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Presented by Maria Redmond, State Energy Office, and Lorrie Lisek, Wisconsin Clean Cities, on October 23, 2012 at the 3rd Wisconsin Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable.

Presented by Maria Redmond, State Energy Office, and Lorrie Lisek, Wisconsin Clean Cities, on October 23, 2012 at the 3rd Wisconsin Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable.

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  • RegulationsDepartment Safety and Professional ServicesDispensing, requirements for training unnecessary. Safer than regular gas/diesel dispensingWork drownedAccessible GuidanceA definition of what is acceptable and what is not.Define “trained” Better understanding of definitions. A lot of grey areas. Better/ more understandable instructionsBuilding codes and requirements for upgrading maintenance facilitiesRequirements vary by fire marshal – some customers are hesitant to purchase because definitions/requirements are unclearFire Marshal LNG mandateCNG – are shop requirements needed?Maintenance/ indoor storage (major/minor) – what codes should be followed? NFPA52 NFPA30APossibly meet with fire Marshalls and discuss guidelines Methane & Ventilation protection for maintenanceProblem = expensiveBetter/Clear Definitions so everyone can understandState guidelines?Simple guidelines ex. 1-2pg documentUtility Training Installation fueling station – education, permits etcGoal = to make as easy as possible Balance methane detectionStorage minor, repairs major repairs, smaller fleetsState guidelinesSIMPLE GUIDELINESRequirementsHow to do itResourcesAn technicians for required trainingPHIL home units Fuel maker distributorPermitting process on community 3-4 monthsTaxationIndividual users cost/private consumerExcessive requirementsMonitor usageSeparate meter?Logging? Overall, Data collection gets confusingFuel tax, fuel license, complete returns<500/quarter for taxConsider Alternatives – ex electricity is not taxedConsumer has separate meterAudit Requirements?Separate meter?Therms = gge or miles?Adopt statute until # of vehicles in any given year, tax free for private consumerHonor systemSale of home refueling unit.66/dayDOTRegistrationAlternative fuels , NG fuel propane biodiesel, ethanolElectric level playing fieldSource of CNG where tax is handled?DATCPNational conference on weights and measuresProposal made 2012 – clean vehicle ed foundationWI and other statesLNG does not have standard for dgeCNG has ggeSold through meters thatLbs = dgeLbs = gge-5.6 lbsdge =cng6.3 lbsdge = lngAssoc. Jan 2013 – meeting Jan 2014Standard of conversion to therms gasoline 2,031 cv in in gallonsVolume is not BTUAffect retail motor fuelsUse as a tool to determine need for conversion limited to 125,000 Natural Gas Quality StandardsNo national standardSEAG1616(Recommendation)Need State RecommendationsESTM standardsESTM check into CNG standardsProblem = There’s not just one standard for CNGNationalHow does a consumer know what they are buying?Min. 90% methane labeling & BTU valueAssurance fuel meets stander 90%-99%Engine ManufacturerGasoline Standard – Fuel quality standardsASTM standards/SAEJASTM Standards?Interconnect different tariff/standard (utility/pipeline)Biogas – pipeline qualityGov. DNRKwik TripMore money towards fleetPossibly offer incentives (successful in other states such as Utah, Oklahoma, California)$3000 incentive at registrationNGV AmericaFinancialTax HolidayIncentivesCost state gets back in returnMunicipal (School bus fleets)Incent communitiesEmissions benefitsFrac. Sand? RegulatoryMessaging –MessagingFrac focusGround H20 protection councilDOEDistortion (education)Site for educationLook at other states policies – What’s working and what’s not working.
  • City of Milwaukee
  • Paper Transport = 20 natural gas trucks on the road, and first deployed the trucks for its daily routes between northeastern Wisconsin and Chicago. Paper Transport expects to have another 15 natural gas fueled trucks within the monthKwik Trip = 6 Wisconsin CNG stations by the end of the year, as it’s adding CNG locations in Pewaukee, Oshkosh and Sheboygan to the ones it's already opened south of Milwaukee and in La Crosse. The chain is looking to have 30 CNG fueling stations open by the end of next year, said Joel Hirschboeck, superintendent of alternative fuels. It’s also planning to add some LNG stations along Interstate 94.US Venture = Trillium HD = opened stations this year in De Pere and Wausau.
  • Dane County = Produces compressed natural gas for their NGVs from the Dane County landfill. The anaerobic digester is one of the first of its kind in Wisconsin. The CNG produced costs 20 cents per gasoline gallon equivalent. The county started converting landfill methane into electricity in the mid-2000s and now earns $4.3 million a year from the system. The system is anticipated to produce 100 gallons of CNG each day, enough to fuel many of their newly acquired NGVs through the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program.Janesville = City of Janesville produces biogas from the City’s wastewater treatment plant and refines it into CNG for use in city vehicles. Janesville is saving thousands of dollars in fuel costs annually since the cost of the gas is less than one dollar per gallon. The project was supported by a $125,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin, and was a component of a comprehensive upgrade and expansion of the City’s wastewater treatment plant.


