Enagás and the Spanish Confederation of Service Station Operators (CEEES) have signed an agreement to work together on the promotion of natural gas as an alternative fuel in transport.
The collaboration will take into consideration the technical feasibility analysis for the construction of refuelling points for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and hydrogen in some of the 5,000 service stations that make up the CEEES network in Spain.
The agreement between both parties has an initial duration of one year, extendable automatically for annual periods.
In addition, Enagás and CEEES will collaborate in other lines of action for the promotion of natural gas as an alternative fuel in transport, in line with their commitment to contribute to the welfare of society and to the improvement of air quality.
Endesa will open its second public gas station for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in Paris, specifically in Île-de-France, in the metropolitan area of the French capital, the energy company said in a statement.
The association of municipalities for the management of gas and electricity of Île-de-France (SIGEIF) and Endesa have signed the award of the design, construction and operation of this gas vehicle station, which will be located in the town of Wissous, south of Paris.
The opening of the Endesa station is scheduled for June 2019 and is part of the company’s growth strategy in France and Europe through natural gas for vehicles (NGV), a fuel that reduces by 95% the emission of particles and between 40% and 65% those of nitrogen oxide (NOx).
BioNGV, or methane gas from renewable sources, will also be dispensed at the station, which reduces CO2 emissions by 90%. The contract was awarded as part of the plan to tackle pollution in the city of Paris and its metropolitan area.
The new station of Endesa, of more than 4,000 square meters, will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will have compressed natural gas (CNG) for fast refuelling.
NGVAmerica recently encouraged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to expand opportunities for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) ahead of the agencies’ reported May 30 submission of proposed rule changes to light-duty greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for model years 2022 – 2025. Submission of a regulatory package to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review is the last step before proposed regulations are issued.
NGVAmerica’s letter calls for regulatory changes and incentives that would create new interest in and opportunities for NGVs in the light-duty sector by fully accounting for all the benefits of natural gas and providing a more level playing field with other technologies currently incentivised by existing rules.
More than half of annual light-duty vehicle sales include sport utility vehicles (SUVs), work vans, and pickup trucks—a market segment that is well served by natural gas powertrains due to their power, performance, and range benefits. Meaningful reductions in petroleum consumption and vehicle emissions require practical, economic and viable solutions for this critical portion of the light duty sector.
NGVAmerica’s letter recommends that the proposed rules include the following regulatory changes: 1) amend the calculations for GHG emissions to provide the same level of incentive as is provided for fuel economy; 2) amend the current driving range provisions to remove the 2:1 range requirement for NGVs and put in place driving range requirements that are no more burdensome than those in place for electric vehicles; 3) provide sales multiplier credits on par with those previously adopted for other advanced technology vehicles; 4) provide credits for automakers that produce gaseous-prep vehicles; and 5) amend the current advanced vehicle credits for light duty trucks by removing the market penetration requirements.
Congressman John Larson has teamed up with Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin to propose legislation aimed at encouraging the use of natural gas to fuel cars, trucks, buses, and planes.
The two lawmakers have introduced H.R. 5959, the Natural Gas Parity Act, that they say will level the playing field when it comes to federal subsidies for alternative fuel sources to petrol that have thus far not included natural gas.
“The United States has an abundance of energy resources and this bill will reduce our dependence on foreign imports by spurring the adoption of cleaner, domestic vehicles that run on natural gas. This will reduce pollution, spur investment in alternative fuel sources, and bolster our national security by enhancing energy independence,” Larson said.
Mullin explained that under current laws and regulations alternative fuel sources enjoy federal subsidies that cut down on production costs while clean, natural gas shoulders a greater financial burden.
“The federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the energy industry, but instead should allow consumers and accessibility to drive demand,” said Mullin, who owns a plumbing business and is a former mixed-martial arts fighter.
There are currently more than 175,000 natural gas vehicles in the United States. Since 2009, natural gas production in the U.S. has exceeded Russia’s natural gas production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Source: Congressmen Mullin and Larson