Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Clean Energy Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station Opens to Serve Richmond Area Vehicle Fleets

Located at Quarles Fuel Network’s Maury St. Facility, New CNG Station Will 
Support Clean-Running CNG Refuse Trucks, Buses & Municipal Vehicles

Natural Gas – CNG – has reached a major milestone in the River City.  The city’s new compressed natural gas fueling station has opened on Maury Street in Richmond, Virginia in partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Clean Energy, Quarles Petroleum, and the City of Richmond.  This station, located at 211 Maury Street just off I-95, provides rapid fueling service to public and fleet CNG-powered natural gas vehicles, and is accessible 24/7 to anyone with a credit card or fleet card.

CNG is one of the cleanest-burning transportation fuels available. In light-to medium-duty vehicles, CNG emits up to 30% less greenhouse gas than gasoline or diesel-powered models.

This new infrastructure — a public ‘natural gas fuel station’ — is a first, big step in the Governor’s plan to transition state-owned vehicles to alternative fuels. 

“In addition to reducing our dependence on foreign oil, turning to natural gas vehicles means we will save money and reduce emissions, as well as expand the market for one of Virginia’s important domestic energy resources,” said Governor Robert F. McDonnell.

Governor McDonnell added “Our contract with Clean Energy for conversions, fuel and public fueling stations will allow us to develop partnerships like this across the Commonwealth, and support our citizens who decide to drive natural gas vehicles. Virginia is leading the nation with this initiative and we are pleased that Richmond is willing to lead the way with us.”
“Compressed natural gas is just one investment we’ve made to create more economically competitive and environmentally resilient fleets,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “Investing in CNG vehicles, like our 25 new refuse trucks, is an important part of our RVAgreen Sustainability Plan, because using the fuel in our fleets enables us to operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and produce less harmful emissions.” 

Peter Grace, Senior Vice President, Clean Energy, said, “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Quarles at this station, and at other selected Quarles fueling locations. We congratulate Quarles on the decision to provide this added service to its customers and commend the City of Richmond for their support. With the expanding availability of natural gas vehicles, fleet operators across the nation are transitioning to natural gas power. Among their goals are reducing costs, adding fuel diversity to their fleets, curtailing harmful emissions, and helping reduce America’s dependence on imported oil.” 

 “This alternative fuel is domestically produced, much cheaper than conventional fuels and abundant,” said Greg Natvig of Quarles Petroleum Inc. “Quarles is proud to be part of this partnership.  We also want to join Clean Energy in thanking the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Richmond for making this project possible. Their commitment of an initial fleet of vehicles provided the needed start-up volume to make the project feasible. Without their support we would not have reached this important milestone.”

Besides environmental and energy security benefits, this low-carbon fuel costs up to $1.50 less per gallon equivalent when compared to conventional gasoline or diesel fuel.  

About Quarles Petroleum
Founded in 1940, Quarles Petroleum is a family business with 120 fleet fueling sites located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. With headquarters in Fredericksburg, Virginia and six other local offices, Quarles is a leader in the regional fuel distribution business. In addition to fleet fuel, Quarles provides residential and commercial customers with propane, diesel fuel, heating oil and lubricants. For more information visit www.quarlesinc.com

About the Virginia Clean Cities Coalition
Virginia Clean Cities is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing our energy, economic, and environmental security through petroleum reduction and clean transportation. Virginia Clean Cities is a state and federally recognized coalition of stakeholders staffed in partnership with James Madison University. Virginia Clean Cities operates dozens of domestic fuel and environmental education and deployment projects for federal, state, agencies and private partners.  To learn more please visit www.vacleancities.org.

About Clean Energy
Clean Energy (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle fueling market. We have operations in compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle fueling and construction and operation of natural gas fueling stations. Wholly-owned subsidiaries include IMW Industries, Ltd., which supplies CNG equipment for vehicle fueling and industrial applications worldwide; NorthStar, which supplies LNG and liquefied to-compressed natural gas fueling system technologies and equipment, station construction and operations; BAF Technologies, which provides natural gas vehicle systems and conversions for taxis, vans, pick-up trucks and shuttle buses; and Clean Energy Renewable Fuels (CERF), which develops renewable natural gas (RNG), or biomethane, production facilities in the U.S. For more information, visit www.cleanenergyfuels.com

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 
27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of several factors. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this news release and, unless otherwise required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. Additionally, reports and other documents the company files with the SEC (available at www.sec.gov) contain risk factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this news release.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mayor Jones Announces 2013 Youth Summer Employment Opportunities


Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced today that the Mayor’s Youth Academy (MYA) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Youth Employment programs. MYA is open to all city of Richmond youth, ages 14-19, who are enrolled in either a secondary or post-secondary educational institution.

MYA will accept applications beginning today, March 1, through Saturday, March 23 by clicking here. Youth may also apply in person on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center located at 2903 Q Street. No applications will be accepted after 1 p.m. on March 23. Richmond residency and school enrollment will be verified for all applicants.

“Our goal is to develop Richmond’s future leaders and workforce into determined, successful residents who will one day become our city’s leaders,” said Mayor Jones.

It is the mission of MYA to provide development opportunities to youth throughout the city of Richmond which includes job readiness training, leadership development, exposure to entrepreneurship, mentoring, post-secondary career exploration, and exploration of talents and skills through the arts.

