Get ready to claim your $0.50/gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits and $30K alternative refueling infrastructure tax credits for 2014

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog/News

Get ready to claim your $0.50/gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits and $30K alternative refueling infrastructure tax credits for 2014

On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which holds among its dozens of provisions an extension of the federal $0.50/gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits and a return of the 30% alternative refueling infrastructure tax credits. The House passed the bill, H.R.5771, on Dec. 3. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation. The excise tax credits cover compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane autogas and other alternative transportation fuels. The incentive last expired at the end of 2013, and it had not been extended this year. H.R.5771 extends the measure through 2014, so all alt-fuel purchases made this calendar year are eligible for the credit. However, the lame-duck Congress did not opt to extend the credits into 2015 and beyond, and the many industries whose tax credits received only a one-year bump are hoping that the new Congress takes up more comprehensive, long-term tax incentives in 2015. For its part, the 30% alternative refueling infrastructure tax credit is an incentive designed to promote the buildout of CNG and other refueling stations. The credit is capped at $30,000. Additionally, H.R.5771 reinstates the $1,000 home refueling tax credit for 2014. We have called and personally informed about this development as well as the right way to capture those credits those clients that have purchased equipment through CNG Center. If you end up buying CNG fueling equipment from someone else or was operating public access CNG fueling station in 2014 please keep an eye on this development as it may help you to put thousands of dollars back in your...

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Trying to make sense of CNG terminology? Here’s a CNG glossary to help you.

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog/News

Trying to make sense of CNG terminology? Here’s a CNG glossary to help you.

Many of our callers are confused with the common CNG terminology. Please refer to this page as guide for your CNG glossary to better understand what those abbreviations stand for. Btu (British Thermal Unit) Btu corresponds to the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound mass of water by 1° F DGE (Diesel Gallon Equivalent) DGE corresponds to the amount of CNG containing the same energy content as one gallon of diesel. Ultra-low sulfur diesel has slightly less energy than traditional diesel, so 1.35 therms per DGE is commonly cited conversion rate. GGE (Gasoline Gallon Equivalent) GGE corresponds to the amount of CNG containing the same energy content as one gallon of gasoline. The typical conversion rate is 1.25 therms per GGE. Inlet or Suction Pressure Both inlet and suction pressure refer to the incoming pipeline gas pressure that supplies the CNG station. Inlet pressure is one of the main factors that determines the overall flow rate of a CNG station. LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) LNG is natural gas that has been cooled to -259 degrees Fahrenheit (-161 degrees Celsius) and then condensed into a colorless, odorless, non-corrosive and non-toxic liquid. LNG is characterized as a cryogenic liquid. Methane Methane (CH4), commonly known as natural gas, is an abundant, colorless gas that burns efficiently without many byproducts. As methane is naturally odorless, it has a distinctive odor added as a safety measure. MMBtu One Million Btu. PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) PSI refers to pressure measured with respect to atmosphere pressure. Pressure gauges are adjusted to read zero at the surrounding atmospheric pressure. SCF (Standard Cubic Foot) Contains approximately 1,000 BTU. SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet per Minute) SCFM is the standard measurement for the flow rate of gas. A CNG station with a flow rate of 125 SCFM equates to 1 GGE per minute. Therm 100,000 British thermal units (BTU). A common measure of gas as sold by utilities. Attached is a unit conversions fact sheet for most of the units used in Energy...

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CNG vs Diesel and ROI Calculator

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog/News

CNG vs Diesel and ROI Calculator

Natural gas vehicles help fleets go green and add green to the bottom line. While the cost of diesel continues to rise, the cost of natural gas remains steady and significantly cheaper. Use this CNG vs Diesel calculator below to find out how much money you can save by choosing Natural Gas fuel for your vehicles. CNG vs Diesel 1. CNG prices are typically listed in gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE). For comparison purposes, all CNG prices and cost calculations include a conversion into diesel gallon equivalent (DGE). DISCLAIMER: Calculated savings based on testing performed by DTNA and customer input. Calculation includes numerous assumptions please click assumptions button in a player. Actual savings may vary and will depend on a variety of factors including load equipment type, driver performance, distances traveled, road conditions, vehicle speed, idle time, PTO time, etc. CNG ROI Calculator This payback depends on the efficiency of the vehicles and the mileage a company puts on its regular gasoline fuel truck fleet. The lower the efficiency and the higher the mileage, there will be a quicker return on...

