The Tampa Bay Region embraces the use of non-petroleum based transportation fuels, which leads to improved health and welfare of its citizens and maintains a level of mobility that contributes to an enhanced quality of life.
The Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition advances the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States through its efforts to reduce petroleum use in transportation in our six-county region. It is the area’s recognized resource for technical assistance, networking, identification of grant opportunities, and information exchange in the area of advance transportation options, fuels, and technologies.
2016 Fuel Economy Guide Highlights Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
On November 5, the Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced that the 2016 Fuel Economy Guide is available. This annual publication is designed to help consumers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that will meet their needs. From fuel-sippers to gas-guzzlers, the Fuel Economy Guide provides consumers with essential information about model year 2016 light-duty vehicles, including their fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, and projected annual fuel cost.
Along with the list of 2016 models, the Fuel Economy Guide also includes “best-in-class” lists across multiple market categories. Whether a buyer is looking for a two-seater or a large pickup truck, they can find out which vehicles can save them money and fuel. This year’s Top 10 lists place the Chevrolet Spark EV as the most efficient all-electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt as the most efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and the Toyota Prius C as the most efficient non-plug-in electric vehicle. For the complete post, see the
Coca-Cola Continues to Grow Its Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Fleet
This week’s Clean Cities success story takes us to Atlanta, Georgia, where Coca-Cola operates the largest heavy-duty hybrid fleet in North America—including more than 1,000 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. A U.S. Department of Energy National Clean Fleets Partner, Coca-Cola plans to continue expanding its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.
Produced by Maryland Public Television’s MotorWeek program, this segment will air on PBS stations nationwide starting October 30, 2015. For show times in your area, check the MotorWeek and Discovery Channel websites. MotorWeek is also available in high definition on Velocity by Discovery.
Last Flag of the 2015 Green Racing Season
The Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance racecar competition held annually at the beginning of October, is known for being difficult, long, and (since 2006) “green.” It is also the culmination of the annual International Motor Sports Association’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series, which determines the winner of the Green Racing Cup.
Supported by the Energy Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and SAE International, Green Racing recognizes racecar teams that go the farthest and fastest with the smallest environmental footprint. Together they use the racetrack to promote, develop, and test cleaner fuels and more efficient vehicle technologies that manufacturers can transfer to consumer vehicles. Green Racing scores are based on vehicle efficiency, the oil used, the amount of greenhouse gases emitted, and the time in which cars complete the race. Much like golf, the lower the score, the better.
The 2015 Petit Le Mans championship race was held on October 3 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, and was one of the most gripping events of the year—until a torrential downpour caused officials to stop the race at the 7th hour and 51st minute. Several crashes occurred because of continuous rain, some resulting in complete vehicle wreckage. In the end, the first vehicle to cross the finish line was a Porsche GT Le Mans. For the complete story, see the EERE blog.
Energy Department Invests Over $34 Million to Protect Energy Infrastructure
The Energy Department’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability on October 9 announced more than $34 million for two projects that will help protect the U.S. electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure from cyber threats.
The University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois will assemble teams with expertise in power systems engineering and the computer science of cybersecurity to develop new technologies that will help protect energy delivery systems for continuous and reliable power. These universities and their partners will engage with utilities and suppliers of energy delivery systems and components from early research through eventual adoption by the energy sector. See the Energy department news release.
Energy Department Invests $20 Million to Advance Fuel Cell Technologies
The Energy Department announced on October 9 a new report that shows the fuel cell industry is continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate, totaling more than $2.2 billion in sales in 2014. The Energy Department also announced the investment of more than $20 million in 10 projects to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and enable early adoption of fuel cell applications, such as light-duty, fuel cell electric vehicles.
The hydrogen and fuel cell market continues to grow rapidly. According to the Energy Department’s 2014 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, the industry grew by almost $1 billion in 2014, reaching $2.2 billion in sales–up from $1.3 billion in 2013. In addition, more than 50,000 fuel cells were shipped worldwide in 2014.
To further advance these clean energy technologies, the Energy Department selected seven projects to address hydrogen and fuel cells research and development.. These include hydrogen production via microbial biomass conversion, fuel cell catalysts that are low in platinum-group metals, integrated intelligent hydrogen dispensers, and hydrogen delivery pipeline manufacturing. See the Energy department news release.
Indiana Beverage Company Invests in Alternative Fuels
This week’s Clean Cities success story takes us to Lawrence, Indiana, where a local beverage company is enjoying the benefits of alternative fuels. In 2009, Monarch Beverage Company started making the move to owning and operating their own fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors. Today, Monarch’s fleet totals nearly 80 CNG haulers. Working with the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, Monarch plans to add more CNG tractors to its fleet in the future.
Produced by Maryland Public Television’s MotorWeek program, this segment will air on PBS stations nationwide starting October 3, 2015. For show times in your area, check the MotorWeek and Discovery Channel websites. MotorWeek is also available in high definition on Velocity by Discovery.
