LG&E/KU Opens New Charging Station in Midway

Located in horse and bourbon country between Lexington and Louisville, not far from the capital and less than a mile off of Interstate 64, Midway, Kentucky is a passing point for travelers on their way to any number of destinations. The town is now bridging the gap in a new way – partnering with Kentucky Utilities to install a new charging station for electric vehicle drivers looking to power up.

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift joined KU representatives to unveil the new public charging station, located at 101 East Main Street, in the parking lot just behind City Hall.

The charging station is the eighth of 20 public stations KU and its sister utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, are installing across their service territories through their Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program.

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VW Trust Effective Date

The final paperwork for the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust was filed today, and the Trust Effective Date is October 2, 2017. States will have 60 days to submit their Certification for Beneficiary Status, which will allow them to become Beneficiaries of the Trust. A fillable Certification for Beneficiary Status and other applicable forms will be uploaded to the NASEO and NACAA VW Clearinghouse by the end of today.

For more information, please contact Cassie Powers at [email protected], or visit the NASEO & NACAA VW Settlement Clearinghouse, www.vwclearinghouse.org.

Executive Director Melissa Howell Receives Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award

GOLDEN – (August, 2017) – Melissa Howell, executive director of Kentucky Clean Cities Partnership has been voted this year’s Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award recipient.  The award was presented at the 2017 National Clean Cities Coordinator Training Workshop held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.

“Melissa is our longest serving coordinator,” said Dennis Smith, director of the program. “She has been a persistent force to be reckoned with.”

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Fuels Fix Summer 2017 Edition

The Fuels Fix is a collaborative effort of all the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program coalitions in the United States working together to spread the word about actions that are taking place to reduce oil dependence, improve air quality and get advanced fuels, vehicle and vehicle technologies in use. The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition takes the lead in putting together the ezine and it is published on a quarterly basis.

The Ezine is a collection of stories from all over the US about alternative fuels, hybrids, conservation and efficiency initiatives, emissions reducing technologies, and similar news from the coordinators and their working partners on projects.

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Volkswagen Settlement Update

Lona Brewer, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), provided an update for KCFC to share on the VW settlement. The EEC is continuing to draft a plan for the funding that will be allocated in Kentucky from the settlement.

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School Transportation News Webinar

School Transportation News hosted a free recorded webinar: VW Settlement & Beyond: Emissions Funding Opportunities for School Bus Deployments. This recorded webinar not only highlights key programs throughout the U.S. that fund new, cleaner school buses, but also how you can position your fleet to compete and potentially secure Volkswagen funding. Click Here to Listen to the Webinar.

Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition Fleets Save 20 Million Gallons of Fuel in 2016

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition through its programs and projects across Kentucky displaced approximately 20 million gasoline-gallon equivalents (GGEs) and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 160,800 tons. These reductions are in large part due to the extensive work of member fleets in the Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Program. KCFC hosted the sixth annual Green Fleets of the Bluegrass Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 12th in Frankfort, KY. The program had the largest participation in program history at 37 fleets. The combined sustainability efforts in 2016 of the participating fleets led to a reduction of gallons of gasoline used by over 11.1 million GGEs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emitted by over 48,000 tons of GHGs.

Green Fleets of the Bluegrass aims to improve the environmental performance of vehicle fleets across Kentucky by reducing petroleum fuel use. Green Fleets of the Bluegrass is a voluntary recognition program of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition. The participating fleets in 2016 reduced petroleum use through operating alternative fuel vehicles, preforming preventative maintenance, and focus on anti-idling and efficient driving practices.

Fleets Recognized with Leadership Awards

Greenest Third Class Municipal Government Fleet – City of Somerset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Public School Fleet – Crittenden County Board of Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest First Class Municipal Government Fleet – Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Medium Freight Fleet (under 500 vehicles) – M&M Cartage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Corporate Fleet – Mercer Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Transit Fleet – Transit Authority of River City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Freight Fleet (over 500 vehicles) – UPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenest Refuse Fleet – Waste Management of Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Fleets Recognized

Bourbon County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irvington Gas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson County Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky Division of Fleet Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaRue County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LexTran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louisville Metro Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mammoth Cave National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schwans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trimble County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Louisville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zenith Motors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Green Fleets Participants

Allen County Schools

Bath County Schools

Carrollton Utilities

Darling Ingredients

DoubleTree by Hilton

Fort Campbell

Hardin County Schools

Kentuckiana Cleanfuel

Louisville Gas & Electric/ Kentucky Utilities

Metropolitan Sewer District

Nicholas County Schools

Rumpke

Taxi 7

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition is honored to be able to celebrate and recognize the sustainability efforts of fleets across the state of the Kentucky.

Cummins Oks Renewable Diesel For B6.7, L9 School Bus Engines

News that Cummins, Inc. approved paraffinic fuels for its B6.7 and L9 school bus engines could be the push needed to open the renewable diesel market to the student transporters.

The conclusion resulted from an 18-month field trial of paraffinic fuels Cummins performed to compare efficiencies and differences with standard diesel. Cummins determined that the paraffinic renewable diesel met EN 15940 specifications and is now approved for B6.7 and L9 engine platforms as well as the company’s B4.5 that meets Euro 6 emissions standards.

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