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SolarCity ranked #10 on Fast Company's list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies
You’re probably familiar with companies such as Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon which is no surprise. But there is a company that you’re most likely less familiar with, but has something in common with the aforementioned behemoths: they are all ranked within the top 10 of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. ((These are businesses whose innovations are having an impact across their industries, and our culture. #10 ranked on Fast Company’s list is SolarCity.))
SolarCity, a California-based company founded in 2006, has thousands of customers in fifteen states across the country. SolarCity is listed on Nasdaq (SCTY).
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said, "There are more than 5,000 solar companies in the U.S.[…] Many of these companies will go out of business." (Think: Solyndra) But last year, SolarCity expanded to the East Coast and added 12,000 projects, all without a dollar of government funding. How? Rather than just manufacturing solar panels, SolarCity is a full-service operation; designing, installing, financing, and maintaining every system. This helps ease new customers into an unfamiliar technology.
Citi, Google, U.S. Bancorp, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs have all invested in SolarCity’s residential solar-energy installation program, and a major partner of SolarCity is The Home Depot.
In September, Walmart and SolarCity announced plans to install 60 more stores with solar, bringing solar energy to 75% of Walmart's California locations. SolarCity also launched SolarStrong, a five-year, $1 billion plan for outfitting up to 120,000 U.S. military housing units with rooftop solar.
Additional awards include: The Aspen Institute’s Energy & Environment Award for “Disruptive solutions in the generation of renewable energy”; The U.S. Department of Energy recognized SolarCity as the Green Power Supplier of the year; BusinessWeek ranked SolarCity #23 in the World’s Most Intriguing Businesses; and Scientific American ranked SolarCity #1 in “Twenty World Changing Ideas.”
Perhaps most exciting of all is SolarCity's new battery system that, according to the company's website, can help “keep the lights on and fridge cold in a power outage or natural disaster while potentially saving you even more on your monthly utility bills.”
SolarCity’s battery systems are currently offered in selected California markets, but the company hopes to offer the service nationwide by the end of the year. What is unique about this battery technology is that it’s available through their partnership with Tesla Motors. Only SolarCity's home backup system uses technology engineered by Tesla, leveraging their expertise in developing battery technologies for premium electric vehicles. Why? Because Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, is Chairman of SolarCity.
This battery system will provide homes with power if the utility grid goes down—such as after an earthquake or other natural disaster. According to SolarCity, “A fully charged battery will power basic home needs for a few days and a solar powered home can recharge the battery from the sun to run indefinitely.”
A fully charged battery can provide enough energy for essential needs during an emergency; running a refrigerator, charging cellphones, provide basic light, and powering home security systems. It’s no wonder SolarCity was ranked #10 on The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. The real question is, why wasn’t it ranked higher?
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Following the one year anniversary of the company’s initial public offering, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) today launched the Give Power Foundation™ to build a cleaner, more sustainable future by providing solar energy to those in need. For every megawatt of residential solar power that SolarCity installs in 2014, the company will bring light to a community by donating a solar power system and battery combination to a school without access to electricity.
Approximately 291 million children attend primary schools that lack electricity globally, and 1.4 billion people around the world do not have access to power.* Through the Give Power Foundation, SolarCity will bring clean energy to communities across the globe, with initial recipients expected to be in Haiti, Mali, Malawi and Nepal.
By giving the gift of light, SolarCity will enable schools in remote locations to serve as community gathering places in the evening, and foster continuing education for adults. The solar system will charge a battery pack to keep the school lit at night – allowing adults and others who aren’t able to learn during the day the freedom to convene at night in a well-lit environment.
“The United Nations has set the ambitious goal of ensuring that everyone in the world has access to electricity by 2030, while fighting climate change, and we are deeply committed to making this happen through the Give Power Foundation,” said Hayes Barnard, SolarCity’s Chief Revenue Officer and President of Give Power Foundation. ((“Now every SolarCity customer will play a part in giving light to a community in need.”))
