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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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PRCC to Hold Idle Reduction Workshop

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.

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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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National Drive Electric Week 2015

National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand we have expanded to an entire week of events and changed the name to emphasize the thing we all want to do: drive electric. We expect National Drive Electric Week 2015 will again grow to include more events in more cities with more drivers reaching out to share the many advantages of driving electric with the public.

National Drive Electric Week Event – Pittsburgh

Days: September 13-19, 2015
Time: September 19, 2015
Location: The Mall at Robinson
100 Robinson Centre Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

To register go to:

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=332

 
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EFUS Grand Opening—CNG Comes To Bentleyville

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

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

Photos By: Shale Media Group

On Thursday, May 28th, around 140 people celebrated the grand opening of Energy From US (EFUS), a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Bentleyville, PA. This is only the second CNG refueling station in Washington County, PA and eighth across southwestern Pennsylvania. The station has a prime location off of I-70 halfway between Washington, PA and New Stanton, PA and along Route 917 in Bentleyville, near Big Jim’s Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express and Best Western hotels.

The concept for the station’s name, Energy From US, is a two-fold play on the word,  “US.” One being that the station is utilizing United States’ (U.S.) energy; and two being  that the CNG and propane provided are from “us,” the American people. CNG is  domestically abundant, clean, safe, quiet, powerful, efficient, and economical for the  United States. In addition, CNG is affordable, costing less than its gasoline and diesel counterparts,  and offers 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. Perhaps more importantly, CNG offers America energy security and less of a dependence on foreign oil.

Energy From US L.P. is a partnership between doctors Anant Gandhi, Kamlesh Gosai, and Shashi Kumar; businessmen Nainesh Desai and Dilip Desai; and builder Bob Beatty of “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems. “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems, L.P. is a full-service global CNG fuel solutions company based in western Pennsylvania. “O” Ring currently owns and operates four CNG stations and has built over a dozen others for clients. Its station projects are vertically integrated throughout all aspects of design, implementation, and building, ending with a sustainable energy product for the future.

In February, Energy From US and “O” Ring CNG teamed up with U.S. Gain (GAIN® Clean Fuel) to co-brand the CNG station and incorporate it into U.S. Gain’s nationwide infrastructure network of CNG stations. U.S. Gain is a leading CNG provider, offering fleet operators access to an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional fuel options. “GAIN® Clean Fuel stations are strategically located for carriers along major shipping corridors and provide easy-access, fast-fill capabilities. U.S. Gain is on track to open 100 new fueling stations across the US within the next two years,” explained Julie Brinker, Business Development Manager – Mid Atlantic, GAIN® Clean Fuel. The grand opening took place in conjuncture with Shale Media Group’s Elite Energy Event in front of the Bentleyville Holiday Inn Express. The event showcased a lineup of speakers including: Bob Beatty, President, “O” Ring CNG Fuel Systems; Dave Dudo, Senior Vice President of Operations, Beemac Trucking; Ron Schramm, President, ProGas, Inc.; and Rick Price, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC); and Kamlesh Gosai, President, Energy From US L.P..

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