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LCF Member, Town of Hornbeck breaks ground on fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas station in Leesville

Karyn Andrews, Undersecretary for Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), and Clarence Beebe, Mayor of Hornbeck, stand side by side to celebrate the future CNG station's groundbreaking ceremony.

 

Mayor Beebe's dedication to project "Geaux American" has inspired the residents of Hornbeck and Leesville to drive clean with CNG vehicles.  More here on Mayor Beebe's plans to promote alternative fuels in his area.

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SuperTruck Leading the Way for Efficiency in Heavy-Duty, Long-Haul Vehicles

Heavy-duty trucks are getting more efficient thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative.
Heavy-duty trucks are getting more efficient thanks to the Energy Department's SuperTruck initiative.

 

Author:
David Friedman
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 

We may pass them each day on the highway without giving them a second thought. However, nearly all Americans depend on heavy-duty, long-haul vehicles as part of their daily lives. They haul our goods and services, deliver our food, and help keep our economy humming along.

And thanks to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) SuperTruck Initiative, they are becoming much more efficient. We're pleased to note the enormous success that we have seen with this effort. Teams of industry partners collaborating on the initiative have successfully commercialized approximately 21 new transportation technologies to date, including breakthroughs in the areas of aerodynamics and engine/drivetrain integration. We have found that an estimated 26 additional technologies have the potential to succeed in the market in the next two to four years, while roughly 13 SuperTruck technologies offer the promise of additional fuel savings within the next five or 10 years, particularly in the areas of more advanced aerodynamics packages and further engine thermal efficiency improvements. These capabilities hold enormous potential for improving cost-effectiveness and fuel efficiency.

When we launched the initiative in 2009, the goal was to develop Class 8 tractor trailers with 50% greater fuel efficiency. Class 8 trucks haul 80% of goods in the U.S. and use about 28 billion gallons of fuel per year, or around 22% of total transportation energy usage. This fuel is used in about 2.5 million trucks, which travel approximately 66,000 miles per year each.

The transportation sector itself accounts for more than 70% of our domestic petroleum usage and nearly one-third of our energy-related carbon emissions. Creating and scaling up technology that helps tractor-trailers burn less fuel and run more efficiently can help us make major strides in reducing pollution, strengthening our domestic energy independence, and cutting our carbon emissions. As President Obama and other world leaders affirmed in the launch of the Mission Innovation agreement last November which committed to doubling research and development (R&D) investments in clean energy over the next five years, technological innovation is the key to tackling our climate and energy challenges. Given the realities of a growing global population hungry to use more energy and drive more vehicles, we must develop new and improved ways to meet our society’s needs.

We’ve partnered with four industry teams who have either met our 50% fuel efficiency goal or laid the groundwork to succeed, leveraging cutting-edge technologies that hold enormous potential for the industry. Teams from Cummins/PeterbiltDaimler, and Volvo far exceeded the 50% efficiency improvement goals, with Navistar on track to exceed the target this year as well. 

The teams achieved this success with advancements in technology innovation, including breakthroughs in advanced combustion engines, lightweight materials, and aerodynamic improvements.

A number of these technologies have already been developed for commercial products, with more to follow over the next several years. If all Class 8 trucks leveraged these technologies, we would stand to lower our oil usage by an estimated 300 million barrels annually – and truck operators could save as much as $20,000 per year on fuel.

We are already looking to the future with the launch of SuperTruck II, which has set our sights even higher – researching, developing, and demonstrating technologies to increase Class 8 truck fuel economy by more than 100% compared to where we were in 2009. This effort will use a variety of technology approaches to meet this target, including improvements in engine efficiency, aerodynamic drag, and tire rolling resistance.

Learn more about the SuperTruck Initiative's successes.

