On Wednesday, nearly 125 people—including a strong contingent of public and private fleet managers from across Tennessee and surrounding states—attended the “Compelling Case for NGVs” workshop at Piedmont Natural Gas’s (PNG) Nashville headquarters. The event was co-hosted by Middle Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, East Tennessee Clean Fuels, West Tennessee Clean Fuels, and Tennessee Gas Association. PNG and NGVAmerica provided underwriting sponsorship for the event, supported by an additional 17 tabletop vendors. In addition to the full-day curriculum, presented by Stephe Yborra and guest equipment and service suppliers, the workshop included a variety of vehicles on display outside and a tour of PNG’s CNG station. Mike Lickert, Fleet Director of Giant Eagle Food Stores, presented “CNG and Giant Eagle: The Year in Review” during the “Been There—Done That” session, in which he documented the savings from 10 Volvo VNM CNG trucks compared to 10 similar diesel Volvo trucks delivered about the same time. Lickert provided data showing a 43 percent reduction in operating cost-per-mile. Giant Eagle continues to take delivery of additional VNM units powered by the CWI 8.9L ISL-G engine. In addition, they are field testing CWI’s 11.9L ISX12G in a Volvo VNL tractor. Currently, the trucks fuel at a station they developed at their Pittsburgh area corporate headquarters and plans are underway to add another station at their Columbus, Ohio, distribution center. The company has indicated a strong interest in developing stations at select company-owned-and-operated Get-Go C-stores throughout the Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia area.
This was the last of CVEF’s summer series of “Compelling Case” workshops. Seven have been held since June, and a total of ten full-day events and two half-day “mini” workshops have been delivered so far this year. One more full-day workshop (NYC—date TBD) and another 5–6 “mini” workshops (Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Oregon) are slated for the remainder of 2012. For more information, contact Stephe Yborra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.829.2520.