Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities is all about Alternative Energy

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Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities advances the energy, economic and environmental security of the United States by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

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We build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.

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We serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development of grants, grant writing, and management of Federal and State-funded projects.

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We serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities initiatives, including project funding.

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On the Cutting Edge with Propane Power in Pittsburgh

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group Images Provided By: ProGas, Inc. and Sarver Landscape Maintenance Company Since 1946, Sarver Landscape Maintenance Company has been servicing Western Pennsylvania. The landscape maintenance company serves commercial properties, which include institutional, corporate, multi-family development, and industrial sites. After three generations the landscaping and maintenance company is now on the cutting edge. Sarver’s just replaced six of their gasoline-powered mowers with propane-powered ones. Adam Sarver, President, Sarver Landscape Maintenance Company, spearheaded the project. Sarver says the company decided to make the switch for a few reasons. “The biggest reason is the ability to control our costs. Plus a benefit of it is the ability to market and push for a green, smaller carbon footprint in an industry where all we really do is burn fuel,” relayed Sarver. “If we’re able to reduce our carbon footprint and at the same time control costs, it’s a win-win.” In terms of mowing, Sarver Landscape Maintenance Company is not the first in Western Pennsylvania to make this transition; however, they are among the first. The transition to propane mowers has been more popular in other parts of the country, such as California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Washington DC. Sarver first discovered the option of powering mowers with propane from reading industry magazines and looking into the sustainability of where fuel charges are going. After weighing the information, Sarver sought out Ron Schramm, President, ProGas, at the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Expo. ProGas, Inc. is a propane distributor in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio that services residential and commercial accounts along with propane motor fuel, known as... read more

Newest CNG Station Opens to Fleet Demand

HOUSTON – Washington County officially received its latest compressed natural gas fueling station Thursday, an indication that demand from area company fleets remains strong despite CNG’s price parity with unleaded regular gasoline. During a brief ceremony at a recently reopened Sunoco station at the intersection of Route 519 and the Houston exit of Interstate 79, officials from Sunoco, Columbia Natural Gas of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Clean Cities Program and Range Resources discussed the latest alternative fuel offering for area motorists. While acknowledging the current price parity between CNG and a gallon of unleaded gasoline – both were listed at $1.99 on the station’s electronic price display Thursday – Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said corporate fleets of CNG-equipped vehicles continue to provide the demand for more locations to refuel with natural gas. The main driver behind the newest location was Range Resources, which is also one of the region’s largest producers of natural gas from Marcellus Shale. Range spokesman Mike Mackin noted the station was closed several years ago, “just at the time Range was launching its fleet of CNG vehicles, which is now at around 200 vehicles. It made for a perfect location, right in the middle of our core operating area.” Shields said the Houston location is Sunoco’s third in Western Pennsylvania. It also operates one on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at New Stanton and another at Pittsburgh International Airport. He said adding more locations is a “chicken and egg” proposition. “You have to have suppliers ready to take a chance,” he said, adding with customers like Range that added CNG fleets eases that risk for suppliers. A similar... read more