EPA Clean Diesel News
EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity. This is a rebate program to replace and retrofit older school buses in both the public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $7 million. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please click here.
EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 2pm EDT. The webinar link is located here and the call-in number is 314-627-1518, access code 537-048-931.
Energy Department Announces $11 Million to Accelerate Alternative Fuel Use in Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
The Energy Department today announced $11 million in available funding to support development and demonstration of innovative alternative technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, designed to help reduce U.S. reliance on gasoline, diesel, and oil imports.
The funding opportunity includes two areas of interest:
1. Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification focuses on research, development, and demonstration of electric-drive powertrain technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that significantly reduce fuel consumption.
2. Heavy-Duty Vehicle Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration seeks to demonstrate the performance and reliability of commercially-available dual fuel heavy-duty vehicles equipped with engines capable of operation using a mixture of diesel fuel and gaseous fuels—natural gas, propane- or natural gas-derived fuels such as dimethyl ether—and the associated emissions control systems.
To read more, visit the link
U.S. Surpasses ‘Major Milestone’ for Alternative Fueling Stations
With little fanfare, the U.S. reached the 20,000 mark for the number of alternative fueling stations operating throughout the nation back in May, according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agency soon after posted a blog dubbing the benchmark a “major milestone,” and the network of alt-fuel infrastructure has only continued to grow ever since.
In fact, the latest DOE data at press time shows there are about 21,300 fueling stations in the country offering electricity, propane autogas, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), hydrogen, biodiesel (B20 and above) or E85 (up to 85% ethanol). That total includes around 17,500 public stations and almost 3,800 private ones.
The figures come from the Alternative Fueling Station Locator tool on the Alternative Fuels Data Center website, a resource of the DOE’s Clean Cities program. The tool allows users to search for alt-fuel stations by location, fuel type, and even the facilities’ accepted forms of payment, among other criteria.
To read more, visit the link
National Drive Electric Week Social Media Campaign
To promote the new EV Everywhere site and encourage conversation about EVs, the Energy Department is running a social media campaign for National Drive Electric Week. A nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of plug-in electric vehicles’ availability and benefits, National Drive Electric Week is happening right now, with events wrapping up on September 20.
Throughout this period, the Energy Department is having a “digital word of mouth” campaign, where we’re encouraging current and potential EV drivers to share their stories through text, photos and videos. Share your and your organization’s EV stories by posting on your social media platforms with the hashtags #ILoveEVs and #NDEW2015 (for National Drive Electric Week).
For personal stories from our employees, check out our EnergySaver blog post 10 Things I Love About My Electric Vehicle, as well as our social media accounts throughout the week (EERE Facebook, EnergySaver Facebook, DOE Twitter and EnergySaver Twitter). In addition, join us on the Energy.gov Facebook page on Friday, September 18 at 2 PM for a question and answer session on EVs.
Lastly, our EV Everywhere logo contest is still accepting entries until September 25. The winning logo will be featured in EV Everywhere communications products, including the new EV Everywhere website.
New EV Everywhere Website
To increase public awareness of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), the Department of Energy just launched the new EV Everywhere website This new website provides a hub of EV resources for consumers, helping them learn about available EV models, relevant incentives, vehicle charging and how driving an electric vehicle can save them money.
In addition to the consumer information, it also has a Stakeholder Solution Center that points state and municipalities, employers, fleets, electrical contractors, and utilities to the Energy Department’s major resources for EV community and organizational readiness. As we continue to improve our resources, we will expand this section with economic analyses, data on EV demonstration projects, and more.
NREL Report Examines Energy Use in Cities and Proposes Next Steps for Energy Innovation
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, a report that examines what U.S. cities are doing to reduce their energy use.
The report analyzes and presents information learned from a sample of 20 cities across the United States, from Los Angeles to Boston, including a diverse sample of population size, utility type, region, annual greenhouse gas reduction targets, vehicle use, and median household income. Funded by EERE, the report compares climate, sustainability, and energy plans to better understand how cities are taking energy-related actions and measuring their impacts. Some common energy-related goals focus on reducing city-wide carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency across sectors, increasing renewable energy, and increasing biking and walking.
The publication also evaluates the relationship between city goals, actions, metrics, and data and provides suggestions for cities to make the best use of the energy planning tools available. See the Energy Department news release and the report, City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities PDF.
ARPA-E Announces Five New Projects to Reduce Transportation Energy Use
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 30 announced $14.5 million in funding for five projects as part of ARPA-E’s newest program: the Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET). TRANSNET project teams will design new software systems that provide travelers information about energy-efficient transportation options to reach their destinations. If widely adopted, TRANSNET projects could facilitate significant reductions in energy use within existing infrastructure and transportation technologies.
Many travelers’ and commuters’ transportation choices waste significant amounts of energy due to traffic complications, convenience, and variability in transportation styles and preferences. TRANSNET systems will identify less energy-intense travel options for users using software accessible on smartphones or other communications devices, and provide the most efficient transportation choices for travelers and commuters.
