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GREENLINE
A newsletter by Chicago Area Clean Cities
 
August/September 2015
Welcome to GREENLINE, an e-newsletter published by Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC). This newsletter is a part of our goal to broaden awareness and visibility of the coalition and add new members. We encourage you to help spread the word about the coalition's great work and help us to further our mission to achieve Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air and Clean Cities. To help support our mission, we encourage you to become a sponsor of the coalition (see details below). Finally, please make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy reading GREENLINE!

Chicago-area Gas Prices Continue to Rise in Wake of Refinery Woes

Despite recently low prices at the pump, the volatility of gas prices has been demonstrated once again with the recent partial shut down of BP’s oil refinery in Whiting, Ind.

Over the past week, gas prices in the Chicago area have risen an average of 70 cents per gallon, as the largest refinery in the Midwest continues to work on a crude distillation unit that has been shut down for more than a week. Prices could continue to temporarily rise, according to analysts. 

BP said it does not have an estimate on when the unit, the largest at the Whiting refinery, will be back online, according to The Chicago Tribune. 

Will Speer, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com, said the refinery is producing less than half of its normal output. To make matters worse, he added, a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Robinson, Ill., is performing a scheduled maintenance, which means it also cut back on production.

Illinois-based Dillon Transport a Leader in CNG Power

Burr Ridge, Ill.-based Dillon Transport now operates more than half of its 500 Class 8 trucks on compressed natural gas and runs those CNG vehicles more heavily than the diesels in its fleet, according to a recent article in fleetsandfuels.com.

Dillon began operating a fleet of liquefied natural gas-fueled tractors in late 2011, hauling raw material for Owens-Corning despite the trucks’ underpowered 8.9-liter ISL G engines, which were the only available option at the time.
 
Those trucks have long since been sold, and Dillon has for the most part switched to CNG, fueling a growing fleet of Paccar trucks with 11.9-liter ISX12 G engines (there are now just six LNG tractors in the Dillon fleet, also ISX12 G-powered). The company has fueling stations in Florida, Ohio and Texas, and is planning new ones for CNG in Colorado and McCook, Illinois.
 
“About 50 percent of our trucks are CNG and 60 percent of the miles we drive are CNG,” said Phil Crofts, marketing manager for Dillon Transport. “If you are going to maximize your return on CNG you have to run them. Despite the current low price of petroleum-based fuel, we are still saving about a dollar to a dollar and a half per gallon over diesel.”
 
The company operates trucks built by Peterbilt, Kenworth, and Freightliner with CNG fuel systems by Quantum and Agility Fuel Systems. Dillon specializes in bulk cargoes, both liquid and dry. The company operates from 15 terminals serving 48 states.

Join CACC Members at Golf Outing, Fleet Education Seminar on Sept. 10 

Chicago Area Clean Cities hosts its 15th annual golf outing on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Maple Meadows Golf Club, 272 S Addison Road, in Wood Dale. The day will kick off with a free fleet education seminar in the morning, followed by an afternoon of golf and dinner. The seminar offers fleet administrators from Chicago-area businesses and municipalities a chance to benchmark best practices concerning environmentally friendly solutions for managing vehicle fleets. Sponsorship opportunities are available for organizations looking to help support CACC. To register for the event, or to sign up to be a sponsor, please click CACC Golf Outing.

 

Glen Ellyn, Warrenville Share CNG Stations with DuPage County Forest Preserve

The City of Warrenville and the Village of Glen Ellyn now have access to compressed-natural gas (CNG) fueling stations operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (commissioner Al Murphy shown above fueling a natural gas vehicle).

An intergovernmental agreement allows Warrenville and Glen Ellyn access to the fueling stations at the Blackwell and Churchill Woods forest preserves. The agreement allows the municipalities to start cleaner-burning alternative-fuel programs in their fleets without the expense of building their own infrastructures.

The fueling stations were funded through federal grants given in 2001 and 2009, obtained through the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition. Other local municipalities also may sign agreements to use the fueling stations.

Natural gas powers about 150,000 vehicles in the United States and roughly 15.2 million vehicles worldwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel Data Center (http://www.afdc.energy.gov).

Natural gas vehicles (NGVs), which run on compressed natural gas (CNG), are good choices for high-mileage, centrally fueled fleets that operate within a limited area. For vehicles needing to travel long distances, liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a good choice. The advantages of natural gas as a transportation fuel include its domestic availability, widespread distribution infrastructure, low cost, and inherently clean-burning qualities.

Ozinga Mixes It Up With Clean Cities

Ozinga Bros., Inc. recently signed on as an annual sponsor of Chicago Area Clean Cities. Ozinga’s fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) powered concrete mixers, so well known in the Chicago area, is one of the largest in the world. With more than 150 concrete trucks and support vehicles already running on compressed natural gas, Ozinga is continuing to expand their CNG fleet while building CNG fueling stations and expanding the Midwest’s alternative fuel infrastructure. Currently, Ozinga operates four CNG fueling stations in the Chicago area and Northern Indiana. Ozinga began converting its vehicles to CNG in 2012 in part through funding from the Chicago Area Clean Cities Recovery Act project. Ozinga has been an active stakeholder in both CACC and South Shore Clean Cities for many years.
 
Thirteen Companies Agree to Reduce Carbon Footprint 
Thirteen large corporations have signed the White House's American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with companies such as UPS, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo using "greener" fleets to help meet carbon footprint goals. The White House said the campaign would add $140 billion in low-carbon investments. 

The 13 companies include Alcoa, Apple, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Walmart.
NTEA Appoints Chris Lyon Director Fleet Relations 
 
Chris Lyon, CACC Steering Committee member, recently was appointed as the new director of fleet relations at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA). NTEA provides technical information and education to its members in the work truck industry. Chris has been a strong advocate for the alternative fuel movement in the Chicago area, and we are excited to see him lead NTEA through his new leadership positon. 

To read the full story, please visit “NTEA Welcomes New Director of Fleet Relations.”

Go Green, Support Chicago Clean Cities

CACC recently introduced a new annual sponsorship program. Sponsor support helps the coalition to hold workshops and seminars, and to work with area fleets, community leaders and citizens to further the coalition's mission of Clean Vehicles, Clean Fuel, Clean Air and Clean Cities. To learn more, please contact Joe Koenig at 708-414-1065 or via email.
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