Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy, Colorado’s two investor-owned utilities, filed applications last week seeking to support plans for widespread electrification of transportation.
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California’s trade organization for promoting hydrogen as a more widely used transportation and stationary fuel has endorsed Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) initiative to shift increasingly to the use of renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, seeing there is an opening for hydrogen ultimately becoming the primary source of decarbonized gas produced at a mass scale.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 16 bills covering zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) and climate change mitigation efforts last week, as university researchers published a study verifying the long-term viability of renewable natural gas (RNG) sources in the state.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday awarded more than $36 million for clean energy freight transportation in the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports and other clean transportation projects — $24 million for freight transportation and $12 million for other projects. The South Coast Air Quality Management District and Long Beach Harbor Department each received $10 million, and the Los Angeles Harbor Department received $4.5 million to carry out field demonstrations of medium- and heavy-duty cargo handling equipment that have zero and near-zero emissions. Last year, CEC launched the state’sSustainable Freight Action Plan, supported by grants from the statewide alternative/renewable fuel and vehicle technology program. Zero emission and near-zero emission technologies are involved in the program.
Renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, could be a major job-creator in California and add up to $14 billion to the state’s economy, according to a report released Monday at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, CA.
Alternative transportation manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. has begun production of the near-zero (NZ) variant of the 8.9-liter ISL G natural gas vehicle (NGV) engine in Rocky Mount, NC. The NZ engine was first certified a year ago (see Daily GPI,Oct. 8, 2015).
Large-volume natural gas users in California are feeling the aftershocks in markedly higher pipeline transportation rates after the San Bruno pipeline and Aliso Canyon storage well infrastructure breakdowns, according to comments and questions at a recent industry meeting in Denver.
Rex Energy Corp. said Monday it would begin moving half of its natural gas production in Western Pennsylvania to premium markets on the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest in November.
After recently bringing online two “major” growth projects, with two more on the way, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP (BWP) management on Monday announced three initiatives worth about $65 million that are intended to add end-use markets to the company’s natural gas system and grow its liquids-related business.
Corporate and government sector policymakers are gravitating toward increased use of alternative transportation fuels, including natural gas and renewable natural gas (RNG). The CEO of the nation’s largest gas utility said that in the years ahead all of the alternatives from electric vehicles (EV) to fuel cell technology will be needed.