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MSRC: $10 Million for Near Zero NGVs

May 13, 2016 in Biomethane, Conference/Meeting, money available, NGVs, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Agency to Vote Thursday on Game Changer-Implementing Program
Aimed at Repowering Transit Buses and Refuse Trucks with ISLG NZ

Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee is to vote Thursday on a $10 million Clean Transportation Funding initiative to repower existing urban transit buses and refuse collection trucks with the new ISL G NZ – Near Zero – engine from Cummins Westport.

MSRC-logoMSRC wants to hasten deployment of the 8.9-liter engine variant  introduced and certified last year to the optional California Air Resources Board NOx emissions standard of 0.02 grams per brake-horsepower hour (F&F, September 17).

“This newly commercialized heavy-duty natural gas engine offers ‘near-zero’ emission levels for ozone precursor and participate matter criteria air pollutants – 90% lower than the current EPA heavy-duty engine standards – reductions that are of are of critical air quality importance to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) region,” states a draft agenda for the May 19 meeting.


100 Refuse Trucks, 500 Buses?

Also according to the draft agenda, the Near Zero Engine Incentive Program will provide $7.5 million to repower transit buses with the ISL G NZ while $2.5 million will be allocated for refuse collection trucks.

MSRC expects to award $15,000 per qualifying urban transit bus and $25,000 per qualifying refuse collection truck.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

In addition to the 90% NOx reduction, ‘the ISL G NZ will also meet the 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission requirements with a 9% GHG reduction from the current ISL G,’ says Cummins Westport.

Current plans call for a program notice to be issued on June 3. Applications will be accepted beginning July 5 and ending January 6, 2017.

‘Game Changer’

The new Cummins Westport engine, especially combined with the use of RNG/renewable natural gas-biomethane fuel, is seen as a “game changer” for the challenge of deploying heavy vehicle capable of meeting ambitious state and federal clean air and greenhouse gas emissions targets.

A detailed Game Changer white paper by Fleets & Fuels publisher Gladstein, Neandross & Associates was released at ACT Expo 2016 in Long Beach this month (F&F, May 10).


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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

MSRC Sets Six Funding Workshops

June 5, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding Organization Seeks Input How Best Spend ‘Millions of Dollars’

MSRC-logoMSRC, Southern California’s Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, has slated six regional workshops in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties “in order to get ideas and recommendations from stakeholders about how to allocate millions of dollars in Clean Transportation Funding.”

“These workshops are a great time to meet with the innovators who are working on clean transportation projects that improve our health and air quality on a day-to-day basis and hear what their real-world needs are,” MSRC chair Greg Pettis says in an agency announcement.

The Southern California MSRC workshops will be held on

  • June 18, 1-3pm, hosted by the OCTA, the Orange County Transportation Authority, In Orange;
  • June 24, 1-3pm, hosted by the City of Cathedral City;
  • June 25, 10am-noon, hosted by RCTC, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, in Riverside;
  • June 25, 2-4pm, hosted by the SANBAG, the San Bernardino Associated Governments in San Bernardino;
  • July 1, 10am-noon, hosted by LA Metro, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Los Angeles; and on
  • July 2, 10am-noon at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center in Van Nuys.

“At our last series of workshops,” Pettis said, “we heard repeated requests for more funding for medium-duty vehicles and for bicycle related projects.

“As a result, we offered funding for these and other innovative projects.”

MSRC currently has four active solicitations with various proposal deadlines:


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Source: MSRC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Are You Interested in $38.5 Million?

June 10, 2013 in money available, Solicitation by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

South Coast Affiliate Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Two-Year Program:
‘New Funding to Improve Southern California’s Air Quality and Health’

The MSRC affiliate of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District is readying a two-year program backed by “an unprecedented $38.5 million for innovative projects and programs in the South Coast region to help reduce harmful emissions from vehicles.”
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