LCF Member Spotlight: Cummins Inc.

    Cummins turns 100 this year, so we celebrate their achievements over the last century!

    Cummins was first founded in February 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, and the company first began with only four employees. Today, the company has grown to more than 58,000 employees working across five different divisions, and Cummins is renewing its commitment to the message: “Challenge the impossible.”

    Cummins is organized into five “distinct but complementary business segments.” The Engine Segment specializes in designing and producing engines, particularly diesel and natural gas engines. The Power Systems Segment is “a global provider of high-speed high-horsepower engines and power generation equipment, including standby and prime power generator sets, alternators, switchgear and other components.” The Components Segment is further split into several businesses: Filtration, Turbo Technologies, Emission Solutions, and Electronics and Fuel Systems. The Distribution Segment deals with sales and distribution all over the world. The newest Cummins business segment, the Electrified Power Segment, is “positioned to provide fully electric and hybrid powertrain solutions along with technology leading components and subsystems to serve all our markets as they adopt electrification.” Within this segment, Cummins is working on the Cummins Battery Electric System and the Cummins Power Hybrid Plug-In systems for buses.

    Cummins’ mission of “making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world” is certainly shown through their efforts in the last hundred years. Not only is Cummins committed to creating a better world through cleaner technology such as their emissions software, electrification projects, and natural gas engines, they are also committed to improving their company for Cummins employees. Just this year, Cummins was given a perfect score “as part of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI).” In addition, Cummins was also recognized this year by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), “which awarded Cummins its We Award for Outstanding Professional Development.” The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) also presented Cummins with its Chairman’s Award at their 45th Annual Convention this year. To add to the long list of honors Cummins has recently received, this past March Cummins was “named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 12th consecutive year as well as to the FTSE4Good’s index, which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices.”

    Here’s a quick look back at some important highlights in Cummins’ storied history:

    • 1999: Cummins Powers Asia’s First Alternative Fuel Fleet
      • “To help improve the city’s air quality, a fleet of 300 B5.9 natural-gas-powered Beijing Public Transit buses take to the streets of Beijing, China.
    • 2001: Cummins Emission Solutions Established
      • “Cummins Emission Solutions brings the design, development and manufacturing of exhaust aftertreatment systems in-house, demonstrating that the company could be green and profitable at the same time.”
    • 2005: Diesel-Electric Hybrid Heavy Truck
      • “The Oshkosh HEMITT A3 becomes the first production-ready diesel-electric hybrid heavy truck. The ProPulse drive system features a Cummins 9-liter ISL 400-horsepower engine that runs at constant revolutions per minute (rpm), and an electrical generator that drives four-wheel motors. The 30-ton tactical truck has a 65 mile per hour speed with 20 percent improved fuel efficiency and delivers 200 kilowatt (kW) power for external use.”
    • 2006: Advancing into Electrification
      • “With the introduction of more than 1,000 diesel-electric hybrid buses in North America, 2006 is a breakthrough year for Cummins. The company’s move into early electrification would impact both fuel economy and environmental progress.”
    • 2014: Cummins Unveils First Comprehensive Sustainability Plan
      • “Cummins releases its most extensive environmental sustainability plan to date, establishing public goals seeking to reduce water and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas and waste production.”
    • 2017: AEOS: The World’s First Electric Heavy-Duty Truck
      • “Surging ahead of Tesla, Cummins unveils AEOS, a fully electrified heavy-duty truck. The Class 7 demonstration tractor is capable of hauling a 22-ton trailer and leaving the impossible in the past.”
    • 2018: Doubling Down on Electrified Power
      • “Launched in February, Cummins adds Electrified Power to its lineup of business segments. The move solidifies the company's commitment to electrification and its long-term possibilities. With acquisitions of Brammo, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., Cummins continues to turn challenges into opportunities.”
    • 2019: Cummins Celebrates 100 Years

    We at LCF would like to wish Cummins a happy centennial anniversary, and we look forward to seeing how they “challenge the impossible” for the next century!

