Port of Seattle to Halve Carbon Emissions with Renewable Fuel Contract (RNG)

The Port of Seattle Commission approved a contract to enable the Port to reach its 2030 goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent, almost a decade early

This long-sought major milestone, voted on at the Commission meeting on April 14, 2020 (Agenda item 8a), results from authorization for a 10-year supply contract with U.S. Gain for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a low-carbon natural gas alternative produced most often from landfill waste. RNG produces no new carbon emissions because it replaces fossil fuels and recycles existing carbon in the atmosphere. 

The $23 million contract allows the Port to purchase enough fuel to heat 55 percent of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) terminal and to power 100 percent of its bus fleet to reach its 50 percent port-wide carbon reduction goal. SEA will be the first airport in the country to utilize RNG for heating.

The fuel delivery begins October 1, 2020. The RNG-related cost increase to the airline rates is less than one percent. There are no costs to terminal tenants such as Airport Dining and Retail operators or to taxpayers. 

“The Commission vote is another example of the Port’s environmental leadership, even in hard times,” said Commission Vice President Fred Felleman and founding chair of the Energy and Sustainability Committee. “While it’s critical that immediate attention is given to recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, we must continue to reduce our carbon footprint if we are to avoid the long-term economic and human costs associated with the climate crisis.”

Natural gas accounts for 75 percent of the Port’s annual climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. This contract will result in the reduction of approximately 11,000 tons of emissions the Port directly produces from its own operations (scope 1) and those from the energy it purchases (scope 2). This reduction is equivalent to heating 4,000 Seattle homes or taking 2,400 passenger vehicles off the roads each year of the contract.

“We are honored to supply RNG to SEA and applaud them on achieving such an incredible milestone, well ahead of schedule,” said Bryan Nudelbacher, director of RNG business development with U.S. Gain. “RNG is the immediate solution to reduce thermal and transportation-related carbon emissions and because of this, we’re committed to developing new RNG projects that expand access to others seeking sustainability wins, like SEA.”

Statewide Carbon Fuel Standard Needed

The Port’s RNG supply comes from a landfill outside Washington state as most large in-state landfills already capture and sell their RNG either as electricity or transportation fuel to California markets. California state legislation provides price incentives for low carbon fuels making it more lucrative for renewable fuel providers.

For the past three years, the Port has strongly supported legislation creating a statewide Clean Fuel Standard for Washington, which would create incentives for new businesses to produce these fuels for use in Washington. The Port utilized RNG in 2014 and 2015, but the supply was transferred out of state due to financial incentives offered in California. Once Washington creates a clean fuel standard, the Port will no longer pay a premium for RNG or other renewable fuels used for transportation. 

Smith Cove Benefits Study Approved

Port Commissioners also approved an Inter-local agreement with the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources for the Smith Cove “Blue Carbon” pilot project (Agenda Item 8b). Blue carbon refers to the ability of marine plants to sequester carbon from seawater and transfer it into sediments. The goal of the study is to evaluate how well transplanted kelp and eelgrass offshore of Smith Cove Park sequester carbon and reduce ocean acidification associated with carbon concentrations. In partnership with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, the Port’s Smith Cove pilot has also reintroduced the previously overharvested Olympia Oysters to improve water quality.

Begun in 2018, marine scientists and Port officials are using the Smith Cove Blue Carbon pilot project to test techniques to restore and improve critical aquatic habitat in urban bays. The 25-acre project is part of a regional interagency effort evaluating how six different sites benefit the health of the Salish Sea.

The Commission authorized funding for the $250,000 project to support long-term evaluation.

 “The Smith Cove Blue Carbon Project could make a real contribution to the restoration of the Salish Sea by reducing ocean acidification, restoring Olympia oysters, and creating habitat for salmon and other marine species,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins. “These investments, and innovative projects like Smith Cove, demonstrate the Port’s commitment to reducing our carbon emissions while being an economic leader in the region.”

NGV Global Group thinks this is great news for the industry. More and more companies and government municipalities are seeing the need to lower pollution right now. The technology is there and RNG is cleaner then electric which still gets a percentage of its fuel from energy produced by coal. Not to mention the mining and disposal of lithium which seems to be overlooked by those in the industry.

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Alternative Transportation Fuel Sector Stays Revved Up

One part of the U.S. economy that hasn’t been stopped by the pandemic is trucking of goods, and that goes for the alternative transportation fuel that powers many of the fleets.

