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Ann Shaneyfelt, Executive Director / Clean Cities Coordinator
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Republic Services CNG Fleet grows!

This week, Republic Services received 3 of the 18 new CNG refuse trucks the company is adding to their fleet. These 3 new trucks are already in service, and the remaining 15 trucks will be on the road within 90 days.

We love that these trucks display the Republic Services sustainability statememnt: "Protecting our blue planet!" 

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EERE: Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and RINS Webinar June 29th at 11:30 a.m.

The Energy Department will present a live webinar titled "Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) and RINS" on Monday, June 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time or 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. Speakers Shashi Menon from EcoEngineers and Marianne Mintz from Argonne National Laboratory will provide an overview of the use of biogas and renewable natural gas for transportation. In addition, speakers will also discuss renewable identification numbers (RINS) and how they are providing an important incentive to producing RNG. 

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Clean Cities TRS Question of the Month: Ready or Not, Here They Come! Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Commercialization

Question of the Month: What are the latest updates on hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle deployment?

Answer: Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have been around for a while, mostly in limited quantities and locations through demonstration projects. But these vehicles, with their potential to significantly cut petroleum consumption and reduce emissions, are starting to make their way into dealerships and onto roads across the country. Though the market for FCEVs is still in its infancy, many government organizations and private companies are working on research and deployment efforts to make hydrogen a widespread, viable, affordable, and safe alternative vehicle fuel.

Below are some of the recent activities related to FCEV commercialization:

Vehicle Availability

FCEVs are beginning to enter the consumer market in certain regions in the United States and around the world. Hyundai introduced the 2015 Tucson Fuel Cell in California last year for lease, and Toyota Motor Company announced they will release the 2016 Mirai for sale this October at eight California dealerships that were specially selected for their experience with alternative fuels and their proximity to existing hydrogen fueling stations. Vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes/Daimler, Nissan, and Volkswagen are expecting to launch FCEV production vehicles in select regions of the country in the coming years. Other automakers continue to introduce their FCEVs through demonstration projects. The FCEV market is also growing for buses, ground support equipment, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, back-up power, prime power applications, and continues to be strong for forklifts.

While OEMs are offering affordable lease options, some of which include the cost of fuel, FCEVs are still expensive. However, production costs have decreased significantly in recent years and FCEVs are expected to be cost-competitive with conventional vehicles in the coming years.

Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

As the FCEV market expands, hydrogen fueling infrastructure will need to grow to match demand. Most of the hydrogen stations available today have been built to support OEM FCEV demonstration projects. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) Alternative Fueling Station Locator (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/hydrogen_locations.html), there are 12 publicly accessible hydrogen stations in the United States, with many more in the planning stages. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (http://cafcp.org/), there are 49 more stations in development in California that will be publically available. Development efforts are also underway in Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Like the vehicles, the high cost of fueling equipment remains a key challenge. Hydrogen station costs can vary significantly based on hydrogen feedstock, station capacity, utilization, proximity to production, and available incentives. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Hydrogen Station Cost Calculator estimates that stations can cost between $2 and $5 million. However, like FCEVs, as the demand grows, the cost of hydrogen fueling equipment will decrease and the number of stations will increase.

Codes, Standards, and Incentives

The widespread deployment of FCEVs and the associated network of hydrogen fueling stations requires the development, maintenance, and harmonization of codes, standards, and regulations to keep up with the technology. These efforts are ongoing and are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as domestic and international organizations.

Incentives will also continue to be important to promote and maintain a market for hydrogen and FCEVs. California is leading in the number of relevant state incentives. For instance, to meet the objectives of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Program, the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (http://www.energy.ca.gov/drive/) is allocating $20 million annually for the construction of at least 100 public hydrogen stations in California by January 1, 2024. In addition, California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project offers up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of approved FCEVs (http://energycenter.org/clean-vehicle-rebate-project). Nine other states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) have also adopted California’s ZEV mandate to increase the number of ZEVs, including FCEVs, on the roads.

Ongoing Research and Development

Significant research and development efforts by DOE, the national laboratories, and other H2USA partners have brought the hydrogen industry to where it is today (http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/accomplishments-and-progress). Through their Fuel Cell Technologies Office (http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office), DOE continues to support research in the areas of hydrogen production, delivery, and storage, as well as technology validation, manufacturing, and market transformation.

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World's First Fuel Cell Cargo Trucks Deployed at U.S. Airport

What looks like a golf cart and is capable of pulling 40,000 pounds of cargo, while operating quietly with zero emissions?

The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered ground support vehicle is what. A ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Memphis International Airport on April 9, 2015 marked the start of a two-year demonstration of the world’s first zero-emissions, hydrogen fuel cell powered ground support equipment. Over the two years of real-world operation at Federal Express’s airport hub location, the 15-vehicle fleet is expected to save more than 175,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide. There are more than 60,000 ground support equipment trucks in North America, representing an important market and opportunity to offer further energy and environmental benefits at airports.