The Foundation is partnering with buildOn, an international nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries and runs afterschool service programs in United States high schools, to help deliver power to communities in need. The Foundation will continue exploring and developing new partnerships with international organizations and social enterprises to help serve additional communities without electricity.
SolarCity’s Give Power Foundation is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation with anticipation of being granted exempt status as a 501c3 organization in 2014.
By going solar with SolarCity, you can help schools across the world gain access to electricity through the Give Power Foundation. To learn more about the Give Power Foundation including how to get involved, please like SolarCity on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and visit www.solarcity.com/givepowerto register for updates.
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* SOURCE: According to the United Nations Development Programme.
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San Mateo, Calif., and Stamford, Conn., Sept. 23, 2013—SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY), America’s No. 1 full-service solar power provider, and Viridian Energy, a pioneer of affordable clean energy among retail electricity providers, are teaming up to offer solar electricity directly to homeowners at a discount to their current electricity rates through Viridian’s 20,000-contractor network.
SolarCity provides customers with free solar panel installation, and makes it possible for them to pay less for the solar electricity than they currently pay for utility bills, with permitting, installation, insurance, monitoring, and repairs included. Through Viridian and SolarCity, customers are able to have access to clean power at any time of day while reducing their utility bills. They can generate their own clean energy with a solar power system from SolarCity during the day and continue to choose Viridian’s affordable green energy at night and other times when available solar power has been consumed.
“Viridian and SolarCity have made clean energy more accessible and affordable to a wide range of American homeowners,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “This partnership will help far more homeowners realize that it’s possible for them to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for utility bills.”
Viridian will offer SolarCity’s popular solar power services both to new and existing customers through its extensive network of independent contractors. Viridian will offer SolarCity products and services beginning in its New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware markets with an expectation to further expand the reach of this partnership in 2014. Viridian currently has more than 230,000 customers in the U.S.
“It is our belief that people want to live a greener lifestyle. Since inception, Viridian Energy has been dedicated to providing clean energy for homes andbusinesses that is also cost effective,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and CEO of Viridian Energy. “The addition of SolarCity products deepens ourofferings and allows customers another way to live a greener lifestyle. We are pleased to announce the addition of SolarCity products to our customers.”
SolarCity’s solar power systems typically produce the most energy in the middle of the day, when the sun is brightest, and provide any unused energy back into the grid to be consumed at the nearest point of demand. SolarCity customers typically receive credit for putting excess green power into the grid, which can be used to offset their remaining utility bill. Viridian’s energy is used at night, or at any other time when more power is needed than is being generated with solar panels. In this way, SolarCity and Viridian can provide a clean power option far more affordably than is otherwise possible.
Viridian will begin making SolarCity services available to its customers this week. More information is available at www.viridian.com
About Viridian Energy
Viridian Energy is a socially responsible retail energy supplier that provides greener electricity and clean-burning natural gas at affordable prices. The company services commercial and residential electricity and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey,New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Virginia with electricity derived from renewable sources and natural gas. Viridian is a member of the Crius Energy family of best-in-class energy brands. Additional information is available at www.viridian.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements regarding the number of homeowners that will be able to take advantage of the offer, potential expansion of the partnership, and the benefits to SolarCity and Viridian. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward looking statements. You should read the section entitled “Risk Factors” in SolarCity’s registration statement on Form S-1, which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and identifies certain of these and additional risks and uncertainties. SolarCity does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates. The company offers solar power, energy efficiency and electric vehicle services, and makes clean energy easyby taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance. ((SolarCity currently serves 14 states and signs a new custom every five minutes)). Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the company on Facebook & Twitter.
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April 5, 2012 - Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced that Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Inc., has signed a full-service lease agreement for 23 compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors. Eagle is an Anheuser-Busch distributor in northwestern Louisiana and Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Louisiana. The CNG tractors will replace nearly all of Eagle’s existing diesel-powered delivery fleet. With natural gas vehicles available for lease and rental in markets in California, Arizona, and Michigan, Ryder now adds Shreveport, La., as its newest market with a natural gas vehicle offering. Ryder will also provide maintenance for the 23 CNG vehicles from Ryder’s Shreveport service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards.
