EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.
Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than June 12, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.
The Electrify America program through the Volkswagen Settlement has begun installing DC fast chargers. While they have not indicated exact locations, the program has indicated that they plan to install DC fast chargers in Kentucky. The settlement required VW to invest $2 billion ($800 million in California and $1.2 billion for the remainder of the U.S.) to promote the use of zero emissions vehicle technology across the country. The funds created the Electrify America program. Over a ten year period ending 2027, Electrify America will invest the $2 billion. The funds will be invested over four 30 month cycles.
The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program reduced gallons of conventional fuel used in 2017 by over 16.2 million GGEs. In 2017 the program had its largest level of participation in program history. The combined sustainability efforts in 2017 of the participating fleets led to a reduction of greenhouse gas emitted by over 123,000 tons of GHGs. KCFC hosted the seventh annual Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 23rd in Louisville.
Fleets Recognized with Leadership Awards
Lextran – Greenest Transit Fleet
M & M Cartage – Greenest Freight Fleet
Mercer Transportation – Greenest Corporate Fleet
UPS – Greenest On-Road/Off-Road Combination Fleet
Waste Management – Greenest Refuse Fleet
City of Somerset – Greenest Municipal Government Fleet
Crittenden County Board of Education – Greenest Public School Fleet
Kentucky Division of Fleet Management – Greenest State Government Fleet
Other Fleets Recognized
Bourbon County Schools
City of London
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
Transit Authority of River City
Other Program Participants
Allen County Schools
Bath County Schools
DoubleTree by Hilton Cincinnati Airport
Hardin County Schools
Jefferson County Public Schools
LaRue County Schools
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government
Louisville Metro Government
Metropolitan Sewer District
Murray State University
Nicholas County Schools
Standard Sales Company
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky
Trimble County Schools
University of Louisville
The Federal Highway Administration designated alternative fuel corridors in Kentucky as “corridor-ready”. The designations are the result of an application with corridor nominations submitted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2017. The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition coordinated with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to assist with compiling the application of potential corridors in Kentucky.
The Alternative Fuels Corridor Program was created due to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94). Fast Act section 1413 required the Secretary of Transportation to designate corridors to improve mobility of passenger and commercial vehicles that employ electric vehicle charger, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas fueling technologies across the United States. With the designation of alternative fuel corridors, Federal Highway Administration is establishing a national network of alternative fueling and charging infrastructure along national highway system corridors.
The Swedish group Volvo Trucks announced that it will bring its electric trucks to the road as soon as this year and with the unveiling of a new truck today, they have already added two new electric trucks in their lineup in just a few weeks.
They unveiled “the Volvo FE Electric”, a truck “designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes.”
It follows ‘the Volvo FL Electric’, a 16-tonne truck that can be configured with different battery packs for a capacity between 100 and 300 kWh for a range of up to 300 km (186 miles), which was unveiled last month.
The ACT Expo is providing a $50 discount to coalition members. The expo is the largest advanced transportation technology and clean fuels event in the county. Featured speakers for the 2018 conference include representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, UPS, Frito Lay, and Penske Truck Leasing.
Click Here for Discount Information: https://www.actexpo.com/cleancities
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UPS has several ongoing electrification efforts to convert its massive fleet of delivery vehicles. They announced a new step in their partnership with Workhorse to build 50 all-electric delivery trucks. Workhorse is a Loveland, Ohio-based truck maker that has been developing several different electric powertrains and electric vehicle programs.
The company is working on its upcoming plug-in electric W-15 pickup truck and it recently unveiled an electric van geared toward delivery with drone for the last-mile.
They have also been working with UPS to convert their fleet and now they announced the deployment of 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that they claim “will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies.”
Click Here for More Information: https://electrek.co/2018/02/22/ups-electric-delivery-trucks-workhorse/
Two tax credits that affect fleets using alternative fuels have been extended. The Alternative Fuel Excise Credit and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit are now retroactively extended through the end of 2017 — a year past the original expiration of December 21, 2016.
What does this mean for green fleet owners? Consider these credit examples:
- For any fleet that purchased propane autogas in 2017, a tax credit of 36 cents per gallon is available.
- A credit of $4,000 to $40,000 is available on the purchase of new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles in 2017. (The amount varies depending on vehicle weight.)
- For fleets that installed non-hydrogen alt-fuel refueling infrastructure in 2017, the fueling equipment is eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost (not to exceed $30,000).
How do you file for credits? The Alternative Fuels Data Center says the Treasury Department will provide more details on the process on March 11. Claims may be submitted after Treasury issues guidance. Claims will be paid within 60 days after receipt.
While this legislation is a boon for alternative fuel users, we must take steps to keep these incentives in place for the long run. Contact your elected officials with your support for alternative fuel credits.
Click Here for More Information – http://tncleanfuels.org/2018/02/20/two-tax-breaks-alternative-fuel-usage-extended-2017/
KCFC will be holding our next member meeting and our 2017 Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Awards Ceremony at the Mid-America Trucking Show March 23rd 9:00 am et – 12:00 pm et!! Not only will we be providing coalition updates, but we’ll be celebrating the accomplishments of Kentucky’s greenest fleets!!
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the largest Heavy-Duty Trucking Event in the world with over 1,000 exhibitors.
RSVP is required by February 15th.
All attendees will be registered by KCFC for free admission to the Mid-America Trucking Show. After completing your RSVP for the meeting, KCFC will contact you for the mailing address which you’d like used for your badge for entrance to the trucking show.
Breakfast will be provided for attendees. Space is limited. Priority will be given to KCFC members and Green Fleets of the Bluegrass participants.
If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Emily Carpenter.
The VW Settlement Electrify America Program is requesting input for their next round of $500 million investment cycle. This is the second of four 30-month cycles which will culminate in a total investment of $2 billion over 10 years. This cycle will start in July 2019 and end in December 2021. Submissions can include but are not limited to suggestions for potential electric charger locations, state and local policies designed to increase Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) adoption, and education activities that communicate benefits of ZEVs.
The first cycle which began in 2017 is well underway. In the cycle, which will run through June 2019, Electrify America is working to establish a network that includes non-proprietary electric vehicle chargers (CCS, CHAdeMO and J1772 standards) at over 650 community-based sites and nearly 300 highway sites across the country.
Electrify America says all submissions must be received by March 1 to better ensure consideration in the Cycle 2 investment plans. For more information or to submit a comment/proposal, please visit Electrify America’s website.
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