A Low-Emissions Transportation workshop hosted at The Port of West Virginia Eco-Industrial Park

Empire Diversified Energy, a fully integrated company offering recycling, logistics, energy production, and remediation services, and U.S. Energy, a leading provider of refined products, alternative fuels, and environmental credits, are hosting an alternative fuels workshop at Empire’s regional headquarters in Follansbee, West Virginia.

Workshop participants will include some of the region’s largest fleets, truck manufacturers, and industry leaders who are coming together to discuss the advancement of clean transportation fuels and technologies.

Lynn Lyon, director of sustainable transportation at U.S. Energy, shares, “Fleets are interested in learning more about what technologies are available now and what advancements can be expected within the next year. At this workshop, we will discuss the availability of both alternative fuel trucks and infrastructure—comparing costs and environmental benefits.”

With transportation accounting for over 25% of the United States’ total greenhouse gas emissions and heavy-duty vehicles making up ~23% of the sector’s total emissions, carriers and shippers are motivated to consider alternatives. Some are leaning towards electrification, while others are evaluating renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen, renewable diesel, biodiesel, and hybrids.

The workshop will include a discussion with special guest Larry Cox, PGT Trucking’s vice president of sustainability. Larry has experience with battery electric and natural gas trucks with plans to lease hydrogen trucks for the company’s fleet. PGT is the first in the flatbed industry to provide dedicated transportation services using a Class 8 zero-emissions truck to Steel Dynamics, one of the largest domestic steel producers and metals recyclers in North America.

Empire Diversified Energy is hosting this event in alignment with its plans to introduce a new clean fleet at the expanding Port of West Virginia. These yard trucks and tractors will operate at the inland port moving cargo. As part of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to tour the facility, which was converted from an industrial park to a circular energy system that produces transportation fuel from waste.

At Empire Diversified Energy, our goal is to develop the largest environmental, social and governance (ESG) inland river port terminal in the United States along with a portfolio of ‘green-oriented’ recycling plants and logistics and storage facilities at the Port of West Virginia. As a new port, we have the advantage to lead by example with cleaner transportation with our fleet,

Bernard Brown, chief operating officer of Empire Diversified Energy

U.S. Energy is partnering with Empire Diversified Energy to build a public access polyfuel station for this new fleet. The site will dispense renewable natural gas and hydrogen with an option to add electric charging if there is demand. Other fleets in the area have already expressed an interest in collaborating to build out a clean fuel network in the region. U.S. Energy currently has seven natural gas fuel stations in Pennsylvania and three in Ohio. The Follansbee site will be the company’s first fueling station in West Virginia.

U.S. Energy and Empire Diversified Energy are excited to co-host this workshop—helping local fleets evaluate their options for alternative fuel adoption. To register for this event, visit https://go.pardot.com/l/1003721/2023-09-06/tshj


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