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  • AVISTA working behind the scenes to offer public fueling

    (Kris promotes public CNG for AVISTA Natural Gas. Cassandra has contributed insightful articles on CNG to Oregon Public Broadcasting)

    http://ecotrope.opb.org/2012/08/this...o-natural-gas/


    August 14, 2012 By Cassandra Profita

    With so few public compressed natural gas fueling stations in Oregon, it's no wonder more people don't convert their cars over to CNG – even though it is much cheaper than gasoline right now.

    Kris Ransom works for a natural gas company. So, she has a vested interest in seeing CNG cars on the road.

    But not everyone who works at Avista converts their personal cars to run on compressed natural gas...

    Ransom lives in Klamath Falls and usually fills up at Avista’s private fueling station. But she does occasionally fill up at the Rogue Valley Transportation CNG station.

    A handful of Californian drivers stop in, too, Brown told me. But many of them are towed into the station after failing to find fuel closer to home.

    At first, Ransom discussed getting a company car that would run on CNG. But she already had two cars of her own at home and didn’t want a third. “I wanted one that would be mine,” she said. “I was due for a new rig.” Ransom found a low-mileage 2010 GMC Yukon and paid a Salt Lake City company called Questar around $10,000 in April to convert it to dual fuel so it runs on either compressed natural gas or gasoline. She gave up some seating in the back of the rig to make room for the largest CNG tank possible.

    “With limited fueling infrastructure, you really need to have bi-fuel capability,” she said. “I live in Klamath Falls and work in Roseburg, and I have to travel around quite a bit.” (a private access CNG station is located at AVISTA's Klamath Falls yard -- put in by the Crater Lake Trolley tour operator. Crater Lake Trolley operates five CNG fueled vehicles at Crater Lake National Park: four Chance Trolleys and one Dodge van)

    ...Now that she can fill up with CNG, she said, she rarely pays for gasoline. “I only buy gasoline when I’m going out of town and run out of CNG,” she said. “I bet I haven’t purchased six tanks of gasoline since April. It’s really worked out amazingly well.”

    ...She thinks given the current price of gas and the amount of driving she does that she will make her money back in three years. I drive a lot,” she said. “I’m out in the field a lot. For work I cover Medford, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls. I put 25,000 to 30,000 miles on my vehicle a year.”

    Ransom is a big proponent of driving on CNG and thinks more people will make the switch over the next few years as the price of natural gas stays low. “I do have a vested interest,” she said. “But I think it’s something people need to start learning about now as public fueling infrastructure becomes available.”
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    Re: AVISTA working behind the scenes to offer public fueling

    More CNG stations are on the way. Public access CNG stations are planned in Klamath Falls and Coeur d' Alene. Our new Spokane Valley station has already been built, card swipe is not yet working (no public access....yet.) Photos below.

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      Re: AVISTA working behind the scenes to offer public fueling

      The ribbon cutting for Public CNG fueling in Klamath Falls is scheduled for October 2015 once a second Ingersol compressor is tied in. Presently, the Crater Lake Trolley concession is willing to fill vehicles across the street from its ticket office at 445 S Spring St 7 days a week during the tourist season - mid-June thru mid-Oct.

      The trolley operator has informally stepped up to the plate to fill this fuel gap now that Medford's RVTD bus yard is locked on weekends. This is why the station isn't on any of the fuel map apps yet - not even on afdc_energy_gov. Vehicles with a 225 mile range may travel up and down the West Coast through Oregon by fueling in Klamath Falls now, which is the same distance (as Medford is) from Chico to the south and Eugene to the north - both of which are open 24/7.

      http://craterlaketrolley.net

      The short history is that the gas utility for the southern portion of Oregon, AVISTA, was authorized in 2015 by the Oregon PUC to offer CNG station packages to fleets WHO CAN THEN SELL TO THE PUBLIC if they want to. Prior to this, AVISTA had been allowing the trolley to fuel at a second Klamath Falls CNG station at its utility yard (which IS listed on afdc_energy_gov) until this arrangement began to bother the PUC in Salem - at which time the trolley built its own fuel station. They are both quite nice - 3 ASME tubes, Kraus dispensers - and neither got any fed grants or help from the state.
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        Re: AVISTA working behind the scenes to offer public fueling

        Ribbon Cutting for Spokane Washington's Central Service Center was held August 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the new building at 915 N. Nelson. The new $16.5 million shop and office complex will centralize maintenance for city vehicles, including a new fleet of CNG garbage trucks:

        http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/...5#.Vd107LQk_8t

        http://www.kxly.com/community/spokan...st-18/34539482

        http://www.spokesman.com/picture-sto...ervice-center/

        https://my.spokanecity.org/news/stor...ean-and-quiet/

        Gene Jakubczak is the city of Spokane?s fleet services director. The city has four CNG refuse trucks presently and, by year's end, the city plans to have 20 CNG trucks. Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects, both of Spokane, made up the design-build team, with Clean Energy Fuels as a subcontractor.

        Fuel was supplied by Avista Utilities at 2406 N Dollar Rd Spokane Valley by an arrangement with the State UTC until the Nelson St yard was ready. Avista operates three CNG stations in all, including one in Coeur d?Alene, Idaho, and has 84 CNG vehicles, including bi-fuel half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton pick-ups. Marc Schaffner is strategic initiatives manager for Avista.

        It is interesting that in the Mayor's briefing on video (4:22), Scott Windsor (Solid Waste Management Director) said the Dollar Rd facility provides CNG to the public. It is believed, though, that it was the State Utilities and Transportation Commission that provided approval for "just the city" to fuel at the gas utility yard CNG station.

        https://vimeo.com/135285233
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          Re: AVISTA working behind the scenes to offer public fueling

          AVISTA's Spokane Valley CNG is NOT open to the public. AVISTA provided clarification to Scott Windsor's remarks to say that in May 2015, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved Avista’s petition, and subsequent tariff, for supplemental and backup CNG service extended to commercial CNG fleet operators that own and operate a station but would like to fuel with Avista by way of a contract. Refueling at Avista’s Dollar Road station is not open to the public at this time.
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          • #6
            Charge Across Washington road trip June 7-8 involved a "group" of electric cars on a road trip from Everett to Spokane via the scenic Highway 2 through Leavenworth. Stevens Pass at 4061 ft and a distance of 279 miles (between stations if CNG cars had joined road trip) make this more challenging than the 226 mi route for CNG over Siskiyou summit (4310 ft) on Interstate 5. The Northwest has a glut of hydro power - Washington has the lowest rates in the country (Hawaii is DOUBLE the most expensive state, NY).

            Both articles are needed to find out the 6 hour trip took 2 days for the electric cars. And the reader is still left without learning of the charging times at the stops and if the cars had to fuel one at a time. But the article assures the reader that the trip resolved any myths associated with such an undertaking (without providing any info about speed, heat or A/C, service accounts needed to activate chargers.)

            At least they had a trip to report on. This cngchat thread detailed how the several CNG stations were built in Spokane several years ago. The City of Spokane even went on TV to say they were providing public fueling, which turned out to be a typo - maybe it should have been reported that the Spokane CNG station was PAID FOR BY PUBLIC TAX MONEY but would only be open to municipal and local commercial fleets.

            Oddly enough, a CNG vehicle can drive to Spokane once a year - there is an alternative fuel vehicle demo day provided at the Hanford Batelle Federal Labs each July - for which the CNG vehicles are invited to fuel in Pasco WA at a refuse company station.

            https://www.heraldnet.com/news/elect...ane-road-trip/


            http://www.golakechelan.com/charge-a...ehicles-day-1/
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