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NGV Tech Forum in San Diego Oct 18-19

September 22, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NREL Meeting at the San Diego Automotive Museum

NREL, the U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is hosting the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum October 18-19 at the San Diego Automotive Museum in partnership with CEC, the California Energy Commission.

NGVTF supports development and deployment of commercially competitive natural gas engines, vehicles, and infrastructure.

ngvtf_logoThe forum unites a diverse group of stakeholders to

  • share information and resources;
  • identify natural gas engine, vehicle, and infrastructure technology targets;
  • facilitate government-industry research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) to achieve targets;
  • communicate high-priority needs of natural gas vehicle end-users to natural gas equipment and vehicle manufacturers; and
  • enable fleets and large purchasers to aggregate demand for natural gas vehicles and equipment.


Specific areas of inquiry include

  • engine development and vehicle integration;
  • fueling infrastructure and storage; and
  • technical and strategic studies.

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Source: DoE NREL/Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

NGV Tech Forum 2015 in San Francisco

July 23, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Cities-NREL-California Energy Commission October 20-21

ngvtf_logoThe U.S. DoE’s Clean Cities organization and NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will host NGVTF 2015, this year’s Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum October 20-21 at the General’s Residence in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.

NGVTF 2015 is being held in partnership with the California Energy Commission.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Plus Tuscan hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf, discounted to $251 per night until September 19.

The General's Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco

The General’s Residence at Fort Mason, San Francisco


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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Clean Cities RNG Webinar June 29

June 5, 2015 in Biomethane, Education, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

How and Why of Renewable Natural Gas with RINS Incentives

The Energy Department’s Clean Cities organization is hosting a webinar on biogas and renewable natural gas to outline why the fuels are of interest and how the U.S. EPA’s system of RINS – Renewable Identification Numbers – provides an important incentive to production.


CleanCities_logoThe one-hour webinar takes place June 29 at 9:30am Pacific time / 12:30 Eastern.

The presenters are Shashi Menon, managing partner at Des Moines-based Ecoengineers, and Marianne Mintz, energy systems analysis team leader at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

RNG webinar registration (required)


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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

D.C. Alt Fuel Leaders Back Clean Cities

March 3, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, Education, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Instrumental in the Deployment of Natural Gas & Other Advanced Fuel Vehicles,’
Separately, Clean Cities Coordinators Are Asked to Weigh In on Five-Year Strategy

National trade associations representing U.S. alternative fuel and vehicle industries have signed a joint letter to members of Congress in support of funding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The groups include NGVAmerica, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the National Biodiesel Board, Growth Energy – America’s Ethanol Supporters, and the National Propane Gas Association.
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Washington Energy Summit in February

January 9, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, event by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two-Day Event to Be Followed by Clean Cities Strategy Conclave

Organizers are gearing up for Energy Independence Summit 2015, which will give alternative fuel advocates a chance to make their case before a new class of federal legislators in Washington.
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Clean Cities Strategy on February 25

November 28, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Washington, D.C. Gathering on a Five-Year Alt Fuels Plan

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting a meeting at its Washington headquarters on February 25 to help develop a five-year strategic plan for the Clean Cities program.

CleanCities_logoOfficials will identify “strategic opportunities to increase the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and to employ emissions-reducing technologies,” states an invitation to stakeholders.

“It has been five years,” the agency says, “since DoE Clean Cities convened its coalitions, national laboratories, and energy and transportation experts to take stock of the program’s progress and direction.”


2.5 Billion Gallons by 2025

“By gathering expert opinions on current and future opportunities, DoE Clean Cities will construct a plan that will advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States and prepare us for meeting the Clean Cities national goal of displacing 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year, by 2020.

Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders have saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum since the program's inception in 1993 – one billion gallons in 2013 alone.

Clean Cities displaced one billion gallons of conventional fuels for the first time last year (F&F, November 24).

“This plan will be used to guide decision-making for Clean Cities nationally, and to guide the work of the coalitions in achieving their local objectives.”

Fuels and technologies to be assessed include natural gas, biofuels, propane-autogas, plug-in electric vehicles and idle reduction and fuel economy by both fleet and consumer vehicles.


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Source: U.SA. Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Clean Cities Wants to Help Pool AFV Buys

November 24, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, money available, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE Unit Moves to Set Up a Purchasing/Procurement Process
To Coordinate Multiple-Fleet Alternative Fuel Vehicle Orders

The U.S. Energy Department’s Clean Cities organization is kicking off a new program to help develop and implement a purchasing/procurement process to coordinate bulk alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle orders.


“By developing a process for companies and organizations to consolidate their orders, it could help vehicle manufacturers achieve better economies of scale and lower prices per unit,” Clean Cities says.

Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders have saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum since the program's inception in 1993 – one billion gallons in 2013 alone.

Clean Cities coalitions and stakeholders have saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum since the program’s inception in 1993 – one billion gallons in 2013 alone.

