Texas Alternative Fuel Fleet Pilot Program


Victoria Natural Gas Vehicle Forum

Submitted by Susan Shifflett, RRC Southeastern Representative:

On Thursday, April 10, in conjunction with J-W Power and Centerpoint Energy, the Railroad Commission hosted the first Natural Gas Vehicle Forum for the City of Victoria and Victoria County.

A big thank you to the event’s sponsors: Tom Parrow: J-W Power and Justin Stiff: Centerpoint Energy

Dr. Bill Epling, University of Houston and President of the Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, moderated the information packed sessions.  Steve Altus, Anadarko, kicked off the event with a State of the Union presentation on why Natural Gas is so important to our Local, State and National economies.

Jimmy Roppolo, with United Ag: El Campo, gave a first-hand fleet experience describing their CNG vehicles’ performance and their new public CNG Station located in El Campo, Texas.  Anthony Foster, Pioneer Natural Resources, gave a strategic look at their CNG usage in their fleet and drilling operations.  Eddie Murray, Southwestern Energy, gave a comprehensive presentation to why we are using CNG as a transportation fuel.  Frank Chapel with Apache rounded the morning session out focusing on Apache’s CNG Vehicle Program and in Exploration & Production.

Sponsor, Tom Parrow, J-W Energy, gave a comprehensive overview on J-W Power’s CNG Compression equipment that led to the afternoon’s refueling panel that included John Athon:  Freedom CNG, Dustin Cotton:  Gain CNG, Mark Gamber: Clean Energy, and Bob Lukefahr: Nat-G.  The panel was moderated by Justin Stiff, Centerpoint Energy.  Railroad Commission’s Susan Shifflett wrapped up the event with an overview on the funding opportunities available for Texas.

The Expert Refueling Panel

From Left to Right: John Athon: Freedom CNG, Dustin Cotton: Gain CNG,

Bob Lukefahr: Nat-G, and Mark Gamber: Clean Energy

From Left to Right: Frank Chapel: Apache, Steve Altus: Anadarko,

Tom Parrow: J-W Power, and Donald Sohrt: Apache

Frank Chapel, Apache, summarized the event the best.  “Don’t be discouraged by the lower than anticipated turnout.  Your efforts have provided the “jump start” they have needed to begin considering natural gas as a transportation fuel. “



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2014 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference–Upcoming!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
8 am – 4 pm
Sugar Land Skeeters Stadium – Constellation Field

Join us for an exciting day of cutting-edge technologies, vehicle test-drives, and lessons learned!
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at CFTC, click here to view sponsorship options.

2013 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference

The Clean Fleet Technologies Conference (CFTC) 2013 was held on June 5, 2013 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, TX. The day-long conference included a keynote presentation from Dan Frakes, General Motors Senior Manager for Vehicle Fuels & Advance Technology Policy. More than 15 alternative fuel vehicles were on display and the event was packed with great networking and educational opportunities.

Presentations from CFTC 2013 Speakers -

Shelley Whitworth (H-GAC): Funding for Vehicles & Infrastructure – H-GAC Clean Vehicle Program
Vic LaRosa (Total Transportation Services, Inc): Creating a Clean, Sustainable Fleet
Bob Lukefahr (Nat G CNG Solutions): Growth of Alternative Fuel Fleets and Infrastructure Networks
Dan Frakes (General Motors): Keynote Presentation
Larry Jaynes (Fashion Glass) & Curtis Donaldson (CleanFUEL USA): Transitioning Your Fleet to Alternative Fuels
Fred Beach (University of Texas): Texas Alternative Fuel Advantage

Breakout Session A: On the Road
Jeff Whitcomb (AMP Americas): AMP: Greener Pastures Corridor & Beyond
Joe Gold (Frito Lay North America, Inc): Frito-Lay Fleet Update – Reaching Critical Mass on Alternative Fuels?
Frank Chapel (Apache Corporation): Apache NGV Initiatives

Breakout Session B: Driving Ahead
John Westerheide (GE Oil & Gas): Accelerating Adoption of NGV Fueling Infrastructure
Damian Herd (Nissan North America): Nissan: Charged at Home & Workplace
Robbie Frieda (Clear Creek Independent School District): Alternative Fuel School Buses

Thank you to CFTC 2013 Sponsors -

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

A & D Propane, Inc.
Chastang Ford
Greater Houston Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance
Morris & Associates
Propane Council of Texas
Rush Bus Centers
Vanguard Truck Center


BlackPak Inc. Picks Up ARPA-E CNG Storage Technology Project

Emerging technology company BlackPak Inc., along with partners ATMI Inc. and SRI International, is working on a new family of adsorbed natural gas storage systems for automotive applications that will enable the creation of compressed natural gas (CNG) storage apparatus “in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations.”

BlackPak says the storage systems that it develops are based on nano-porous materials that will allow vehicle designers and OEMs to integrate CNG storage that conforms to the available spaces in light-duty vehicles while maintaining trunk space. The technology also enables low-pressure storage: 500 psi, as opposed to the 3,000+ psi common to traditional CNG cylinders.

Read the full article here:  BlackPak .


Heavy-Duty Hauler Partners with GAIN on CNG Infrastructure

U.S. Oil will be building a new GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Sunnyvale, Texas, for anchor fleet J Rayl Transport Inc., a transportation company that is rolling out an increasing number of heavy-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

J Rayl broke ground on its first CNG station last spring at 1201 S. Arlington St. in Akron, Ohio. That public-access facility is currently operational, and U.S. Oil is acquiring that station as a part of its partnership with J Rayl.

Read the full article here:  CNG Infrastructure .


TruStar Energy CNG Fueling Tech Supporting HD Fleet

Argos USA, a major cement and concrete manufacturer and supplier, has inked a contract with TruStar Energy for the supply of compressed natural gas (CNG) for two refueling stations in Houston and Dallas.

Argos will be deploying 40 new CNG-powered heavy-duty mixer trucks from Peterbilt to serve a pair of its Texas-based ready-mix plants. The company is also looking into acquiring another 40 CNG mixers to possibly go into service in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; and/or Little Rock, Ark.

Read the full article here:  TruStar Energy CNG .

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