The fuel cell and hydrogen energy applications are getting more attention from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a recent report by McKinsey and Co., noting billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs the hydrogen sector could create by 2030 while providing a lower-carbon energy option. DOE at the end of last year provided more than $160 million in grant funds.

One of the top priorities for the natural gas vehicle (NGV) trade group NGVAmerica is to influence the development of a cleaner trucks initiative at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use gas in powering trucking fleets. NGVAmerica also is seeking “regulatory parity” for NGV technology in the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SAFE rulemaking for light-duty vehicles.

NGV Global Group has been ramping up production of their CNG semi-tractor trailers as demands for trucking continue to ramp up. The trucking industry is an essential industry and moves all types of freight throughout the entire country that many Americans depend on. COVID-19 puts truck drivers in high demand for transport of crucial goods across the country. NGV Global Group continues to support this crucial industry in times when all possible hands on deck are needed.

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Landi Renzo Granted CNG Certification for the Ford 7.3L Engine

Landi Renzo USA, the American subsidiary of Landi Renzo Group, has received EPA certification for compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions of the Ford 7.3-liter engine covering Class 4-7 vehicles.

The Landi Renzo USA eco-fuel CNG system for the 7.3-liter engine is used in airport and hotel shuttle buses, delivery trucks, service trucks, large package trucks and other vocational offerings. Many of these vehicles will be able to take advantage of various grant funding opportunities.

“Our EPA certification is the result of the tremendous work of many individuals. We also want to recognize Ford’s support in helping us produce a world-class CNG product,” says Paul Shaffer, executive vice president of Landi Renzo USA.

During this 18-month effort, Landi Renzo USA conducted extensive engine and vehicle testing to meet the stringent Ford Q-185 gaseous prep guidelines and demonstrate full useful life durability. 

CARB certification on the 7.3-liter engine is expected in the second quarter.

Landi Renzo USA is approved as a Ford QVM System Developer and Installer for gaseous fuels, offering a variety of eco-fuel systems for commercial fleets. By fleets utilizing the Landi Renzo USA system, the Ford warranty remains fully in place.

NGV Global Group Offers Leasing options for CNG Trucks https://ngvglobalgroup.com/vehicle-service/

Combining CNG vehicles rental and leasing options is a great way to allow prospective customers to experience CNG and the benefits it provides. Our long term lease-to-purchase option of CNG powered vehicles levels the financial playing field by removing the price differential of a natural gas truck versus a diesel truck. By operating on CNG, many of our customers simply allow the fuel savings to accommodate for leasing payments while the company manages the cash flow situation.

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Truckers keep on trucking during coronavirus pandemic

Our nation’s truckers are doing what they do best even during the coronavirus pandemic — they keep on trucking.

They are the backbone of the country’s supply chain, traversing our nation’s highways and byways to deliver goods like food, fuel and other vital supplies. And while daily life has slowed to crawl, this workforce keeps delivering the goods and ensuring that that the public’s vital needs are met.

“I think we’re just as busy now as we are through the summertime,” Nate McCarty, a freight driver from Denver, Colo., told Fox News. “That’s usually our busy period and it’s just kind of all hands on deck right now because we’re seeing freight that we don’t normally see. Some of the truckload carriers, they’re running at capacity,” he noted.

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McCarty normally makes his runs six days a week, so while his drive time hasn’t increased, the payloads have, in particular for groceries. He said shipments to Amazon warehouses have also increased.

“We’re seeing a lot more stuff,” he said. “All of our drivers are working right now. Everyone is just super busy. That puts a lot of trucks on the road right now.”

“Some of these [drivers] have been out and away from home for over a month. They are really feeling the need to stay out and help other companies and help out our country right now.”

McCarty said none of his co-workers have gotten sick yet but that they have been asked to work extra hours for anyone who might fall ill. He’s been taking precautions while he’s out on the road.

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“It’s made me a lot more aware of the places that I go on my trip and everything that I’m touching,” he said. I’ve always used antibacterial wipes on the truck and the hotel that I stay in, I wipe everything down on the room and now I’m wearing rubber gloves.”

“But it’s gotten a lot more difficult trying to find places to eat because a lot of places are carryout only.”

While there’s always been a brotherhood among truckers as they traverse the county, McCarty said that these days they are depending upon one another more than ever, as they share stories of the road.

“One driver said that he was at one of the stores and he had a gentleman come up to him and asked if he could pray for him,” he said. “It’s really heartwarming to hear that.”

