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    Excerpts from NGV Global News

    Virtual March for Energy Independence Hopes to Make History Source: NGV Global Tuesday, 10 March 2009 00:00 USA
    Oil and natural gas magnate, T. Boone Pickens is taking the Pickens Plan to the next level, with a Virtual March on Washington D.C. for Energy Independence on April 1-3, 2009. In three days that are touted to 'change America forever', Pickens is calling on the 'Pickens New Energy Army' and other Americans to reach out to Congress, asking them to take action now to develop a comprehensive U.S. energy plan that will make the country energy independent and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. During this period, virtual marchers will call, email, fax and personally meet with members of Congress and their staff with the goal of taking over one million actions to stress the importance of a comprehensive national energy reform that will encourage energy conservation and efficiency, and make the nation safer, cleaner and energy independent. (Details)

    Truck Talk Features Heavy Duty Natural Gas Options Source: Friday, 13 March 2009 13:13 USA
    Canadian based has aired a feature earlier this month covering the trend towards natural gas fuel use in heavy vehicles in North America. The feature includes interviews with Tony Picarello and Bryan Zehr, both of Westport Innovations, and Jeff Campbell, of the Cummins Westport JV partnership. It's only 25 minutes long and gives a good insight into why natural gas heavy-duty engines have a big future in North America and elsewhere. Listen in here.

    Oklahoma Legislation Extends Incentive for CNG Fuel Conversion Source: NGV Global Monday, 09 March 2009 00:00 USA, Oklahoma
    This week, Oklahoma House of Representatives' members overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1949. The measure extends an existing tax credit on the purchase of a qualified clean-burning motor vehicle for 5 years for compressed and liquefied natural gas and electric cars. The credit covers half the cost of converting a vehicle to CNG or half the cost of one already built to run on CNG and other qualified fuels. The legislation also includes a tax credit for businesses seeking to build infrastructure to fuel such vehicles, along with a $2,500 tax credit for consumers installing home-fueling stations. Speaker Benge said he hopes this new credit will help double the number of publicly available CNG fueling stations across the state. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. (Press Release)

    Methane March Continues in Fresno Source: NGV Global Tuesday, 10 March 2009 00:00 USA, Fresno
    The City of Fresno, California continues its march to methane fueling, having taken delivery of the first half of its order for 45 liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled Condor refuse trucks from American LaFrance. Also on order are eight LNG frontloaders from Autocar, says fleet manager Joseph Oldham. In addition, the Central Valley city has 79 LNG refuse trucks, as well as one that runs on CNG – a hybrid electric with Odyne-Dueco plug-in drive. “Our goal is to be all natural gas by 2010 and we’re on target,” Oldham says.
    FuelTek Converts for Pioneer Source: NGV Global Monday, 09 March 2009 00:00 USA, Denver
    Denver’s FuelTek has converted 25 Ford F-250 pick-ups to EPA-certified bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG)-gasoline operation for Pioneer Natural Resources, and has installed a CNG fueling station near Trinidad to support Pioneer’s Raton Basin operations in Southern Colorado. The conversion is part of a plan set up in September 2008 to explore how viable CNG vehicles will be for operations in the Raton Basin, where Pioneer extracts coal bed methane. The new CNG station, engineered by FuelTek to meet the initial requirements of Pioneer’s foray into CNG vehicles, has three compressors and a two-hose dispenser.

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    Joseph Oldham will direct the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center in Fresno. Opened this year with funding from the California Energy Commission, nonprofit CALSTART created the new center to accelerate the use of clean vehicles and fuels and help the region more quickly meet its air quality targets. the center will provide technical assistance, project development expertise, and support with acquiring funding for San Joaquin Valley vehicle fleet owners, local governments, businesses and residents. Its work will expand the use of zero-emission vehicles, clean trucks and high-efficiency non-road equipment.
    The main office of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center (SJVCTC) will be located in an existing office space at 4747 North First Street, Suite 140, Fresno, CA

    The satellite office of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, will be located at 9240 South Riverbend Avenue in Parlier, CA, on the grounds of the University of California (UC) Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE), an environmental management research operation that will expand into transportation. The center hosts thousands of visitors, meetings, workshops, field days, and seminars annually.