US DOE Reports CNG Price Varies Little Over 16 Years

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) reported in January 2017 that based on data from selected dates between 2000 and 2016, two fuels stand out for their low price variability – Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and electricity.

The DOE states: “Retail prices for most transportation fuels have been highly volatile over the past 16 years. The prices are displayed in gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGE) which equate the energy content of any motor fuel to that of a gallon of gasoline. The prices are collected in gallons (except for CNG and electricity) and are converted to GGE. In this figure, the prices were also adjusted for inflation to 2016 dollars.” Read more »

Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation (Paper)

On August 1, 2012, The National Petroleum Council (NPC) in approving its report, Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future, also approved the making available of certain materials used in the study process, including detailed, specific subject matter papers prepared or used by the study’s Task Groups and/or Subgroups. NPC has kindly agreed that one of those reports: Topic Paper #22 — Renewable Natural Gas for Transportation: An Overview of the Feedstock Capacity, Economics, and GHG Emission Reduction Benefits of RNG as a Low-Carbon Fuel — also be made available from the IANGV Knowledgebase website. Read more »

NGV Inspections in USA

In the U.S.A., the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has jurisdiction concerning vehicle safety It requires that all CNG fuel storage cylinders have a label that (1) states the date of manufacture and the date that the cylinder is required to be removed from service (typically 15-20 years), and (2) instructs the vehicle owner/operator to have a qualified visual inspection of the tank every 36,000 miles or every 3 years (whichever occurs first) and/or after an accident or fire. Converters and vehicle owners should have documentation that this safety inspection has been done. Inspections are performed to look for tank and bracket damage (e.g., gouges, cuts, abrasions, dents, corrosion, rust, general wear, etc.). Qualified cylinder inspectors are located throughout the US and Canada. The cost/time associated with a cylinder inspection is minimal.

U.S. Alt-Fuels Data Center — Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool

The U.S. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Agency, part of the federal Department of Energy, has introduced a Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool to help vehicle fleet operators reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Owners and Operators can create a comprehensive plan for their fleet by using several savings methods. The tool caters for multiple vehicle types.

Available here: afdc.energy.gov/prep/

U.S. Report Documents RNG as the Solution to a Major U.S. Transportation Challenge

A New York-based energy research organization has published a report: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG): The Solution to a Major Transportation Challenge — that states use of renewable natural gas as a vehicle fuel is a technologically viable alternative to relying exclusively on petroleum-based fuels for transportation. The new publication was prepared by Energy Vision, a New York-based energy research organization, and CALSTART, a California-based leader in clean transportation technologies. It details the many benefits of converting organic wastes into clean vehicle fuel. Read more »

AGF Study — Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel: Models for Developing Fueling Infrastructure

Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel: Models for Developing Fueling Infrastructure was prepared by American Gas Foundation. It was written to enable local distribution companies (LDCs), and other stakeholders, to better understand the commercial and regulatory considerations involved in entering the NGV refueling market. The study outlines a variety of models that may be employed; recognizing that approaches to this market will vary based on the needs and policy goals of individual regulated service territories. Attention is given to past practices, innovative approaches, and the current and near-term environment that recognizes the important role LDCs will play in establishing natural gas as a mainstream transportation fuel.

AGF Transportation Study 2012 (pdf file)

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.

“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.

US MOVE Program to Advance Innovative Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

Last February 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a new $30 million program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy (MOVE).  Currently, there are now 13 projects that have been selected in total to be funded under this program, with each project aiming to find new ways of harnessing America’s abundant natural gas supplies for cars and trucks and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel.  The projects will also focus on developing natural gas compressors that make it easier for consumers to re-fuel at home.

See NGV Global News for more information about the Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy program.