The CNG vehicles are part of a strategic initiative by Eagle to reduce its carbon footprint and control fuel costs. “By changing out these 23 vehicles, Eagle will cut its greenhouse gas emissions from its current 878 tons down to 670 tons, which will be a reduction of 24%,” said Doug Jones, Operations Manager for Eagle. “We are also changing out smaller fleet vehicles to CNG. We are committed and will continue to change out more vehicles this year and in the years to come until all our vehicles are converted to CNG,” he added.
“As a socially responsible company, we wanted to look at our fleet options not only from a cost perspective, but also as a good neighbor to our customers and the communities we serve,” said Brad Nichols, President of Eagle. “((These advanced technology compressed natural gas vehicles work as well as their diesel counterparts and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.)) With the availability and planned growth of natural gas fueling infrastructure in our service area in Louisiana, we believe CNG vehicles will continue to gain momentum as an environmentally beneficial and cost-competitive alternative.”
Ryder’s leased vehicles will be used to make deliveries throughout Eagle’s service territory of nine parishes in Northwest Louisiana. Eagle is also currently exploring plans to build a natural gas fueling station near its headquarters in Shreveport.
Eagle was founded in June 1992 by Robert and Pam Nichols as a family-owned and locally operated company. The company is a wholesale distributor of beer, wine, liquor and non-alcohol products with a territory covering the parishes of Caddo, Claiborne, Bienville, Bossier, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster, and Winn. Eagle distributes the famous Anheuser-Busch InBev brands that include the Budweiser, Michelob, Busch, and Natural brand families of beers, as well as a number of other import, craft, and non-alcohol products.
“Over the last several years, we’ve seen an increasing number of companies not only seek alternatives to reduce and control fuel costs, but also to help them control their carbon output and meet their environmental objectives,” said Dennis Cooke, President of Fleet Management Solutions at Ryder. “We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of the marketplace and developing the solutions that will help drive the industry forward.
More and more fleets are making the transition from gasoline and diesel vehicles to Natural Gas Vehicle’s (NGV’s) which run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The motivation for doing such is the cost savings, since CNG is about $1.00 - $1.50 per gallon less than gasoline and diesel fuels plus the added benefits including reduced maintenance costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and helping to create green, American jobs as Natural Gas is a domestic fuel which does not have volatile price spikes like oil does. CNG prices on a gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) in the Tri-State area are between $1.83 and $2.74.
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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is partnering with Lehigh Gas Partners LP, a company that distributes motor fuels to more than 800 fueling stations, to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructure at a number of Lehigh Gas locations.
The agreement will initially target CNG refueling for up to twenty existing Lehigh Gas facilities. Clean Energy will build and operate these public-access sites.
The two companies will work together to identify Lehigh Gas sites on which to construct CNG fueling stations. The CNG stations will be accessible to the public for CNG refueling and conveniently located for commercial CNG fleets, including shuttles, taxis, small to mid-size trucks and other natural gas vehicles (NGV’s). Clean Energy will be responsible for the construction and operation of the CNG fueling stations and the management, marketing and sales of CNG at Lehigh Gas sites.
((“Lehigh Gas appreciates the leadership position Clean Energy has taken in the development of CNG and is pleased to partner with them to offer an alternative fuel option to help people get where they need to go,”)) Joseph Topper, chairman and CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners, said. "This agreement supports our alternate-fuel strategy of developing refueling sites both on our own and also with best-in-class providers like Clean Energy."
Lehigh Gas owns and leases refueling sites in Kentucky, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This proves once again the impact of Natural Gas as a viable, alternative fuel for the transportation industry. More public CNG station access will allow more companies to transition to Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV’s) and utilize CNG to save over $1.00 or more per gallon while reducing their carbon footprint and helping create American jobs since Natural Gas is a domestic fuel.
Currently, CNG prices based on a Gasoline Gallon Equivalent in the Tri-State area range from $1.87 to $2.74. Fleet operators can realize a 35-50% reduction in their fuel costs by transition from gasoline and diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) which directly impacts their bottom line.
