Greenkraft, Inc. adds U.S. distributors to meet propane autogas truck demand

Santa Ana, Calif. (08/24/2016) — Greenkraft, Inc. (OTCQB:GKIT), a nationally recognized player in the alternative fuel engine and vehicle market, announced today that the Company is currently adding more distributors to distribute Greenkraft trucks throughout the United States. In addition Greenkraft, Inc. will be adding new dealers in many States to expand the Company's domestic distribution network and the overall revenue.

Greenkraft Propane Commercial trucks

Sosi Bardakjian, CFO of Greenkraft, Inc. said the following about the expansion. "Greenkraft has experienced tremendous growth in recent years with a 500% increase in total revenue in the last year alone. However, this sets the bar very high for Greenkraft and if we are going to keep up that level of growth; then it is imperative to expand our distribution network to new places.  This new distribution network will open up the door for millions of dollars of quickly realized additional revenue for Greenkraft."

Greenkraft was chosen by the City of Santa Monica, Calif., to provide new, environmentally-friendly trucks for its departments. The company also exhitibed a Tri-Gas Greenkraft truck at this year’s ACT Expo show in Dallas, Tex. The new G-series line of LPG, CNG, or Gasoline cab-forward trucks are available with 6 liter or *8 liter GM engines with fuel capacities ranging from 20 to 60 GGE. At the ACT Expo Greenkraft had a unique demonstrator vehicle with Gasoline, CNG, and Propane fuel, effectively a Tri-Gas system on one vehicle where clients can choose the fuel. The Tri-Gas demonstrator received a lot of attention at the show.

About Greenkraft, Inc. 

Greenkraft, Inc., a publicly traded company, is a manufacturer of alternative fuel automotive products located in Santa Ana, California, USA. Greenkraft, Inc. was created to introduce clean, green, efficient, automotive products that have a price advantage and American performance. The company manufactures eco-friendly trucks as well as alternative fuel systems and engines that are environmentally friendly and more efficient than other products currently on the market. Its commercial trucks are powered by alternative fuels such as LPG and CNG in Classes 3,4,5,6, and 7. Greenkraft, Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures compressed American natural gas and propane gas forward cabin trucks, alternative fuel systems and alternative fuel engines.

(SOURCE: ReleaseWire, Greenkraft, Inc.)

PERC Announces New Senior Manager, Social and Digital Media

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has announced the newest addition to its staff, Ryan Dutcher, who will serve as Senior Manager, Social and Digital Media.
Ryan Dutcher headshot PERC

Dutcher has more than 10 years of experience in the digital communications and marketing realm. He comes to PERC from having recently worked in Beijing as Senior Communications Manager and Chief Digital Strategist at The American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China.

Dutcher holds a Master Degree in International Public Policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, one of the world’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations, where he focused on energy and environmental policy.

Dutcher will be involved with PERC’s new consumer education campaign aimed at assisting the industry in leveraging the campaign and helping members use the campaign to benefit their business. He will also be responsible for the development of digital content creation, media strategy and publication, as well as implementing website data analytics. As a member of PERC's communications team, Dutcher will be the main point of contact for the consumer education campaign, and also handle PERC media requests.

Crestwood Midstream Revises Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility Proposal

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Houston) is making voluntary concessions in its proposal to store propane in salt caverns in Schuyler County, N.Y. The long-delayed project has been the subject of repeated and vitriolic protests by residents and environmentalists. They assert quality of life issues, pollution concerns, and negative impacts on tourism should prohibit it.

A letter from the Albany, N.Y. law firm DLA Piper to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) outlined that Crestwood would:

• Reduce storage capacity from 2.1 million barrels to 1.5 million barrels;
• Eliminate the storage of butane; only propane would be stored in the salt caverns;
• Ship propane in and out only by pipeline, removal of both railroad and truck options; and,
• Eliminate two of three brine ponds, proposing only one small pond west of Route 14.

“The changes described will reduce the scale and environmental impacts (potential, actual, and perceived) of the project, responding meaningfully to the concerns of those participating in the issues conference and by stakeholders outside of the DEC proceedings, and will result in further avoidance or mitigation of the impacts,” the letter said. The correspondence also said that the changes were aimed at expediting the approval process for the project.

