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The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition supports financial incentives for the purchase of natural gas vehicles, including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Natural gas costs approximately 50% less than diesel fuel and burns cleaner.

By converting their commercial fleets to natural gas, Florida's employers can increase their profitability, hire more employees, and help our state recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Moreover, taxpayers can save millions of dollars as cities and counties convert their vehicle fleets to natural gas.

Latest From The News Room

Ryder Leases NGVs to Mansfield for Bulk Fuel Hauling

December 5, 2014

Ryder System, Inc. has delivered 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to Mansfield Energy Corp., to be utilized for bulk fuel hauling from fuel terminals to the company's customers in and around the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area.

Florida Transit Fleet Making Big Shift to Natural Gas

December 16, 2014

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), one of the Florida's largest public transit fleets, has finalized an agreement whereby Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will design, build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station for the organization.

Westport Buys Prins for $15.1 Million

December 3, 2014

Westport Innovations announced its acquisition of Netherlands-based Prins Autogassystemen for 12.2 million euros, or approximately $15.1 million U.S.

Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition Announces Report: Incentives Create 1,820 New Jobs; $68 Million in Wages

October 2, 2014

Tallahassee - The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) announced today that the state's recently created natural gas vehicle incentive program produced 1,820 jobs and $68 million in wages in the state. Economist Hank Fishkind of Fishkind & Associates supplied the figures for this follow-up analysis of a 2012 report his firm conducted for the coalition.

State Gets Ready to Launch Large CNG Station Solicitation

September 29, 2014

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be seeking a private company to develop a large network of compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling infrastructures in the state.

CNG Systems Alliance Aimed at Heavy Duty Truck Industry

September 6, 2014Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., manufacturer of natural gas storage systems and vehicle systems technologies, has entered into a commercial alliance with Mainstay Fuel Technologies LLC, manufacturer of components used in vehicular CNG-powered fuel systems, to offer Back-of-Cab CNG systems for heavy duty trucks that integrate Quantum's 21' diameter tanks.

Bill to eliminate NGV weight penalty introduced in U.S. Senate

September 3, 2014

Senators jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) have introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to provide a highway weight exemption for trucks fueled by natural gas.

Compressed natural gas to bring jobs, save St. Johns taxpayers money

August 5, 2014The expansion of the liquid natural gas industry is creating a new energy boom. Jobs facilities and revenue are starting to flow into Northeast Florida.

UPS: Natural Gas Vehicles Playing Big Role in New Sustainability Goal

July 30, 2014Upon the release this week of its annual sustainability report, UPS has announced a new goal for its transportation operations: a 20% reduction in carbon intensity by 2020.

FNGVC: Champion Brands Breaks Ground On Jacksonville CNG Station

June 30, 2014Today, Champion Brands, a Florida beer distributor, broke ground on its public-private CNG Station with partner Trillium CNG. Champion CEO Earl Benton turned to natural gas to avoid frequent and costly fluctuations in the price of diesel.

Champion Brands to build a compressed natural gas station in Jacksonville

May 23, 2014

Local beer distributor Champion Brands is partnering with Chicago-based Trillium CNG to build what will be the city’s first privately owned open-to-the-public compressed natural gas (CNG) dispensing station in the city of Florida state.

Duke Energy Florida plans to scrap coal power plants, switch to natural gas

May 14, 2014

TALLAHASSEE | Continuing a series of major changes, Duke Energy Florida said it plans to build a $1.5 billion natural-gas power plant in Citrus County while also shutting down two old coal-fired generating units.

Florida PSC approves third major natural gas pipeline

May 21, 2014

State regulators approved the construction of a third major natural gas pipeline Thursday that will increase Florida’s capacity by 20 percent at a cost of $3 billion. The unanimous vote by the five-member state Public Service Commission clears the first of two major hurdles for the news system that is projected to come on line in 2017.

Pensacola opens its third compressed natural gas fueling station

May 21, 2014

Pensacola Energy and Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) recently unveiled Pensacola’s third compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station.

Governor of Oklahoma to purchase 256 Ford F-150 CNG pickups

May 21, 2014

The Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, is leading the charge to put compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles into government fleets, authorizing the purchase of 256 Ford F-150 CNG pickups

Waste Pro Opens Compressed Natural Gas Station for Public Access

March 27, 2014

Waste Pro has now opened its CNG Fast Fill Station in Bunnell, Florida for public access to Compressed Natural Gas fueling services. Our CNG Fueling Station can Fast Fill large and small trucks. The following are the specifications of our fueling station:

Fast Fill PSI- 3,600

Payment Options- Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Fuelman

Hours of Operation- 7 am to 5 pm, self-service, Monday- Friday

CNG Station address:

400 S. Bay Street Bunnell, Florida 32110

Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream LLC Selected to Serve TOTE’s LNG Vessels in Jacksonville, Florida

February 6, 2014

Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources ( NYSE: GAS), and WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac) today announced they have been selected by TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel TOTE’s two new state-of-the-art container ships in Jacksonville, Fla. TOTE’s new dual fuel LNG contained ships are expected to be delivered to the port in Jacksonville in late 2015 and early 2016.

