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The mission of CNG for Upstate NY is to foster learning, collaboration and action on CNG vehicle fueling and infrastructure as it relates to the Upstate New York region and natural gas utilization for transportation.

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March 15, 2013 - 

New CNG Vehicle Filling Station opens in Sheridan, NY 

A new CNG vehicle filling station has opened in Sheridan, NY near I-90 exit 58.  This station will service fleets and privately owned vehicles.

>>Read more here!______________________________________________________________

August 7, 2012 -

New York Budget Bill Sales Tax Changes 2012-2013

"Fuel Sales Tax Changes

The 2012-2013 budget bill extends the alternative fuel tax exemptions until September 1, 2014. This includes a partial sales and use tax exemption (see New York code Article 28 and Article 29).

In addition, the bill changes the classification of certain types of diesel motor fuel:

  • It removes crude oil from the definition of diesel motor fuel, exempting it from sales and use tax. 
  • It allows diesel fuel distributors to “. . . sell undyed qualified biodiesel to another distributor of diesel motor fuel without excise tax, petroleum business tax, and prepaid sales tax.”
  • It removes the restriction “. . . that non-highway diesel motor fuel cannot be sold without prepaid sales tax if the fuel was previously subject to tax.”

    These amendments took effect June 1, 2012. See Technical Amendments Related to Diesel Motor Fuel for more information......"

    >>Read more here! 


    July 12, 2012 -

    ARPA-E Announces New Projects to Advance Innovative Natural Gas Vehicle Technologies

    "HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman today announced 13 new cutting-edge research projects that will receive a total of $30 million to find new ways of harnessing America’s abundant natural gas supplies for cars and trucks and expand the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel. Through its Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), the Department’s new program, titled Methane Opportunities for Vehicular Energy - or “MOVE” – aims to engineer light-weight, affordable natural gas tanks for vehicles and develop natural gas compressors that can efficiently fuel a natural gas vehicle at home.

    “These innovative projects will leverage the ingenuity of U.S. scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to develop breakthrough technologies to fuel cars with natural gas,” said Deputy Secretary Poneman. “These projects could transform America’s energy infrastructure and economy by utilizing domestic energy sources to power our vehicles, reducing our reliance on imported oil, and increasing American energy security......"

    >>Read more here! 


    June 18, 2012 -

    Volvo Expands North American Natural Gas Powered Lineup

    "The Volvo Group will expand its range of trucks powered by natural gas in the North American market.

    Under the Mack brand, the range of trucks powered by natural gas will include two more models during 2013, the Mack Pinnacle and Mack Granite.

    Under this expansion, the Volvo Group will now be able to offer North American customers trucks powered by natural gas in the distribution and construction segment under the Mack brand.

    The Mack TerraPro model is already available to customers in the waste management segment. All models will be offered with engines powered by either liquid natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).

    Earlier this year, the Volvo Group announced that it planned to launch a proprietarily developed 13-liter engine for liquid natural gas under the Volvo brand in the North American market in 2014. With the new solutions, the Volvo Group will capitalize on the expertise built up over many years with respect to developing alternative powertrains......"

    >>Read more here! 


    May 2, 2012 -  Wendel Press Release

    Wendel to build new GRTC CNG Fueling Station

    "The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) has sought out Engineering Technical Services/Construction Management for a Design/Build construction of an on-site Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. Wendel Duchscherer Architects & Engineers, PC (Wendel) and subconsultants Bath Engineering and Forella Group were retained by GRTC to design and construct the CNG fueling station, performing all activities and tasks necessary to deliver the turn-key station¾including all site infrastructure and station construction, testing, commissioning and start-up.

    In January 2010 GRTC completed construction of its new Operations and Maintenance Facility in Richmond, VA, and is now looking to incorporate an on-site CNG substation into the facility. Over time GRTC will convert its entire fleet from diesel fuel to CNG. GRTC currently has 166 buses and 75 special transit vans to be converted, and various support vehicles that will not be converted....."

    >>Read more here! 


    April 17th, 2012 - Article

    The Frito-Lay Pledges a Major Shift Toward Natural-Gas Trucking

    "On Tuesday, Frito-Lay announced it would add 67 trucks that would run on compressed natural gas, known as C.N.G., to its fleet. Eventually, the company said, a majority of its longer-range vehicles would run on C.N.G., as well as liquefied natural gas for longer-distance hauls.

