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Natural Gas Fuel Tax Credit Extension Passes Senate CNG Taxis to Get Preference at Dallas Love Field More CNG Buses for MARTA California City to Buy CNG Buses NGV Presence at NTEA Summit/Work Truck Show a Big Hit! USDA Offers Biomass and Bioenergy Funding Dominican Republic Chooses US Tank Manufacturer NGV Factory to be Built in Russia Argentina Adds 70,000 NGVs in 2009 So You Want to Know More About the European NGV Industry ...

Natural Gas Fuel Tax Credit Extension Passes Senate The 50-cents per GGE fuel tax credit for natural gas when used as a transportation fuel passed the Senate this week, when, by a 62-to-36 vote, the Senate approved the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act (H.R. 4213). The bill would extend the tax credit for one year and retroactively apply it to the beginning of the year. The bill must now be reconciled with the House version of the bill, passed in December 2009, before being sent to the president for his signature. The House version also included a one-year extension of the natural gas fuel tax credit. It is not certain when the House and Senate will get together for reconciling the two bills. The Congress is expected to recess at the end of the month for the Easter break. NGVAmerica has repeatedly pressed for the need for the retroactive fuel tax credit extension, and is pleased with the Senate's action this week. We are urging Congress to move quickly onto a conference to get this bill to the President's desk as soon as possible. With this issue just about out of the way, NGVAmerica can turn its full attention to enactment

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of the NAT GAS Act. For more information contact Paul Kerkhoven at 202.494.5887 or [email protected] CNG Taxis to Get Preference at Dallas Love Field On Wednesday, the Dallas, Texas City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that allows CNG taxis front of line loading privileges at Dallas Love Field. The ordinance takes effect on April 9th. Mayor Tom Leppert said the policy encourages a switch to cleaner natural gas fuel, but does not forbid anyone from working at the airport. "To me, this was a great policy, and it's a forward-looking one," Leppert said. "We've got to deal with this issue. We know we've got to deal with it. We know the [emission] standards are not going to get any easier." North Texas is under pressure from the federal government to improve air quality. For more information, contact Rich Kolodziej at 202.824.7366 or [email protected] More CNG Buses for MARTA The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is adding 101 new CNG buses to its fleets, as part of its policy to replace diesel buses with cleaner, NGV ones. O the`0` buses, 18 are being funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds. The other 83 are being funded through the normal Federal Transit Administration process. The total cost of replacement is approximately $42 million. For more information, contact Rich Kolodziej at 202.824.7366 or [email protected] California City to Buy CNG Buses The city of Montebello, CA will be buying three 40-foot CNG buses. The city will use some of its American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds to pay for th buses. "We're very thankful that they approved this," said Aurora Jackson, Montebello's director of transportation. "The money is very timely, and it will assist us in meeting our air-quality standards with CNG buses." For more information, contact Rich Kolodziej at 202.824.7366 or [email protected] NGV Presence at NTEA Summit/Work Truck Show in St Louis a Big Hit! Natural gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure were "front and center" at this week's National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show in St Louis. The Green Truck Summit, which is co-hosted by CALSTART, took place Tuesday and Wednesday and was a sell-out, featuring presentations and panel discussions addressing a wide variety of alternative fuels and AFV technologies including several about natural gas.

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The Work Truck Show, which took place Wednesday afternoon through Friday, featured exhibits by: · NGVAmerica · Trillium USA · Cummins Westport · Clean Energy · Emission Solutions Inc · ANGI Energy · GreenField Compression In addition, Freightliner Truck featured a M2-112 CNG stake body truck in their booth (drawing lots of attention) and Ford featured one of AT&T's BAF-retrofitted E-350 service vans and a "prototype" dedicated Transit Connect taxi (also retrofitted by BAF). As reported previously, Ford recently announced it will soon offer a gaseous fuel-prepped engine option on the Transit Connect, and Altech-Eco already has received their EPA certifications for both dedicated and bi-fuel Transit Connects. The very busy Ride-and-Drive event featured: · Baker Equipment's soon-to-be certified Transit Connect and a GMC Savana 3500 van with 4.8L engine featuring Baker's XLR new roof-mounted (and crash-tested) 42GGE CNG tank system. · A BAF Technologies dedicated Ford E-350 cargo van (vehicle upfitted by and supplied by SteelWeld) · A Freightliner Truck M2-112 CNG tractor NGVAmerica plans to once again participate in the Green Truck Summit and exhibit within CALSTART's Clean Fuels & Technologies Pavilion at next year's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN (March 7-10, 2011). Booth spaces within the CALSTART pavilion are going fast. If interested in securing your own space, contact NTEA's Kathy Swartzentrover at 1-800-441-NTEA (6832) or [email protected] or call CALSTART's Susan Romeo at 626/744-5686 or [email protected] For more information about participating with NGVAmerica in other market outreach events this year, contact Stephe Yborra at 301.829.2520 or [email protected] USDA Offers Biomass and Bioenergy Funding On Friday, Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced that FY2009 funding is once again available for three USDA Farm Bill programs to