“We take seriously the concerns and perceptions of our facilities in the communities we share, and the changes we announced this week to our Finger Lakes LPG storage facility demonstrate that commitment. If you combine these changes with the findings of the regulatory experts, you have an energy infrastructure project grounded in science, compromise and community support,” noted Bill Gautreaux, Chief Marketing Officer & President, Crestwood Midstream LP Supply & Logistics Group.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission previously granted approval of Crestwood’s plans to expand natural gas storage at the facility located along state Route 14 north of Watkins Glen. DEC is still conducting its environmental review for propane. In June, Consolidated Edison Inc. and Crestwood said they had completed the formation of a joint venture to own and develop Crestwood’s existing natural gas pipeline and storage business located in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania.

As part of the transaction, Crestwood contributed its interstate natural gas pipeline and storage business to a new entity, Stagecoach Gas Services LLC. A subsidiary of Consolidated Edison indirectly purchased a 50% equity interest in Stagecoach for about $945 million, which was distributed to Crestwood. Crestwood also agreed to contribute to Stagecoach its New York intrastate pipeline, and Edison has agreed to contribute about $30 million, which will be distributed to Crestwood.

Alliance AutoGas, Sharp Energy Partnership Marks Company’s 7th Public Propane Autogas Fueling Station

Swannanoa, NC (August 10, 2016) —  Sharp Energy, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE.CPK) recently opened the new Sharp Energy headquarters building in Georgetown, Delaware, that includes an autogas fueling station. The autogas fueling station was developed in partnership with Alliance AutoGas, a national network of more than 120 companies that deliver alternative fueling solutions, including EPA-certified autogas vehicle conversions, on-site fueling infrastructure, fuel supply, safety and operational training, and on-going technical support.

Ed Hoffman, President, Blossman Services, Inc., notes, “It is encouraging to see continued investment in propane autogas. With affordable dispensing infrastructure and easy-to-adapt conversion technology, fleets are able to experience a positive ROI in a year or two, and help clean the air by utilizing the cleanest fossil fuel available.”

Sharp Energy’s new headquarters site is the location of the seventh public autogas fueling station in the Mid-Atlantic region. “We’re very proud to add this propane fueling station to Sussex County,” said Elaine B. Bittner, Senior Vice-President of Strategic Development and Chief Operating Officer of Sharp Energy, Inc. “The stations are supporting the Company’s environmental initiatives in supplying propane, a clean, alternative fuel to the rapidly growing number of fleet vehicles in the area. Autogas-powered vehicles produce up to 20% lower emissions than gasoline vehicles and offer substantial cost savings on fuel and maintenance.”    

Alliance AutoGas provides a one-stop shop in the on-road autogas market with more than 800 refueling facilities installed throughout the US and Canada. In addition, Alliance has converted or participated in supplying autogas to more than 10,000 propane autogas vehicles and buses in North America, helping them operate on clean-burning propane with unit sales increasing monthly. In the past year, Alliance members collectively displaced 45 million gallons of gasoline and produced $70 million in fuel cost savings for the 550 fleets they service.

Key innovations in the marketplace developed by Alliance AutoGas includes its engineered systems that can be installed in just a few hours. These systems do not require any permanent vehicle modifications. All wiring is “plug and play,” with all parts being bracketed and designed to be installed without any drilling or fabrication. By deploying these features, labor times and conversion costs are significantly reduced. Recent innovations in dispensers and filling hardware, such as the ultra-low emission filling nozzle and the “Safe Connect” vehicle valve, give the vehicle operator the ability to fill the vehicle faster than gasoline without the need for any personal protective devices. 

About Alliance AutoGas:
Alliance AutoGas (AAG) is an international network providing a comprehensive propane autogas solution to medium and heavy-duty fleets. Alliance AutoGas is managed by its parent company Blossman Gas Inc., the largest privately-owned propane company in the United States. Alliance AutoGas is comprised of more than 120 independent propane marketers and authorized conversion centers throughout North America. Alliance’s members are aligned to provide propane autogas for vehicles and lawn care companies throughout North America. This group of members are also engaged in offering EPA-certified systems provided by Alliance Small Engines.

Canadian School Division Switches Entire School Bus Fleet to Propane

REGINA, Saskatchewan (Aug. 10, 2016) — École St. Mary, Regina Catholic School Division (RCSD), which serves about 12,000 students in 30 Canadian schools, unveiled its has upgraded its entire school bus fleet to Blue Bird Vision Propane buses, in partnership with LP3 Transportation Solutions. The Catholic School Division's fleet will become the largest fleet of propane buses in Saskatchewan. Propane is an economical alternative fuel that will allow the school district to save money in maintenance and fuel costs, and to reduce its carbon footprint.
Blue Bird Vision Propane School Bus

“Our new fleet of school buses fueled by propane means cleaner air around our students and drivers, and within our community,” said Domenic Scuglia, director of education for RCSD. “At Regina Catholic Schools, we always consider our students’ needs first when we make any decision inside and outside of the classroom.”