FAST FACTS

  • Class 8 trucks haul 80% of goods in the U.S. and use about 28 billion gallons of fuel per year, or around 22% of total transportation energy usage.
  • The transportation sector itself accounts for more than 70% of our domestic petroleum usage and nearly one-third of our energy-related carbon emissions.
  • The SuperTruck Initiative's original goal in 2009 was to develop Class 8 tractor trailers with 50% greater fuel efficiency. Three SuperTruck teams have far exceeded the 50% efficiency improvement goal, with the fourth team on track to exceed the target this year as well.
  • If all Class 8 trucks leveraged SuperTruck technologies, the U.S. would stand to lower oil usage by an estimated 300 million barrels annually – and truck operators could save as much as $20,000 per year on fuel.

INFOGRAPHIC: How SuperTruck is Making Heavy-Duty Vehicles More Efficient

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Question of the Month: What vehicle tire strategies and technologies are available to save fuel?

Question of the Month: What vehicle tire strategies and technologies are available to save fuel?

Answer: It’s easy to understand why tires are essential to a vehicle, but tires also play an important role in your vehicle’s fuel economy. Tires affect resistance on the road and, therefore, how hard the engine needs to work to move the vehicle. By maintaining proper tire inflation or investing in low rolling resistance or super-single tires, you can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy. Whether you drive a light-duty vehicle (LDV) or heavy-duty vehicle (HDV), there is a tire strategy or technology to help you increase your miles per gallon (mpg).

Proper Tire Inflation

Properly inflated tires increase fuel economy, last longer, and are safer. Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimates that you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. In fact, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by up to 0.3% for every one pound per square inch drop in pressure in all four tires. It is especially important to keep an eye on tire pressure in cold weather because when the air becomes cold, the tire pressure decreases.

You can find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle on a sticker located on the driver’s side doorjamb or in the owner’s manual. Also, check to see if your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), which will illuminate a dashboard light when the tire inflation, in one, multiple, or all tires reaches a certain pressure threshold. Fleet managers, in particular, may consider using telematics with a TPMS to assist their drivers with maintenance. Even if a vehicle has a TPMS, however, it is still good practice to manually check your vehicle’s tire pressure in order to ensure all of your tires are properly inflated.

Low Rolling Resistance Tires

Rolling resistance is the energy lost from drag and friction of a tire as it rolls over a surface. This phenomenon is complex, and nearly all operating conditions can affect how much energy is lost. For conventional and hybrid electric passenger vehicles, it is estimated that about 3%-11% of their fuel is used just to overcome tire rolling resistance, whereas all-electric passenger vehicles can use around 22%-25% of their fuel for this purpose. For heavy trucks, this fuel consumption can be around 15%-30%.

Installing low rolling resistance tires can improve vehicle fuel economy by about 3% for LDVs and more than 10% for HDVs. In LDVs, a 10% decrease in rolling resistance can increase fuel efficiency by 1%-2%. Investing in low rolling resistance tires makes economic sense, as the fuel savings from the use of these tires over the life of the vehicle can pay for the additional cost of the fuel-efficient tires. Most new passenger vehicles are equipped with low rolling resistance tires, but make sure you keep rolling resistance in mind when shopping for replacement tires. 

Super-Single Tires

Reducing vehicle drag can provide significant fuel economy improvements. One way HDVs can reduce drag is by replacing traditional dual tires with one super-single tire—also called a wide-base or single-wide. In Class-8 heavy-duty vehicles (see the April Question of the Month, http://www.eereblogs.energy.gov/cleancities/post/2016/04/20/vehicle_classifications.aspx, for a definition), this can save fuel by reducing vehicle weight and rolling resistance. A super-single tire is not as wide as two tires, so there is a slight aerodynamic benefit as well, further improving vehicle efficiency.

More Information

For more information, see the following pages:

 

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
technicalresponse@icfi.com
800-254-6735

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Vehicle Technologies Office Recognizes Individuals and Teams with Extraordinary Results at 2016 Annual Merit Review

At this year’s Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation in Washington, DC, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office recognized some of its most outstanding partners involved in research, development, and deployment of sustainable transportation technologies. The Vehicle Technologies Office bestowed Distinguished Achievement and Lifetime Distinguished Achievement awards for teams and individuals that have contributed to projects and programs with extraordinary results.