    The C.N.G.-powered trucks would save the equivalent of $2.50 a gallon compared with diesel at current prices, as well as reduce greenhouse emissions by 23 percent when compared with diesel rigs, the company said. Currently, 18 trucks burning natural gas in 8.9-liter Cummins Westport engines are undergoing a pilot test.

    “The good news is that it’s a win-win for us, both in terms of our sustainability strategy and reducing our costs,” Michael O’Connell, senior director of fleet capability at Frito-Lay, said in an interview. “The payback for the extra cost of the natural gas trucks is a year and a half, so it’s a little bit of a no-brainer. We retire approximately 125 tractors a year, and we plan to replace as many of them as we can with natural gas.” He said it could take six to seven years to convert all of the company’s tractor-trailers...."

    >>Read more here!  Article originally published by the New York Times


    March 26th, 2012

    The Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles Workshop 4/18/12

    A comprehensive one-day workshop for public and private fleet operators and clean-air / clean-transportation policymakers.  The event is co-hosted by the Upstate NY Clean Cities Coalitions with Stephe Yborra as the presenter.  The event will be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn & Conference Center.

    Why We’re Here: Economic, environmental and national energy security market drivers are prompting the move to compressed natural gas (CNG)- and liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered vehicles.
    NGVs 101
    : Overview of natural gas and NGV basics.
    Best Bets
    : Which fleet/vehicle applications are the best candidates for successful NGV programs and why.
    Available light-, medium- and heavy-duty NGVs and the sales-service channels that support them.
    Fill’er Up
    : Fuel station design, development, ownership and operations options for fleets of all sizes.
    Identifying and securing available federal and state tax incentives and grants ("other people’s money"), which further improve NGV economics.
    Been There - Done That
    : NGV fleet operators share experiences and tips.
    Dollars and "Sense": A review of NGV program economics including how to calculate fuel costs, simple payback and life-cycle savings.
    Next Steps
    : Tips on how you can implement a successful NGV program.

    Register for the event and see the full curriculum by clicking below.
    >>Read more here! 


    December 29th, 2011 -

    More Natural Gas Fueling Stations Coming, Honda Civic NG Owners Rejoice

    "The fact is, there is so much natural gas available in the U.S. that it’s actually being sold off as an export. Part of the reason is because currently Americans account for 112,000 or less than 1 percent of the world total of natural gas burning vehicles. Most of those are 18-wheel big rigs or fleet vehicles, but the Civic GX accounts for 13,000 since appearing on the American market 13 years ago.

    It isn’t hard to understand why there are so few sold: of the roughly 180,000 gas stations across the U.S., there are roughly 1000 that offer natural gas. That means no road trips, no fooling around with the refuel light and little forgiveness if you happen to run the tank dry..
    >>Read more here! 


    November 17th, 2011 - NYS Public Service Commission

    National Fuel NGV Pilot Program Approved 

    "The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today, in a move to spur the development of natural gas-powered vehicles in New York State and reduce the state’s reliance on imported gasoline, approved a National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation partnership for natural gas vehicles pilot program.

    The Commission opined that development and growth of natural gas-fueled vehicles can play an important role to improve the state’s energy profile, but the economics of these systems may be a barrier to acceptance. This unique pilot program in New York will help demonstrate the economic feasibility and evaluate the impact on the utility infrastructure of the natural gaspowered vehicles...."
    >>Read more here! 


    November 17th, 2011 - Article

    Honda Civic Natural Gas wins 2012 Green Car of the Year Award

    "The Honda Civic Natural Gas won the 2012 Green Car of the Year award at the L.A. Auto Show Thursday. The car is the cleanest-running internal combustion vehicle certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with a 48 MPGe highway fuel economy rating.

    "There is no other vehicle like the Civic Natural Gas on American highways, and this recognition has been a long time coming for Honda," said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal, which issues the annual award. "The new-generation Civic Natural Gas features greater fuel efficiency, a handsome and roomier new design and tailpipe emissions levels untouchable by any other internal combustion production vehicle...."
    >>Read more here! 


    November 11th, 2011 -

    Introducing the CNGNow Mobile App - find your station!

    "When we first considered this app, we immediately recognized a major problem many NGV drivers were having. The station data that exists is often times flawed, inaccurate, nonexistent or straight-up wrong.

    Our goal is to fix this.  We started with the most accurate data available to us (it came from the Department of Energy). Subsequently, we contacted as many stations as we could get a hold of to confirm the data and add prices......"
    >>Read more here!