Natural gas is moving quickly into mainstream America. One of the largest U.S. purchasers of diesel fuel, BNSF Railway Co., recently began testing natural gas to power its locomotives instead of costlier diesel fuel.
New research shows that U.S. natural-gas production will increase over the next thirty years. This incentive provides significant proof that the energy upsurge transforming America will last for generations to come
Experts predict there is a 120 year plus supply of natural gas reserves, enough to keep the oil companies in a constant state of preoccupation.
The move to natural gas will inevitably deflate oil’s dominance as a transportation fuel and provide a new conduit for the surplus of inexpensive natural gas in North America.
Currently, the price of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) is $1.00 - $2.00 less per gallon compared to gasoline and diesel fuels. Additionally, natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel and also a domestic resource.
New technology has unlocked the fuel from underground rock formations, which has caused natural-gas prices to plunge. Industries such as long haul shipping and transportation as well as local transport and fleet operators have begun the transition to natural gas. Now, that freight rail may become part of the natural gas boom, it could result in the most far-reaching changes to the railroad industry since its inception.
"This could be a transformational event for our railroad," BNSF Chief Executive Matt Rose said of the plan, which hasn't been publicly announced. Shifting to natural gas would "rank right up there" with the industry's historic transition away from steam engines last century, he said.
((Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has been in discussions with a number of railroads and other companies in the rail business about their interest in transitioning to natural gas fuel)).
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest provider of natural gas in the transportation industry, has been establishing its own national station footprint across the country to help usher in the new age of cleaner energy and reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG’s) and America’s reliance on expensive, imported oil.
“This year is already shaping up to surpass 2012 in the drive towards natural gas,” Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release. “After taking the ‘chicken versus egg’ issue off the table as we completed the first 70 stations of America’s Natural Gas Highway, and with gasoline and diesel prices at near historic high levels, we are seeing significant interest and movement by the long-haul trucking industry to make the switch to natural gas. I’m also pleased by Clean Energy’s growth in our core businesses of refuse, transit and airports with a total of 127 new station projects completed in 2012, an 87% increase in overall station construction over 2011,” Littlefair said.
Clean Energy says that with the current national average price of $4.14 a gallon for diesel and $3.74 for gasoline (as of February 18), “both fuels are significantly more expensive than natural gas at the pump, up to $1.50 depending on local market conditions.”
As Clean Energy continues to build out its America’s Natural Gas Highway, they have signed agreements with regional partners that provide a network of locations for additional natural gas fueling stations.
March 2, 2013 -New York - As part of their 2013 vocational engine lineup, Cummins Inc. recently displayed the forthcoming Cummins-Westport 12-liter natural gas engine at the February 2013 World of Concrete Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
Scheduled to begin limited production this April, the ISX12 G is based on Cummins ISX12 diesel engine and will offer ratings from 320 hp to 400 hp, and up to 1450 pound-feet of torque, the engine maker said. It will be certified for 2013 Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations when production begins.
Both the ISX12 G and the Cummins-Westport ISL G natural gas engine will run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or biomethane, the company said. The ISL G, which is also 2013 EPA-certified, is available with power ratings from 250 hp to 320 hp. The ISX12 G will have an optional engine brake and will be mated to automatic and manual transmissions, Cummins said.
The Cummins ISX12 has power ratings ranging from 310 hp to 425 hp and over 800 pound-feet of clutch engagement torque. The ISL9 has ratings from 260 hp to 380 hp.
Cummins-Westport natural gas engines use the same base engine and major components as their diesel counterparts.
According to Cummins’ website ((the new 12 liter ISX12 G which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG), “will suit a variety of heavy-duty vehicles, including regional-haul truck/tractor, vocational and refuse applications")). With a displacement of 11.9 liters and up to 400 hp (298 kW) and 1450 lb-ft of torque, the ISX12 G is the natural choice when considering alternative fuel for demanding applications.
