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Salt Lake City Unveils First LNG Station in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – March 22, 2011 - Utah’s first liquefied natural gas and liquefied to compressed natural gas (LNG/LCNG) station celebrates its grand opening today in Salt Lake City. The large-scale, fast fill station was developed due to public-private partnership between Utah Clean Cities Coalition and CH4 Energy, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Though Utah’s forward thinking policies and pricing have supported development of a comprehensive CNG infrastructure corridor, this marks the very first LNG project in Utah. “We are excited to be able to introduce this clean, domestic fueling technology to the state of Utah. We think customers are going to love the station, location, and fueling experience,” said Merritt Norton, CEO of CH4 Energy. Utah Governor Gary Herbert and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch will be present at the grand opening to commemorate the station’s opening and this major expansion of low-emission, domestic refueling capability.

With Utah’s plan to build an additional station in the southern part of the state in the next year or two, and talk of a station to be constructed in Denver, ICTC’s long term interests to continue extending the corridor are becoming a reality.  Utah’s new LNG stations, in conjunction with ICTC’s efforts in California and Nevada, will finally enable long-distance LNG trucking and fueling from northern Utah all the way to the Southern California coast. Today, ICTC will be present in Salt Lake City to celebrate the station’s grand opening.  This project will help meet cleaner energy goals of the states of California, Nevada, Utah and of the nation, and will be tremendous complement to the numerous clean truck efforts carried out throughout the Western U.S.

 

UPS to Build Public Fuel Station in Las Vegas, Expand ICTC Corridor

LAS VEGAS, NV – February 22, 2011 – United Parcel Service (UPS) announced its commitment to heavy-duty alternative fuel operations with the purchase of 48 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD Systems. The new heavy-duty trucks will be used in interstate operations for the Ontario, California to Las Vegas, Nevada route.

UPS is building a publicly accessible LNG fuel station in Las Vegas and will be able to access existing fuel stations in Ontario, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, thus filling in the Interstate Clean Transportation (ICTC) LNG trucking corridor from California to Utah. Funding for the trucks and the Las Vegas fueling station is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District's UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The DOE estimates that the LNG trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually.

"UPS has shown environmental leadership in expanding their natural gas fleet of delivery vehicles to a fleet of heavy-duty interstate trucks powered by Westport HD," said Clark Quintin, President of Westport HD. "Connecting California's existing LNG fuelling stations with developing ones in Utah will create valuable LNG capability on a busy goods movement corridor."

"Investment in a fuel-efficient technology that helps reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our dependence on petroleum remains a key component of UPS's transport strategy," said Mike Britt, director of vehicle engineering at UPS. "For our heavy-duty vehicles, LNG has proved successful in reducing emissions, keeping our maintenance and operating costs low and significantly reducing our dependence on petroleum for these shipping lanes."

UPS will now boast a fleet of more than 1,100 natural gas trucks including compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery vehicles powered by Cummins Westport engines and the current order of LNG tractors. 

 

City of Commerce Opens LNG Station

CITY OF COMMERCE, CA - August 5, 2010—Years in the making, the City of Commerce (Commerce) today celebrated the commissioning of a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) Fueling Station located at 5926 Sheila Street in Commerce, California.  Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio was joined by members of the City Council, as well as by Ray Tellis of the United States Department of Transportation and Claude McFerguson of the City of Commerce Transportation Department for a ceremony commemorating the opening of the facility—the first station of its kind located in southeast Los Angeles.  The official ribbon cutting took place in front of a standing room only crowd with many of the key players involved in the station development in attendance.

The ICTC was an integral partner in this station development, helping secure funding for this project from a number of public agencies.  The largest grant comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Related Appropriations Act in the amount of $1,040,000. In conjunction with a $350,000 grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee’s Clean Transportation Funding and a $250,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the city has secured just over $1.6 million dollars to assist with the development and construction of the CNG fueling station. Additional resources for this important project and partnership have been contributed by the City of Commerce and the County of Los Angeles.

The construction of this landmark station was overseen by consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) with engineering services provided by General Physics.  The station provides reliable LNG and CNG fueling for the city's CNG transit fleet, LNG port trucks, natural gas powered refuse vehicles, and other private and municipal natural gas fleet vehicles operating throughout the region.  This new fueling station will directly help achieve the important goal of reducing air pollution within the City of Commerce and surrounding communities.  “The opening of this station marks an important milestone for both the residents and businesses of the City of Commerce,” stated Mayor Baca Del Rio in her welcome address.  “We are now in an excellent position to transition more of our fleet vehicles to clean-burning natural gas and generate important environmental benefits that will keep our community healthy and thriving.”

The station is located in an industrialized region at the intersection of Interstates 5 and 710 and at the entrance to two of the largest intermodal rail yards in the nation.  This easily accessible location, plus the added benefit of public access and availability of fuel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, will allow the station to play a key role in the continued development of the ICTC clean fuel network.

With 1,000 new LNG trucks currently being deployed in the nearby Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the timing of this important LNG/LCNG fueling station development project is ideal.  This station will allow for the continued growth of ultra low emission natural gas vehicles throughout the region, contributing to improved air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and a lessened dependence upon petroleum fuels for transportation.