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Town of Hornbeck to install CNG Station in Leesville

For Immediate Release: Town of Hornbeck to install Compressed Natural Gas Station in Leesville
Monday, March 31, 2014

Contact:

Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-342-7972
ashaneyfelt@louisianacleanfuels.org

Lauren Lambert-Tompkins, Co-Coordinator
Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-485-2522
llambert@louisianacleanfuels.org

LEESVILLE, La.-The Town of Hornbeck announced Friday its plan to install a fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Station in Leesville. The announcement took place across the street from the future location of the CNG Station, at 1001 N. 6th Street, Leesville.

The CNG station will be open to public and private use. The Town of Hornbeck has received commitments from Progressive Waste Solutions in Vernon Parish to use the stations once their fleet is converted to CNG.

Hornbeck Mayor Clarence Beebe stated, “I believe natural gas is positioned to be the number one alternative fuel to help the U.S. achieve energy independence.”

Mayor Beebe cited four key factors in the Hornbeck’s choice to invest in alternative fuels:

Natural Gas is abundant. “America is the number one producer of natural gas in the world,” said Mayor Beebe. “In 2011, Louisiana ranked second in natural gas production behind Texas, producing more than 3 million cubic feet of natural gas.”

Natural gas is clean. Mayor Beebe stated that “the emissions from natural gas used as a transportation fuel is 80 per cent less than gasoline or diesel.”

Natural gas is affordable. “Depending on the application,” said Mayor Beebe, “natural gas offers a 30-50 per cent savings over other fuels.”

Natural gas is safe. He stated, “Natural gas is lighter than air. If, and when, you have a leak, it will dissipate quickly."

The Town of Hornbeck already manages a significant natural gas system throughout Vernon Parish, so there is a natural progression for the town council to begin offering CNG to local businesses and install a CNG station.

Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, stated “Hornbeck is a little town with big ideas. I believe that this announcement will encourage other municipalities to follow their lead. The use of alternative fuels in transportation is not just better for the environment, it makes fiscal sense; we produce natural gas in our own state—let’s use it.”

City of Leesville Mayor Robert Rose spoke on Leesville and Hornbeck’s collaboration, “The Town of Hornbeck will be helping the parish government, local industry and local consumers realize the same cost saving benefits. Welcome to Leesville, Mayor Beebe. We're glad you've decided to open up shop here."

According to Progressive Waste Solutions, conversion of its fleet to natural gas helps municipalities meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reduces pollution in the neighborhoods they serve.

Mayor Beebe will be a speaker at the Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo, May 16th at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. The conference is free and open to the public, but you must register online to attend at http://louisianacleanfuels.org/meetinginfo.php 

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a 501(c)3 non-profit Clean Cities Coalition. The mission of LCF is to advance that state’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve these goals by employing a variety of strategies including the promotion of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

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Webinar: Clean Cities Tools and Resources

Webinar: Learn about Clean Cities Tools from the experts!
LCF Stakeholders are invited to participate in a Clean Cities webinar on Friday, March 28 at 1pm ET.

Alexis Schayowitz and Sara Forni, from ICF International, and the Clean Cities Technical Response Service (TRS) team are presenting, "The Best of The Clean Cities Tools and Resources" webinar, on March 31st, 1pm ET.  You will learn about the top 10 resources the Clean Cities Technical Response Service uses to answer common questions related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum-reduction strategies.  During this webinar, they will feature popular Alternative Fuels Data Center tools, as well as resources available from the national laboratories, other federal agencies.

No pre-registration is required. 

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Key Biodiesel Vehicle and Fueling Infrastructure Terms

Question of the Month: What are the key terms to know when discussing biodiesel fuel, vehicles, and infrastructure?

Answer: It is important to know how to “talk the talk” when it comes to biodiesel and the associated vehicles and infrastructure. Becoming familiar with the terms below will help you better understand the fuel so you can ask the right questions and make informed decisions.

Fuel 
Biodiesel is a domestically produced renewable fuel that can be manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel is considered an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/RFS) and is the only such fuel that is commercially available nationwide.