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    LCF Member Spotlight: The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

    The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (aka the RNG Coalition) is a non-profit, member-led organization that advocates for the advancement of renewable natural gas (RNG), also called biogas or biomethane. Renewable natural gas is a natural, gaseous byproduct of decomposing organic matter, and it is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and can be used in natural gas vehicles. Their website offers RNG industry news, a map of RNG production facilities in North America, RNG events, and resources for learning about RNG and its use and production.  According to their website, the mission of the RNG Coalition is to “[advocate] for increased renewable natural gas development and deployment so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy supply.”

    To that end, the RNG Coalition offers an RNG ACADEMY, The RNG ACADEMY is an innovative, full-day continuing education program all about Renewable Natural Gas. The program is designed for executive and nonexecutive employees of Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) and Natural Gas Pipeline Utility Companies operating in North America. Companies can register for a date and time for the academy and bring the RNG Coalition directly to their company headquarters to teach on-site. A webinar feature is now available with the RNG Academy; interested companies can now schedule the same full-day RNG Academy program and participate via webinar vs. scheduling a program on-site. The purpose of the program is to offer an introduction to “the public policies and related markets driving RNG production - and increased LDC engagement with the RNG industry - across North America.” The program also boasts RNG industry experts who will be on hand to answer questions during the event or the accompanying lunch or breakfast.

    As part of their commitment to renewable and clean fuel, the RNG Coalition, along with NGV America, recently released an on-road RNG use report explaining increased RNG usage and how RNG use is lowering emissions. The RNG Coalition reports in a news release that “32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG),” which, according to the title, is a “historic high” for RNG usage.  The news release goes on to say that “[over] the last five years, RNG use as a transportation fuel has increased 577 percent, displacing over seven million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).” This educational infographic, shown below, illustrates the importance of RNG as a clean, renewable fuel and shows how its growing usage is benefitting the environment.

    The RNG Coalition is also hosting their annual RNG SUMMIT from May 14-15 in Washington, DC. The RNG SUMMIT "features a federal Legislative & Regulatory Policy Forum, strategic Capitol Hill meetings and multiple mid-year Networking Events - including two adjoining suites during the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets baseball game." The event looks to provide RNG industry representatives with updates on the RNG industry and federal policy and provide a forum for education and advocacy.

    RNG Coalition Website

    RNG Academy Page and Informational Pamphlet

    RNG Coalition natural gas usage news release

    RNG SUMMIT Information

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    LCF Member Spotlight: SporTran's Electric and CNG Bus Fleet

    Fleet Name: SporTran

    Vehicles: 5 Proterra Electric Buses and 36 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Buses

    Domicile Site: Shreveport, Louisiana

    Fleet Purpose: Fixed route paratransit service

    Alternative Fuel or Technology: Electric and CNG

    When Started: SporTran has been operating a transit service since the 1870s and began switching to alternative fuel vehicles in 2010, replacing their last diesel bus in 2017 with the purchase of 5 Proterra buses.

    Leadership: SporTran’s President and CEO, Dinero Washington, has been an incredible leader with SporTran but also as President of Louisiana’s Public Transportation Association.

    Vision: SporTran’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation for Shreveport and Bossier, Louisiana. An integral part of this mission is their switch to alternative fuels in their fleet, which has resulted in less vehicle downtime, fuel and maintenance cost saves, and cleaner air for the citizens that SporTran serves. SporTran was the first fleet in Louisiana to operate a 100% alternative fuel fleet, and the first transportation fleet in the state to operate electric buses. The purchase of their 5 Proterra buses is projected to save the fleet $2.2 million in fuel and maintenance costs over their 12-year lifetime, and SporTran expects to purchase more Proterra buses as they replace older vehicles. In 2017 alone, SporTran’s dedication to alternative fuel vehicles has offset the production of over 500,000 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum and over 1,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Left to right: Dinero Washington, President and CEO of SporTran; Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels; Dale Hill, Founder of Proterra

    Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards talking at the 2017 ribbon cutting for SporTran’s five new Proterra buses.

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