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Fact of the Week: Idling vs. Starting/Stopping Engine

It is More Efficient to Stop and Restart a Vehicle’s Engine than to Idle for as Little as Ten Seconds

Research from Argonne National Laboratory shows that stopping and restarting a vehicle for as little as ten seconds uses less fuel than idling the engine. Start-stop systems increasingly available on some cars and trucks automatically shut down the engine to save fuel. The fuel used when idling varies by the accessories used (radio, lights, and fans), vehicle make and model, ambient conditions, and many other factors.

Fuel Use for Idling and Restarting

 

Graphic showing fuel use for idling and restarting. See dataset for more detailed information.

Note: cc = cubic centimeters. s = seconds.

Sources:

Estimates from CSRA based upon work by Argonne National Laboratory.

Argonne National Laboratory, Which Is Greener: Idle, or Stop and Restart? Comparing Fuel Use and Emissions for Short Passenger-Car Stops, Argonne National Laboratory, 2013.

Fact #984 Dataset

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Volkswagen Settlement Fund (Updated): How to Apply

Volkswagen Settlement Update: Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA - The state has announced that it will distribute the Mitigation Trust Fund dollars among lasting, sustainable solutions. In order to be considered, you must send in your project concepts directly to the lead agency, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

  • The state will give preference to projects proposed by public agencies that offer long-term benefits to the community at large and show a significant reduction in NOx.
  • The state is considering using a portion of the fund for the replacement of or repowering of publicly owned school buses as provided in the Consent Decree and the replacement of or repowering of aging state-owned heavy equipment fleet vehicles that are eligible under the mitigation trust. The vehicles will be replaced with new cleaner vehicles and or new cleaner burning engines.
  • Any funds remaining after these projects are implemented may be used for  projects proposed by other public or private entities as long as they meet the criteria outlined in Appendix D.
  • Funding is for vehicle REPLACEMENT or a repower, not to expand your fleet.

Please note that the state has NOT finalized their mitigation plan so your project proposals are very important! You still have time to get your ideas before them and have some influence over the general plan. Also, the mitigation plan is NOT a list of the final approved projects. The state's mitigation plan is a guidance document that will be flexible and able to adapt to changes.

No project will be considered unless you apply (and that includes school bus replacement projects).

How to Apply

Proposals may be submitted by email to Perry Theriot at perry.theriot@la.gov; faxed to 225-219-0000; mailed to the Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Perry Theriot, P.O. Box 4303, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4303; or it may be hand delivered to 602 N. Fifth Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.   

Deadline: EXTENDED - All proposals must be received by the LDEQ no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017

Proposal should contain the following information:

  • What you want to do
  • How much it will cost
  • The amount of funding you are requesting
  • The associated NOx benefits of your project

Helpful, but not required:

  • Any additional matching funds for your project, if applicable
  • Air quality in your area / Whether or not your parish is in attainment or close to being in non-attainment
  • Any other benefits that this funding would bring to your region
  • Your budgetary constraints or other information that would help the LDEQ to understand the financial need of the applicant

If you have any questions about qualifying projects or what type of information to include in your letter, please refer back to Appendix D. Even though the LDEQ will continue to accept applications after the deadline, we urge you to send in your proposals sooner rather than later.

View the Full Public Notice (Updated):  LDEQ's VW Settlement Notice  

The full Partial Settlement, including Appendix D is available for review at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/871306/download

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Background

On Jan. 4, 2016, and as amended on Oct. 7, 2016, the United States, on behalf of the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA), filed a complaint against Volkswagen (VW) alleging violations of the Clean Air Act regarding approximately 500,000 model year 2009 to 2016 vehicles containing 2.0 liter diesel engines and approximately 80,000 model year 2009 to 2016 motor vehicles containing 3.0 liter diesel engines. The complaint alleges that each of these vehicles contains, as part of the computer control modules, certain algorithms and calibrations that cause the emissions control systems to perform differently during normal vehicle operation and use than when undergoing emissions testing. The use of these prohibited defeat devices caused the vehicles to produce NOx emissions significantly in excess of those allowed by law. On June 28, 2016, the State of California, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), filed a similar complaint against Volkswagen.

