AT&T’s Fleet Deploys Their 2,000 Alternative Fueled Vehicle

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by

A key test on BP’s ruptured oil well delayed, GE launches a $200 energy challenge, and AT&T deploys their 2,000 alternative fuel vehicle.


A key test on BP’s ruptured oil well delayed, GE launches a $200 energy challenge, and AT&T deploys their 2,000 alternative fuel vehicle.

After meeting with Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss BP’s installation cap progress, a key well integrity test on the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been delayed. The Deepwater Horizon Unified Command, which includes BP, is hoping that the test, which will determine if the leaking well has been fully sealed by a new containment cap, will be approved later this week. In the meantime, BP will speed up efforts to the Helix Producer’s oil collation operations which one in place would capture approximately 20,000 – 25,000 barrels of oil per day.

AT&T announced today that their 1,500th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle is now operating in its fleet of vehicles, giving the company one of the largest alternative vehicle fleets in the country. This marks the 2,000th alternative fuel vehicle for AT&T which started putting into motion a $565 million, 10-year plan last year to replace more than 15,000 of the company’s almost 76,000 fleet vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles.  According to the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), AT&T’s program will save the company the purchase and use of 49 million gallons of gasoline over the 10-year plan and reduce CO2 emissions by 211,000 metric tons which is like removing almost 148,000 passenger vehicles from the road for one year.

GE has announced the launch of a new $200 million contest that seeks to challenge technologists, entrepreneurs and start-ups to share their ideas for building a power grid for the 21st century. Called the GE Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid, the challenge is being launched in partnership with venture capital firms Emerald Technology Ventures, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer and RockPort Capital, and Chris Anderson, who’s the Editor-in-Chief for Wired magazine.  Over the course of the next 10 weeks, entrants will be able to submit their ideas to 1 of 3 different categories: Renewables, Grid and Eco Homes/Eco Buildings Categories. The awarded entries can receive a potential future commercial relationship as well as a $100,000.

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