US Drive:

  • Michael Martin (U.S. DRIVE) received a Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award for his longstanding personal commitment and significant contribution to successful DOE/USCAR collaboration through the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, FreedomCAR & Fuel Partnership, and U.S. DRIVE Partnership.

 

Advanced Combustion Engines:

  • John Dec (Sandia National Laboratories) received a Special Recognition Award for his pioneering the use of “partial fuel stratification” in understanding the combustion processes in internal combustion engines.  His work contributed substantially to the body of knowledge and may lead to overcoming the technical barriers of pure homogeneous charge compression-ignition combustion for future internal combustion engines. 
  • Richard Peterson (General Motors) received a Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award for his significant achievements as a member of the Advanced Combustion Engine Technical Team for over 15 years. His technical knowledge and analytical abilities are universally recognized by all of the team members.  He is known for basing his views and opinions on technical merit and supporting those views with in-depth and no-nonsense analyses based on his broad and detailed knowledge of engine and drivetrain technologies.
  • The Volvo Trucks North America SuperTruck team received a Distinguished Achievement (Team) Award for exceeding both the freight efficiency and engine efficiency goals of its SuperTruck project on time and within budget.  This project required building a vehicle demonstrator, which incorporates numerous systems, subsystems, components, and controls.  All of this equipment needs to be integrated efficiently and effectively. Volvo has clearly demonstrated the ability and willingness to innovate while remaining true to the original SuperTruck vision. 

 

Electric Drive Technologies:

  • Kevin Bennion (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL) received a Special Recognition Award for his expertise and unique experience in motor designs and motor thermal management as part of the Electric Drive Technologies Research team.  He has provided significant insights and inputs to the motor research area. His coordination with other labs and industry has been critical to developing and enabling motor innovations to eliminate rare earth magnets. His designs emphasize improved motor performance using improved thermal management technologies.
  • John Czubay (General Motors) received a Special Recognition Award for his extensive contributions as Co-Chair of the USCAR Electrical/Electronics Technical Team.  The technical team accomplished meaningful results, including wide-band gap research, through his strong leadership, consensus building, extensive experience in developing production power electronics, and work with the supply base on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles. 
  • Natalie Olds (USCAR) received a Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award for her Collaboration Specialist insights and focus that created the elements necessary for the Electrical/Electronics Technical Team to make significant progress on power electronics and electric machines each year.  Her experience as one of the pioneers in electric vehicle development in the early 80’s allowed her to have insights that few people have and enabled her to ask tough questions that made the Electrical/Electronics Technical team a better, more methodical, and effective team.

 

Energy Storage:

  • Eric Heim (USABC) received a Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award for his 22-year collaboration with the Vehicle Technologies Office and his long track record of helping to develop energy storage technologies that have been subsequently commercialized.  These technologies include the development of:  (1) nickel metal hydride battery technology, lithium-ion battery technology, and ultracapacitor technology for hybrid vehicles and (2) higher energy lithium-ion battery technology for plug-in electric vehicles. As the USABC Business Manager, Eric was instrumental in assuring that over $700M of cost-shared battery development contracts were negotiated, awarded, and executed to successful completion.  

 

Materials:

  • Robert McCune (Ford [retired]/USAMP [consultant]) received a Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to organizing and executing the Magnesium Front End Research and Development Program. This complicated program involved nine technical teams, three countries, and dozens of participants.  Robert was instrumental in coordinating and executing the activities that culminated in the successful design, construction, and testing of hundreds of magnesium demonstration structures.
  • Eric Nyberg (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL) received a Distinguished Achievement Award for his work over the past 10 years on the Magnesium Front End Research and Development Program.  Eric's technical contributions and spirited team building allowed the program to overcome hurdles in a variety of areas and ultimately to deliver validated, lightweight magnesium demonstration structures.

