2017 USEPA Clean Diesel Grant Opportunity

The U.S. EPA has released their 2017 RFP for retrofitting and replacing legacy diesel engines. In the past, the American Lung Association applied for, and received 13 Clean Diesel grants from USEPA for over $18 M in grant dollars, and we are considering applying again this year.

We were wondering if you could share that we will be applying for grants throughout the U.S. within your organization and with your diesel friends and partners. Only in rare circumstances, are federal dollars provided for private companies. We would be happy to answer questions to anyone that is interested. There are eligibility criteria that we would be happy to discuss with each fleet. Since we always have a short window of opportunity, we would like to start discussions with these fleets as soon as possible.

Our deadline to get information from interested fleets is May 26, 2017. If you have any questions, email Angela Tin.

Submit your Project for VW settlement funding!

Complete the survey to have your diesel replacement project(s) included in Kentucky’s “wish list”. A list of “shovel ready” NOx mitigation and Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) projects is needed for when Kentucky’s $19 million in allocated VW settlement funding becomes available.

SURVEY — Tell us about your potential vehicle replacement project(s) by MAY 30, 2017
Please use the free form text fields below to describe the type of diesel vehicles/equipment currently operating. Use a separate line for each specific vehicle/equipment type. Include on or off road vehicles or equipment.

  • Vehicle ClassVehicle TypeMYTotal UnitsDate of Scheduled ReplacementFuel type of interest (NG, LPG, EV)Matching funds available?Willing to destroy replaced vehicles?Would you like KCFC to contact you for discussion/planning? 
    Add a new row

Thank you. KCFC will use your input to express our members’ interests as Kentucky moves forward with naming a beneficiary agency and mitigation plan development.

 

VW Settlement Background
In 2016, it was discovered that Volkswagen, a German car manufacturer, made a series of intentional missteps in the design and operation of their diesel vehicles.  In July 2016, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed complaints against Volkswagen alleging that the car manufacturer violated the Clean Air Act with regards to approximately 580,000 model year 2009-2016 motor vehicles containing 2.0 and 3.0-liter diesel engines. The EPA alleged that each vehicle contained an internal computer that caused the emissions control system of those vehicles to perform differently during normal operation compared to EPA emissions testing certification process. During normal operation and use, it was discovered that the vehicles emit levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) significantly exceeding EPA’s compliance levels.

The Settlement
In October 2016, Volkswagen agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion to settle these allegations. The funds will be divided to benefits consumers, states, and national programs. Of the $14.7 billion, $10 billion will be spent on vehicle buyback and modification for consumers. $2.9 billion has been set aside for states in an Environmental Mitigation Trust and will be allocated to beneficiaries based on the number of impacted VW vehicles in their jurisdictions. The trust will support projects that reduce NOx emissions where the VW vehicles were, are or will be operated. Lastly, $2 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to support increased use of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technology in the U.S. For more information on eligible consumer vehicles, visit https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings and search for Volkswagen.

What Happens Next
As of March 17, Wilmington Trust has been named as the National trustee who will oversee the disbursement of funds. Currently, Wilmington is reviewing appendix D for any changes they may need to submit to the courts.  Once Wilmington is confirmed Governors of each state will have 60-days to file to receive their allocated pot of mitigation trust funds by naming the agency that will be the beneficiary of said funds. For further information visit http://www.naseo.org/volkswagen-settlement

Vehicle/Equipment Replacement Project Examples
The following matrix outlines the designated vehicle classes, model year and applications, eligible for replacement with VW Mitigation Trust Funds.

Volkswagen National ZEV Investment Plan: Cycle 1

As required by Appendix C to the 2.0-Liter Partial Consent Decree entered by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on October 25, 2016, Volkswagen Group of America is investing $1.2 billion over the next 10 years in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education, and access outside California to support the increased adoption of ZEV technology in the United States, representing the largest commitment of its kind to date. View more

Kentucky Charges Forward with All-Electric Buses

JOHN DAVIS: Our Clean Cities success story this week takes us to Louisville, Kentucky, where they’re charging towards the future with one of the country’s largest all-electric bus fleets.

With help from the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition and other partners, the Transit Authority of River City started adding all-electric buses to their fleet 3 years ago.

Today, they have 15 Proterra buses traveling throughout downtown. The TARC says their electric buses reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by some 45,000 pounds each year.

BARRY BARKER: What’s particularly useful about it is the fact that we’re taking that out of downtown, which is probably the dirtiest place, right, in terms of auto emissions.

JOHN DAVIS: Powering up takes less than 10 minutes at either one of two quick overhead charge stations, so when it comes to fast and eco-friendly, this fleet hits it out of the park.

To watch the video click here.

Kentucky Lawmakers Override All 4 of Gov. Bevin’s Vetoes

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s new GOP majority in the state Legislature has voted to tell the state’s Republican governor that if he wants to spend taxpayer money, he has to ask them first.

Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday vetoed a portion of House Bill 471, which said the state Legislature alone has the final say in who gets to spend up to $100 million of settlement money from a lawsuit against Volkswagen. On Wednesday, state lawmakers voted unanimously to override that veto, so it becomes law anyway.

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OCTC Students Hands On Learning

Owensboro Community & Technical College students continue with hands on learning in the alternative fuel and advanced transportation technologies.  Pictured are several of them completing the conversion of a gasoline powered pick up to operate on Propane!

Waste Management is investing $30 million to implement new technology in Louisville

Texas-based waste disposal company Waste Management plans to invest $30 million in renewable energy infrastructure in Louisville.

Waste Management will use the gas produced naturally during waste decomposition at the Outer Loop Recycling and Disposal Facility, 2673 Outer Loop, to fuel its vehicles and sell off the remainder.

“The energy recovered at the landfill will be used to power Waste Management’s compressed natural gas-powered collection trucks,” according to a statement from the company. “The facility, the first of its kind in the region, will provide enough energy to fuel 800 trucks — the equivalent of 12,000 homes — per day.”

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UPS Invests More Than $90 Million In Natural Gas Vehicles And Infrastructure

ATLANTA, March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced plans to build an additional six compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 390 new CNG tractors and terminal trucks and 50 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. UPS further cements its leadership in the alternative fuel market while continuing to reduce its environmental footprint with this more than $90 million investment in natural gas.

“With more than 4,400 natural gas vehicles and a network of fueling stations, UPS has had great results using natural gas as an alternative fuel in our fleet,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president global engineering and sustainability. “We know the importance of investing in natural gas globally for our fleet and the alternative fuel market. In 2016, we used more than 61 million gallons of natural gas in our ground fleet, which included 4.6 million gallons of renewable natural gas. This helped us to avoid the use of conventional gas and diesel, and decreased CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons.”

The six new CNG stations will be built in Ontario, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Salina, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Greensboro, N.C; and Vancouver, B.C. Renewable natural gas (RNG) will be used at the station in Ontario to fuel UPS vehicles in the area with renewable compressed natural gas (RCNG).

In 2016, UPS invested $100 million in CNG fueling stations and vehicles. UPS currently operates 31 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia and runs CNG vehicles in 38 states in the U.S. in addition to vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand. 

The use of natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions six to 11 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.[1] 

RNG, also known as biomethane, can be derived from many abundant and renewable sources, including decomposing organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment and agriculture. It is then distributed through the natural gas pipeline system, making it available for use as liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG).

UPS also purchased 50 additional LNG vehicles that were deployed in Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Earth City, Mo.; and Nashville, Tenn., where UPS has existing LNG stations.

The company has driven more than one billion miles since 2000 with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. Through its Rolling Laboratory, UPS uses a research-based approach to determine the right alternative fuel solutions for the location, route and driving environments.

Since 2009, UPS has invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. UPS deploys the more than 8,100 vehicles in the Rolling Lab to determine what works best in each situation. From old-fashioned pedal power and electric-assisted bicycles in dense urban areas like London and Hamburg to electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S., and natural gas, renewable natural gas and propane globally, UPS puts sustainability innovation into action, all over the world.

Trustee Named in VW Settlement

The U.S. District Court approved the appointment of Wilmington Trust as the trustee of the Environmental Mitigation Trust under the Volkswagen Settlement. States are eligible to become beneficiaries of the $2.9 billion Environmental Mitigation Trust and invest in alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure that will result in decreased nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions.

The trustee will be responsible for administering the trust and approving projects approved by beneficiaries. The trust effective date has NOT been set. The trustee will have the opportunity to request changes to the form of the trust agreement (Appendix D of the Consent Decree), and will confer with the U.S. Department of Justice, the State Recommending Parties (those that nominated candidates for the position of trustee), and the Settling Defendants to finalize the trust agreement.

Once the trust effective date has been established, states will have 60 days to file a Certification Form to become beneficiaries of the trust. Additional information on the court order to appoint Wilmington Trust can be found here.

Recruiting Young Drivers

Young drivers are appealing to fleets, but fleets often lose them as quickly as they find them, because millennials are more willing to job-hop than previous generations. What does this mean for recruiting? What specifically are young drivers looking for these days in a trucking job? What new methods are fleets using in recruiting efforts?

In this March 8 LiveOnWeb, hosted by Transport Topics reporter David Elfin, we look at the challenge the industry faces in attracting young drivers to replace retiring drivers. We explore this topic through several different prisms: regulation, technology, lifestyle, hiring practices and techniques, use of social media and more.

Our guests include:
•Vigillo CEO Steve Bryan
•Jet Express President Kevin Burch
•Conversion Interactive Agency VP of Marketing and Training Priscilla Peters
•FedEx Freight driver and 2016 Rookie of the Year Rich Merich

Save your seat now.

Shortly after the live take, an audio version of every episode is available on demand.

Customized for the long haul, our podcast channel covers transportation hot topics and includes lots of web extras.

To read the full article view it here.