To move forward on this project, Pivotal LNG, Inc., WesPac and TOTE have signed a letter of intent and are working toward definitive agreements. While there is still work to be done, Pivotal LNG, Inc. and WesPac plan to work together on this project to create a joint venture which will develop a new liquefied natural gas plant in Jacksonville, Fla.

Natural Gas Big Winner in Obama SOTU Address

January 29, 2014

While standing by his “all of the above” energy strategy on Tuesday night, President Obama gave a big hat tip to natural gas production.

Obama credited natural gas as one of the top factors in bringing the U.S. closer to energy independence for the first time in decades.

“The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working, and today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” Obama said during his fifth State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

“One of the reasons why is natural gas, if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,” Obama said.

New Natural Gas Vehicle Bills Introduced in Congress

February 3, 2014

Last week, U.S. Rep. Samuel Graves, R-Mo., introduced three bills into the House of Representatives that are aimed at supporting the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the trucking sector. Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., is the co-sponsor of all three pieces of legislation.

H.R. 3937 would create a task force to investigate how the U.S. ‘long-haul fleet (trucks 26,000 lbs. GVWR or higher) could be shifted from diesel fuel to natural gas. The group – which would need to be selected within 120 days of the bill’s enactment – would comprise representatives from the federal energy and commerce departments and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as members of Congress, state governments, and the private sector.

Clean Energy to Build LNG Plant on Jacksonville’s Northside

October 30, 2013

Clean Energy Fuels Corp’s liquefied natural gas production facility will be built on Zoo Parkway, with construction expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The plant — the first on the Eastern seaboard focused on supplying the transportation industry – will be in Jacksonville because of local shipping companies using LNG-fueled ships to service Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The California company expects the fuel produced here to go beyond the local market, though.

Truck Fleet Moving Steadily to 100 Percent Natural Gas

October 4, 2013

J.J. Taylor Companies Inc., a large beverage distribution firm based in Florida, says it is expanding its fleet of heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks with the coming delivery of 10 new 2014 Freightliner Cascadia tractors.

These trucks are equipped with Cummins Westport Inc.’s ISX12 G engine and the Allison 4000 HS automatic transmission. J.J. Taylor ordered the trucks through Freightliner of Tampa, and they will be delivered by January 2014.

Additionally, J.J. Taylor’s CNG refueling network is expanding. TruStar Energy is currently building a new public-access CNG station in Ft. Myers, Fla., that will feature two dual-hose fast-fill dispensers. Construction of that station, of which J.J. Taylor is an anchor fleet, is set to be completed by February 2014.

Compressed Natural Gas Symposium and Showcase

November 5-6, 2013

The Florida Natural Gas Association announced details of the Compressed Natural Gas Symposium and Showcase at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida on November 5 and 6, 2013. Sponsors include: Leon County, City of Tallahassee Utilities, Lively Technical Center, Florida Natural Gas Association, Nopetro, and TECO. Please click the link above to see the agenda and learn more about the event.

How the Florida Panhandle Is Becoming A Natural Gas Vehicle Mecca

September 11, 2013

Municipal natural gas utility Pensacola Energy, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) and a number of other fleets on the western-most edge of the Florida panhandle are making the move to convert their vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) power.

Of course, critical to any successful deployment of natural gas vehicles (NGV) is the creation of adequate refueling infrastructure. Pensacola Energy and ECUA’s long-term plans included building three CNG stations – the last one is scheduled to be complete in December. Zeit Energy, based in Dallas, was contracted to build the facilities.

The CNG Revolution in Florida

August 5, 2013

In January, beer distributor J.J. Taylor of Tampa announced it would begin delivering beer to some of its Florida customers in trucks powered by compressed natural gas. The company has CNG fueling stations in Tampa and says it will build additional stations in Fort Myers.

“When diesel started going crazy in price, it just made economic sense for us to do this,” says Jose Rivera, corporate vice president of administration for J.J. Taylor. “We have estimated in Tampa it will take less than three years to get our investment back. The more miles and diesel you use, the faster it pays off.”

