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38K People Die a Year due to Diesel NOx

Read this article the other day and was floored by the findings of the Environmental Health Analytics and the US & International Council on Clean Transportation.

Currently 38,000 people in Europe, China & India die every year early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official emissions limits on NOx. Let me state that again…38,000!!!! We are talking premature death due to heart & lung disease, strokes, etc.

What is even more terrifying is that NOx emissions are rising at such an alarming rate that if further pollution controls are not put in place, the death toll could rise to 174,000 people a year by 2040. This number also does not account for any direct health costs associated with such emissions.

Clearly, something needs to be done to avert the existing & growing health crisis!

CNG is one of the many options out there and we hope companies will continue making the switch from dirty and life threatening diesel to clean compressed natural gas to fuel their fleets.

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Pickens: Use the VW Settlement for NatGas Vehicles

USGasVehicles.com posted a fantastic opinion piece by T Boone Pickens regarding the VW Settlement & the guiding criteria State Regulators in Oklahoma and all over the United States who are tasked with distributing over $16 BILLION, could use to increase natural gas vehicle adoption and make the United States more energy independent.

To Summarize:

  1. Use funds to replace vehicles that perform under current federal NOx limits.
  2. Treat all vehicles equally. In other words; replace dirty diesel powered medium and heavy duty with new, clean burning natural gas trucks. Batteries in electric vehicles will not power 18-wheeler vehicles and cost at least 5 times more so spending the funds where it logically makes sense.
  3. Spend the money on private fleets as opposed to state fleets since the money is coming from a corporation and not the taxpayers.

 

Mr. Pickens’ main point: “If Oklahoma uses these funds to replace aging fleets, this will be a “one-and-done” deal. On the other hand, if the money is used to provide incentives for the public and private sectors to purchase natural gas-powered vehicles, the positive effects on reducing NOx emissions will be magnified many times over the years.”

At Freedom CNG, we are here to support fleets in their transition from diesel to natural gas. Call or email us today so we can help you start burning CNG today!

281-484-3875 or info@Freedom-CNG.com

 

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New Chapter in NGV Adoption

We at Freedom CNG really enjoyed this article and interview by Matthew Veazey of RigZone.com. In it, he discusses the state of the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) industry and has some solid questions for Matt Godlewski of the NGVAmerica.

Some items to note:

“NGVAmerica reports that there are more than 160,000 NGVs in the United States; the worldwide figure is approximately 15.2 million, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center

Per Godlewski: “NGVs are the only alternative fuel with engines and vehicles available today for a variety of applications – waste and recycling, transit, long- and short-haul trucking, fleet delivery vehicles and consumer cars and trucks.  We have witnessed an average annual growth in CNG stations of 11 percent each year since 2008…”

Another great point: “Fleets of all sizes have realized the benefits of using more natural gas in transportation.  They understand that America has decades of affordable reserves of natural gas that will keep prices low into the future. Maintenance costs are also lower with NGVs given their simple after-treatment systems.  And there is a great emissions story associated with NGVs – lower GHG, significantly less particulate matter and quieter engines.”

Mr. Veazey then asks about the current state of oil prices and how that changes the way CNG providers find new fleets. Mr. Godlewski is spot on when he replies: “Savvy fleets understand the volatility associated with world oil prices and the stability of using domestic natural gas.  Larger fleets are diversifying their transportation fuels. Yet, even on a head-to-head comparison today, natural gas is still 50 to 75 cents cheaper than diesel on average.”

Our only issue with the article is with the “Facts about NGVs” graphic stating that CNG is “better suited for light-duty vehicles” while “LNG is better suited for buses, tractor-trailers and other heavy duty vehicles”. This is simply NOT TRUE but we’ll just let the facts speak for themselves:

 

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Tube Trailers & Virtual Pipelines

We love our customers and we want to make sure they are happy. A few years back we got a call from a company asking whether we could fill a CNG tube trailer for an industrial concern. We thought: Why not?

As of today we have filled every type of tube trailer you can imagine for companies that put our CNG to use in power plants, apartments, manufacturing facilities, drilling rigs, industrial turbines, and in many many more ways. It all started with a phone call asking us to try something different.

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Oil & Gas Production Not Driving Global Increase in Methane Emissions

It seems all we hear today is how the oil & gas industry are behind climate change and increased greenhouse gas emission levels. You can imagine our surprise when we read this new study last week.

