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EPA Clean Diesel Grants

March 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

The EPA is offering $26 million in grant funding to reduce emissions from existing diesel fleet vehicles. Eligible projects will reduce diesel emissions and exposure, such as retrofits, idle reduction, and vehicle replacements. Prioritized projects include those that are located in areas designated as having poor air quality, projects that benefit local communities and projects that promote the continuation of emission reduction efforts after the end of the project period.  

Regional, State, local or tribal agencies and port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality are permitted to apply. Nonprofit organizations that provide educational services to diesel fleet owners or focus on the promotion of transportation or air quality are also eligible. The EPA is currently requesting proposals and the deadline to apply is April 26, 2016. For more information visit the EPA’s website.

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Discounted E85 at Station Grand Opening, Thursday 3/24

March 22, 2016 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Ethanol, Events, Feature, Uncategorized

Pearson Fuels invites you to join them in celebrating the Grand Opening of San Diego’s newest E85 station this Thursday, March 24.

“With E85 at just 85 cents per gallon, you’ll be able to fill your tank with cleaner, safer fuel for less than half the cost on Thursday. Following the promotion, the price for E85 at this station will be just $1.95. So even if you can’t make it to the station on Thursday, you can still save a lot.”

Details are below. Visit PearsonFuels.com for more information.

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San Diego Joins Energy Secure Cities Coalition

March 15, 2016 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Fleets

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San Diego and seven other cities have joined together to form the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC). Each city has committed  to transition its municipal fleets to alternative fuel vehicles and the ESCC will provide a forum to share goals and best practices.

Other cities in the ESCC include Sacramento; Atlanta; Orlando; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Rochester, New York; and West Palm Beach, Florida. The coalition hopes to expand to 25 cities by 2025 in order to reach an ultimate goal of taking 50,000 petroleum-fueled vehicles off the road and saving 500,000 barrels of oil each year.

The City of San Diego plans to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles to 90% of its municipal fleet by 2035, as specified by its ambitious climate action plan. In the ESCC news release, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said “the City of San Diego isn’t just a city dedicated to clean technology and renewable energy, we’re a city dedicated to being a global leader in environmental sustainability.”

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In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation

March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Air Resources Board is hosting a workshop in San Diego this Friday on its In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation. This regulation requires fleets to reduce emissions from older equipment beginning in 2014. This course will cover the applicability of the regulation, current requirements, future compliance deadlines, and an overview of the Diesel Off-Road Online Reporting System (DOORS). For more information click here.

March 11, 2016

8:30am – 12:00pm

Hawthorne CAT

16945 Camino San Bernardo

San Diego, CA 92127

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Upcoming CARB Diesel Regulation Training

February 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

Heavy-duty diesel truck owners, operators, and dispatchers may be interested in CARB’s Diesel Truck Rules-Compliance Options and Reporting Requirements for 2016 webinar on February 23rd and 24th. This webinar will feature information on how to comply with CARB diesel regulations with specific attention to 2016 compliance schedules. Course topics will include who must comply, how to report, regulatory flexibilities, and brief summaries of other diesel regulations and resources. Webinar information and registration are posted below.

Tuesday, February 23rd – 2:00-4:00pm

Wednesday February 24th – 7:30-9:30am

Pre-registration link

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SoCalGas Truck Loan Program

February 16, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Funding

For those interested in switching their diesel truck fleets to CNG, SoCalGas is continuing its no-cost Natural Gas Vehicle Truck Loan Program. Through a short-term loan of up to 14-days, customers can test drive the vehicles while experiencing CNG fueling at no cost. SoCalGas hopes to show the similarity between diesel and natural gas vehicles in terms of drivability, power, range, and fueling. Some benefits of switching to natural gas include fuel savings and air pollution reductions. Typically, CNG is 30% to 50% cheaper than diesel and is produced in the U.S.