Partial Consent Decree

The consent decree provides for the establishment of an Environmental Mitigation Trust to provide funds to the states to remediate the air quality impacts of the 2.0 liter vehicle emissions. Louisiana’s initial share is approximately $18 million over a three-year period. The $18 million to be distributed from the trust fund will pay for defined eligible projects also known as eligible mitigation actions. These include projects to reduce NOx from heavy duty diesel sources near population centers, such as large trucks, school and transit buses. A complete list of eligible mitigation actions is found in Appendix D-2 of the Consent Decree. The goal of each Eligible Mitigation Action shall be to achieve reductions of NOx emissions in the United States.

 

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2017 DERA National RFP Webinar

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


EPA Clean Diesel News - 06/02/17

2017 DERA National Request for Proposals

Webinar - RFP Information Session

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

EPA will host a webinar to provide an overview of the 2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals (RFP). Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

Registration is not required, simply follow the link below at the designated time to enter the webinar. Audio is available through your computer speakers or by telephone.

Webinar: 2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Overview #2
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern
URL: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/dera2017rfp2/
Audio: 1-866-299-3188, code 3439147#

The RFP closing date has been extended to July 5, 2017. More information about this funding opportunity is available at https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants .

If you have questions, please contact CleanDiesel@epa.gov.

 

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New Alternative Fueling Station Locator App for Android

Android users can now access the Alternative Fueling Station Locator app available through the Google Play Store. Just like the iPhone app, it allows users to select an alternative fuel and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Users can view the locations on a map or as a list with station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation.

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Getting Started With Biodiesel

Fuel retailers interested in biodiesel should answer these questions

Have you been looking for ways to increase your fuel margins? Introducing biodiesel blends to your product offering is a great place to start.

There are fuel retailers that have increased their margins by several cents per gallon after adding biodiesel blends to their fuel lineup. That doesn’t mean there aren’t questions you should consider before calling a supplier to place your first biodiesel order.

Should I buy blended fuel or blend myself?

Starting out, you will need to decide how you want to purchase biodiesel. One option is to buy diesel fuel that already has biodiesel blended into it. You can see if your current diesel supplier has a biodiesel blended option or can make one available. If not, you can seek a fuel distributor that does.

The other option is to do the blending yourself. This often provides the best margin opportunities for you but also comes with additional considerations. You will need to install a dedicated biodiesel storage tank and blending system. While the initial cost may seem expensive, it can provide a relatively quick payback of between six to 18 months. A number of states offer grants and loans to help retailers finance these infrastructure upgrades, so research those options.

If you purchase biodiesel from a producer, you will need to decide if you want the biodiesel with or without Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). Every gallon of biodiesel produced generates 1.5 RINs. These can be traded for a monetary value, with the value fluctuating based on market conditions. If you buy the biodiesel without RINs, the RIN value should be captured in the price of the biodiesel. If you buy it with RINs, you will want to trade the RINs either by using a thirdparty vendor, which will likely charge a commission, or by trading them yourself. 

Do I have a reliable supplier?

Whether buying blended fuel from a fuel supplier or straight biodiesel (B99/B100) from a biodiesel producer, you should ensure the biodiesel meets ASTM D6751 standards for biodiesel and that the producer participates in the voluntary BQ-9000® quality assurance program. This is the best way to give your customers a quality product. Also look for suppliers that are knowledgeable about the fuel retail industry and have a reliable and cost-effective supply chain to your locations.

What is the right blend level?

In every state, biodiesel blends of up to 5 percent can be sold without additional labeling at the pump. This is because the blended fuel still meets ASTM D975 diesel fuel specs. Blends from B6 to B20 are a good option to maximize profits with positive blending economics but do require additional labeling. Weather can also be a factor, but maybe not as much as you think. Proper storage, handling and additive use allows retailers to sell B20 year-round no matter their location, but if you are in a colder climate you may feel more comfortable dialing the blend back a bit in the winter.

What economic incentives are available to me?

Speaking of positive blending economics, many states recognize the benefits of making biodiesel more available and offer incentives to retailers that sell it. In Iowa, for example, outlets that sell B5 blends get a 4.5-cents-per-gallon tax credit, plus an additional 3-cents-per-gallon tax rollback on B11 and higher blends. In Texas, retailers can save up to 4 cents per gallon on the state fuel tax, depending on the blend level. If you operate stores in more than one state, familiarize yourself with each state’s regulations.