“If vehicle fleets or consumers could purchase vehicles in larger quantities, or participate in aggregate purchasing initiatives, manufacturers would be able to reduce per vehicle costs resulting in lower prices,” states the formal Notice of Intent for the new Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Better Economies of Scale for AFVs

The FOA (DE-FOA-0001237) is titled Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives. It was issued by the Vehicle Technologies Office of EERE, DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

“The objective of this FOA is to develop and implement effective purchasing/procurement processes designed to coordinate and consolidate bulk alternative fuel vehicle and advanced vehicle orders and reduce per-unit prices of commercially-available vehicles,” the Notice states.

Tampa is the newest Clean Cities Coalition member.

Tampa is the newest Clean Cities Coalition member.

“It is anticipated that the aggregated purchasing/procurement process will enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers to increase production volumes, achieve economies of scale, and reduce incremental vehicle costs specific to electric drive, natural gas, propane, hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicle and advanced vehicle technologies.”

Clean Cities has also noted the program milestone of displacing one billion gallons of conventional petroleum fuels, in 2013 – toward the goal of 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020.


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Source: DoE/Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

New $4.5 Million for Alt Fuels from DoE

July 16, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Late-Breaking! New Solicitation via Clean Cities

Just out Wednesday morning: “In support of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works with nearly 100 local coalitions and thousands of stakeholders across the country to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.”

Plug-in electric, natural gas, propane, and flex-fuel vehicles are eligible for funding of on-road demonstrations, safety-related training, and emergency preparedness.

Concept papers submissions are due August 1 and full proposals are due October 1.

DoE solicitation details

Source: U.S. DoE with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

VICE Model 2.0 from Clean Cities

January 27, 2014 in Education, Infrastructure, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Excel Tool Helps Gauge ‘Financial Soundness of Investments in CNG’

The Vehicle and Infrastructure Cash-Flow Evaluation modeling tool has been updated, says DoE Clean Cities. VICE Model 2.0 allows fleets greater flexibility in determining payback periods for natural gas vehicles and fueling infrastructure.

CleanCitiesCNGThe Excel-based tool “helps fleet managers evaluate the financial soundness of investments in compressed natural gas vehicles and/or fueling infrastructure,” says a Clean Cities blog post.

The updated version is applicable to a wider variety of vehicles and can accommodate an incremental fueling station build out.

‘Simple Spreadsheet Inputs’

“Using simple spreadsheet inputs, the VICE Model helps fleets estimate the financial and emissions benefits they can expect to achieve by transitioning to CNG,” Clean Cities says.

Users put in their fleet-specific data, including number of vehicles, vehicle types, fuel use, and planned vehicle-acquisition schedules. The tool then provides numerical and graphical presentations of return on investment, payback period, and annual GHG savings.

To simplify the process, VICE contains default values for such parameters as vehicle prices, fuel prices, fuel taxes, and maintenance costs. Users can replace the default values with their own data to obtain more customized results.

Click here for links to VICE Model 2.0 and other tools for fleets on DoE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website.


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Source: DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

TEP Webinar on NGVs on January 30

January 23, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Call It a Warm-Up for Broader EIS 2014 Meeting in Washington

Transportation Energy Partners, the non-DoE non-profit made up of Clean Cities leaders, is staging a webinar on January 30 to review natural gas vehicle and NGV fueling infrastructure developments. TEP is hosting the EIS 2014 Energy Independence Summit March 30-April 2 in Washington, D.C.
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Clean Cities Extends to Astana: NGVs

September 14, 2013 in NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Third NGVs Workshop in Kazakhstan on Tuesday

Cummins Westport is among the sponsors as the U.S. DoE’s Clean Cities organization and Brussels-based Clean Fuels Consulting stage the third natural gas vehicles training workshop on Tuesday, September 17, in Astana, Kazakhstan. KazTransGas, the national Kazakhstan natural gas company, is co-host.

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Argonne Promotes IdleBox ‘Toolkit’

August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular Package Can Save Fleet Managers Fuel – and Money

The Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Clean Cities organization are promoting IdleBox, an electronic, modular toolkit designed to help managers of light- and medium-duty fleets save money on fuel while supporting a cleaner environment.
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Petersen Automotive Symposium

March 8, 2013 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, EVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

April 18 at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles

The non-profit Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will present an afternoon symposium titled Why Alt Fuels Now? on April 18. The event will focus on the rise in awareness, implementation, and accessibility of alt fuel transport in recent years.
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Coleman for H-GAC Clean Cities

November 12, 2012 in CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, LNG, Marine, NGVs, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ford Alt Fuels Strategist is Houston Keynoter Thursday

Jon Coleman, Ford’s chief strategist for alterative fuels, is the keynote speaker at the 2012 Clean Fleet Technologies Conference hosted by the Houston-Galveston Area Council this Thursday.
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