Texas Alternative Fuel Fleet Pilot Program


Clean Transportation Milestone: One Year, One Billion Gallons

The U.S. Department of Energy says its Clean Cities groups in the country – almost 100 of them – were involved in clean-transportation projects last year that collectively reduced petroleum use by 1 billion gallons.

“From 15 million gallons in its first year to a cumulative 6.4 billion through 2013, Clean Cities is shifting transportation away from petroleum – one vehicle, fleet and community at a time,” says Clean Cities National Director Dennis Smith.

Read full article here: Clean Cities .


LNG Transport Applications Abound; Offer Environmental Benefits

Intermodal transport – where goods arrive at major seaports and are transferred to trucks and trains – presents numerous economic and carbon emissions mitigation opportunities across the value chain. High-horsepower transport like tractor trailers and railroad locomotives currently utilize diesel as their primary liquid fuel, but switching to liquefied natural gas can in many cases reduce fuel costs – at current commodity prices – and reduce both particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions.

Rail companies are just beginning to switch from diesel to LNG, so there is limited data, but one early mover – Canadian National – is seeing carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 30% and nitrogen oxide emissions reduced by 70% during initial tests. The company retrofitted two locomotives that are currently running on 90% natural gas and 10% diesel.

With regard to on-road applications, heavy-duty trucks that run on LNG emit 13% lower GHG emissions and 40% lower NOx emissions.

Read the full article here:  Intermodal transport .


Boost natural-gas use to aid U.S. policy

America’s thirst for OPEC oil comes at a steep price. Nefarious groups operating in countries the U.S. buys oil from, such as Qatar and Kuwait, are funding ISIS and al-Qaeda. These terrorist groups are benefitting from these countries’ oil and gas wealth, much the same way cartels are in our hemisphere. Last year we bought 122 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products from those two countries, and a total of 1.36 billion barrels from their friends in the OPEC cartel, at a cost of $132 billion.

We are paying for both sides of this endless Middle East war. And Washington says we’re unlikely to stop. The U.S. Department of Energy’s best guess – their so-called “reference case” forecast – is that we’ll still need to import between 25 and 32 percent of our oil every year from now until 2040.

That $132 billion to OPEC only accounts for oil. The Pentagon says the war against ISIS will cost another $2.5 billion to $3.6 billion annually for years to come. Other estimates range as high as $22 billion a year, to say nothing of lives risked.

Read the full article here:  Boost Natural Gas .


American Energy is Breaking Records, Providing the Energy Americans Need

U.S. companies will export more energy than they import by 2025 as shale oil and gas production keeps climbing and the transportation sector becomes more efficient, Wood Mackenzie Ltd. said in a note today.

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in hydrocarbon-rich layers of shale rock have boosted U.S. oil and gas production by 42 percent in the past seven years. The U.S. vehicle fleet will become 40 percent more energy-efficient by 2030, said James Brick, a senior analyst at the Edinburgh-based research firm.

Read the full report here:  Breaking Records .


Texas trucking fleet sets new standard in fuel efficiency

West Texas and New Mexico are continuing to make advances in fuel efficiency by outfitting their entire fleet of 1,200 semi-tractors with new aerodynamic technologies produced by FlowBelow Aero, an entrepreneurial company based in Austin, Texas.

Since its founding in 1981, MVT has built a reputation in the trucking industry for operating the most fuel efficient fleet in the nation. MVT’s purchase of 1,200 FlowBelow Tractor AeroKits is expected to further reduce the fleet’s fuel consumption by over 300,000 gallons of diesel per year while providing savings to the company in excess of $1 million per year. As an additional benefit, the use of this technology will substantially improve air quality by reducing the emissions from MVT’s 1,200 trucks.

Read the full article here:  FlowBelow Aero .

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