There are four truck models available through this loan program, including a 16-foot Greenkraft Box Truck, 26-foot CNG Class B Box Truck, Single Axle CNG Tractor, and Tandem Axle CNG Tractor. The loan program is available for those located within SoCalGas or SDG&E service territories. For more details and program rules read the summary below.

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The Navy’s Great Green Fleet

February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

On January 20th, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack officially launched the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet.” The ceremony was held at the North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado and featured the deployment of a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) of ships that can run on a blend containing up to 50% biofuel. For the time being, the majority of these ships will run on a blend of 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. The biofuel is produced from waste beef fat as part of a partnership with the Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at making alternative fuel blends a regular part of the military’s bulk operational fuel supply.

The Defense Logistics Agency awarded a contract to AltAir Fuels for 77.6 million gallons of the alternative fuel blend powering the Great Green Fleet at a cost-competitive rate of $2.05 per gallon. This fuel meets Navy requirements as a “drop-in” fuel, meaning no changes to ship engines, transport or delivery equipment, or operational procedures will need to be made. In the official press release, Secretary Mabus stated “the Great Green Fleet shows us how we are transforming our energy use to make us better warfighters, to go farther, stay longer, and deliver more firepower.”

The Great Green Fleet is an initiative to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the Navy’s dependence on foreign oil. It currently consumes  nearly 1.3 billion gallons per year. In 2009, Secretary Mabus issued five goals to support the Navy’s energy strategy, which include increasing alternative energy use Navy-wide and ashore, sailing the Great Green Fleet, reducing non-tactical petroleum use, and mandatory energy evaluations when awarding contracts. The specific target years for these goals vary, with an aim of reducing 50% of petroleum use in the commercial fleet by 2015 and officially deploying the Great Green Fleet’s CSG ships by 2016. By 2020, 50% of total energy consumption Navy-wide will come from alternative sources, 50% of Navy and Marine Corps installations will be net-zero energy facilities, and the Department of Navy will fulfill at least 50% of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources.

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San Diego Climate Action Plan

February 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Last month, San Diego’s City Council unanimously approved a Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the ambitious goal of switching to 100% renewable energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half by 2035. The CAP has been under development for five years, with its final version released in September 2014 by Mayor Kevin Faulconer. The CAP includes five main strategies for reducing GHG to achieve 2020 and 2035 targets:

  1. ENERGY & WATER EFFICIENT BUILDINGSgraphCAP
  2. CLEAN & RENEWABLE ENERGY
  3. BICYCLING, WALKING, TRANSIT & LAND USE
  4. ZERO WASTE (GAS & WASTE MANAGEMENT)
  5. CLIMATE RESILIENCY

A breakdown of GHG emissions in San Diego shows that transportation contributes 55% of community-wide emissions, mostly due to the high frequency of single-occupancy vehicle trips. Accordingly, the CAP calls for cutting the proportion of San Diegans who commute by car from 87% to 50% by 2035, with a specific focus on residents who live within a half mile of existing or planned transit stops. The population of those living in these “Transit Priority Areas” is expected to be about 60% of San Diego residents by 2035. To achieve this goal, the plan calls for shifting commute choices away from the personal car and toward transit, bicycling, and walking. The plan calls for an increase in transit usage from 10% to 25%, bicycling from 1% to 18%, and pedestrian travel from 1% to 7% by 2035.

The Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use strategy of the CAP includes actions to improve mobility, enhance vehicle fuel efficiency, and reduce overall vehicle miles travelled (VMT) of personal cars. The CAP states that by changing land uses and adopting a new community design perspective, San Diego residents will be able to decrease their travel distance and rely more on alternative forms of transportation. Other implementation methods include revising and managing parking standards, retiming traffic signals, and installing roundabouts in congested intersections. Additionally, one of the Clean and Renewable Energy goals includes increasing the number of municipal zero emissions vehicles. The target is to increase the number of municipal fleet ZEVs to 50% by 2020 and 90% by 2035.

A full list of the Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use strategy’s goals, actions, and targets are outlined below.