Featuring the same proven Stoichiometric cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (SEGR) combustion technology, spark ignition and simple Three-Way Catalyst (TWC) aftertreatment as the Cummins Westport ISL G engine, the ISX12 G delivers strong pulling power and heavy-duty durability and performance that customers can depend on.”
With CNG price per GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) currently $1.84 to $2.74 in the Tri-State area many fleet operators are beginning to transition away from gasoline and diesel fuels and on to CNG and NGV’s (Natural Gas Vehicles). Fleet operators as well as Fleet Management companies are seeing fuel cost reduction from 35-50% including the added benefits of lower vehicle and engine maintenance costs, utilizing a domestic fuel, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 23% to 88%*, depending if the CNG is sourced from landfill gas.
* Source: CARB Fuel Pathways Analysis - Well-To-Wheels assessment of fuels
Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE) has released the third edition of The Road to Natural Gas, “an update of its growing portfolio of customers making the switch to natural gas as a transportation fuel or expansion of their current fleets.”
The release includes a staggering amount of information on Clean Energy customers and new business in the refuse, transit, and trucking industries, as well as progress on Clean Energy’s drive to make liquefied natural gas across the U.S. – its America’s Natural Gas Highway project (ANGH).
“This year is already shaping up to surpass 2012 in the drive towards natural gas,” Clean Energy president and CEO Andrew Littlefair said in a release. “After taking the ‘chicken versus egg’ issue off the table as ((we completed the first 70 stations of America’s Natural Gas Highway, and with gasoline and diesel prices at near historic high levels, we are seeing significant interest and movement by the long-haul trucking industry)) to make the switch to natural gas. I’m also pleased by Clean Energy’s growth in our core businesses of refuse, transit and airports with a total of 127 new station projects completed in 2012, an 87% increase in overall station construction over 2011,” Littlefair said.
The third edition of The Road to Natural Gas sums up the natural gas fuel agreements signed or executed since the second edition was released on November 1.
Clean Energy says that with the current national average price of $4.14 a gallon for diesel and $3.74 for gasoline (as of February 18), “both fuels are significantly more expensive than natural gas at the pump, up to $1.50 depending on local market conditions.”
The Road to Natural Gas
(as released by Clean Energy Fuels), Volume III; February 25, 2012
New Fuel and Service Agreements with Clean Energy (November 2, 2012 – February 25, 2013)
Refuse/Other Vocational Industries
Since the last edition of Road to Natural Gas, 455 new CNG refuse trucks were delivered to Clean Energy’s 101 refuse customers and another 567 additional CNG vehicles were ordered. The average refuse truck consumes over 10,000 gallons of fuel a year. A few recent highlights include:
• New York City Department of Sanitation, the largest municipal refuse fleet in the country, selected Clean Energy to maintain their CNG station in Queens. As DSNY expands their CNG fleet, Clean Energy expects to construct additional stations located throughout the NYC area.
• Clean Energy is constructing its first fuel station that will use renewable natural gas for Atlas Disposal in Sacramento, CA. The bio gas will be derived from a food-waste Anaerobic Digester, be cleaned and turned into CNG for Atlas Disposal’s trucks.
• The City of Los Angeles and Clean Energy extended its relationship with a five-year contract that will represent millions of gallons of LNG to be provided for its fleet of refuse trucks.
• Clean Energy will construct a fuel station for Alameda County Industries in San Leandro, CA that is expected to provide CNG for 36 trucks.
• Clean Energy signed an agreement to construct a station for a new customer, Garden City Sanitation in Santa Clara, CA, that is anticipated to fuel their 47 CNG trucks.
• Clean Energy is constructing another station for Republic Services in Anaheim, CA that is projected to fuel 78 additional CNG trucks.
• The City of Tampa, FL began fueling CNG refuse trucks at Clean Energy’s Tampa Airport station. Tampa’s mayor announced plans for moving their entire fleet of more than 100 trucks to CNG.
• The City of Tempe, AZ began fueling their CNG trucks at their LCNG station that is operated and maintained by Clean Energy.