 

Vehicle Systems:

  • The Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) Research & Development Team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) received a Distinguished Achievement (Team) Award for developing and demonstrating the world’s first 20-kW wireless power transfer charging system for electric vehicles.  The system has achieved 92% efficiency at greater than three times the charge rate of the plug-in systems commonly used to charge electric vehicles today.  This achievement far exceeds the original goals of the project and can help accelerate the adoption and convenience of electric vehicles.

 

Clean Cities:

  • Marcy Rood (Argonne National Laboratory) received a Special Recognition Award for her 20-year history with Clean Cities both at DOE and Argonne.  She currently leads Argonne’s work in technical assistance, workforce development, training, and outreach and education projects relating to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle deployment.  She has been a major force in leading efforts to help Clean Cities with strategic planning and re-envisioning to adopt SMART Mobility and other new technologies.

 

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program also gave out awards recognizing individuals and teams in research, development and deployment. Read about their awards on the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program website.  

 

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10 Questions with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expert Glenn Rambach

Glenn Rambach, a former Energy Department employee with a 45-year career between Sandia National Laboratories and Livermore National Laboratory. He led a DOE-funded joint project to design, build and operate a combined wind, solar, hydrogen, fuel-cell energy storage facility.| Photo courtesy of Glenn Rambach

Glenn Rambach, a former Energy Department employee with a 45-year career between Sandia National Laboratories and Livermore National Laboratory. He led a DOE-funded joint project to design, build and operate a combined wind, solar, hydrogen, fuel-cell energy storage facility.| Photo courtesy of Glenn Rambach

Glenn Rambach is a world-renowned expert in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and is one of the longtime leaders in the field. His 45-year career began in the 1960s at Sandia National Laboratories, where he was a member of multiple award-winning and breakthrough research teams expanding the hydrogen and fuel cell industry by leaps and bounds. Glenn also worked with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for almost 15 years and led an Energy Department-funded joint project to design, build and operate a combined wind, solar, hydrogen, fuel-cell energy storage facility.

By: Sunita Satyapal
Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office

1.       HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELLS?

I was very interested in the space program in the 1960s. Years later, with interest in developing rocket engines, I pursued an aerospace engineering degree at Princeton University.  In my senior year, the October 1973 oil embargo made hydrogen and fuel cells interesting to me again. When President Nixon announced Project Independence, to become independent of foreign oil by 1980, I decided to direct my interests towards energy and chose a pathway in graduate school that would cover both energy and rockets. When the energy problem was solved in 1980, I'd go back to doing something in rockets. Things didn't get solved that quickly though.

2.       WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU’VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER?

It is valuable to understand as many perspectives as possible about our fields of work, from hydrogen, fuel cells, and renewables, to all advanced energy endeavors. Achieving things necessary for hydrogen and fuel cells to be successful requires understanding the interdependences of technologies, economics, social behaviors, markets, safety, and financing.

3.       WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BUY ONE OF THE FIRST CONSUMER FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLES, THE TOYOTA MIRAI?

I developed a knack for being good at guessing the potential for new car models. In 1983, I bought a Camry in its first month of sale in the United States. Turns out it was a good guess. Later, my wife Lynn and I bought the second generation Prius in its first week offered in the United States in 2003, another good guess. With a couple decades of hydrogen and fuel cell background, it was easy to become excited about the Mirai's potential now that it's a real production car sold in places where there are refueling stations. During a California Hydrogen Business Council conference call, the list of eight Toyota Mirai dealers was announced. I was very surprised to hear Roseville Toyota, 18 miles from our house, was one. I contacted them in less than an hour and began earnestly studying what I could about the car's potential. 

4.       WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE OWNING THE FIRST FUEL CELL ELECTRIC VEHICLE (FCEV) SOLD IN AMERICA?

We absolutely love it. The process of parking it is actually the process of showing it off and talking about it to inquiring strangers. People walk up and start asking questions. It doesn't get old ... so far.

