TrilliumHD Is Building the First Public Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station in the Greater Green Bay AreaGREEN BAY, Wis. — TrilliumHD announced it is building the area's first public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The fueling station, which will open in March 2012, will be located at the De Pere Superstore at 1501 West Main Avenue in De Pere, just off of Highway 41.
TrilliumHD will build, operate and maintain the CNG fueling station. Public access to the fuel will be available to anyone with a CNG vehicle. The station's primary customers, however, will be heavy-duty (HD) trucking and transportation fleets. Special fueling programs will be available to fleets wanting to take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of CNG. Paper Transport, Inc., is the first fleet to contract with TrilliumHD.
TrilliumHD is a joint venture between Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC, operating as Trillium CNG, with offices in Green Bay and Chicago, and Paper Transport, Inc., based in Green Bay. The Trillium name is well-known in the fueling industry for CNG facility design, construction, maintenance and operation in areas such as California, New York, Washington, D.C., and Texas. That same equipment quality and service excellence will be available through TrilliumHD. Paper Transport uses CNG as a fuel for its own fleet of natural gas trucks and will lend that experience to developing a fleet-focused experience.
Construction of the CNG station at the De Pere Superstore began in November 2011. The next step will be the delivery and installation of major equipment, including two 250 HP compressors, gas driers and a twin-hose CNG dispenser. The station will provide fast fills, with a flow rate of 10 diesel gallon equivalents per minute. Shortly after the major equipment arrives on site, the Trillium team will complete installation, commissioning and training.
TrilliumHD plans to open additional stations in the area in 2012.
"Natural gas makes good economic sense as a transportation fuel for our country," said Charles Koontz, managing director of strategic business development for Integrys Transportation Fuels. "With an abundant supply of domestic natural gas, forecasts show low and stable long-term prices for CNG. It isn't affected by the global issues that make gasoline and diesel prices so volatile. Through TrilliumHD, we want to build a network of over-the-road CNG fueling stations to ensure CNG is a convenient, readily accessible fuel for drivers."
Matt Olson, owner of the De Pere Superstore, believes bringing CNG fueling to the area is important for several reasons. "We're excited to be part of the first CNG project in northeast Wisconsin. CNG is an up and coming transportation fuel. With Paper Transport taking the lead in this area by fueling with natural gas, we believe the trend will steamroll into other businesses."
As part of the CNG project, Olson has expanded the De Pere Superstore's facilities for heavy-duty trucking, with 40 additional parking stalls, a CAT scale, overnight parking and room for CNG equipment.
"Really, we're making this a one-stop location for the trucking industry," said Olson. "We hope to attract fleets from other areas or states, and we anticipate other local businesses converting to natural gas vehicles."
CNG is growing as a transportation fuel. The International Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (www.iangv.org) estimates that within the next 10 years, about 9 percent of the world's transportation fleets will be natural gas vehicles.
You can learn more about TrilliumHD's projects on its website: www.trilliumheavyduty.com.
About the TrilliumHD Joint Venture Partners
TrilliumHD is a joint venture of Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC, and Paper Transport, Inc.
Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC
Integrys Transportation Fuels provides exceptional CNG fueling solutions through Trillium CNG and manufactures the Pinnacle line of hydraulic intensifier compressors. The company has primary offices in Green Bay, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Midland, Texas. Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC, is a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG). Integrys Energy Group is a diversified holding company with regulated utility operations operating through six wholly owned subsidiaries, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company, North Shore Gas Company, Upper Peninsula Power Company, Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation, and Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation; nonregulated operations through its wholly owned nonregulated subsidiary, Integrys Energy Services; and also a 34% equity ownership interest in American Transmission Company LLC (an electric transmission company operating in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois). Learn more about all Integrys companies at www.integrysgroup.com.
Paper Transport, Inc.
Paper Transport, Inc., headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., is a truckload carrier with a range of capabilities including dry van, dedicated operations, intermodal drayage and brokerage services. It has operation centers in Muskogee, Okla., Jacksonville, Fla., Albany, Ga., Savannah, Ga., Milwaukee, Wis., Chicago, Ill. and Green Bay, Wis. The company has been using CNG tractors since February 2010, with more than 1 million miles logged on units currently in use. Learn more about Paper Transport at www.papertransport.com.
For More Information, Contact:
·Charles Koontz, Managing Director of Strategic Business Development, Integrys Transportation Fuels, LLC, 614-385-0885
·Jeff Shefchik, President, Paper Transport, Inc., 920-491-2205
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If the new Natural Gas Act of 2011 passes, the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit will be extended to December 31, 2016—that give us five more years of low cost compressed natural gas (CNG). President Obama urged Congress this week to pass the act as part of his new federal energy blueprint. According to the President, “Last year, more than 150 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle proposed legislation providing incentives to use clean-burning natural gas in our vehicles instead of oil. So I ask them to keep at it.” The President’s statement increased stock trust in many public CNG companies around the nation.
If everything goes according to plan, the Natural Gas Act could be presented to the President as early as May. Some of the key elements of the bill include:
• Extension of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit to December 31, 2016.
• Extension of the Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Tax Credit to December 31,2016.
• Makes all new dedicated natural gas vehicles and certain bi-fuel and dual fuel alternative natural gas vehicles eligible for a credit equal to 80% of the incremental cost up to a credit cap
• Tax credit max value would be capped and would range from $7,500 to $64,000 depending on the weight of the vehicle.
• Natural Gas Vehicle Production Incentives.
• Extension and increase of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit to December 31, 2011.
• Grants for research, development, and demonstration.
The new act will energize the CNG industry. Just by reading though the document, which can be found here http://bit.ly/eRexon, it is evident that it is a good time to invest in the future of CNG.
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The APTA Annual Meeting is the most important annual event in the public transportation industry. Transit professionals from throughout the country will come to the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio to learn, network, discuss timely industry topics, and develop solutions to the industry's challenges.
Trillium will be participating in this year's Products and Services Showcase, as well as several of the meeting's informational sessions.
Visit Trillium at Booth 412 in Exhibit Hall A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to learn more about CNG fueling solutions for the transit industry. The Products and Services Showcase will be open Sunday, 6 - 8 PM, and Monday, 11:30 AM - 2 PM.
Find the complete meeting schedule for the APTA Annual Meeting here.
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The California Transit Association will be offering their Fall Webinar on September 28 at 10 AM PST. The webinar will cover all the details of AB 118 alternative fuel funding opportunities in the state of California.
Assembly Bill 118 (Nunez) was signed into law in October 2007 and provides approximately $200 million annually through 2015 for new alternative fuel and air quality incentive programs. Transit agencies that already operate alternative-fuel buses or plan to integrate alternative fuel technology into their fleets may qualify for funding under the AB 118 programs.
Scheduled presenters include Aleecia Macias from the California Energy Commission (CEC), discussing the agency's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, and Robert Meyer from the Employment Training Panel (ETP), covering the opportunities available for workforce training funding for alternative fuel projects.
AB 118: Funding Opportunities for Alternative-Fuel Advancements
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Trillium is sponsoring and exhibiting at the 45th annual California Transit Association Conference and Expo at the San Diego Convention Center.
During tonight's Welcome Reception and Expo (Sept. 14, 5-7 PM), Trillium will host live roulette. Gaming will continue tomorrow during the Expo from 11 AM - 3 PM.
Visit Trillium at Booth 413 and 512 to join in the fun!
Complete details about the conference, including the special session schedule can be found here.
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