Latham, NY-based developer Plug Power provided the fuel cell systems, which were integrated into the cargo tugs of leading airport utility vehicle developer Charlatte America; hydrogen is supplied by Plug Power’s hydrogen delivery systems. The project is funded through a $2.5 million grant from the Energy Department’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), with a matching $2.5 million cost share from private sector partners.

Previous hydrogen and fuel cells R&D funded by DOE has resulted in more than 500 patents, 40 commercial technologies on the market, and 65 emerging technologies anticipated to be in the market in three to five years. Other early market applications enabled by DOE funding—such as fuel cell-based forklifts and backup power—have already resulted in an increase in industry deployment of five to ten times without DOE funding.

The ceremony was hosted by FedEx Express and attended by U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen, a delegation of DOE officials (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar, FCTO Director Sunita Satyapal, Project Manager Jim Alkire), and project industry partners (FedEx Express, Plug Power).

This technology demonstration is one example of the many projects that are being reviewed this week at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program  Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. Presentations of other Hydrogen and Fuel Cells projects being reviewed will be posted a few weeks after the meeting.  In the meantime, learn more about hydrogen and fuel cells on DOE's Information Resources page. 

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NGVAmerica Seeks Award Nominations

23rd Annual Achievement Awards to Be Presented in September

The 2015 North American NGV Conference & Expo takes place September 15–17 in Denver.

NGVAmerica is seeking nominations for the 23rd Annual NGV Achievement Awards, to be presented onSeptember 15. The awards will be made on conjunction with the 2015 North American NGV Conference & Expo taking place September 15–17 at the Colorado Convention Center.

The 2015 North American NGV Conference & Expo takes place September 15–17 in Denver.

The NGV Achievement Awards recognize individuals and organizations “for their outstanding contributions toward the advancement of natural gas as a vehicular fuel.” NGV industry equipment and service suppliers, policymakers, customers and clean air and clean transportation advocates are eligible.

“The NGV Achievement Awards recognize national innovators and early adopters for their outstanding leadership, vision and innovation to advance natural gas as a vehicular fuel,” NGVAmerica says.

Nominations Deadline July 17

“Award winners join a select group of individuals that have helped to realize the economic and environmental benefits of using domestic natural gas as a transportation fuel,” said association president Matt Godlewski.

The deadline for submitting Achievement Award nominations is July 17.

NGVAmerica expects more than 1,000 attendees in Denver, among them policymakers, fleet operators, fuel station owners, vehicle OEMs and technology companies.

The meeting is hosted by NGVAmerica with the support of NGV Global, and is being organized this year by the UK’s CWC.

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NGT News: Utility Industry and DOE Team Up to Accelerate EV Adoption

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI), an association representing U.S. investor-owned electric companies, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have announced a new private-public partnership that will identify and pursue collaborative opportunities between the government and the utility industry to promote and accelerate the nationwide adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

During EEI's Annual Convention in New Orleans on Monday, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and EEI President Tom Kuhn signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to take a variety of joint actions, including research, infrastructure and outreach programs, related to electric transportation.

"Transportation electrification benefits electric utility customers, while also bolstering America's energy security and sustainability,” said Kuhn. “These are priorities our industry shares with our government partners."

"The U.S. transportation system produces a third of the country's carbon emissions, making it essential that we improve plug-in electric vehicle technology and increase their numbers on the road," said Moniz. "Today's announcement enhances the kinds of private-public partnerships needed to remain at the forefront of advanced vehicle technologies that reduce our emissions and provide safe, reliable transport for the American people."

"Today's memorandum of understanding with the nation's electric power industry allows the Department of Energy to tap into the experience and scale of an industry that is truly leading the way in moving the electric vehicle market forward," said Kate Brandt, federal chief sustainability officer at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Brandt added, “The federal government is doing its part, too, and will benefit from this partnership,” noting a recent executive order from President Barack Obama mandating that federal agency fleets cut per-mile greenhouse gas emissions and incorporate more electric vehicles.

EEI says its collaboration with the DOE builds on the electric utility industry's leadership on transportation electrification. One example of this dedication is EEI's fleet electrification initiative. Launched last year, this effort includes a commitment by EEI and its partnering member companies to invest at least 5% of their annual fleet budgets in plug-in vehicles and technologies.

EEI also announced that its fleet electrification initiative has exceeded the anticipated $50 million annual industry commitment and will total more than $90 million in 2015, adding more than 800 new plug-in vehicles and 740 new charging ports to utility fleets.

Photo courtesy of the Edison Electric Institute: EEI President Tom Kuhn and Energy Secretary Moniz sign the MOU on electric vehicle adoption.

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EERE: Working With Industry and Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles

This week, I was in New Orleans with Secretary Moniz at Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Annual Convention. Directly across the street from the venue is a stop for the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the world’s oldest continuously running streetcar line. When it was established in 1835, it ran on steam power, then horsepower, and finally to electricity (the power system still used today), which we know results in even lower net emissions than gas-powered vehicles.

Not every American city has a storied and energy efficient streetcar line, but with U.S oil consumption at one-fifth of the world’s total and our transportation system producing a third of the country’s carbon pollution, improving plug-in electric vehicle (PEVs, which are also called EVs or electric cars) technology and increasing the number of plug-in electric vehicles on the roads is essential.