• The City of Scottsdale, AZ has started fueling their CNG refuse trucks at their station that was recently upgraded by Clean Energy.
• Clean Energy opened the first CNG station for USA Hauling, Connecticut’s largest waste & recycling company. Metro Taxi, Yellow Cab and AT&T CNG vehicles are also fueling at the station, which is located in Hartford.
• Covanta Essex opened its first CNG fueling station in Newark, NJ as part of the overall Covanta/Clean Energy national agreement.
• A CNG-fueled McNeilus-Kenworth concrete mixer in New York City
The ready-mix concrete truck sector has begun to make the transition to natural gas as a transportation fuel demonstrated by the number of CNG trucks on display at the World of Concrete exhibition this month. Clean Energy is fueling ready-mix concrete CNG trucks for Ferrara Bros. Building Materials Corp. in New York and Ozinga in the Midwest.
• Clean Energy is constructing its first fueling station for the asphalt industry in Wisconsin to serve Northeast Asphalt, Inc.’s new CNG-filling portable trailers to provide CNG for mobile asphalt plants.
• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Clean Energy co-founder T. Boone Pickens last week unveiled the first CNG-powered gourmet food truck owned by Neapolitan Express. The truck also features CNG-powered cooking equipment and generators. Clean Energy will be the exclusive fuel provider for Neapolitan as it rolls out additional CNG food trucks across the country.
• The City of Torrance, CA signed an agreement with Clean Energy to construct, own and operate a private CNG fueling facility for up to 70 buses and over 20 trash trucks.
• Clean Energy signed a contract with Veolia Transportation and another with MV Transportation, to construct, own and operate private CNG stations expected to fuel 150 Los Angeles Department of Transportation buses.
• The City of Tempe, AZ will replace 40 gasoline buses with CNG units that will fuel at a Clean Energy station.
• Long Beach, CA Transit completed its first phase to transition over 60 electric hybrid buses to CNG as part of a master agreement with Clean Energy to oversee maintenance of the its CNG fueling station.
• The cities of Las Vegas, Dallas and Los Angeles added para-transit vehicles to their existing fleets.
• Clean Energy customer and transit agency for San Bernardino County, CA, Omnitrans, was the first customer to receive 60 ft. articulated CNG buses built by New Flyer Industries, a leading manufacturer of CNG buses.
• Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is now taking delivery of five new CNG transit buses every week until the agency reaches its 452-bus order. DART will fuel its total CNG fleet, which includes 200 para-transit vehicles, at four CNG stations built by Clean Energy.
• Canton, OH’s transit agency, SARTA, has begun to fuel its CNG bus fleet at Clean Energy’s private and public fueling stations in the area.
• Super Shuttle, already one of the country’s leaders in the transition to CNG, is expanding its CNG fleet in California by over 100 new CNG vans.
• Clean Energy opened a new CNG station at Hertz Rent-A-Car’s LAX property.
• Clean Energy opened a CNG station at San Diego International Airport to service Enterprise Rental and Ace Parking among other fleet vehicles serving the area.
• Chicago added 63 CNG taxis and para-transit vehicles growing their total to over 400 NGV vehicles, an increase of 39% since the beginning of 2012.
• Partnering with Parking Company of America, Clean Energy opened two new stations at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
• Bell Transportation announced it is adding an additional 90 CNG taxis to their fleet that will fuel at Clean Energy’s station at the Las Vegas Airport.
• San Francisco Yellow Cab added 35 CNG taxis to their fleet, which fuels at Clean Energy’s SFO Airport station.
As the latest transportation sector to transition to natural gas, the long-haul trucking industry is adding trucks to their fleets, which are expected to fuel at Clean Energy’s LNG and CNG stations. Below are some of the most recent natural gas adopters:
• YRC Worldwide added four LNG trucks to their Southern California fleet.
• UPS has expanded their LNG fleet to 70 with 12 additional tractors that will fuel at Clean Energy’s Phoenix station.
• Modern Transportation ordered its first LNG tractors and will fuel at Clean Energy’s Latta, SC station along the I-95 corridor.
