You've probably heard this from some of your fleet partners: "Why can't I get a consistent, full tank from my CNG dispenser?" And, as you probably know, the answer is very complicated because the fill depends on fill rate and temperature, among other variables. To help make sense of this complicated phenomenon, we've created an interactive animation:
Now available on the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) website. The animation lets you see what's going on inside a CNG tank at various fill rates and temperatures, and allows you to vary these parameters as you watch.
What are the new credit allocations that were established under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)'s Alternative Fuel Transportation Program (Program) earlier this year? How can I help spread the word on these new Energy Policy Act (EPAct) compliance pathways?
Answer: DOE issued a final rule on March 21, 2014, that establishes credit levels for additional means by which covered state and alternative fuel provider fleets operating under the Program's Standard Compliance (follow the link below: http://www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/state_standard_compliance.html)
option may earn credits. These credits may be used toward compliance with a fleet's alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) acquisition requirements. DOE promulgated the rule pursuant Congress' direction, set forth in Section 133 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
The new credit allocations address the acquisition of various types of electric drive vehicles and allow covered fleets to earn credits under Standard Compliance for some vehicles that do not meet the EPAct 1992 definition of an AFV. Newly eligible vehicles include the following (with their credit allocations):
- Certain hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) - one-half credit
- Plug-in electric vehicles - one-half credit
- Fuel cell electric vehicles - one-half credit
- Neighborhood electric vehicles - one-fourth credit
Medium- and heavy-duty HEVs are also eligible for one-half credit after a fleet has met its light-duty AFV acquisition requirements.
Acquiring the electric drive vehicles noted above is not the only new way to earn credits under EPAct Standard Compliance. Fleets may now earn credits for investments of their own funds (not grant funds or other monetary awards) in qualified alternative fuel infrastructure. For every $25,000 invested, a covered fleet may earn one credit, with a limit of five credits available per fleet per model year for private infrastructure investment, and ten credits per fleet per model year for public infrastructure investment.
Fleets may also earn credits for investments in alternative fuel non-road equipment and/or emerging technologies associated with the Section 133-identified vehicles. The credits for non-road equipment are similar to infrastructure - one credit for every $25,000 invested and a maximum of five credits may be earned per fleet per model year. Emerging technologies investments will earn a covered fleet two credits for the initial investment of $50,000 and one credit for every $25,000 invested thereafter, with a limit of five credits per fleet per model year.
Fleets may begin taking advantage of these new credit allocations for their efforts undertaken in model year 2014 and future model years.
How Can You Spread the Word?
Are you aware of any covered utility or state fleets that are building new fueling infrastructure?
- Inform them they can earn EPAct credits.
Do you have an EPAct covered fleet stakeholder that needs an extra push to buy or lease HEVs?
- Let them know that certain HEVs are now eligible for EPAct credits.
Do you or your stakeholders have questions regarding EPAct compliance?
- Contact the Regulatory Information Hotline: regulatory [dot] info [at] nrel [dot] gov or 202-586-9171.
Note that covered fleets are currently compiling their Program reports for model year 2014 (September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014) activities, which are due by December 31, 2014.
For more information, refer to the following resources:
- EPAct Frequently Asked Questions for State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets website (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/faqs.html)
- Final rule (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-21/pdf/2014-06044.pdf)
- EPAct Transportation Regulatory Activities Statutes and Regulations website (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/statutes_regulations.html)
Webinar: Final Rule on Electric Drive Vehicles and Infrastructure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9LixPTkA7M)
The City of Charlotte Mayor Clodfelter signed an official proclamation from the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) which led to the activities. From this signature Charlotte can join over 120 events occurring across the country as part of National Drive week. The number of registered electric vehicles in Mecklenburg County has more than doubled in the past two years with 331 registered electric vehicles.
God Bless the USA is a private local trash and recycling company based out of Monroe, NC. Currently they are the only company in Union County to run natural gas vehicles. In a partnership with Clean Cities they started with one hybrid truck and have since gained a fleet of 23 vehicles. The President of God Bless the USA, Erik Blowers, shares more in a video from the following link. http://youtu.be/S3OgXL9la5A
The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NC CETC) announces $1.3 Million to provide funding assistance for transportation related emission reduction projects.
Annual fuel use and CO2 reductions are the primary metric for evaluation, while additional clean transportation activities provide opportunity to achieve the Champion level.
The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will provide funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions. Awarded projects will begin (at the earliest) in January 2015 and must be completed by September 30, 2015.
Apply now at http://www.ncair.org/motor/DERG/ to be considered for 2014 Diesel Emission Reduction Grant funding.
Who is Eligible? Any private or public sector entity or individual is eligible. Priority for grants will go to diesel emission reduction projects in the following counties: Cabarrus, Catawba, Cumberland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Johnston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Nash, Orange, Person, Rowan, Union, Wake, and parts of Chatham, Haywood, Iredell, and Swain County
Total Funding Available? Approximately $250,000 is available for all projects funded statewide. The DAQ expects to fund 2 to 5 projects.
Deadline for Applications? Applications must be received by e-mail or postmarked by Friday November 7, 2014 to be considered.
How Do I Apply? Select the application type (in the left-hand column) that best fits your project. If you have questions about which form to use, contact Anne Galamb 919-707-8423 or Anne [dot] Galamb [at] ncdenr [dot] gov.
Summary of Funding Offered Per Project Type
DENR Amount Paid
Replacement of diesel vehicle chassis and engine
Idle reduction technology on unregulated or Tier 0 locomotives
Repower of old chassis with new cleaner diesel engine
Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel.
Retrofits (exhaust type, e.g. diesel particulate filter)/td>
- No infrastructure projects will be considered.
- No standalone offset of cleaner fuel costs unless combined with another clean diesel project on the same vehicle
The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program funded 16 states as part of its Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure awards, which totaled $8.5 million. The projects were envisioned as a way to streamline the further implementation of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in communites around the country. In the July/August 2014 Issue of Green Fleet Magazine, the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition was highlighted as being a part of this program. They state North Carolina's Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) stepped up to the plate when it came to bringing the electric vehicle revolution to the Tar Heel State". The article continues on to say the project established "regional PEV readiness plans and, through the establishment of a taskforce, a PEV readiness "roadmap" for the state".
Duke Energy is buying four high-efficiency, diesel-electric locomotives that are expected to cut by 75 percent the engine emissions tied to hauling coal at some of its large power plants.
Dukes started using the first engine at the Marshall Steam Station north of Charlotte in June. It has bought two additional locomotives- one for the Asheville Plant in Skyland and on for the Mayo Plant in Roxboro. A fourth locomotive will be purchased by the end of the year, Duke spokeswoman Lisa Parris says.
The LEAF engine built by RailServe uses a high-efficiency alternating-current generator that requires less horsepower from the diesel engine to provide the electricity that runs the trains ferrying coal from the plants' storage piles to the boilers.
Duke equipment specialist and CCFC chairman Dave Navey demonstrates the locomotive and describes how it works in the video below.
Mainstay Fuel Technologies and Fontaine Modification have reached an agreement to provide a turnkey process for the delivery and installation of CNG fuel systems on Class 8 heavy-duty, over-the-road tractors. Fontaine will install the back-of-cab and side-saddle CNG fuel storage, management and delivery systems manufactured by Mainstay Fuel Technologies. Fontaine, North America's most comprehensive provider of truck modification services, will perform the installations at its modification centers across the United States.
Maintstay manufactures complete CNG fuel storage and delivery systems for Class 6, 7, and 8 heavy-duty trucks. Back-of-cab or side-saddle configurations are available from 30-220 DGE to meet various fleet range requirements.