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More grants in Texas for CNG equipment in 2013

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog/News

There are plenty of grants in Texas for CNG ! In Texas and across the nation, air pollution is a problem. Many cities and communities in the eastern half of Texas, along with El Paso, are not meeting the air quality standards that have been established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Other cities in the eastern region of our state are on the verge of failing to meet these EPA standards. Everyday activities, such as driving a vehicle and operating industrial equipment, contribute to the creation of two types of pollutants—nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These pollutants combine readily in hot, stagnant air to form ground-level ozone, which, in high concentrations, can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea, and throat and lung irritation. Texas strongly support the implementation and promotion of Alternative Fuel Infrastructure development and have committed serious money through a number of TERP programs like Alternative Fueling Facilities Program, to offset the initial price tag. We see lots of grants in Texas for CNG equipment purchase and CNG fueling station development. The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) was established by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, through enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 5 . The TERP includes a number of voluntary financial incentive programs, as well as other assistance programs, to help improve the air quality in Texas. The goals of the TERP, as set forth in SB5, are to: assure that the air in this state is safe to breathe and meets minimum federal standards established under the Federal Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. section 7407); develop multipollutant approaches to solving the state’s environmental problems; and adequately fund research and development that will make the state a leader in new technologies that can solve its environmental problems while creating new business and industry in the state. In addition to these general goals, a primary purpose of the TERP is to replace, through voluntary incentive programs, the reductions in emissions of oxides of nitrogen that would have been achieved through two mandatory measures that SB5 directed the TCEQ to remove from the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston-Galveston (HGA) ozone nonattainment areas. Those reductions totaled 35.2 tons per day (tpd), to be achieved in 2007. Besides TERP funds for CNG fueling stations and CNG conversions local organizations introduce grants to stimulate the interest which can greatly help to get a shorter term ROI on your investment. If you are looking for a grants in Texas for CNG equipment purchase and station development please give us a call so that we can advice availability of State and Federal government funding in your area. Other States also have numerous inventive programs to stimulate CNG station development and we can assist you with properly locating all that may be applicable for your project. See the latest list...

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Total Cost Converting to CNG with CNG Station

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog/News, Tips

Total Cost Converting to CNG with CNG Station

Many fleets and municipalities are not making a commitment to use natural gas as a transportation fuel because the fleet managers do not have enough information to accurately estimate the total cost converting to CNG including CNG vehicle conversion, CNG fueling station development and all other tasks and costs associated with the process. An article below does a great job painting a big picture and we are glad to share it with you, our customers and subscribers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a feasibility study applicable for your particular fleet. Total cost converting to CNG April 2013, Government Fleet – Cover Story By Shelley Mika At a GlanceIn addition to vehicle conversions and fueling facility construction, the costs of switching to compressed natural gas (CNG) include: Maintenance facility upgrades Technician training Backup fueling Fueling facility maintenance and repair CNG tank inspection and replacement. Converting vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) has some clear and immediate benefits. From the beginning, fleets that rely on CNG can expect lower fuel costs, cleaner running engines, lower maintenance costs, and fewer emissions. For these benefits, however, fleets pay a price. At first, the costs of CNG conversion seem just as clear as the benefits: purchasing new vehicles, converting old ones, and building fueling stations. But as fleets dig into the planning and implementation of a CNG program, other costs emerge. Five industry professionals share their experiences and shed light on the total costs of converting to CNG — and how to avoid budgetary surprises. Unexpected Capital Costs The true costs of CNG can be broken down into two categories: capital expenses and operating expenses. Beyond the purchase or conversion of fleet units and the building of fueling stations, capital expenses include modifications to maintenance facilities, backup fueling stations, and station upgrades. ■ Modifications to Maintenance Facilities: Fleets that service their own vehicles need to make modifications to maintenance facilities — and before CNG vehicles come on board. Specific code requirements exist for facilities that service natural gas vehicles. If your maintenance facility is old or outdated this effort can add few bucks to the total cost of converting to CNG. “The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines some requirements for maintenance upgrades, but local building codes might be even more restrictive in regards to maintenance facilities,” said Steve Riley, automotive director, City of Coral Gables, Fla. “A lot of the building upgrades would be required right away, before you start working on CNG vehicles — or any vehicle that runs on lighter-than-air fuel.” In order to safely accommodate lighter-­than-air fuel, maintenance facility upgrades include pressure gauges, leak-detection equipment, and proper ventilation. Without modifications, the CNG fuel system can’t be maintained or repaired inside the maintenance facility. “Costs for the facility upgrades will vary dramatically, depending on the size of the facility, its age, and its current configuration,” said...

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CNG Codes & CNG Standards Training

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog/News

CNG Codes & CNG Standards Training

Black Hills Energy, in cooperation with the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi), is sponsoring a “CNG Codes & Standards Training” for fire marshals, code officials, and anyone who converts, builds, operates and/or maintains NGVs or CNG equipment. This one-day training will provide an overview of the codes and standards related to CNG vehicles, fueling station design, and vehicle maintenance facilities. Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Time: 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Location: Quality Inn, 1511 Center Park Rd, Lincoln, NE Registration Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2013 Lunch and break items will be provided, along with all course materials, in the cost of registration. During the course, participants will learn: – CNG Fueling Station Codes and Regulations – Codes and Standards Covering Vehicular CNG Cylinders and the Onboard Fuel System – Vehicle Maintenance Facility Codes and Standards Specific codes addressed will include but are not limited to: – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 52 Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70 National Electrical Code – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 30A Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 496 – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Section VIII, Division 1 and Division 2 – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 68 Venting of Deflagrations – ISO 13631 – 2002 – ANSI NGV 1,2,3 and 4 – SAE J1616 – DOT/FMVSS 304 – CGA C-6.4 – International Mechanical Code – International Fire Code – International Building...

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