• Lancaster Foods deployed their first two LNG trucks in Maryland, where they will fuel at Clean Energy’s network of stations in the Mid-Atlantic area.
• 99 Cent Stores added 13 LNG trucks to their Southern California fleet.
• California Cartage Company signed an agreement with Clean Energy to construct a fueling station for yard hostlers at its container site in Los Angeles.
• Red Bull has recently deployed two new LNG trucks in CA.
• Land O’Lakes added eight LNG trucks to its CA fleet.
• Cintas has deployed four LNG trucks in CA.
Stations on Clean Energy’s America’s Natural Gas Highway Completed November 2012 – January 2013
• Gretna, NE Flying J
• West Memphis, AR Flying J
• Wells, NV Flying J
• Lafayette, LA Clean Energy
• Midland, TX Flying J
• Pontoon Beach, IL Flying J
• Roland, OK Pilot Station
• Perrysburg, OH Flying J
• Lake Station, IN Flying J
• Indianapolis, IN Flying J
• Shreveport, LA Flying J
• Cheyenne, WY Flying J
• Lake Havasu, AZ Pilot
• Jacksonville, FL Pilot
• Matthews, MO Flying J
• Mesquite, TX Clean Energy
• Oak Creek, WI Pilot
• Altoona, IA Pilot
• Fort Worth TX South Clean Energy
• Albuquerque, NM Flying J
• Coachella, CA Clean Energy
• Platte, NE Flying J
New Fueling Station Agreements Signed with Regional Partners
As Clean Energy continues to build out its America’s Natural Gas Highway, we have signed agreements with regional partners that provide a network of locations for additional natural gas fueling stations. We will work with the below partners to identify strategic locations for new Clean Energy stations.
• Road Ranger, a leading truck stop, gas station and convenience store chain in the Midwest
• Suhaan Group, a Houston-based regional operator of truck fueling stations
• Petroleum Wholesale, a Southwest operator of truck stations and gasoline stations
At New York City Hall, Boone Pickens joined Mayor Mike Bloomberg to unveil New York City's first mobile food truck fully-powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), Neapolitan Express.
Mayor Bloomberg commented, “((The truck produces almost three quarters less in greenhouse gas emissions than trucks that run on gasoline or diesel and that also reduces fuel costs by about 60 percent)).”
Mr. Pickens turned his hand to slinging pizzas while he showcased the benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Mr. Pickens also co-hosted Squawk Box on CNBC where he talked about domestic oil production, rising gasoline prices, and America’s energy future.
Some of the key points of the interview included that despite great strides in domestic energy production, U.S. consumers are seeing no relief in gasoline prices because oil is a global commodity and Saudi Arabia is the swing producer. OPEC is a cartel, and the best way to break the cartel and address rising fuel costs is to inject competing transportation fuels into the mix such as Natural Gas. Taking advantage of our expanding supplies of natural gas, particularly in the heavy duty truck and fleet market, is the most realistic way to solve the national security and economic threat tied to OPEC oil/diesel/gasoline.
With oil prices rising and thus gasoline/diesel fuel costs subsequently rising at the pump, natural gas must be looked at for a number of its features in replacing transportation fuel. Natural gas is a domestic fuel that is not influenced by the volatile oil market and it’s also the cleanest burning fossil fuel. Currently in New York City, CNG is $2.69 GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) roughly $1.00 - $1.50 per gallon less than gasoline/diesel.
Clean Energy has CNG stations in Canarsie, Greenpoint, JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport, Valhalla, Staten Island plus many more all throughout Long Island to Riverhead. There are plans to construct additional CNG stations in the NYC area which will be strategically located for fleets operating there.
The Green Car Journal Winter 2012/2013 edition, in an article titled, “Driving Natural Gas – Coast-to-Coast LNG fueling” Bill Siuru, discusses Clean Energy’s partnerships and dedication to constructing their national LNG station infrastructure also known as ANGH: “America’s Natural Gas Highway”.