For example, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will serve as the lead organization with the Connected Traveler project, developing a tool travelers and transportation officials can use in helping guide people through a city in the most energy-efficient way possible. NREL will use real-time traffic and GPS data, along with simulations that take into account demographic information and trips via ride-sharing programs. See the Energy Department news release, the project descriptions PDF, and the NREL news release.
Clean Cities PEV Discussion Group: Lessons Learned During EV Project Charging Station Installations Webinar
Nov. 4, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Jim Francfort, Lead Advanced Vehicle Researcher at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), will discuss lessons learned from various EV Project charging station installations. Numerous EV Project charging stations were installed across the United States. Jim will provide specific examples related to public and workplace charging station installations.
This presentation is targeted towards individuals who are interested in knowing more about installing charging stations, who are considering having one installed, or those who are currently looking for charging station hosts. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask a panel of experts specific questions related to charging station installation.
Registration is required. To attend, register for the webinar with GoToMeeting
April 22: “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” webinar
Time: 1-2pm EDT
Webinar description: During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to develop biofuels that positively impact the environmental, socioeconomic, and technoeconomic sustainability of biofuel development in the United States.
May 18: Alternative Fuels Expo 2015
Time: 10am -1pm
Location: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension Office
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241 - Just off I-75
Event Description: Speakers on alternative fuels. Vehicle expo.
MARCH 3: LIVE WEBINAR ON THE OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY’S FY2016 BUDGET REQUEST
Webinar Sponsor: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Join Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar for a free interactive webinar on the proposed Sustainable Transportation sector budget on Tuesday, March 3, from 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
This webinar is the first in a series presented by the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy on its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. The webinars will feature deputy assistant secretaries and technology office directors providing in-depth presentations of the budget proposal by sector, including specific technology office requests. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about DOE’s priorities in each of its Sustainable Transportation sector offices.
LIVE WEBCAST ON THE GEOGRAPHY OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Offered by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
FEB. 18, 2015 | 1:00 P.M. ET
Webcast Sponsor: Clean Cities, Vehicle Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled “Geography of Existing and Potential Alternative Fuel Markets in the United States” on February 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The webcast will provide insight into the regional applicability of various alternative transportation fuels.
Caley Johnson from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss a project that mapped indicators of existing and potential fuel supply and demand to look at the geographically specific potential of different fuels. In any given location, some fuels may be better than others in terms of economic viability, ease of expanding the market, and environmental benefits. This webinar will explain how NREL mapped the different fuel markets and can help stakeholders choose the most appropriate or promising fuel for their area. The webinar complements a white paper on the same topic.
Attend webcast. No advance registration is required.
During the call, dial 888-807-9760, and use audio participant passcode 4990436.
Log into the website, and use conference number PW1383510 and participant passcode 4990436.
Florida’s Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate – Public Agency Eligibility and Application Process Webinar
February 12, 2015 from 2 to 3PM (ET)
About the Webinar:
Florida enacted a new rebate program for vehicles purchased or leased that run on, or were converted to run on, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquid Natural Gas or Propane that were placed into service after July 1, 2013. Of the $6 million allocated for 2014, 40% was allocated to public sector entities. The program is being administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Energy Office. The Program Administrator, Mr. Matthew Arsenault, will provide details of the program as well as a step-by-step presentation on completing an accurate application for rebates. Eligible applicants may be entitled to up to $25,000 per vehicle (not to exceed 50% of costs) and up to $250,000 in a single year.
Tad Kledzik, will be the speaker at the February 4th Propane Event. See him speak on Pasco District School’s propane school buses here.
Webinar Series on Natural Gas Vehicles: Role of Government – Policymaking and Strategy Process
Dec. 15, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Seisler
This webinar looks at the policy choices that have led to success (or lack thereof) of natural gas vehicle (NGV) market development in various nations. Examples of infrastructure concepts and strategies to expand the natural gas fueling network (fossil and biogas) are provided. The webinar concludes with strategies that have potential applicability to the future of NGVs in the United States using lessons learned elsewhere.
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Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team Question of the Month: June 2015 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:
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, 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, 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 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. 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. Through their 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.
- AFDC’s Hydrogen page provides basic information on hydrogen, FCEVs, and the associated infrastructure.
- AFDC’s Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search allows users to look for available FCEVs.
- H2USA, a public-private partnership to promote hydrogen and FCEV commercialization and adoption, maintains a FCEV page.
- NREL’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology Validation page includes evaluation and performance review data on various FCEVs in a real-world setting, as well as hydrogen station performance, maintenance, cost, and safety data.
- NREL’s report, Hydrogen Station Cost Estimates outlines the costs associated with hydrogen fueling stations.
- Argonne National Laboratory’s Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM) can be used to calculate the cost of hydrogen stations.
- NREL’s Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST) can also provide useful information on the cost of hydrogen stations.
- DOE’s website covers relevant safety, codes, and standards.
- AFDC’s Hydrogen Laws and Incentives page is a searchable tool with information on state regulations and incentives pertaining to hydrogen.
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