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Save Big In Your First Step In CNG Bus Purchasing (Leasing)

The first step in CNG Bus Purchase is to determine the costs and benefits. Let us walk you through the process. Compressed Natural Gas or CNG, is a very safe alternative fuel – both for the environment and the children that ride in our CNG-powered school buses.

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, exhaust from diesel buses can harm health, especially in children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed according to the EPA.

The quality and expertise of NGV Global Group is unmatched and backed by years of experience and reliability.  We have rebuilt these buses to be easy to maintain and to give you the best performance throughout the life of the vehicle. With our high quality craftsmanship and an awesome power train warranty, you can be confident in your clean fuel transition. Plus, natural gas’ low carbon content translates into longer oil change intervals, less engine wear and a longer engine life.

Older diesel engines can be replaced with newer engines using diesel, biodiesel or compressed natural gas (CNG). The new engine should be certified to meet the most recent emission standards and come with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). Our engines that are used in our school bus conversions meet all emission standards. 

A lot of time there are budget constraints that prevent school districts and other agencies from purchasing due to upfront costs. NGV Global Group offers a school bus leasing option to ease any financial tensions in a time where every dollar counts. President of NGV Global Group, Fury Zaidi stated, “We want to give everyone an opportunity, no matter how big or small to have the ability to participate in cleaner air options. Our flexible school bus leasing option levels the playing field for any fleet size.” A lot of districts are already in the proximity of CNG stations in their area and have the infrastructure in place to support their alternative fueling leasing options.

Our long term lease-to-purchase option of CNG powered vehicles levels the financial playing field by removing the price differential of a natural gas bus versus a diesel truck. By operating on CNG, many of our customers simply allow the fuel savings to accommodate for leasing payments while the company manages the cash flow situation. 

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Renewable Energy Could Power the World by 2050

By Paul Brown

Virtually all the world’s demand for electricity to run transport and to heat and cool homes and offices, as well as to provide the power demanded by industry, could be met by renewable energy by mid-century.

This is the consensus of 47 peer-reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups with a total of 91 authors that have been brought together by Stanford University in California.

Some of the papers take a broad sweep across the world, adding together the potential for each technology to see if individual countries or whole regions could survive on renewables.

Special examinations of small island states, sub-Saharan Africa and individual countries like Germany look to see what are the barriers to progress and how they could be removed.

In every case the findings are that the technology exists to achieve 100% renewable power if the political will to achieve it can be mustered.

The collection of papers is a powerful rebuff to those who say that renewables are not reliable or cannot be expanded fast enough to take over from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Once proper energy efficiency measures are in place, a combination of windsolar and water power, with various forms of storage capacity, can add up to 100% of energy needs in every part of the planet.

Stanford puts one of its own papers at the top of the list. It studies the impacts of the Green New Deal proposals on grid stability, costs, jobs, health and climate in 143 countries.

With the world already approaching 1.5°C of heating, it says, seven million people killed by air pollution annually, and limited fossil fuel resources potentially sparking conflict, Stanford’s researchers wanted to compare business-as-usual with a 100% transition to wind-water-solar energy, efficiency and storage by 2050 – with at least 80% by 2030.

By grouping the countries of the world together into 24 regions co-operating on grid stability and storage solutions, supply could match demand by 2050-2052 with 100% reliance on renewables. The amount of energy used overall would be reduced by 57.1%, costs would fall by a similar amount, and 28.6 million more long-term full-time jobs would be created than under business-as-usual.

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The remarkable consensus among researchers is perhaps surprising, since climate and weather conditions differ so much in different latitudes. It seems though that as the cost of renewables, particularly wind and solar, has tumbled, and energy storage solutions multiplied, every part of the world can now find a system that edges fossil fuels out in costs.

RNG is a current renewable Energy and the one of the only available to the Trucking industry right now. CNG Vehicles also known as Compressed natural gas or natural gas vehicles is a now option. Schedule your free consultation today and let us go over your sustainability needs. Original Story

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Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are similar to gasoline or diesel vehicles with regard to power, acceleration, and cruising speed.

Vehicle Performance

Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are similar to gasoline or diesel vehicles with regard to power, acceleration, and cruising speed. The driving range of NGVs is generally less than that of comparable gasoline and diesel vehicles because, with natural gas, less overall energy content can be stored in the same size tank. Extra natural gas storage tanks or the use of LNG can help increase range for larger vehicles.

