…today!

Provided by Tri-State Alternative Fueling Expo & Conference

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VETaxi Service Features Tesla

The climate is changing in Pittsburgh when it comes to upscale transportation featuring alternative fueled vehicles. The change can be seen when you notice the new VETaxi Tesla which features their new White Glove Black Car program in Pittsburgh with Tesla Sedans.

VETaxi is part of Star Transportation Group which is located in Pittsburgh. The company has branched off to add this new service throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. The VETaxi program started by CEO Robert DeLucia is modeled around Veteran Drivers with alternative fueled vehicles. The VETaxi White Glove Limo program featuring the Tesla S that are white or black and powered by electricity.

The Tesla with the Vetaxi model works well since Pittsburgh is a progressively striving to be a tech sav- vy city. Tesla has provided many supercharging sta- tions throughout the region to help increase use of the vehicle in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. VETaxi with their parent Company Star Transporta- tion Group is working to add more Tesla vehicles to their fleet. Currently the VETaxi program has three Teslas in black and white.

The VETaxi White Glove Service participates in many events to showcase the new fleet of Tesla’s and pro- moting alternative energy. VETaxi and Star Trans- portation Group participates often around Pittsburgh in Green Community Events. The Tesla showed up at Solar Fest on June 21, in Millvale, Pennsylvania at the Riverfront Park to allow the Public a firsthand view of the new vehicles. VETaxi also attended the Clean Cit- ies Electric Vehicle Parade at the airport to promote alternative fuel vehicles where they showcased the Tesla. This last week Veteran Driver Anthony McNutt brought the VETaxi Tesla to participate in the Ohio River Watershed celebration Event on September 18, 2014 at North Park. The park highlighted activities for everyone in the community and focused on their Watershed restoration efforts throughout Pennsylva- nia. If there is a green event you may see the VETaxi Tesla.

The VETaxi Program with the Tesla is turning the heads of many Pittsburghers who really want to know more about the car because of the sheik luxurious look of this sport model. Passengers can choose a black or white model with cool tinted windows. The Tesla is not the only thing Pittsburghers will notice when they see the car, the Veteran Drivers behind the wheel are dressed to the T wearing white gloves and a Bret.

Star Transportation Group has been at the fore- front of bringing alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets with 70 percent of the 160 vehicles in the fleet that run on alternative fuels which include compressed natural gas MV1 taxis and the electric Tesla.

To order and experience the White Glover Service by VETAxi anyone can email reservations@star- or phone the call center at 800-782-9172. The car costs $60 per hour, or $78 with 15 percent gratuity and a service charge and is a great experi- ence for any passengers in Pittsburgh on business, staying at a hotels, a night on the town or a ride to the airport.

Employing Veterans is the center model of the VETaxi program with White Glove Service and is a great opportunity for those Veteran Drivers to ex- perience a dream job and serve the public again.

“Making a difference and changing transportation opportunities is Star Transportation goal with the VETaxi White Glove program. Which introduces alternative fuel transportation opportunities for our clients and allowing Veterans a successful ca- reer. We believe that innovation and green is an important part to this program which will allow us to improve the environment with new technology. We believe this is important in Pittsburgh”, said CEO, Robert DeLucia Sr. He believes that we are too dependent on foreign oil and he is dedicated to employing our veterans while using alternative fuel.

Provided by VETaxi

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