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Phoenix Shuttle Fleet Slashes Fuel Costs in Half with Autogas
on 17 Mar 2015
Six months after converting its shuttle buses to propane autogas, Sky Harbor Airport Parking has saved 50% in fuel costs compared with gasoline and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 20.8 tons, according to Blue Star Gas. Sky Harbor Airport Parking provides shuttle services to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. General Manager Brandi Casimir made the decision to switch the company's [read more]
Utah Legislature Passes Downsized Natural Gas Tax Hike
on 16 Mar 2015
The Utah legislature has approved a transportation funding package that includes a measure to increase the state tax on natural gas motor vehicle fuel. However, the planned tax hike is not as high as originally proposed. The package, H.B.362, now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert, R-Utah, who is expected to sign the legislation into law. The natural gas measure was [read more]
PERC CEO Debunks County Exec's 'Whoppers' About Propane Autogas
on 13 Mar 2015
In a new blog post, Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), has taken aim at comments made by a county official who blocked a propane autogas (LPG) project. As NGT News reported last month, Ulster County, N.Y., lawmakers had approved a $25,000 plan to retrofit five vans from the local sheriff's office to [read more]
Energy Department Funds Alternative Fuel Vehicle Projects
on 10 Mar 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $6 million for 11 projects to help accelerate the alternative fuel vehicle market. The DOE says five projects will enable consumers and fleets to drive alternative fuel vehicles for extended periods of time to help them better understand how these vehicles can meet their everyday needs. For example, a Tallahassee, Fla., project [read more]
State Legislation Seeks to Eliminate Alt-Fuel Tax Credits
on 09 Mar 2015 email the content item print the content item
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed H.B.170, the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, which includes a measure that would eliminate the state's low-emission vehicle income tax credit. Under the legislation, there would no longer be tax credits for purchased or leased zero- or low-emission vehicles, starting July 1. There is currently a $5,000 tax credit for zero-emission vehicles (battery-electric, [read more]
Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Tax Increase on LNG
on 06 Mar 2015
Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., has reversed a decision by the former governor's administration in late 2014 that increased the Pennsylvania state tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG). "One of my goals is to promote and develop a comprehensive energy portfolio for Pennsylvania that supports clean energy alternatives to imported petroleum," says Wolf. "Liquefied natural gas is not only a cleaner [read more]
Propane Autogas Tank Linked to Building Explosion
on 05 Mar 2015
A preliminary investigation has linked a propane autogas tank to an explosion that badly damaged a commercial building and injured two people Tuesday morning in Detroit. Capt. Terrence Lane, a senior fire inspector, tells NGT News the incident happened at a National Fleet Services facility at 10106 Grinnell Ave. Firefighters and other authorities rushed to the scene to contain the [read more]
Some Musings on the Genesis of Today's NGV Market
on 02 Mar 2015
Since the 1990s, the expectation of many natural gas vehicle industry insiders was that more and more taxis, buses and trucks would eventually use compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and that the market would eventually come into its own once there were enough appropriate engines, vehicle chassis and fueling stations at a low enough cost to [read more]
Texas NGV Grants Create Big Benefits for the State
on 25 Feb 2015
Three Texas grant programs to support the construction of natural gas fueling stations and the adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) generated major benefits for the state, according to a new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development. The report says the grants, totaling $52.9 million, generated $128 million in economic impact, led [read more]
Alternative Fuels: What's Going on in Washington?
on 23 Feb 2015
A new Congress is in session in Washington, D.C., this winter, and alternative fuel vehicle industry stakeholders are anxious to see how a fresh complement of lawmakers will influence the short- and long-term policy landscape. Experts and advocates from various industry segments - natural gas, propane autogas, electrification and biofuels - gathered in the nation's capital Monday during Energy Independence [read more]
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