With the New Year comes budget cuts, long hours and deadlines, which can make site visits to CNG stations hard to do. Trillium is making the site-walk experience more convenient. In February of 2011, we will release our new, high definition company video. We have created an in depth look at various Trillium stations. Soon you will be able to learn about the Trillium CNG experience while having your morning cup of coffee.
The video, which features stations that we built, as well as ones we upgraded, walks you through our complete integrated CNG solution. The fast-moving, interactive video highlights our complete design, build, and equipment package. Welcome to a Trillium CNG station.
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On January 12,2011, LA Metro retired the last diesel bus in their fleet. The complete switch to alternative-fueled buses has been in the making since 1993, when Metro instituted its clean-air vehicle plan.
Los Angeles is one of the most polluted cities in the world. According to Metro officials, “Compared with diesel buses, Metro’s new CNG fleet reduces cancer-causing particulate matter by more than 80 percent. And because of the switch from diesel to CNG, Metro avoids emitting nearly 300,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per day.”
In 2010, LA Metro reported 365.9 million boardings. Their fleet of CNG-powered buses has enabled millions of people to get to places they need to go—all while improving the environment and decreasing reliance on imported oil.
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• A 50-cent per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) tax credit for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) when used as a vehicle fuel.
• An investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property, including natural gas
stations. This incentive covers 30% of the cost or $30,000, whichever is less.
Additionally, the incentive allows for a $1,000 tax credit for any home refueling unit.
The incentives are retroactive and run from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011. Not only will the Middle Class Tax Relief Act benefit the environment, but it will create an increase in jobs throughout the CNG industry. By encouraging the use of natural gas for transportation, the bill will help the industry grow, by increasing demand for CNG vehicles and fuel.
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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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