There are three components to the MYA summer employment programs:

  1. Counselors In Training (CIT) and Leaders In Training (LIT) - (youth ages 14 - 17) The MYA CIT and LIT programs are offered in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. These programs provide youth with the opportunity to assist recreation staff with implementing the nine-week summer camp programs held in the community centers throughout the city. The LIT Level is designed for teens, ages 16 – 17, that have two consecutive years of work experience as a CIT. Youth participating in the CIT and LIT programs will receive a minimum stipend of $500.

  2. Life Stage - (youth ages 14 – 15) The MYA Life Stage program offered in collaboration with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, provides participants with cultural arts apprenticeships in Culinary Arts, Dance/Movement, Fashion Design, Mixed Media, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Arts, Poetry and Literary Arts. Youth participating in this program will receive a minimum stipend of $250.
  3. Summer Work Experience - (youth ages 16 - 19) MYA Work Experience interns are provided with diverse employment placements and introduced to a variety of industries and career paths including; higher education, non-profits, library sciences, entrepreneurship, human/social services, state government. Youth participating in the Work Experience internship program are paid a minimum rate of $7.25 per hour.  
For additional information regarding these opportunities and for more information on MYA, please contact the MYA office at 646-7480.

Monday, March 4, 2013

City Advises Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather


Local forecast have indicated that the city of Richmond may be impacted by winter weather this week. As a result, the city of Richmond encourages residents to take precautions now in preparation for any winter precipitation.

Residents are encouraged to make an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days. Supply kits should include a hand-cranked or battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, toiletries, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. Also, include items needed for infants, seniors, and pets. You may want to keep a second kit in your car in the event you must travel during inclement weather.

The City asks that residents remain home during this weather event and offers the following safety recommendations:
If you do have to drive, drive cautiously;
If driving, decrease speed;
Have a full tank of gas;
Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;
Stay inside if possible. If you need to go out, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens or gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears;
Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite;
Avoid overloading electrical outlets;
Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring or house your generator inside your home. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring may 'back feed' onto the power lines connected to your home;
If space heaters are being used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Make sure your space heater is three feet from any flammable material. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater;
Stoves or ovens should not be used as an alternate source to heat your home;
Bring your pets indoors. If you are unable to bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.

Businesses have a critical role in emergency preparedness. Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that your business or company will survive and recover. Visit www.ready.gov/business <http://www.ready.gov/business>  for more information.

Although mass evacuations do not appear to be necessary with this weather event, City officials may decide some area evacuations are necessary. Residents should prepare to be self sustaining by having food that doesn’t need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day.

The city’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, March 4; Tuesday, March 5; Wednesday, March 6; and Thursday, March 7; as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The shelter will open each day at 7 p.m. and close the following morning at 6 a.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake by 5 p.m. each day for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake is located at the Freedom House Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, next to Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Richmond City Jail. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled.

The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept Crisis Assistance applications now through March 15 at 900 East Marshall Street, Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046. DSS also provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify.

Elderly or residents with disabilities may also contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the city of Richmond during this weather event, please visit www.RichmondGov.com <http://www.richmondgov.com/> , follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA <http://twitter.com/#!/CityRichmondVA> , and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.

City Advises Residents to Prepare for Winter Weather


Local forecast have indicated that the city of Richmond may be impacted by winter weather this week. As a result, the city of Richmond encourages residents to take precautions now in preparation for any winter precipitation.

Residents are encouraged to make an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days. Supply kits should include a hand-cranked or battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, toiletries, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. Also, include items needed for infants, seniors, and pets. You may want to keep a second kit in your car in the event you must travel during inclement weather.

The City asks that residents remain home during this weather event and offers the following safety recommendations:

  • If you do have to drive, drive cautiously;
  • If driving, decrease speed;
  • Have a full tank of gas;
  • Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;
  • Stay inside if possible. If you need to go out, dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens or gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears;
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite;
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets;
  • Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring or house your generator inside your home. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring may 'back feed' onto the power lines connected to your home;
  • If space heaters are being used, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to safely use the heater. Make sure your space heater is three feet from any flammable material. Turn the space heater off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your space heater;
  • Stoves or ovens should not be used as an alternate source to heat your home;Bring your pets indoors. If you are unable to bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they can get to unfrozen water.
Businesses have a critical role in emergency preparedness. Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that your business or company will survive and recover. Visit www.ready.gov/business for more information.

Although mass evacuations do not appear to be necessary with this weather event, City officials may decide some area evacuations are necessary. Residents should prepare to be self sustaining by having food that doesn’t need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day.

The city’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will open tonight, March 4; Tuesday, March 5; Wednesday, March 6; and Thursday, March 7; as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees. The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The shelter will open each day at 7 p.m. and close the following morning at 6 a.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake by 5 p.m. each day for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake is located at the Freedom House Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, next to Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Richmond City Jail. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled.

The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept Crisis Assistance applications now through March 15 at 900 East Marshall Street, Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046. DSS also provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify.

Elderly or residents with disabilities may also contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the city of Richmond during this weather event, please visit www.RichmondGov.com, follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA, and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.