That’s something that we are working to address at the Energy Department with our EV Everywhere Grand ChallengeAnnounced by President Obama in March 2012, the initiative focuses on the United States becoming the first nation in the world to produce PEVs that are as affordable for the average American family by 2022 as a 2012 baseline gasoline-powered vehicle.

We’re making incredible progress. Nearly 120,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2014, a 23% jump from 2013 and a 128% jump from 2012. The selection of models is on the rise, with more than 31 new plug-in hybrid and all electric vehicles available from 11 automakers. And, more than 9,000 public charging stations and more than 1,700 private, non-residential charging stations are currently installed in the United States.

But, it’s still an ambitious goal and one that will take more than just the federal government’s work to reach. That’s why Secretary Moniz signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the EV Everywhere Utility Partnership or EV Everywhere UP, with EEI President Tom Kuhn at EEI’s Annual Convention.

This partnership commits the Energy Department and EEI to advance our mutual goals of increasing the economic, environmental, and national security benefits from using electricity as a transportation fuel and expanding the electric vehicle market by bringing utilities directly into the fold.

This partnership between the Energy Department and EEI represents a new, targeted approach to increase electric vehicle readiness, especially in the workplace, by coordinating the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge with EEI’s new Employee PEV Engagement Initiative.

The MOU will also commission a study to examine the future national economic impacts of electric transportation and the effectiveness of utility investments in electric transportation related activities. The partnership will also ramp up efforts to educate the public on the benefits of this critical clean energy technology.

The transition from gas-powered to plug-in electric vehicles will require changes at every level of government, so this partnership will not only work with other federal agencies, including Department of Transportation (DOT), General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the White House, but it will also encourage collaboration with states to break down barriers to driving on electricity and expand electric vehicle opportunities in communities across the country.

Finally, we know utilities have a major role to play in this space so this partnership will explore opportunities for utilities to engage with the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium to better understand how electric vehicles impact the electric grid and to use the labs for research, development, testing, and analysis.

We are looking forward to continue the strong collaboration between the Energy Department and EEI with this new relationship and to further our efforts to create sustainable solutions to reduce the nation’s dependence on carbon-based fuels, strengthen our economy, and protect the planet for future generations. 

I also want to announce an exciting new addition to our Vehicles Office. Bob Graham was recently appointed as the Director of the EV Everywhere Challenge. Bob actually came out of retirement to help the Energy Department lead the charge in expanding the electric vehicles market.

Bob has a storied career in the electric vehicle space, holding recent positions at Southern California Edison and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California.  During his time at EPRI, Bob helped to develop the nation's focus on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and travelled extensively throughout the United States and around the globe to provide education on the benefits of PHEVs.

We are thrilled to welcome Bob to the Energy Department and look forward to the direction he will steer our EV Everywhere Challenge! 

Tom Kuhn, President of EEI and Secretary Moniz at the MOU signing on Monday, June 8, at Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. | Photo courtesy of EEI

Tom Kuhn, President of EEI and Secretary Moniz at the MOU signing on Monday, June 8, at Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA. | Photo courtesy of EEI

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Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Aggregate Purchasing Models

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JUNE 9, 2015

Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Aggregate Purchasing Models

The Energy Department announced up to $2 million to support aggregate purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, subsystems, components, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure. Aggregated purchasing is when one central organization coordinates customers to maximize their collective buying power. By supporting a new type of buying system that could lower costs and expand product availability for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, components, infrastructure, and fuels, this funding will help increase America’s economic, energy, and environmental security.

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USDA to Invest Up to $100 Million to Boost Infrastructure for Renewable Fuel Use, Aiming to Double Number of Higher Blend Renewable Fuel Pumps

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to administer up to $100 million in funding to get more ethanol at the gas pump.  Specifically, the USDA will issue competitive grants to match funding for state-led projects to test and evaluate innovative approaches to market higher blends of renewable fuel, such as E15 and E85.  States that area able to provide greater than a one-to-one ratio in funding will receive higher consideration.   

This funding also ensures that American corn and soybean producers to expand their marketing opportunities.  A combination of factors has negatively affected this sector recently, including less demand for feed due to avian influenza and lower commodity prices.  In lieu of these troubles, the USDA hopes that their partnership can guarantee renewable fuel infrastructure is in place for consumers.  

Currently, the typical gas pump can only deliver fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits how much renewable fuel consumers use to fill up their vehicles.  This partnership will help fund the installation of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel.  The USDA aims to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel.

The United States is the world’s largest exporter of ethanol.  In addition, the U.S. is a leader in the export of high-quality distiller’s dried grains (DDG), which is a byproduct of ethanol production used for livestock and poultry feed.

By increasing the use of higher-blend renewable fuel, the project holds the potential to expand markets for farmers and diversify their rural energy portfolios, support rural economic growth, create jobs, and give consumers more affordable, cleaner-burning fuel at the pump.  It could also assist in reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

To formally launch this infrastructure partnership, USDA will post a Notice of Solicitation of Applications in June.

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