Clean Fuels Consulting regularly provides services to clients such as described below.
Lobbying and International Government Relations
Portuguese Natural Gas Company
Prepared a lobbying brief to support the gas company’s efforts to convince their national regulatory authority to provide tariffs for ‘grid-injection’ of biomethane. The gas company had been limited by its regulators to providing its biogas for electricity generation only. The lobbying brief outlined European legislative mandates and the intent of the European Parliament supporting biomethane grid injection and surveyed grid injection activities, regulations and business practices of European countries. The lobbying brief was supported by an accompanying PowerPoint presentation useful for communicating the results with government officials.
Dutch Venture Capitalist
For a company invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) development worked with a member of the European Parliament to craft language for specific amendments to the Report on a Future Sustainable Transport. European Parliament 2009/2096(INI) that favored actions by the European Commission to expand the use of LNG as a transportation fuel
German Technical Institution
Provided a technical-political-regulatory brief and Powerpoint presentation for a technical institution assisting a major German engine manufacturer in certifying a dual-fuel natural gas/diesel engine at the German Ministry of Transportation.
International Association for NGVs
Provide on-going lobbying, analysis and support for the association’s activities in the development and promotion of international standards and regulations at the United Nations, including the Working Party on the Worldwide Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations, the Group of Experts on Pollution and Energy, the Group of Experts on General Safety, and the Working Party on Gas. Also provide co-secretariat function to support the Informal Group on Gaseous Fuel Vehicles (GFV). Created a lobbying plan and strategy for the IANGV that also was adopted by the Natural Gas Vehicle Association of Europe as their 'Roadmap to Geneva' strategy.
For a consortium of companies based in Israel and Slovakia, lobbying at the European Commission, the European Parliament and a national ambassadorial representation office in Brussels regarding the development of a combined cycle power- plant in a new European member state. Also provided a political briefing paper and documentation used in the team's lobbying efforts in Malta and Brussels.
As part of their effort to commercialize blends of hydrogen and natural gas, monitored activities in the European Parliament regarding developing legislation on hydrogen vehicles and the use of hydrogen and natural gas blends.
Commercial Market Development and Analysis
Development of a Clean Transportation Roadmap for Kazakhstan, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy in support of a US$35 million loan to the City of Almaty to purchase 200 CNG buses and create a new, sustainable NGV program. Created a Roadmap based upon interviews with Kazakhstani political, gas industry, NGV stakeholders and others as well as a management plan for implementation. Coordinated the development and implementation of a two-day stakeholder workshop in Almaty on 30-31st March 2011 to present world views of NGV development, standards, regulations and the Roadmap.
Identified LNG tank manufacturers and LNG fuelling stations (outside North America) for a company interested in expanding its manufacturing activities to support LNG trucks, fuelling stations, and portable fuel trailers worldwide.
Czech Gas Association
Performed a European-wide survey of regulations and legislation pertaining to underground parking of natural gas and LPG vehicles. The study and its recommendations are being used in the Czech Republic to change prohibitions against parking NGVs in underground parking garages.
For a Central European venture capitalist prepared analysis of specific liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) markets in Europe to support the company's interest in purchasing a manufacturer of compressed natural gas (CNG) and LPG fuel tanks.
Supporting a team of consultants on behalf of a company considering expanding into the CNG fuelling station business, provided expert input and analysis of the fuelling station market in nine different countries. Also reviewed and critiqued the company’s survey instrument as part of the analytic effort.
On behalf of an Asian manufacturer of CNG fuel systems provided on-going advisory services to expand company’s business base in developing NGV markets, with particular focus on South America.
For a manufacturer of heavy duty, dual fuel engine systems, provided market analyses and performed 19 NGV Country Profiles as a basis for the company’s decision to expand its markets on a global basis.For a large investment firm based in China, performed an analysis of the international market for CNG cylinders and their manufacturers, including NGV Country Profiles of individual national markets in South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific area.
For a major international CNG cylinder manufacturer, provided marketing contacts and arranged meetings at the request of the client to help develop new customers in various European countries.
Foton Bus (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Developed marketing presentations (Powerpoint format) from the client’s materials and presented Foton’s product offerings for natural gas and alternative fuel buses and heavy duty trucks as part of their U.S. product introduction at the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Legislative and Regulatory Analysis and Support
National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program Development
United Nations Development Program
Participated in developing the Feasibility Study on Use of Natural Gas as Motor Fuel in Armenia, including an analysis of foreign legislation on the usage of natural gas as a vehicle fuel and developing a concept plan of principles and recommendations on the establishment of a relevant legal framework in Armenia to adopt NGVs as part of the national energy plan.