Florida Makes $30 Million Available for Natural Gas Vehicles

August 2, 2013

The state of Florida is offering $30 million – $6 million a year for five years — in grants for commercial fleet operators to purchase vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Companies can receive up to $25,000 per vehicle registered in Florida and up to $250,000 per year.

Florida utility to buy N.W. Gas Co.

May 29, 2013

More than half a million New Mexico customers could have a new natural gas supplier as early as next year.New Mexico Gas Co. has agreed to be acquired by Florida-based TECO Energy Inc. in a stock-purchase and debt-assumption deal valued at $950 million.

The agreement, announced Tuesday, is subject to federal and state regulatory approvals, but TECO executives said they hope to close on the acquisition by early 2014.

Florida Legislature Passes Natural Gas Vehicle Incentives

May 14, 2013

Florida lawmakers have approved three pieces of legislation to promote the use of natural gas fuel for vehicles in Florida. Governor Bill Scott is expected to sign them shortly.

The legislation provides a five-year incentive to encourage commercial fleet owners to invest in new natural gas vehicles through grants administered by the Office of Energy at the Florida Department of Agriculture. Read More.

Clean Energy – Mansfield Partnership Sets Up CNG Fueling Solution

May 9, 2013

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a nationwide provider of natural gas and Mansfield Energy Corp., a national transportation fuel provider have formed a strategic partnership to deliver a comprehensive compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel solution in the U.S. Sales teams from both companies will offer Clean Energy’s natural gas fueling station construction and operational services to current and potential customers. These services will be supported by Mansfield’s large-scale fuel supply capabilities and Gas-2-Gallons fuel management system. Read More.

Major Natural Gas Vehicle Legislation Has One More Hurdle

May 2, 2013

Overwhelmingly bipartisan support among lawmakers resulted in the passage of a new bill that has the potential to make Florida the next epicenter of natural gas vehicle (NGV) activity.

First, the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Act (H.B.579) contains a provision that would institute a five-year tax-free holiday on compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) used as a transportation fuel. After that five-year period, natural gas will be taxed at $0.21/gallon (compared to $0.31 for diesel). Read More.

AT&T to Ryder Driven Toward Natural Gas Vehicles as Oil Soars

April 30, 2013

For AT&T Inc., the decision to introduce natural gas vehicles to the company’s fleet in 2008 proved well-timed, as the price gap between gas and diesel soared to an all-time high that summer.

The largest U.S. phone carrier began discussing a move away from higher-priced gasoline and diesel cars and vans the year before hurricanes Ike and Gustav disrupted energy output from the Gulf of Mexico. Now AT&T has 5,200 natural gas vans on the road, or about 7 percent of its fleet, as part of a plan to spend $350 million to replace about 8,000 gasoline-powered service vehicles over five years. Read More.

Trucking Industry Is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas

April 22, 2013

The natural gas boom has already upended the American power industry, displacing coal and bringing consumers cheaper electricity.

Now the trucking industry, with its millions of 18-wheelers moving products like potato chips, underarm deodorant and copy paper around the country, is taking a leap forward in switching from petroleum to cleaner-burning natural gas. And if natural gas remains cheap, consumers may benefit again. Read More.

Rise in U.S. Gas Production Fuels Unexpected Plunge in Emissions

April 18, 2013

U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically in recent years, in large part because the country is making more electricity with natural gas instead of coal.

Energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is widely believed to contribute to global warming, have fallen 12% between 2005 and 2012 and are at their lowest level since 1994, according to a recent estimate by the Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the U.S. Energy Department. Read More.

Survey Finds Robust Support for Natural Gas Vehicles

February 18, 2013

Tallahassee – Today, the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) announced the results of a public opinion survey conducted by TelOpinion Research February 7 – 12, 2013. The survey found that 72% of Floridians approve of a proposal in the state legislature to help convert commercial fleet vehicles from traditional fuels to natural gas as part of an effort to decrease U.S. reliance on imported oil, create jobs and improve air quality. Read More or view Survey Results.

Trucks fueled by natural gas are on a roll in Florida

February 16, 2013

Truck driver Michael Soto has a front-row seat for a phenomenon that’s changing America. You just might not hear him coming.

The Miller Lite truck he drives for beer distributor J.J. Taylor Distributing is fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of diesel. Gone is the familiar chug of a diesel engine, replaced by a mild hum. Gone as well are the side fuel tank, the diesel fumes and the smelly hands whenever it’s time to refuel. Read More.

Ford’s new all-compact Transit Connect commercial van to achieve up to 30 mpg

December 20, 2012

“Get in the van” will no longer necessarily mean “Get out your wallet every 5 hours” if Ford’s all-new Transit Connect commercial van catches on. With its sliding side doors, side-hinged rear cargo doors, two wheelbase lengths and a choice of two fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines with EcoBoost power, the Transit Connect commercial van is expected to fetch at least 5 miles per gallon better fuel economy on the highway than Ram C/V Cargo Van while carrying more payload than a full-size Ram 1500 pickup truck, says the company. Read More.

