Government can Save Billions with NGVs in USA – Clean Skies Report

The American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF) issued a new report that urges the federal government to switch its transportation contractors to carriers that fuel on domestic fuels such as natural gas.  By switching just 20% of its business to carriers who fuel on domestic alternative fuels, the federal government can save up to $7 billion annually on transportation services.

Follow the link for further details about the American Clean Skies Foundation report.

40% Renewable Methane Target for Finland’s Transport Sector

Roadmap to renewable methane economy -FinlandRoadmap Report Summary now available in English

Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications set up a “Future motive powers in transport” task force in January 2012 define targets and plans for achieving them, for different transport sectors including road, rail, water and air transport in 2020 and 2050.

A sector report covering renewable methane (see endnote) was prepared by the Finnish Biogas Association and North Karelian Traffic Biogas Network Development Programme. A 31 page summary in English of the full interim 133 page Finnish report has recently been published – “Roadmap to renewable methane economy.”

The report outlines a target of 40% use of renewable methane in the transport sector by 2050. This includes the road transport sector, with an interim goal of 2% use by 2020, and the marine sector, which will see at least 20 vessels running on biomethane by 2020.

The final report of the task force will be published in spring 2013.

Endnote: Renewable methane means biomethane, wind methane, solar methane and other methane fuels produced by renewable energy sources.

More information – NGV Global News item: Finnish Transport Sector Sets 40% Renewable Methane Target.

“Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future” – US National Petroleum Council Report Released

A two year study by the National Petroleum Council concludes that natural gas is a promising alternative fuel for on-road transportation from both an economic and technology perspective. The study looked at both light and heavy duty applications.

“There are competing priorities in the pursuit of new fuel and vehicle technologies that are reliable, affordable and environmentally advanced and natural gas is well-positioned within the study,” said Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Sustainable Energy Futures at Westport.

The study also analyzed four other fuel pathways, including hydrocarbon liquids, biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen, as well as the fuel-vehicle systems that may develop over the next several decades.

Included in the report summary are the following natural gas insights (abbreviated):

  • Increased long-term low-cost supply can drive increased use of natural gas for transportation
  • There is opportunity for LD and HD natural gas vehicles to become attractive to both retail and fleet consumers
  • Few technological barriers exist
  • ICE enhancements can translate to NG engines
  • Build-out of infrastructure is critical

The Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future Final Report is available by clicking here.

More information – NGV Global News item, U.S. Transportation Sector Report Acknowledges Importance of Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel.

US State Governments Set NGV Fleet Acquisitions in Motion

The Department of Central Services from the U.S. State of Oklahoma has issued a request for proposals (RFP) that could eventually lead to the purchase of thousands of compressed natural gas powered vehicles.  NGVAmerica says 21 states have joined the initiative, including the thirteen states that previously signed onto the NGV MOU (Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming), plus eight more states (Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia). Other states are invited to participate as well.

See NGV Global News for more details about the US state government NGV acquisition program.