August 19, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 17
Dear PEI Member:
PEI is now accepting comments on its draft of Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Facilities (PEI/RP1500). Individuals interested in reviewing and/or commenting on the draft document before publication can download a read-only copy and submit comments online at www.pei.org/RP1500. Comments are due by Wednesday, September 10. The PEI CNG Vehicle Refueling Systems Committee will review the comments September 16-19 before issuing the recommended practice in final form in November.
The 114-page draft document is PEI’s most ambitious undertaking in more than 25 years of issuing recommended practices. Not only is it the longest recommended practice written by PEI, it discusses the design, installation, operation and maintenance of fueling facilities that are still relatively rare in the United States. Since the identity of CNG facility owners and operators is not widely known to us, we encourage you to pass this information on to interested parties for review and comment. Like all of our recommended practices, we want to get it right the first time and your help in disseminating this draft will go a long way in issuing a recommended practice that will be useful to everyone.
Members of the PEI CNG Vehicle Fueling Systems Committee include Steve Bernstein (chair), Jones & Frank; Eric Beavers, Beavers Petroleum Equipment Co. Inc.; Julian T. Canuso, Jr., Oxford Engineering Company; Jason Carr, Stantec; Michael L. Eaves, Clean Energy; Andy Grimmer, ANGI Energy Systems, LLC; J. Benjamin Hieber, PWI, Incorporated; Kevin Kalafut, P.B. Hoidale Company, Inc.; Bryan Novy, Kwik Trip, Inc.; Richard Olsen, Hunt Guillot & Associates; Carl P. Overturf, PECO Energy; Sufyan Qarni, Sparq Natural Gas, LLC; and Scott Zepp, Consolidated Utilities Corp.
PEI BOARD ELECTIONS COMPLETED: BAKER AND MULLEN
OPW Acquires Liquip
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HYDROGEN FUEL CELL CARS HITTING US SHOWROOMS
“Hyundai has already started leasing a fuel-cell version of its ix35 Tucson sport utility vehicle this summer in California. Toyota and Honda plan to start selling their fuel cell-powered FCV-R and FCX Clarity passenger cars, respectively, in the US next year. California is viewed as an ideal location for launching fuel-cell cars because it is a big market with strict environmental laws.
“It is not yet clear how sales of fuel-cell cars will be affected by the current limited availability of hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Fuel-cell cars face a chicken-and-egg dilemma—consumers want to see fueling stations before they buy vehicles, but the auto industry wants to be sure there is sufficient demand for the vehicles before it starts mass-producing them and investing in fuel infrastructure.
“California already has nine hydrogen fuel stations up and running. New hydrogen stations are eligible for state government grants totaling $20 million per year, which are available at least through 2023. The subsidies could be extended beyond that date, but California regulators and promoters of fuel-cell vehicles tend to agree that they can be phased out once 100 stations are built.
“So far the main investors in California’s hydrogen fuel stations have been industrial gas companies, such as Air Products, Linde and Air Liquide, which already sell hydrogen for other uses, such as oil refining and fertilizer manufacturing. However, other players are also getting involved. Toyota, for example, is providing a bridge loan to energy technology firm First Element Energy to build 68 fuel stations in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas by 2016.
“The business case for hydrogen fueling stations has been improving, with capital costs per station now running between $1 million to $1.5 million, down from $3 million several years ago.”—Oil Daily, August 14, 2014.
OPW SIGNS DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE LIQUIP
PETROLEUM SOLUTIONS HIRES BROOKE AND SPOFFORD
CALIFORNIA SWRCB SETTLES WITH CITY OF GLENDALE FOR
ALLEGED UST VIOLATIONS
The lawsuit is the first enforcement action by the SWRCB’s Office of Enforcement under the SWRCB’s Government Owned and/or Operated Tank (GOT) initiative that started in 2010 with the assistance of the US Environmental Protection Agency. It is the second enforcement action by the State Water Board against a public entity for UST violations. The GOT initiative aims to level the playing field with respect to compliance and enforcement between privately and publicly owned and operated USTs.
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