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  • DODGE CENTER, Minn. (Sept. 29, 2014) – McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, announced that more than 40 McNeilus® Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered Split Body Rear Loader refuse vehicles have been sold to Canada’s Emterra Group. The vehicles will be delivered beginning late next year, and will be placed into service in the Greater Toronto Area. This is one of McNeilus’ largest refuse vehicle orders in Canada.

  • cancerdotcom by cancerdotcom Sep 28, 2014 10:10 AM Flag

    This One’s from Ryder
    September 26, 2014 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch | No Comments
    Ryder to Sponsor 77th Annual National Beer Wholesalers Convention
    Business Development Boss Rueben Stokes to Discuss Natural Gas Fleets

    Ryder System is spreading the word that it will serve as a Diamond Anniversary sponsor of the 77th Annual National Beer Wholesalers Association convention being held September 28-October 1 in New Orleans.

    “Ryder helps customers make improvements from the brewery to the distribution center to the delivery trucks, generating smarter transportation and supply chain strategies,” Ryder senior national sales VP John Deris says in the company’s NBWA announcement.

    “One example of how Ryder supports customers is with the adoption of natural gas fleets,” the company said.

    Stokes on Monday

    Ryder advanced fuels business development director Rueben Stokes will discuss Making the Switch to Natural Gas: What to Consider, When to Act and How to Do It on September 29 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

    He’ll detail Ryder’s experience deploying natural gas vehicle technologies and sharing industry expert advice about successfully transitioning fleets to the alternative fuel.

    Ryder has more than 27 million miles of natural gas operating experience, having deployed more than 600 compressed natural gas and LNG/liquefied natural gas trucks with fleets in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana.

    In Ryder’s biggest NGV deployment to date, customer Anheuser-Busch announced just this month that it would convert its entire Houston fleet – a first for the brewer – to CNG using trucks from Ryder.

  • cancerdotcom by cancerdotcom Sep 28, 2014 9:42 AM Flag

    Tier 4 coming up fast

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier 4 locomotive emission standards, which apply to newly manufactured and remanufactured locomotives and engines, take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Tier 4 is the final step in a multi-year program beginning with Tier 0-2 standards, which were adopted in December 1997 and became effective Jan. 1, 2000. Tiers 3-4, adopted in March 2008, introduced more stringent requirements. Tier 3 became effective in December 2011. Tier 4 also includes tougher standards for remanufactured Tier 0-2 locomotives. To enable Tier 4 catalytic after-treatment methods, the EPA regulated the availability of low sulfur diesel fuel. A sulfur limit of 500 ppm (parts per million) was effective as of June 2007; 15 ppm from June 2012. Tier 3-4 locomotives must also meet smoke opacity standards.

    GE’s Tier 4 program began with its 2005 release of a Tier 2 locomotive equipped with its four-stroke Evolution Series GEVO engine. In 2012, GE introduced fuel system enhancements to meet Tier 3. For Tier 4, GE’s Advance Power 4 locomotive offers “the single-largest emission reduction in our program’s timeline,” GE says. It also doesn’t require exhaust after-treatment and related infrastructure investments. An Advance Power 4 prototype is testing along Norfolk Southern’s Erie, Pa., to Conneaut, Ohio, main line.

    An Indiana Tier 4 partnership

  • Iran to build ten CNG stations in Iraq
    vestnik kavkaza-1 hour ago
    Based on a recent agreement signed between Tehran and Baghdad, 7 million cubic meters per day of Iran's natural gas will be delivered to Iraq in the first phase ...

    Darn ! ..... lost another big one !

  • even you gibberish....assuming everything goes perfectly....

  • Reply to

    CFO Richard Wheeler sells 170,444 share yesterday.

    by ticticdoc Sep 26, 2014 10:10 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 27, 2014 9:26 AM Flag

    Normally i agree. But he sold pretty much ALL his shares. He cannot need the money that bad. He must not like the direction of the company.

    You have no idea what he might need.

    If the stock tanks at earnings he is a #$%$
    If the stock soars at earning he is a moron

    Right ?

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 9:06 PM Flag

    Sept. 26, 2014 6:26 p.m. ET

    At Mike Scully's Apple Towing in Houston, just one of their big Ford F650 tow trucks saves more gasoline each year than 20 Nissan Leaf electric cars. When it comes to reducing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants, Mike's F650s are equally impressive, and his fuel cost per mile is about the same as that of a four-seat Jeep Wrangler. What is Apple Towing's secret? The F650 tow trucks run on natural gas, which they refuel for less than $1.70 per gasoline-gallon equivalent, or gge.