In heavy-duty vehicles, dual-fuel, compression-ignited engines are slightly more fuel-efficient than spark-ignited dedicated natural gas engines. However, a dual-fuel engine increases the complexity of the fuel-storage system by requiring storage of both types of fuel and the integration of diesel aftertreatment devices.

Lower Emissions

All CNG vehicles are equipped with effective emission control systems and must meet the same emissions standards, regardless of fuel type. Consequently, tailpipe emissions from natural gas vehicles are comparable to those of gasoline and diesel vehicles equipped with modern emissions controls. According to Argonne National Laboratory’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) model, light-duty vehicles running on conventional and shale natural gas can reduce life cycle greenhouse gas emissions by 15% (84% if running on RNG). In addition, because CNG fuel systems are completely sealed, the vehicles produce no evaporative emissions.

Natural gas produced via renewable methods offers additional benefits. Renewable natural gas (RNG) is essentially biogas—the gaseous product of the decomposition of organic matter—that has been processed to purity standards. Capturing biogas from landfills and livestock operations reduces emissions by preventing methane release into the atmosphere. Methane is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Additionally, producing biogas through anaerobic digestion reduces odors and produces nutrient-rich liquid fertilizer.

So what are you waiting for? Turn your company into a socially responsible company that cares about its corporate social responsibility. We have several vehicle options available to accommodate your trucking needs. Schedule a free consultation to help guide you through the process at https://ngvglobalgroup.com/contact-us/ or call us at (214) 630-1000. We have been helping companies small and large take part in saving money and going green. We also offer CNG truck leasing options with a strong warranty. #greentrucking

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Waste Management CEO projects fleet could be 75% CNG in 2021

Dive Brief:

  • CEO Jim Fish indicated Waste Management will continue to bet big on converting its fleet from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) in comments at the company’s annual Phoenix sustainability forum. “By the end of the year, almost 70% of our trucks on the road will run on CNG, and by the end of next year it will be almost 75%,” he said at the Jan. 30 event.
  • An estimated 65% of the company’s fleet currently runs on CNG and about one-third of those vehicles are powered by renewable natural gas (RNG), according to Fish. He described this effort as a “big part” of reaching Waste Management’s 2038 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions offset target.
  • As of spring 2017, an estimated 44% of Waste Management’s fleet was CNG. While other competitors are also investing in the technology, a December 2019 report by investment firm Stifel estimated the industrywide average for CNG adoption remains around 20%.  

Dive Insight:

Waste Management’s 10th annual sustainability forum, hosted in conjunction with its sponsorship of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, was a continuation of the company’s effort to be a “thought leader” in the industry around environmental and social topics. While the value of such a showcase may be rising amid investor interest in climate issues, it’s often still hard to gauge exactly what this event means in terms of business strategy compared to other large competitors.

Fleet investment is one tangible metric showing how Waste Management plans to mark progress on its pledge to offset four times the amount of GHG it generates from operations. According to the company’s latest sustainability update, 2018 fleet emissions were down by 30% against a 2010 baseline. Waste Management seeks to hit a 45% reduction by 2038.

When asked by Waste Dive at last year’s forum whether a 2038 GHG offset target was too far off, given the urgency of most climate projections, Fish specifically pointed to fleet investment. The company replaced approximately 10% of its 18,000 truck fleet in 2018 and was on track to do the same in 2019, which he said “speaks to our urgency.” Scientists and environmental groups, however, have argued CNG still contributes to global warming and poses problems as a fuel. 

Compared to other large competitors, Waste Management is by far the most active in emphasizing CNG. Republic Services reported about 20% of its fleet being “powered by natural gas” through 2018. Waste Connections reported using CNG for 11.3% of its routed trucks and GFL Environmental was at 13.6% CNG for its solid waste collection fleet. Advanced Disposal Services reported a 19% CNG fleet, which could temporarily skew Waste Management’s fleet percentage downward if it receives antitrust approval to acquire the company.

Companies have been investing in CNG vehicles for years, especially in urban areas where access to fueling infrastructure is more common. The trucks have clear maintenance savings as compared to diesel, after the initial payback period, and operators can also find additional benefits by using RNG from their own landfills. Yet, as noted in the Stifel report, it’s now seen as increasingly likely the industry could reach 50% electric vehicles (EV) before it hits 50% CNG.

“If EV can get the truck capital cost down and hours of service (HOS) costs in line with CNG and diesel, the fuel and maintenance savings would dwarf both diesel and CNG,” reads the report.