5.       HOW IS DRIVING A FCEV DIFFERENT THAN DRIVING A TRADITIONAL CAR?

It's very quiet at all speeds. With all torque at any speed, it is a great performer, as expected from a well-designed electric car. Yes, it peels out pretty easily. We get more smiles, waves and thumbs up than we ever did with our first Prius which was also new to the public. Otherwise, the Mirai is a well-appointed and equipped passenger car that does what a car is supposed to do. A very important thing I always like is that it’s so similar to traditional cars in looking at the fuel gauge, having the familiar "plenty of range left" feeling, and refilling in just a few minutes. Just knowing what is going on in the drive train as I drive, and what comes out of the tail pipe adds to the pleasure of driving the car. I'm constantly aware of the zero environmental and energy independence impact of the car, and that is very satisfying after 43 years of working towards those goals.

6.       WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU’VE SEEN IN THE HYDROGEN INDUSTRY?

In the late 1990s, I was looking into buying a less than 50 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell stack for a project I was doing. The cost of the stack then would be enough today to buy about seven Mirai fuel cell cars, all with 114 kW stacks in them. That's significant progress in a little more than 16 years. It resulted from numerous technical accomplishments in processes, materials, and designs in all sectors of hydrogen and fuel cell industries. Another important and big accomplishment is the development of a number of codes and standards for vehicles and stations.

7.       WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?

For decades there were only a few hydrogen-powered cars tested in any one year, and occasionally you would see a hydrogen fuel power plant. In the early 1990s several automotive manufacturers were testing fuel cell vehicle designs. They included vans chock-full with components, small custom pickups with the bed filled with about 15 kW of fuel cells. Fueling was from custom systems and local bottle storage tanks. That was only 25 years ago. Today, the 153-horsepower Mirai has been sold or leased to almost 200 customers who regularly refuel them with hydrogen – the same as we've done with gasoline cars.

8.       WHAT DO YOU THINK IS NEXT FOR THE FCEV INDUSTRY?

Many more refueling stations, with new methods and strategies for sourcing hydrogen, with pretty rapid growth of renewable production. 

9.       WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES AHEAD?

I think as long as quality fuel cell cars continue to become available, as I expect they will, people will continue to accept and purchase them in growing numbers. We need to assure that the growth in refueling infrastructure stays ahead of vehicle production.  

10.     WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN THE FIELD?

There is always a better way to do something that is already accepted as good enough, or even as good as it can get. It's important to be able to choose the better over the just different.

Source: http://energy.gov/eere/articles/10-questions-hydrogen-and-fuel-cell-expert-glenn-rambach

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DOE Announces $22 Million in Funding to Accelerate the Development of Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Use of Other Sustainable Transportation Technologies

(June 6, 2016) Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced $22 million to support research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.

EERE anticipates making awards in the approximate ranges listed below:

  • Area of Interest 1 / Plug?in Electric Drive Vehicle Program: $2,000,000 ? $5,000,000
  • Area of Interest 2 / Direct Injection Propane Engine: $2,000,000 ? $4,500,000
  • Area of Interest 3 / Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects: $3,000,000 ? $5,000,000

 

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy seeks cost-shared projects across three areas of sustainable transportation technologies. A new "plug-in electric drive vehicle program" focuses on research, development, and demonstration of medium and heavy duty PEVs, from class 3 to 7, including vehicles that can use their onboard energy storage to provide power to electrical loads external to the vehicle. Once adopted by the market, these vehicles will significantly reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Also, DOE seeks cost-shared projects for the research, development, and demonstration of direct injection propane engines for on-highway vehicles that could result in substantial reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.

Lastly, as part of this funding opportunity, DOE seeks highly leveraged Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects that will significantly accelerate the use of light, medium, and heavy duty vehicles that operate on fuels such as biodiesel, electricity, E85, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane as well as the fueling infrastructure needed to support them. Led by community-based partnerships between state and local governments and key private sector stakeholders, these projects will help catalyze alternative fuel use nationwide through the collection and sharing of best practices and lessons learned.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/6/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/29/2016 8:00 PM ET

 

Contact Information

Learn more about this funding opportunity. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. 