RCSD partnered with LP3 Transportation Solutions to add 89 Blue Bird Vision Propane buses from Legacy Bus Sales in Saskatoon to help reduce the emissions produced by each school bus. These Blue Bird buses make up 100 percent of its Type C fleet.

“Regina Catholic School Division was the top priority when we started to look at school divisions that we wanted to work with because of our shared mission and values,” said David White, vice president of operations for LP3 Transportation Solutions. “Our event today, called ‘Meaningful Difference with Alternative Fuels’ exemplifies that partnership.”

Equipped with Ford Motor Company’s 6.8L V10 engine, each Blue Bird bus is powered by a ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel system. The Blue Bird Vision Propane buses emit 80 percent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared with diesel.

Along with environmental benefits, the new Blue Bird buses were chosen for their ability to start in cold weather, retain heat in the cabin more effectively, and operate more quietly. Buses fueled by propane reduce engine noise levels by 11 decibels, or about 50 percent, compared with diesel-fueled buses.

“Blue Bird congratulates Regina Catholic Schools for their leadership in alternative-fuel use in Saskatchewan,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird, noting that Blue Bird is the leading manufacturer of alternative-fuel powered school buses. “Our Blue Bird Vision Propane bus emits virtually zero emissions, exceeding stringent emissions standards. Our unique “EconoShift” optimization feature ensures we lead the industry in fuel economy in large propane-powered school buses, and with simpler maintenance and service requirements, Blue Bird’s propane bus is the best cost-of-ownership choice for many school districts.”

Across North America, hundreds of thousands of students are transported daily to school in buses operating on propane. It is the most commonly used alternative fuel in the world. Vehicles fueled by propane comply with the same safety standards as their conventionally fueled counterparts.

“Propane-fueled school buses reduce harmful emissions, are easier to service, and cost less than diesel to fuel and maintain,” said Brian Carney, executive director of school bus sales and customer support for ROUSH CleanTech. “Regina Catholic Schools joins more than 600 school districts throughout North America that run clean-operating propane buses.”

According to the Canadian Propane Association, propane costs about 37 percent less than gasoline per gallon, and propane infrastructure cost is significantly less than natural gas. RCSD fuels its propane buses at an onsite station, and has plans to set up additional propane fuel stations in remote locations in the near future.

About Regina Catholic Schools Division: Rich in tradition, culture, and history, the Regina Catholic School Division’s humble beginnings date back to 1899. Today, the Regina Catholic School Division is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. We offer our students a wide range of academic, practical and applied arts programs, student support services, and extracurricular activities. What really sets our schools apart is our faith. The Regina Catholic School Division provides a quality Catholic education that is faith-based, student-centered and results-oriented. The Division currently serves about 12,000 students in 30 schools. It has 24 elementary schools, which include four French Immersion schools and one Special Education school for medically fragile students. The Division operates four high schools, which include two French Immersion high schools, and one trades-focused school. There is also one Kindergarten to Grade 12 alternative school, the only one of its kind in Regina, plus an Online Learning program and homeschooling options. The Mission of the Regina Catholic School Division is to work with the community and the local church to provide a quality Catholic education that fosters academic excellence and the development of informed, responsible citizens.

About Blue Bird Corporation: Blue Bird is a leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio.

About LP3: As part of the Legacy Group of Companies, and a sister company to Legacy Bus Sales of Saskatchewan, LP3 is a new company in the student transportation services industry, founded by leadership with extensive experience in efficient equipment operations, business development and personnel management — as well as direct experience in the sector, and with a proven track record of effective, innovative and efficient service performance. LP3 believes that, as an extension of the school, the school bus driver is the first and last point of connection for students on any given day. Therefore, the driver has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of students. The nature of that impact will depend on the character of the company that the driver works for and the nature of the mission, vision and values that exist within the company, to which all are held accountable. One mission, where all are 100% accountable to and for each other.

About ROUSH CleanTech: ROUSH CleanTech, is a leader in alternative fuel vehicle technology, and division of ROUSH Enterprises based in Livonia, Michigan. ROUSH CleanTech designs, engineers, manufactures and installs propane autogas fuel system technology for light- and medium-duty Ford commercial vehicles, and Type A and Type C Blue Bird school buses, and compressed natural gas fuel systems for Type C Blue Bird school buses. As a Ford QVM-certified alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer, ROUSH CleanTech delivers economical, clean and domestically produced fueling options for fleets across North America.