Siuru writes, “Clean Energy Fuels has been hard at work building out a network of natural gas fueling stations along major trucking corridors across the country. The goal is to enable long-haul 18-wheelers to travel coast-to-coast, border-to-border on liquefied natural gas (LNG), a clean-burning and mostly domestic alternative fuel. To supply LNG for these trucks, Clean Energy has completed its initial phase with 70 LNG stations in operation and is moving ahead with another 80 planned for 2013. Many will be collocated at Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers. Pilot-Flying J operates the greatest number of truck stops in the U.S.
Why is this nationwide fueling network important? Truckers could save as much as 25 percent on their fuel bills while cutting CO2 emissions and helping meet the national goal of energy independence. These are three major transportation goals being addressed with a single strategy.
Joining in this effort is GE Oil & Gas, which is supplying its MicroLNG plants to produce LNG from pipeline natural gas. These plug-and-play modular plants can rapidly liquefy natural gas, producing between 50,000 to 250,000 tons per-year while using a minimum of real estate. This compares to half a million tons, or more, of LNG annually produced by large LNG production plants, usually for international export.
Initially, Clean Energy is purchasing two GE MicroLNG plants that can produce up to 250,000 gallons-per-day, an amount sufficient to fuel about 28,000 heavy-duty trucks. This could displace more than 139,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 7,000 trucks running on diesel fuel.
The two GE MicroLNG plants are planned to begin operation in 2015 at locations yet to be determined. As more fleets adopt LNG and demand for this natural gas fuel increases, plants could be expanded to produce up to a million gallons-per-day. Clean Energy plans to use a standardized design for these MicroLNG plants to facilitate building additional plants in the future.
Engine and truck manufacturers Cummins-Westport, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Navistar, Freightliner, and Caterpillar are all expected to have engines and Class-8 trucks available to use LNG. In 2013, four of the nation’s major truck manufacturers will offer the Cummins Westport 12-liter ISX12 G LNG engine as an option in long-haul Class 8 trucks. Compared to compressed natural gas used in light duty vehicles, LNG provides significantly longer driving range without compromising payload, making use of this fuel a very viable option.
Beyond applications as part of this nationwide fueling vision, MicroLNG plants can also provide small-scale LNG production for remote industrial and residential use. A MicroLNG plant can liquefy natural gas at any point along a gas distribution network. GE’s Micro LNG plants are also simple to install, operate, and maintain, and can be customized to meet a wide range of needs and site requirements.”
Natural gas: It’s cheaper, cleaner, greener, domestic, abundant, and here today.
Clean Energy is America’s largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation — your connection to natural gas fueling.
((We build, operate and maintain fueling stations that compress and dispense compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel for light- and medium-duty vehicles and dispense liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for heavy-duty vehicles)).
Trucks powered by cleaner, cheaper, domestic natural gas will soon travel the country on America’s Natural Gas Highway, our network of LNG truck fueling stations on Interstate Highways and in major metropolitan areas.
The first phase includes 150 fueling stations with approximately 70 antici¬pated to be open in 33 states by the end of 2012 and the balance in 2013. Many will be co-located at Pilot-Flying J Travel Centers already serving goods movement trucking.
The opening of these stations coincides with the expected arrival of new natural gas truck engines well suited for heavy-duty, over-the-road trucking.
In 2011, supporting the transition of trucking from diesel to natural gas fuel, we raised a total of $450 million investment in Clean Energy to help fund the development of these stations and other capital projects from Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), the nation’s second largest natural gas pro¬ducer, Boone Pickens, our Co-Founder, and a group of international investors.
We believe the time is right for taking this action to build the national LNG fueling infrastructure. We look forward to serving truckers and shippers on America’s Natural Gas Highway.
LNG truck fueling
• Can save up to $1.50 per gallon or more based on market conditions
• High-mileage truck incremental cost payback less than a year
• Lowers greenhouse gas emissions
• Helps reduce the use of imported oil
• Creates jobs in America
• Helps grow our economy
We want to hear from truck fleets and shippers about your needs for LNG fueling stations. Let us know where we can expand the highway network to support your deployment of LNG trucks.