Bicycling, Walking, Transit & Land Use Strategy 

Goals, Actions and Targets

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Increase the use of mass transit Implement the General Plan’s Mobility Element and the City of Villages Strategy in Transit Priority Areas to increase the use of transit. Achieve mass transit mode share of 12% by 2020 and 25% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Increase commuter walking opportunities Implement pedestrian improvements in Transit Priority Areas to increase commuter walking opportunities. Achieve walking commuter mode share of 4% by 2020 and 7% by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Increase commuter bicycling opportunities Implement the City’s Bicycle Master Plan to increase commuter bicycling opportunities. Achieve 6% bicycle commuter mode share by 2020 and 10% mode share by 2035 in Transit Priority Areas.
Reduce vehicle fuel consumption Implement a Traffic Signal Master Plan to retime traffic signals to reduce vehicle fuel consumption. Implement a Roundabouts Master Plan to install roundabouts to reduce vehicle fuel consumption. Retime 200 traffic signals by 2020. Install roundabouts at 15 intersections by 2020 and an additional 20 intersections by 2035.
Promote effective land use to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Implement transit-oriented development within Transit Priority Areas. Reduce average vehicle commute distance by two miles through implementation of the General Plan City of Villages Strategy by 2035.

 

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Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Extensions

January 26, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, Funding

Last month, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. Several tax credits were extended under Division Q, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act). Many of these provisions allow significant savings in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure. Below is a brief summary of the tax credits, with links to the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center for more information on each incentive.

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit Residential fueling equipment may receive a tax credit up to $1,000, while commercial fueling equipment for various alt fuels are eligible for a 30% tax credit up to $30,000.
Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit $0.50 per gallon tax credit for alternative fuels.
Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit $0.50 per gallon tax credit for alternative fuels used in mixtures with gasoline, diesel, or kerosene.
Qualified Two-wheeled Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit Qualified vehicles are eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the vehicle, up to $2,500.
Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Tax Credit Up to $4,000 tax credit for the purchase of qualified light-duty fuel cell vehicles.
Biodiesel Income Tax Credit $1.00 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel, agri-biodiesel, or renewable diesel for taxpayers that deliver unblended biodiesel into the tank of a vehicle.
Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit $0.50 per gallon tax credit for biodiesel, agri-biodiesel, or renewable diesel used in mixtures with gasoline, diesel, or kerosene.
Second Generation Biofuel Production Property Depreciation Allowance 50% special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel production plants.
Second Generation Producer Tax Credit Second generation biofuel producers registered with the IRS may be eligible for a $1.01 per gallon of biodiesel tax credit.
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Propane Landscaping Equipment Workshop

December 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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On December 8, the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition hosted a propane landscaping equipment workshop for local lawn care professionals. The workshop featured the benefits of converting to propane-powered lawn mowers, including significant savings in cost and greenhouse gas emissions. Speakers from SDRCCC, Amerigas, and Expo Propane offered their expertise.

The workshop began with a presentation from Clean Cities Coordinator Kevin Wood on the basics of propane compared to gasoline, the availability of propane fueling stations in San Diego County, and additional resources including station locations and the latest propane research. Patrick Haefner, the national sales manager at Metro Lawn, addressed the various environmental, political, and economic benefits of converting to propane mowers and Metro Lawn’s propane conversion process. Some potential economic savings include fuel costs, maintenance, and reduced fuel pilferage and spillage, while a conversion to propane reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 percent. Steve Moore of Expo Propane gave the closing remarks on overall benefits and incentives for switching to propane before the workshop concluded with a showcase of one of Metro Lawn’s propane-powered commercial mowers.

Thank you to all who attended and helped make the event a success. The presentations and contact information for our speakers are available below.

Clean Cities Introduction to Propane

Metro Lawn Presentation

Speaker Contacts
Kevin Wood – kevin.wood@energycenter.org
San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition

 

Michelle Heaton – michelle.heaton@amerigas.com
Amerigas

 

Steve Moore – stevem@expopropane.com
Expo Propane
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