Answering these questions will help you get started so you can take advantage of the benefits of adding biodiesel to your locations. However, you don’t have to do this alone. REG has a team of experts to help you.

Get started today by talking with Jon Scharingson, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing for REG at (515) 239-8042 or Jon.Scharingson@regi.com.

 


(844) 405-0160 regi.com

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UPDATE - DERA Funding Available

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Clean Diesel News - 06/01/17
2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

New Deadline: July 5, 2017
$23M in Additional Funding

The 2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals (RFP) has been amended and extended until July 5, 2017.  The changes to the RFP include:

  • Increasing total funding available from $11M to $34M
  • Modification of funding limits by region
  • Addition of Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions to the list of eligible diesel emission reduction solutions

 The amended RFP, including a summary of the changes, is available atwww.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants#rfp and at www.grants.gov.
 

If you have questions, please contact CleanDiesel@epa.gov.

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Why Employers Are Hiring Industrial Assessment Center Graduates

Posted by: Michele Capots, via energy.gov

There are 28 primary Industrial Assessment Centers located at colleges and universities across the country.

When Mary McElhiney, vice president of business operations at ERS, is looking for new hires for her energy efficiency engineering firm she knows exactly where to look – the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program.

ERS, headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, was founded by an IAC graduate. Its core services of energy program evaluation, engineering assistance, planning and implementation, and sustainable development help utility, government, and large commercial and industrial clients solve energy and resource problems in cost effective ways. Thirteen of its 94 employees are IAC graduates.

INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTERS

Map of Industrial Assessment Centers

There are 28 primary IACs located at colleges and universities around the country. These centers send engineering students, supervised by faculty, to small and medium-sized manufacturers to provide energy assessments and recommendations for cost- and energy-savings solutions. With the professors’ guidance, these students analyze manufacturers’ facilities, energy bills, waste and water systems and more.

INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTER IMPACT

To date, more than 17,000 manufacturers have benefited from IAC assessments. An average IAC assessment leads to a 5-7% implemented energy savings and energy productivity improvement. Through each assessment, IAC students apply their engineering knowledge and skills to analyze a unique set of circumstances. No two assessments are the same, instead students learn how to adapt and solve problems. 

THE PERFECT MATCH

When McElhiney came to the company 12 years ago, it was very difficult to find engineers who understood the energy management work that the company did. IACs became a recruiting ground because they already had the hands-on experience ERS seeks to provide its clients with the valuable skills needed to meet their business needs.

Satyen Moray, an engineer with ERS at the Rock Hill, Connecticut facility, has been with the company for 15 years. Moray, is also an IAC graduate from the University of Dayton and credits the program with getting him where he is today.

He said he could study textbooks and course materials all day long, but to actually see it is a whole different awareness. During the IAC program, he visited roughly 50 facilities.

“The hands-on nature is instrumental,” said Moray.

Marcus Wilcox couldn’t agree more.

Wilcox is CEO of Cascade Energy, which helps to provide technical services for energy efficiency programs. He co-founded the Portland, Oregon-based company in 1993 and has 120 employees, nine of which are IAC graduates. Wilcox was the first student to join and graduate from the Energy Analysis Diagnosis Center, now known as the Oregon State University IAC. He believes the IAC program changed his future.

 “It taught me how to be an engineer in the real world by mapping all the knowledge I had and put it in the context of experience,” he said.

Industrial Assessment Center infographic on graduates in the workforce

MOVING FORWARD

Today, Wilcox’s advice to students going through the IAC program is simple. He suggests students gain field work experience because there’s real value working with real processes, problems, and people.

He also notes that graduates will be working with people who have been doing their jobs for decades. Energy might not be a priority for some clients and graduates need to learn how to explain the value of energy management practices. Finally, he says skip using the smartphone, email, and social media because personal contact and building relationships will help graduates strengthen their professional skills and their work will be that much more enjoyable.

It was similar advice that has been priceless for Moray.

“It was the best learning [experience] I received in my whole life,” he said.

Moray is a perfect example of why McElhiney continues to rely on IAC graduates to help make the business a success.

“IACs have experience in exactly what we’re doing because they’ve done it before,” she said.  “They help these companies even before they come here. I’m a big advocate for the IAC program.”

 

 

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