Fish and others in Waste Management’s leadership team have said before they don’t think a 100% CNG future is likely anyway, given challenges with fueling infrastructure in more rural areas, but as of now they remain committed to this path. While others will be piloting electric collection vehicles this year – including Republic Services, New York’s Department of Sanitation and possibly the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation – the industry giant has made no such pledge.

As electric collection vehicles become more common both domestically and abroad, given mounting attention on how fleet emissions factor into climate change, the question is likely to keep coming up. Asked about the potential of electric vehicles generally during the WasteExpo investor summit last May, Fish remained skeptical about how quickly they could overtake the marketplace.

“It’s not going to surpass gasoline vehicles in my lifetime probably,” he said, while leaving room to change course. “If a better technology comes along, we can turn on a dime.”

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Class 8 Natural Gas Truck Retail Sales Rose 20% YTD 2019 Through November

US and Canadian Natural Gas truck retail sales for the first eleven months of 2019 gained 20% year-to-date over 2018, as published in the quarterly report (AFQ: Alternative Fuels Quarterly) just released by ACT Research. Full-year 2018 was down 15%, while 2017 was up 13%.

The ACT Alternative Fuels Quarterly (AFQ) provides insight, analysis, and trends about alternative fuel/power adoption for the US heavy and medium duty commercial vehicle markets. “Bucking the declining pattern of the past few years, year-to-date November 2019 sales appear to be gaining ground, with sales of natural-gas powered vehicles on an overall upward trajectory,” said Ken Vieth, Senior Partner and General Manager at ACT Research. He continued, “That said and based on news released in the popular press, natural gas vehicle purchases were dominated by refuse fleets, as well as transit and school bus operators. Among truckers, the majority of incremental volume came from existing natural gas vehicle on-highway users replacing units or adding to their fleets.”

NGV Global Group’s Truck leasing program offers businesses to save on their bottom line. NGV Global Group’s Dmitri Tisnoi said, “With the use of CNG you can let your fuel savings pay for your monthly truck payments. That is right, even in low diesel price market NGV have customers who use over 50 gallons per day realizing a greater amount in fuel saving than their truck payment, all while being good stewards of the environment.” With stricter trucking regulations and laws NGV Global Group’s CNG Trucks allows businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. It’s a no brainer. Really the question is why haven’t you explored your options.

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You are looking at a Certified Pre-owned Class 6 Local Delivery box truck with Brand New EPA/CARB Motori 7.6L Natural Gas Engine that comes with 1 year / 100,000 mile warranty included. The truck has 100 GGE storage and has over 450 miles range on a single fill. Four Type 3 carbon fiber tanks are installed on the frame rails below the 26 foot box. The Engine and CNG tank installation, including all of the required plumbing was done in a state-of-the-art CNG technology center in Dallas Texas. The installation has been done with the best available elements including flexible Parker hoses, New generation fueling module allowing fueling with both standard and commercial CNG hoses and defueling option.

Engine Details:
Engine Model: NGV 7.6 L Sterling Natural Gas
Type: Dedicated CNG
Cylinders: In-line 6
Displacement: 466 cu.in. (7.6L)
Horsepower: 210 HP – 260 HP at 2200 rpm
Peak Torque: 540 LB-ft from 1400 – 2000 rpm
Certification: CARB and EPA at 0.2 NOx
Warranty: 100,000 Miles / 1 Year

Have questions please send us a message or call 1-800-611-8232 during normal business hours. We are in Dallas Texas and would be glad to arrange for the truck delivery or provide a transportation pick up if you are wanting to fly in to test drive the vehicle.

We can finance or lease this box truck through in-house program or one of our third party partners! 

If you are a high fuel user the fuel savings from utilizing CNG can pay for the monthly payments on this truck. Please call or message us so we can help you run financial model to see how much you can safe on CNG.
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What Fleets Need to Know and How to Prepare…

There’s much debate about how the upcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation on sulfur emissions, going into effect on January 1st, will impact fuel prices and the economics of transportation.

There’s little doubt that the most sweeping maritime fuel regulation seen in years will affect the global transportation industry—the question is by how much and for how long?

With the IMO deadline less than 30 days away, the time for on-road fleet managers to prepare for both the immediate and long-term implications of this regulation is now. By implementing cost-effective, reliable and price stable fuel options today, fleet managers can remain resilient to unanticipated disruptions to the global fuel supply in the future.

What is the IMO 2020?

The IMO’s new fuel regulation will soon implement an international mandate to reduce sulfur content in marine fuel oil from 3.5% to 0.5%.

