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Local Government Workshop on ZNE Buildings

October 17, 2014 in Clean Air, Education, Events, Infrastructure

Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings use only as much energy as is produced onsite through renewable resources.  The number of ZNE building projects in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012, with a total of 160 buildings in North America.  In California ZNE buildings are gaining momentum and local governments are positioned to drive this transformation.

Monday November 3, 2014, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is sponsoring a workshop for local governments and interested parties to learn how to help meet California’s goals for ZNE buildings.


ZNE for Local Governments Workshop 

Developing your ZNE Plans & Policies

Who should attend? Local government planning, facilities and building staff, architects, utilities and consultants to local government.

Program Details. This highly interactive workshop is designed to help attendees develop strategies that will lead to successful ZNE projects and policies. Workshop participants will:

  • Gain knowledge about research on zero energy buildings, market trends and California’s goals for these extremely energy-efficient structures.
  • Hear about a new ZNE Roadmap tool with best practice actions for local governments from the Center for Sustainable Energy.
  • Learn about innovative case studies of projects achieving zero net energy performance.
  • Discuss creative financing and planning strategies.
  • Gain tools and support to help advance your zero net energy policies, programs or projects.
  • Connect and share information with peers.
  • Tour the ZNE-designed Venter Building, targeting to be the first ZNE lab in the world.

View the workshop agenda here.  

The Workshop is followed by an optional building tour of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) at 3 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided (parking at JCVI is limited). We will return to the Energy Innovation Center by 5 p.m.

WHEN:          Monday, November 3  |   Workshop from 10 am – 2:30 p.m.

JCVI Tour begins at 3 p.m.

WHERE:       Energy Innovation Center, San Diego

COST:          $40 per person, includes lunch

Register Here

Questions? Please contact Connie Umphress,; 360-567-0950 ext. 114

JCVI, La Jolla | Credit: Stephen Whalen Photography

JCVI, La Jolla | Credit: Stephen Whalen Photography


Free Admission to Clean Car Expo

October 13, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Calendar of Events, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Diesel/Biodiesel, Electric Vehicles, Ethanol, Events, Feature, Hydrogen, Propane, Uncategorized

The San Diego Clean Cities Coalition invites you as our VIP guest free admission to the Clean Car Expo!

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Electric Vehicle Legislative Update

October 8, 2014 in Clean Air, Electric Vehicles, Uncategorized

At the end of September 2014 California Governor Brown signed several bills aimed at strengthening the electric vehicle market, improving access to electric car charging, and  reducing transportation related climate pollution.


High-Occupancy Toll Lanes

There are many reasons people are switching to electric vehicles but one big draw is for single occupancy drivers to be able to use high-occupancy vehicles lanes.  Assembly Bill 2013 will increase to 70,000 the number of advanced technology partial zero-emission vehicles allowed in high-occupancy vehicle lanes, regardless of occupancy level.  Clean Air Vehicle Decals are required for high-occupancy vehicle lane usage.  For information on how to acquire a Clean Air Vehicle Decal visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging

Home charging is the most convenient way to charge an electric vehicle,  but apartment and condominium residents who don’t own a parking space must rely on the property owners to install charging.  AB 2565 requires commercial and residential property owners to approve renters requests for electric vehicle charging station installation, so long as the station meets requirements.


Charge Ahead California Initiative

Senate Bill 1275 creates the Charge Ahead California Initiative, which provides incentives to increase the availability of zero emission vehicles in low-income communities. The main goal of the bill is to place into service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and to increase access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles.

Westport Develops New Natural Gas System for Medium-Duty Truck Engines

October 1, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Fleets

Westport Innovations introduced a new enhanced spark-ignited (ESI) natural gas system. This new technology is reported to provide 10% improvements in power and torque over base diesel engines and reaches comparable fuel economy.  Additionally, the ESI natural gas system provides up to 40% brake thermal efficiency compared to the 25-30% brake thermal efficiency of a typical spark ignited natural gas engine. The ESI combustion system is designed mainly for sub-9-liter engines for class 6 and 7 truck applications.

For more information read the Westport news release.

California and San Diego Reach EV Milestones

September 24, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

According to the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC) zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales in California have surpassed 100,000.   PEVC and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have been keeping track of the number of ZEVs sold in the state since December 2010.  This milestone positions California closer to reaching Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of 1.5 million ZEVs on the road by 2025.  The full news release is avialable here. Additionally, check out the PEVC PEV Sales Dashboard to track the number of electric vehicles in California.