    PIRA Energy Group estimates that natural gas in transportation will approach 800 million gges this year. Do some simple math and it quickly becomes apparent that natural-gas vehicles (NGVs) will displace 10-12 times more gasoline and diesel than the 250,000 electric cars currently on the road. When complete, Apple Towing's small fleet of 24 natural-gas tow trucks will displace more gasoline than around 700 Chevy Volts. And here is a nice side benefit: Those Volts would cost federal taxpayers a whopping $5.3 million in subsidies while Mr. Scully's F650 Fords cost them nothing.

    For more than a decade, policy makers and the automotive press have been enamored of electric vehicles, lavishing them with attention and incentives. All this even though when it comes to reducing oil dependence, pollution and fuel cost, the transition of America's truck fleet to natural gas is the hands-down winner.

    Mention NGVs to a Washington policy wonk, however, and he will immediately start chattering about chickens and eggs. Received wisdom tells us that natural-gas vehicles won't sell until a huge national refueling infrastructure is built (and refueling infrastructure cannot get built without vehicles). Apple Towing's Mr. Scully, not being a poultry farmer and thus unaware of this seemingly insoluble dilemma, asked our company, Nat G Solutions, to upgrade his F650s and at the same time install a natural-gas fueling compressor in his parking lot and hook it up to his city gas line. The great infrastructure crisis disappeared.

  • Reply to

    question for teach..

    by cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 3:39 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 8:55 PM Flag

    " We live on hope...."
    I think you have answered your own question. Isn't it what this plan was all about and what management sold to the retail investor for the Past TEN years with no light of profitability?. Enjoy your weekend everyone~!

    Nope ...not that one .....maybe the 10,002nd ?

  • Forget Electric Cars. Natural Gas Is Powering Vehicles in Texas
    One fleet of 24 natural-gas Fords will displace more gasoline than 700 Chevy Volts and 'save' taxpayers $5.3 million.
    Sept. 26, 2014 6:26 p.m. ET

    At Mike Scully's Apple Towing in Houston, just one of their big Ford F650 tow trucks saves more gasoline each year than 20 Nissan Leaf electric cars. When it comes to reducing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants, Mike's F650s are equally impressive, and his fuel cost per mile is about the same as that of a four-seat Jeep Wrangler. What is Apple Towing's secret? The F650 tow trucks run on natural gas, which...

  • Reply to

    question for teach..

    by cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 3:39 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 7:24 PM Flag

    why do you encourage .........if you want Teach's opinion, you can re-read any of his other 10,000 postings. They are all them same

    We live on hope....maybe the 10,001st will bring some unexpected nuance !

  • cancerdotcom by cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 3:39 PM Flag

    whats your thoughts on how management is doing ? executing ?

  • Reply to

    teach....3481 posts

    by cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 8:23 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 10:23 AM Flag

    "seroquil is not something anyone should consider"

    never ?.....i think its a pretty good drug in certain situations......

  • Reply to

    teach....3481 posts

    by cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 8:23 PM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 26, 2014 9:46 AM Flag

    ".I ask Teach again - What would you do with these stations?"
    whitearcades3000.....i have a tree stump you can borrow will offer just as much insight as teach...perhaps more

  • cancerdotcom by cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 8:23 PM Flag

    3481 posts | Last Activity: 5 hours ago
    Member since: Dec 8, 2010

    3480 complaining about management...( 1 post complaining about me )

    dude....seroquil can help you with this... fixation...if you need the name of a good psychiatrist please contact me

  • Reply to

    Short ratio over 17 on Yahoo

    by playhardgamecock Sep 25, 2014 9:38 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 4:50 PM Flag

    wow its like tuning into a soap opera after a few years
    same characters same nonsense........drivel one teach...drivel on...LOL

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 10:43 AM Flag

    Would like to run all of clne stations through that model

  • New tool predicts economic impacts of natural gas stations
    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 8:47am
    Louise Lerner, Argonne National Laboratory
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    Researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Argonne National Laboratory announced a new tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Called JOBS NG, the tool is freely available to the public.

    Mostly made up of methane, compressed natural gas is an alternative fuel for cars and trucks that can offer greenhouse gas benefits over gasoline.