Apparently researchers with NOAA found, among other things, that “microbial sources such as rice paddies and wetlands are the cause of the global increase in methane emissions, not fossil fuel development“.

Dr. Katie Brown does a marvelous job synthesizing the study into 4 main points or facts in her blog post on EnergyIndepth.org:

Fact #1: Wetlands and agriculture – not fossil fuel production – are responsible for the increase in global methane emissions

Fact #2: Fossil fuel methane emissions are not increasing despite dramatic increases in production

Fact #3: Researchers lump all fossil fuels together to claim emissions are 20 to 60 percent higher than previous estimates; go on to single out a dramatic drop in natural gas leakage rates

Fact #4: This study follows a number of reports that have come to the same conclusion that fossil fuel emissions are not to blame

Again, we always knew CNG would help make the world a cleaner and better place (all while saving fleet users money!) but we had no idea how much cleaner CNG really is! Driving Green and Saving Green, that is the Freedom CNG way!

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CNG in the Transportation Sector

The Freedom CNG team enjoyed Matt Piotrowski’s ‘The Fuse’ write up making a strong case for natural gas. He points to a recent webinar hosted by the American Trucking Association and Securing America’s Future Energy in which T. Boone Pickens, Frederick W. Smith, and Matt Godlewski discuss how natural gas & CNG are going to alter the transportation and energy sectors in the coming years.

We’ve posted a similar graph before but the stable and consistent pricing of CNG is one of the more compelling reasons why major companies are making the switch. Between the increased cost savings, the national security implications, and the clean air dividend, It Really Is A No-Brainer!

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call (281) 484-3875 or shoot us an email at info@Freedom-CNG.com! We would also be delighted to give you a tour of any of our sites!

 

 

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Hurricane Season: We’re Ready, Are You?

Exciting news for all our current & future customers!

Today we finished installing standby back-up power generators at all Freedom CNG’s Houston sites meaning that despite the rain, wind & water, we will be able to meet your fleet’s fueling needs even when the power goes out.

As you may remember back in 2008 during Hurricane Ike, many of us experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding fuel both as the hurricane approached Houston and after it hit. Gas stations either had insanely long lines to fill up or simply ran out of gasoline & diesel due to high demand. (Not to mention that Ike pushed gasoline to $4.85 a gallon!)

With CNG fueling stations, this won’t be a problem. Pipelines are operationally reliable during hurricanes and have a safety record of 99.999997% meaning that if a major storm or hurricane hits Houston, chances are that natural gas will still be available for CNG fleets. Our new generators will keep the stations operational and natural gas will continue to flow in the pipelines so we can fill you up and you can get the job done for your customers!

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A Reliable Fuel Price or a Volatile Fuel Price?

Question for fleet owners and operators: Would you rather operate your fleet burning a fuel whose price per gallon you can accurately predict or one that has massive volatility and whose price is subject to the self-interest of foreign nations?

This is one of the main distinction when comparing CNG and Diesel. Don’t take our word for it, check out the prices recorded by the Dept. of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center over the past decade.

CNG’s price (in blue) remains flat thanks to domestic natural gas production while, conversely, Diesel and Propane (in black & red) spike up and down making both very hard to reliably predict.

With CNG, a fleet can “know” its fuel costs and sign long term fueling contracts with assurance that the price will be consistent. With Diesel and Propane…not so much…

Website DoE Fuel Price Index

 

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NGV Journal: First high-speed CNG station opens in the Permian Basin

It is always exciting to see Freedom CNG featured on NGVJournal.com especially when the article is about our opening a new station.

The new Permian Basin fueling site will be open 24 hours a day and is located between Midland & Odessa off I-20 SE of the Midland Airport.

One of the best features about our the station is that it has a flow rate of 12 Gallons per minute which  makes it is the fastest CNG fueling station in the Permian Basin!

“Eight CNG-powered trucks can fill up at our new station simultaneously, without waiting in line, in as little as eight minutes compared to fueling times of over 30 minutes at other stations,” explained Freedom CNG President Bill Winters. “That’s a big difference to a trucker who is trying to maximize the number of loads he can haul per day.”

I could not have said it better myself! Come by for a visit sometime or please call or email us if you would like more information.

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