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Annual Merit Review Evaluates Impact of Sustainable Transportation Projects

By:  Shannon Brescher Shea
Communications Manager, Clean Cities Program

A vehicle undergoes dynamometer testing at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility in Illinois. The project is one of many that is being evaluated at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. | Photo by Argonne National Laboratory

 

Did you know that there are experts who evaluate the Energy Department’s work to see if projects really are transforming clean energy economy in sectors like transportation? To gather feedback from the research community, many programs across the Department have annual merit or peer reviews where scientific experts rate projects for their value. From June 6-10, the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program are simultaneously holding their Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of Energy Department-funded projects will be put to the test.

To cover almost all of the work funded by the Vehicle and Fuel Cell Technologies Offices reviewers will judge nearly 350 individual activities. The reviewers come from a variety of backgrounds, including current and former members of the vehicles industry, academia, national laboratories, and government. From back-to-back presentations to poster sessions, the days are intellectually demanding, requiring intense focus and analysis of highly technical projects.

But the valuable feedback will make the challenge worth it.  Each reviewer evaluates a set of projects based on how much they contribute to or advance the Energy Department’s missions and goals. The reviewer considers the project’s breadth, depth, appropriateness, accomplishments, and potential. Considering the short and long-term benefits, he or she judges the project based on a standard set of defined metrics. Reviewers provide numeric scores and in-depth comments, creating a comprehensive project report card. After the review, the offices carefully consider the reviewers’ recommendations as they generate work plans, create long-term strategies, and formulate budgets.

Open to the public and free of charge, the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting provides a great opportunity for those interested in the Energy Department’s research, development, and deployment activities in transportation to learn about the relevant programs. Merit reviews also serve two other valuable purposes: increasing transparency and building a vibrant research community.

Can’t attend? The offices will post the presentations to their websites a few weeks after the meeting. In fact, presentations from past merit reviews are available on the Vehicle Technologies Office website and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program website. About three to four months after the review, the programs also post reports with the results of the review.

Because the reviews bring together breadth and depth of energy experts, they allow researchers in industry, academia, and government to learn about others’ projects. They help scientists see where their work intersects, enabling them to collaborate more effectively. They also facilitate the movement of technology from the government, labs, and universities into the private sector, which can bring them to market.

Merit and peer reviews are invaluable to the government, public and industry. They help keep projects on the right track and drive innovation forward. While the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation meeting is only one week, it will have a positive impact for the clean energy economy of tomorrow. Find out more about the projects being reviewed by following both Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Energy Department on Twitter with the hashtags #VTOAMR and #H2AMR.

For more information visit http://www.annualmeritreview.energy.gov/

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EPA Plans National Public Hearing for Renewable Fuel Standard Program in Kansas City, Mo., June 9

05/27/2016
Contact Information: 
David W. Bryan (bryan.david@epa.gov
913-551-7433

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Lenexa, Kan., May 27, 2016) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a public hearing to be held in Kansas City, Mo., on June 9, 2016, for the proposed rule "Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018." The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal. All persons wanting to speak should register in advance, by May 31, 2016.

What: Public Hearing on Proposed Rule - Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018.

When: June 9, 2016. The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end when all parties present who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so.

Where: Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, Mo., 64108. Phone: 866-841-8134.

Contact: To register to speak at the meeting, or for further information, send an e-mail to RFS_Hearing@epa.gov.

Oral comments and supporting information presented at the public hearing will be considered with the same weight as written statements and supporting information submitted during the public comment period. Written comments must be received by the last day of the comment period (July 11, 2016) and submitted to one of the addresses listed in the notice of proposed rulemaking. For more information about the public hearing, see the Federal Register Notice.

The pre-publication version of the proposed rulemaking can be found online.

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set annual RFS volume requirements for four categories of biofuels. By displacing fossil fuels, biofuels help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help strengthen energy security. EPA implements the program in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Source:  https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-plans-national-public-hearing-renewable-fuel-standard-program-kansas-city-mo-june-9

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