    Thanks to new methods, natural gas production has boomed in the U.S., raising interest in its use as a vehicle fuel. But there are currently far fewer natural gas stations than gasoline stations in the country, concentrated in a few areas like California, Oklahoma, Utah and New York.

    JOBS NG is designed to help states and local governments evaluate possible economic benefits related to natural gas stations when they are setting new policies. It can also help developers quantify proposals.

    “Our model estimates the jobs created and economic output at every stage in the process, beginning with station design and construction and continuing through the operation and maintenance of the station and the sale of natural gas fuel,” said Marianne Mintz, an Argonne systems analyst who built the tool.

    The analysis even extends to the equipment for the station—accounting for the raw materials that go into components as they are mined, refined, distributed and assembled. (Because natural gas generally arrives via pipeline in gaseous form, it has to be compressed at the station to less than one percent of its original volume using special equipment.)

    “The model also accounts for ripple effects as new jobholders purchase goods and services elsewhere in the economy,” Mintz said.

    It’s also customizable by state or census region.

    Source: Argonne National Laboratory

  • Reply to

    higher than expected demand....compilation

    by cancerdotcom Sep 17, 2014 10:55 AM
    cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 1:04 AM Flag

    Clearwater's CNG Station Busts at the Seams,
    in News Departments New & Noteworthy
    by NGT News on Wednesday September 24, 2014

    Clearwater Gas System (CGS), one of the largest municipal gas utilities in Florida, has rededicated its compressed natural gas (CNG) station located at 1020 N. Hercules Ave. in Clearwater.

    This facility has been in operation since October 2011, but demand for CNG had outstripped the station's capacity, necessitating a site expansion and equipment upgrades. Specifically, the utility doubled the on-site CNG storage capacity and added a full-size back-up compressor to ensure redundancy and support more growth.

    Today, the station regularly fuels about 50 natural gas vehicles operated by fleets such as Clearwater's solid waste and gas departments, Jolley Trolley, Verizon and Waste Pro.

    "Clearwater Gas System is committed to the goal of offering a smart, economical and reliable fueling solution to meet the transportation needs of our local community," says Chuck Warrington, CGS' managing director.

  • cancerdotcom cancerdotcom Sep 25, 2014 12:59 AM Flag

    Focusing on the future

    Westport is focusing mainly on achieving an overall consolidated positively adjusted EBITDA. It is carefully managing its investment programs to ensure that operational cash flow from Westport direct sales, as well as its joint venture dividends, will cover investment by the end of 2015. Natural gas is seeing a rapid adoption as a transportation fuel all across the globe, and OEMs around the world are shifting to include natural gas products in their offerings. To make a smooth transition, Westport is trying to create attractive new customer relationships. This will help the company to remove the barriers in the way of adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel.

    Westport is aiming to penetrate the market more with its new products. It believes that new products such as Weichai Westport WP12 HPI system, the Westport WP580 engine management system, new models of Ford and Volvo vehicles, and the iCE PACK LNG tank system and LNG tenders in the oil business will deliver platforms for future growth in its operating business.

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    Westport Innovations: Benefiting From The Adoption Of Natural-Gas Engines
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    Westport Innovations (WPRT) recently released its results for the second quarter; the company posted good improvements, having achieved a significant milestone by recording a positively adjusted EBITDA. Westport is slowly gaining market share as its transition efforts continue to bear fruit.

    Westport executives believe their efforts in resetting the cost structure, rebalancing the product portfolio, and optimizing organizational efficiencies have delivered the change that was required for its operational performance. However, the company is still longing to impress investors with good earnings. Let's see how Westport aligns itself to improve its earnings.

    Impressive financial performance

    The company's revenue clocked in at $40 million, compared to $34.9 million last year. Westport is also pleased with the growth it is seeing with its joint venture efforts. Its joint venture posted revenue of $79.6 million, which is marginally better than $78 million as compared to the same quarter last year. On the earnings front, the company managed to narrow its loss, posting consolidated adjusted EBITDA loss of $17 million compared to $27.8 last year.

    Westport Innovations has been through a transition phase in the past when it shifted its focus from market creation to product development, sales, and profit growth. These efforts were helpful, but they also scared some investors away from the stock as they couldn’t receive these efforts positively. But now Westport is focusing on various aspects to improve its profitability.

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