Rep. Lake Ray preps bill to boost port-freight links

December 13, 2012

Hoping to add jobs and generate economic activity through increased trade, Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, is preparing legislation to facilitate the transportation of goods from Florida’s ports to its rails and roads.

He told fellow members of the House Economic Affairs Committee in order for Florida to become a trade giant, its 14 ports must cooperate, not compete against each other for business. Read More.

Pennsylvania DEP announces NGV grant program

December 4, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection announced today it will begin accepting applications Dec. 1 for its Natural Gas Vehicle Grant program, which will provide up to $20 million over the next three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles. Read More

Nopetro preparing to build more CNG fueling stations

September 27, 2012

A Tallahassee facility its builder called “truly the benchmark for the entire country” is the first of what will be a network of compressed natural gas fueling stations in the Southeast in the coming three years. Read more.

Golden Eagle opens CNG station to public

September 21, 2012

Golden Eagle Distributors has opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station at its south-side property to fuel its CNG fleet – as well as to serve the general public. Read more.

Florida NGV Coalition is formed

September 6, 2012

Taking the tack of “Fuel for Jobs” (it is, indeed, the new organization’s web address) 15 firms have formed the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition to promote the clean burning fuel for vehicles and to push for incentives like grants and tax credits to further natural gas vehicle use. Read more.

New Florida group promoting natural gas vehicles

September 6, 2012

Fifteen companies are banding together to promote the use of natural gas-powered vehicles in Florida and seek incentives from the state. Read more.

Natural Gas cars outselling Electric

August 1, 2012

Four years ago President Barack Obama unveiled his vision of 1 million plug-in vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015, pumping about $5 billion in federal funding into electric cars.But then natural gas prices fell to roughly half the price of gasoline. Read more.

Switch is on to Natural Gas Fuel

July 6, 2012

Companies with sizable truck and car fleets, such as Jacksonville-based Advanced Disposal Inc., are switching to compressed natural gas to run their vehicles. Read more.

Tomblin Making Natural Gas Vehicle Push

June 13, 2012

Governor Earl Ray Tomlin is thinking about ordering a cost-benefit analysis of switching some of the state’s vehicle fleets to natural gas. Read More.

Memorandum of Understanding

June 11, 2012

Describes a coordinated effort between the undersigned States to attract automobile manufacturers in the U.S. to develop a functional and affordable original equipment manufacturer (OEM) fleet natural gas vehicle (NGV) that will also meet public demand. Read more.

Ford F-250 CNG Bi-Fuel to Debut at Moab Off-Road Safari

March 28, 2012

Venchurs Vehicle Systems (VVS), which offers both compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions for Ford and off road products/specialty vehicle builds through its VWerks division, will combine the two worlds at the upcoming Moab Easter Jeep Safari, showcasing the performance capabilities of both programs. According to PT Muldoon, VP of Engineering for VVS, CNG is currently focused towards the fleet industry and Moab brings about an opportunity to introduce CNG to a new market of dedicated off-road enthusiasts. Read more.

 

Tallahassee Now Gearing Up For Its First Ever Public CNG Fueling Station

Thursday, March 01, 2012
Tallahassee, FL: Joining the network of Florida cities putting cleaner, greener transportation initiatives in motion, Tallahassee will officially welcome its first public CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueling station as early as August of this year.http://www.floridagas.org/NewsInformation/PressReleases/tabid/134/mid/632/
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Clean Energy Fuels Signs Deal with Saddle Creek

March 19, 2012

SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which sells natural gas fueling stations, said Monday it has signed a 10-year deal to build fueling stations for the transportation and logistics company Saddle Creek Corp., which is expanding its fleet of natural gas-powered vehicles. Read more.

Secretary Chu Announces Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia to Join National Clean Fleets Partnership

March 5, 2012
Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that four new corporate partners—Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia—are joining the Energy Department’s National Clean Fleets Partnership, a broad public-private partnership that assists the nation’s largest fleet operators in reducing the amount of gasoline and diesel they use nationwide. Read more.

Obama’s Budget FY 2013 Request Includes NGV Incentives

US President Barack Obama has released his Budget Request for the Fiscal Year starting on October 1, 2012 (FY 2013). NGVAmerica reports that for the first time, the proposed budget includes requests for a number of NGV incentives, many of which are similar to provisions that are in the NAT GAS Acts (HR 1380 and S. 1863). Read more.

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