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14 Feb 2014
Truckload carrier C.R. England is putting more LNG trucks on the road in Southern California, as abundant natural gas builds interest in the alternative fuel.
16 Aug 2013
The California Air Resources Board has fined three international shipping companies a combined $440,250 for failure to switch from bunker fuel to low-sulfur marine distillate fuel...
24 Jul 2013
The Port of Hueneme’s board of harbor commissioners has approved a contract amendment with California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District that furthers the port’s plans to build a shore power infrastructure system, as part of its Shoreside Power Project.
01 Jul 2013
The European Union said all ships of more than 5,000 gross tons calling at its ports would have to measure and report their annual carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2018.
Joe Pratt, Sandia National Laboratories’ researcher, stands near the Port of Oakland, one of the West Coast ports he studied to learn whether hydrogen fuel cells are a viable power source for docked ships. (Photo by Steffan Schulz).
28 Jun 2013
Hydrogen fuel cells may be technically feasible and commercially attractive as a “clean, quiet and efficient” power source for ships at berth, replacing onboard diesel generators.
20 Jun 2013
Ryder System has begun to take delivery of 39 light and medium duty compressed natural gas vehicles, which will be available in California for lease or rent.

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You may not have watched the 2014 State of the Union address by President Obama and, if you did, you may have missed his announcement that he would be introducing new fuel efficiency standards for trucks in the coming months. (It came around 35 minutes in.) The announcement was indicative of the significant changes that should be, can be and already are being made to the fuel efficiency, and hence emissions levels, of freight trucks in the U.S.