Ocean-going vessels rely on “bunker fuel” or “heavy fuel oil” (HFO). This fuel type is considered a lower-grade fuel and is less refined than higher-grade fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. Less refined HFO contains higher levels of several compounds, including up to 4.5% sulfur; making the emissions from vessels burning high sulfur HFO more polluting, and more harmful, compared to other fuels.

Sulfur oxide, the criteria pollutant the IMO’s regulation targets, effects both human health and the environment—contributing to ocean acidification, acid rain and respiratory disease. The IMO’s new low sulfur fuel regulation is expected to result in an annual reduction of 8.5 million metric tons of sulfur oxide emissions globally.

How a Marine Regulation Could Affect On-Road Trucking

As the IMO’s regulation nears, it’s becoming more evident that the maritime industry is unprepared to handle the transition to the required low sulfur fuel. The long-term impacts of this regulation could spread beyond marine vessels to other industries, including on-road transportation.

According to an IMO analysis at Wood Mackenzie, our global refining system is not equipped to produce the volumes of low sulfur fuel needed to power the world’s shipping industry by the time the regulation goes into effect. While there are existing stockpiles of low sulfur fuel available, Wood Mackenzie points out that existing supply will likely not be enough to buffer global reserves until supply eventually catches up with demand—about 3.5 million barrels a day from the global maritime sector in 2018.

Implications for On-Road

With so many unknowns and contributing factors at play, the IMO 2020 regulation could lead to a fuel price increase. If demand spikes in 2020 and beyond, and reserves or refinery production are insufficient to meet that demand, the shipping industry could turn to diesel products. This increased demand could mean higher diesel prices globally, which would impact the U.S. trucking industry.

Avoiding Price Volatility with a Diversified Fueling Portfolio

With the on-road transportation industry waiting for the still unknown impacts of this new regulation, shippers and fleets can seek cost-effective, reliable and price stable fuel options that are more resilient to global petroleum supply disruptions.

Implementing domestically produced fuels—including natural gas, renewable natural gas, hydrogen and electricity—enables fleets to reduce an already highly variable expense while minimizing exposure to price volatility.

With over 25 years of fleet fueling experience, Trillium, a member of the Love’s Family of Companies, offers unmatched expertise providing clean fuels to fleet operators. Abundant, price-stable, domestically produced fuels like natural gas give fleet operators a cost-effective option to diversify their fueling for the long term. Fleets can safeguard against unforeseen or unavoidable price volatility, reduce their carbon footprint with more environmentally friendly and sustainable operations and reduce harmful emissions.

Trillium works with fleet customers to identify the clean fuel and power supply sources that work best for their needs—balancing cost, reliability, deployment timelines, location and scale. Leading up to their alternative fuel transition, fleets can start utilizing Love’s price protection program now, locking in diesel prices for the short term, further reducing risk and minimizing exposure to price volatility.

Trillium’s core goal is to ensure customers have access to a steady supply of clean, competitively priced fuel at predictable prices.

Stable, Cost-Effective, Clean Fuels for Fleets

One of the most abundant fuels produced domestically is compressed natural gas (CNG). On average, natural gas prices are 30% to 50% lower than diesel, and much more stable. Natural gas utilities transport this domestic, clean, abundant energy source to CNG stations via 2.5 million miles of existing pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. The U.S. is the number one natural gas producer in the world.

Produced from organic waste, renewable natural gas (RNG) is a pipeline quality, ultra-low carbon, domestic fuel. Renewable fuels and technologies can generate additional revenue for producers and users through the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits, which are the currency of California’s LCFS and the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programs, respectively. Trillium works with customers to deliver these fuels and the value they bring to a fleet’s the bottom line.

While CNG and RNG are the most abundant alternative to diesel nationwide, for some fleets—depending on duty cycle, location, vocation, available incentives, regulatory pressures and other factors—electricity and hydrogen may also soon be effective fueling options for the U.S. trucking industry. Regardless of the fuel type, Trillium partners with fleets to identify the right fueling options that maximize efficiency, cost savings and operating performance.

About the Author:

Bill Zobel is general manager of Trillium, a leading provider of alternative fueling solutions. Trillium designs, builds, owns, and operates a network of clean fueling stations across the US, serving on-road fleets that fuel with CNG/RNG, electricity, and hydrogen. Bill has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy sector covering a wide range of issues and responsibilities. As vice president of business development at Trillium, Bill helps to ensure Trillium remains a trusted partner for fleets, providing customized clean fuel solutions that meet fleets’ evolving needs.

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