Christine Kehoe, executive director of the PEVC report, “California’s plug-in electric vehicle market is ramping up, and we expect to see significant growth over the next 10 years as customers realize how economical and convenient they are.”

Locally, San Diego Gas & Electric report there being more than 10,000 electric vehicles on the road in the San Diego Region.  San Diegans seem to be taking advantage of the available electric vehicle incentives and are realizing the environmental benefits and fuel and maintenance cost savings.  Additional information on electric vehicles is available a the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Resource Center.



Oberon DME Receives RFS Approval

September 18, 2014 in Alternative Fuels

September 3, 2014 – Southern California’s Oberon Fuels Inc. (Oberon) announced that the U.S. EPA approved its dimethyl ether (DME) as a renewable identification number (RIN) eligible product under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).   EPA determined that compared to baseline diesel fuel, the biogas-based DME produced by Oberon lead to in an estimated 68% reduction in greenhouse gases.

Obern converts natural gas and biogas from various waste streams (i.e. wastewater, landfills, and animal and food waste) to commodities such as DME. Fuel-grade DME is currently being used by Volvo Trucks in some of its commercial heavy-duty trucks.

DME is a clean-burning fuel with diesel-like performance and propane-like handling properties. Due to the fuel’s clean-burning properties no diesel particulate filter is required.  The fuel is stored in the vehicle similar to propane, with a tank pressure of about 75 psi.  The Oberon Fuels website has additional information on how they process DME and vehicle requirements.

The full article can be read here.

Free Electric Vehicle Test Drives – Saturday September 20

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Hydrogen Road Map Progress Report Webinar – September 15

September 9, 2014 in Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Hydrogen, Infrastructure


Hydrogen Progress, Priorities and Opportunities (HyPPO) Report

Join the California Fuel Fell Partnership (CaFCP) for a progress report on A California Road Map: The Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles that established the framework for bringing FCEVs to the commercial market in California.

This webinar is offered in conjunction with the recent publication of 2014 Update: Hydrogen Progress, Priorities and Opportunities (HyPPO). HyPPO builds upon the roadmap ideas by exploring significant, tangible progress CaFCP members and other stakeholders made and defining priorities required for successful early commercialization.

When: Monday, September 15, 1:00 PM—2:15 PM Pacific Time
Presenter: Alex Keros, General Motors

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San Diego Plumbing Fleet Gets Hybrids

September 5, 2014 in Fleets, Fuel Economy, Hybrid Vehicles, Uncategorized

One of San Diego’s certified green plumbers, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, is adopting a more fuel-efficient vehicle option for their fleet: the diesel-electric hybrid Hino COE (cab-over engine). The fleet currently has one Class 5 Hino 195h diesel-electric hybrid, with two more to be added. Anderson reported averaging 14 miles per gallon (mpg) with the hybrid Hino compared to 8 mpg with the their previous Isuzu trucks.



Photo courtesy of World Truck Magazine

Utilizing hybrid technology results in monetary fuel and maintenance savings and environmental benefits of petroleum displacement and greenhouse gas emission savings.  For example, say one of Anderson’s vehicles drives 15,000 miles a year. With this increased mpg (from 8 mpg to 14 mpg)  the fleet could see fuel cost savings of $3,008 and 804 gallons of diesel fuel displaced.


Read more about Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air fleet in the GreenFleet article.

Click here for more information on HINO Hybrid Trucks.





Clean Cities CNG Infrastructure Webinar

August 28, 2014 in Calendar of Events, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Events, Fueling Stations, Infrastructure

Do you want to learn more about how much a compressed natural gas fueling station costs?

Join the Clean Cities CNG Infrastructure webinar on September 16th from 12-1:30pm PT.

Mark Smith from the US Department of Energy and John Gonzales from the National Renewable Energy Lab will present an overview of the key components of a CNG station, how a CNG station works, and factors that affect the cost. Jeremy Talbot from Phoenix Energy will describe the design and costs of a CNG station on the smaller end of the design range. Graham Barker from ANGI Energy Systems will describe the design and costs of a larger CNG station example.  During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presentations as well as the content of the related CNG infrastructure document.

Webinar login details are as follows:



Participant passcode: 3693493



Conference number: PW8410847

Audience passcode: 3693493

Participants can join the event directly at: