500,000 and counting

Border Valley Trading continues to find ways to help lower emissions and fuel costs. In 2008, the company began a transition from diesel powered trucks to LNG powered trucks by acquiring 20 of the liquefied natural gas-powered (LNG) Kenworth T800s. The trucks are equipped with the Westport Innovations LNG fuel system and Cummins ISX 15-liter engine. Two of those trucks have now surpassed 500,000 miles with the balance of the fleet to soon follow.

In Q4 of this year, the company will add 8 Freightliner Cascadia units powered with the ISX 12L LNG engine. This expansion will be followed with a fleet conversion of 8-10 LNG tractors at their Turlock operations. The company goal is a full fleet transition from diesel to LNG powered units along with strategic fuel site development utilizing Greenfix America LLC.

 Border Valley Converts  Fleet

Border Valley, founded with a primary goal of becoming the best export forage company in the industry, is now one of the largest exporters of compressed hay products in the state of California.

Long a leader in feed safety, Border Valley has expanded their commitment to growers, customers, vendors, and the general population by replacing its fleet of diesel trucks with units that utilize clean-burning LNG fuel, making an investment to improve the environment. With fifteen LNG powered trucks currently in operation, they plan an additional five to ten by second quarter of 2009.

The use of LNG helps reduce harmful emissions of smog-forming NOx by more than 30 percent and Greenhouse Gas emissions by more than 20 percent. Fleet operators report a 30 percent or better operational cost savings when running LNG trucks in place of diesel units. Border Valley’s new, clean-burning LNG trucks will significantly reduce the amount of harmful emissions, lowering distribution costs and allowing their vehicles to run more efficiently and with less maintenance.


Converting our export operations fleet to clean burning LNG was at the top of our list of new initiatives,” said Gregory Braun, President of Border Valley Trading. “We firmly believe that with ALT’s reliability and experience we are in the best possible position to continue to meet our customer’s expectations for feed safety and make a positive impact on the environment.

ALT will deliver LNG to Border Valley’s new location outside of Brawley, California. This operation began as a 10-acre forage compressing facility and is today one of the world’s largest export facilities, utilizing 105 acres and 80,000 tons of storage capacity.

“Border Valley Trading’s decision to utilize LNG over diesel is a vital step toward not only decreasing dependence on foreign oil, but also reducing greenhouse gases,” said Kevin Markey, CEO and President of ALT. “The environmental benefits of clean burning LNG and the reduced maintenance costs greatly enhances Border Valley’s position as one of the leaders in their industry.

The Coachella Valley

Border Valley Trading Ltd. Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in north Palm Springs, Tuesday January 1, 2013, is expecting a mitigation fee grant of $900,000 for an upgrade. / Wade Byars, The Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley could soon see a major jump in cleaner-burning compressed natural gas vehicles on its streets — and fewer running on dirty diesel — all paid for out of the $50.9 million in air quality improvement funds from the upcoming Competitive Power Ventures’ Sentinel power plant in North Palm Springs.

After an 11-month process, including a five-hour-plus public meeting in Palm Desert in October, the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board is expected to vote Friday on a list of 26 projects that could receive the funds.

Under the special law that created the fund, Assembly Bill 1318, 30 percent of the money must be spent on projects within a 6-mile radius of the plant and another 30 percent in “environmental justice” areas, mostly in the east valley, where more than 10 percent of the population lives under the federal poverty level and is exposed to high cancer risks.

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