  • 1. Wisconsin Natural Gas for Transportation RoundtableRoundtable IntroductionSummary of last meeting &accomplishments to datePresented By:Maria Redmond, State Energy OfficeLorrie Lisek, Wisconsin Clean Cities
  • 2. WI Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable• Stakeholder initiative organized by the SEO and WI Clean Cities to promote the use of the following natural gas vehicle fuels in WI: - Compressed Natural Gas (CNG - Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) - Biogas-derived CNG and LNG• Main Objective: A neutral forum to - Expand Natural Gas Vehicle Infrastructure - Expand Natural Gas Vehicle Availability - Identify Problem Areas and Policy Needs - Provide Education and Outreach - Coordinate natural gas regulatory efforts among state agencies
  • 3. 2012 Roundtable Activities To Dateo April 11 - Governor Announces Roundtable and Advisory Committeeo April 24 - Roundtable Kickoff Event in Madisono April 25 - Interagency Workgroup Meetingo May - Natural Gas Portal Added to SEO Websiteo July 19 - Second Roundtable Event in Appletono September 19 – Policy Subgroup meeting heldo Oct 23 – Third Natural Gas for Transportation Roundtable Heldo Ongoing – Meetings with state agencies and development of guidelines/checklists to support further natural gas for transportation growth in WI
  • 4. Policy Discussiono Tracking vehicle Registrations to better reflect the status of natural gas on roadwayso Natural Gas Quality Standardso Regulations - SPS340 – Training Requirement for Consumers to be able to refuel at stations throughout state - Building Code requirements for Upgrading Maintenance Facilities - Taxation for individual users who fuel at homeo Financial Incentives
  • 5. NG Station Stats for 2012• 22 public stations• 7 private stations• 3 public stations being planned• 11 new stations since January 2012
  • 6. All Public and Private Natural Gas Stations in WI
  • 7. NG Projects in Wisconsin• Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program• Private initiatives• Biogas: Dane County & Janesville
  • 8. WI Clean Transportation Program• 15 light-duty NGVs• 77 heavy-duty NGVs• 4 NG stations
  • 9. Private Initiatives• Paper Transport• Kwik Trip• U.S. Venture (GAIN Clean Fuel)• Trillium HD
  • 10. Biogas Projects• Dane County - landfill• City of Janesville – wastewater
  • 11. Growing Interest = More Events• 4 NG events in 2011• At least 20 NG events in 2012
  • 12. Alternative Fuel Initiatives AffectWisconsin Clean Cities• Incredible membership growth and new partnerships – 14 members in 2010 – 42 members in 2011 – 60+ members in 2012
  • 13. Questions? Maria Redmond Senior Analyst & Program Manager Wisconsin State Energy Office (608) 266-1521 Maria.Redmond@Wisconsin.gov Lorrie Lisek Executive Director Wisconsin Clean Cities (414) 221-4958 Lorrie.Lisek@WICleanCities.org