Neat biodiesel, also known as B100, is biodiesel in its pure, unblended form. B100 is considered an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992. B100 fuel is often blended with petroleum diesel. Blends are represented in shorthand as BX, where the “X” is the percentage of biodiesel in the fuel. For example, B2 is 2% biodiesel and 98% petroleum diesel. All blends of biodiesel result in emissions reductions and petroleum displacement, as compared to conventional petroleum diesel. Popular blends include:

  •          B20 is the most common biodiesel blend in the United States because it offers a good balance of cost, emissions reductions, cold-weather performance, materials compatibility, and ability to act as a solvent. While B20 is not considered an alternative fuel under EPAct 1992, covered fleets (fleets subject to EPAct and related regulations) may earn EPAct credits for the use of blends of B20 or above.
  •          B5 is another common blend that can be used in most diesel passenger vehicles and trucks without violating the vehicle warranty.


Vehicles Types
Biodiesel and conventional diesel vehicles are one in the same. Biodiesel blends can be used in most compression-ignition diesel vehicles without any engine modifications. However, operators should check their warranty to best understand what blend is optimized for their vehicle. The National Biodiesel Board maintains a list of automakers and engine manufacturers’ positions on biodiesel blends in their vehicles, specifically the biodiesel blends supported and encouraged by vehicle manufacturers (http://www.biodiesel.org/using-biodiesel/oem-information/oem-statement-summary-chart).

Fuel Production
Biodiesel is produced by converting oils and fats into chemicals called long-chain mono alkyl esters, also referred to as fatty acid methyl esters, through a process called transesterification. The feedstock reacts with a short-chain alcohol (e.g., methanol) in the presence of a catalyst (e.g., sodium hydroxide) to produce biodiesel and glycerin, a co-product. Raw oils, such as straight vegetable oil or waste vegetable oil, that have not been converted to biodiesel through this process should not be used in vehicles, as they can cause engine damage and void warranties.

 Specifications and Standards
ASTM International sets specifications for fuels, including biodiesel. Biodiesel used as engine fuel should meet the following standards:

 
The National Biodiesel Accreditation Program, BQ9000(http://www.bq-9000.org/), is a voluntary accreditation program for fuel producers and marketers that combines the ASTM standards with a quality systems program.

 Fueling Infrastructure Components
A biodiesel station includes many of the same components as a diesel station, including the fuel storage tank(s), dispenser(s), andhanging hardware (e.g., hoses, nozzles).

Prior to introducing biodiesel, station managers should thoroughly clean existing components. This is because of the "cleaning effect" of biodiesel, which can dissolve accumulated sediments, cause contamination, and plug filters.

When building or converting existing infrastructure to handle biodiesel, it is important to check for compatibility with biodiesel or biodiesel blends. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) continues to test fueling equipment, including dispensers, aboveground storage tanks, underground storage tanks (USTs), piping, coatings, sumps, and heating equipment for use with biodiesel and biodiesel blends.UL-listed B20 equipment is available from Husky, OPW Fueling Components, Veyance Technologies, Franklin Fueling, and Gilabarco Veeder-Root—in fact, all new dispensers sold by Gilbarco Veeder-Root as of 2014 are UL listed for B20. Equipment vendors can also provide information about the compatibility of their products. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Guidance on Compatibility of UST Systems with Ethanol Blends Greater than 10 Percent and Biodiesel Blends Greater than 20 Percent (http://www.epa.gov/oust/compend/biofuels-compat-guidance.pdf), which outlines how UST owners and operators can demonstrate compliance with EPA requirements.

Additional information on biodiesel fuel, vehicles, and infrastructure can be found on the Alternative Fuels Data Center Biodiesel page (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/biodiesel.html) and on the National Biodiesel Board website (http://www.biodiesel.org/). 

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800-254-6735

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UPS to use propane in Louisiana

Residents of Louisiana and Oklahoma will soon have environmental peace of mind when UPS delivers their packages using propane-fueled trucks. UPS plans to spend $70 million dollars on the purchase of 1,000 propane trucks and 50 propane-fueling stations, of which one third will be utilized in Louisiana.

Propane is a popular alternative fuel due to its domestic availability, high-energy density, clean-burning qualities, and relatively low cost.

David Abney, UPS Chief Operating Officer, says that this move toward alternative fuels is part of a greater initiative to use environmentally friendly and cost effective fuels once infrastructure is in place.

UPS expects operations to begin mid-year and to be completed by early 2015.

LCF is excited to see more propane and other alternative fuel utility trucks! If you are affiliated with a business considering converting your fleet to an alternative fuel, contact us today. 

See the following links for more reports on UPS's conversion to propane:
http://theadvocate.com/home/8547459-125/ups-to-launch-70-million
http://businessreport.com/article/20140305/BUSINESSREPORT0112/140309947

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