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promote increased production of biomass and bioenergy. As part of this announcement, those biomass producers eligible under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels may apply to receive payment from remaining FY 2009 funds. Applications must be received by May 30, 2010. Under this program, payments are made to eligible producers in rural areas to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. Payments are based on the amount of biofuels a recipient produces from renewable biomass, other than corn kernel starch. Eligible examples include biofuels derived from cellulose, crop residue, animal, food and yard waste material, biogas (landfill and sewage waste treatment gas), vegetable oil and animal fat. For more information, contact Jeff Clarke at 202.824.7364 or [email protected] Dominican Republic Chooses US Tank Manufacturer Lincoln Composites has received a purchase order for two TITAN modules for the storage and transportation of CNG in the Dominican Republic. The purchaser, Linea Clave, is a company that is working to create a virtual natural gas distribution system in the Dominican Republic. In placing this order, Linea Clave will become the first to operate a TITAN bulk gas hauling system in the Western Hemisphere. The modules will be used to deliver natural gas to the Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM) power generation station in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic also has plans for a growing CNG vehicle market, and it is expected that they will initially use mother-daughter stations to build out the fueling infrastructure. Each module is a 40-foot ISO storage system composed of four lightweight, composite TITAN pressure vessels with 10 Mcf of capacity. Lincoln says the modules are able to deliver 35 percent-85 percent more gas than steel tube trailer solutions,. The gross vehicle weight of the Linea Clave trucks and trailers will be 26,500 to 39,600 lbs. less than a typical steel tube trailer solution. The TITAN module received approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) late 2009, and can be transported via rail, truck or ship. For more information, contact Lincoln Composites Dale Tiller at [email protected] NGV Factory to be Built in Russia The Russian city of Togliatta (Tolyatti), near the Volga River in the Samara Oblast, is a struggling automotive manufacturing hub. Now the city's economy is about to receive a boosted a new NGV project that is the brainchild of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has reportedly backed a proposal to build a pilot factory with a capacity of 10,000 vehicles that will produce bi-fuel NGVs. Unit cost will be around $10,000 with an annual output of 10,000 vehicles, which would be

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reduced to about $7,500 if production increases to 100,000 cars. According to the Russian Natural Gas Vehicle Association, there currently are about 100,000 NGVin Russia, with 45 private and 199 public filling stations. For more information, contact Rich Kolodziej at 202.824.7366 or [email protected] Argentina Adds 70,000 NGVs in 2009 Argentina added over 70,000 NGV in 2009, according to the Argentine National Gas Regulatory Agency. This is an 8 percent increase over 2008. Argentina now has over 1.8 million NGVs. Over 20 percent of the vehicles in Argentina can now operating on natural gas. For more information, contact Rich Kolodziej at 202.824.7366 or [email protected] So You Want to Know More About the European NGV Industry ... You can do it without getting on a plane. NGVA Europe has announced a three-day webinar titled "The Use of NGV´s within Public & Municipal Transport Systems", which will take place from April 13th to 15th. The cost of the webinar is 399 (or about $550). For more details on the webinar, go to http://www.ngvaeurope.eu/what-happens-next-month/day/?date=2010-04-13 The NGVAmerica newsletter is an NGVAmerica member benefit and should only be distributed to members of NGVAmerica. Redistribution to nonmembers is strictly prohibited. For comments on the content of this newsletter or for mailing list changes, contact Rich Kolodziej at [email protected]

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