Rapid Expansion Of U.S. RNG Infrastructure

Energy Vision, a nonprofit focused on viable technologies and strategies for a sustainable, low-carbon energy and transportation future, released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows the total number of RNG production facilities in the U.S. that are operational, under construction or planned increased by 42% — from 219 in early 2019 to 312 by the end of 2020. That includes 157 RNG production facilities now operating (up 78% from 2019); 76 projects under construction (up 100%); and 79 projects in planning.

The 157 operational projects represent total RNG production capacity of over 59 million MMBtu (a 30% increase since 2019), the equivalent of over 459 million gallons of diesel — enough to fuel 50,000 refuse trucks (nearly 40% of the refuse trucks in the U.S.). With 155 new RNG projects under construction or being planned, rapid capacity growth should continue in the years ahead, notes Energy Vision.

Renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane, is made by capturing and refining biogas (mostly methane) that organic wastes such as food waste, farm manure and municipal wastewater emit as they decompose. According to Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model, RNG produced from anaerobic digestion of food waste or dairy and hog manure is net carbon-negative over its lifecycle, including production, transport and use. “More GHGs are captured in producing the fuel than are ever emitted by the vehicles burning it,” explains Matt Tomich, Energy Vision’s president. “This means that making and using RNG can result in lower atmospheric GHGs than if it were never made or used in the first place.” Recent studies estimate that existing domestic sources could produce enough RNG to displace 10% of current U.S. fossil natural gas production, or displace close to 25% of diesel fuel in transportation. “This new assessment shows RNG ramping up quickly, and growth is likely to keep accelerating,” adds Tomich.

NGV Global Groups virtual pipeline division is equipped to help support RNG Facilities meet the growing demand throughout the US. Virtual Pipelines allow RNG into the existing natural gas network for local distribution to homes and businesses. It can also be used as a transportation fuel in natural gas cars, trucks and buses across the country in a time when alternative fueling is needed.

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Texas RNG Gas Projects Keep Growing

RNG is an affordable and proven natural gas vehicle technology,
fueled with biomethane (RNG) and it’s growing in Texas. It’s collected at local landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters that can yield a carbon-negative lifecycle emissions result.

There are over 20 RNG projects completed, under-construction or proposed in Texas. These projects have been popping up all over the state. Many of these projects are being created to supply transportation industry with renewable natural gas with no signs of slowing. All of these projects have one common need. A pipeline.

NGV Global Group is the parent company of Texas Gas Transport (TGT). TGT has provided high-pressure cryogenic fuel logistics services to a variety of clients in the industrial/manufacturing and power generation industries. TGT is the premier carrier of CNG and LNG in the Southwest market. TGT is capable in the assistance of creating a virtual pipeline to help connect all the RNG dots. In fact they are licensed and equipped to run in 48 continental states.

This strengthening of RNG infrastructure through growth and networking is great news for logistics companies looking to adapt to lowering their companies carbon footprint and adopting sustainability efforts. NGV Global Group’s Heavy Vehicle CNG/RNG Remanufacturing plant headquartered in Dallas Texas assists small and large fleets in accomplishing these goals.

A company in need of RNG vehicles or interested in RNG fueling options can receive consulting from NGV Global Group and are encouraged to reach out. NGV Global Group understands the daunting task of keeping full speed ahead while modifying an active fleet at the same time.

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Texas’s Renewable Natural Gas Boom

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Renewable Natural Gas is pipeline quality or transportation fuel quality biogas. RNG is primarily methane captured off landfills, farm digesters, and wastewater treatment plants. RNG is produced from non-fossil, organic waste sources and is 100% compatible with geologic natural gas – as a drop in blend or complete substitute. On a lifecycle basis, RNG yields a 70-130% emission reduction as compared to diesel.

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires transportation fuel sold in the United States to contain a minimum volume of renewable fuels to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel each year. It was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), and is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The four renewable fuel categories under the RFS are:

  • Biomass-based diesel
  • Cellulosic biofuel
  • Advanced biofuel
  • Total renewable fuel

For a fuel to qualify as a renewable fuel under the RFS program:

  • Fuels must achieve a reduction in EPA designated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as compared to a 2005 petroleum baseline.
  • Companies need to petition for new fuel pathway. A fuel pathway is a specific combination of three components: (1) feedstock, (2) production process and (3) fuel type.
  • RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are used for bookkeeping & meeting RFS targets

Most biomethane qualifies as Cellulosic Biofuel under the RFS and generates a D3 RIN. In some cases, biomethane qualifies as an Advanced Biofuel and generates a D5 RIN.

Who Is using RNG vehicle fuel?

RNG is produced for vehicle fuel at 37 sites across the U.S. In 2016, 230 Million gallons of RNG will fuel mostly medium and heavy duty vehicles at public, private and municipal stations.  

UPS

  • Agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to use up to 500,000 gallon equivalents of RNG annually in Texas.
  • UPS stations in Houston & Mesquite will dispense the RLNG to a fleet of about 140 UPS tractors.
  • UPS California current agreement w/ Clean Energy, is using 1.5 M gallon equivalents of RCNG, UPS operates nearly 400 CNG vehicles.

Fair Oaks Farm, one of the largest dairy farms nationwide, has partnered with ampCNG to transform manure from 15,000 cows into 1.5 million DGEs of bio-CNG per year. ampCNG operates 19 public CNG stations and provides fuel for dairy haulers and other national fleets. It currently produces  approximately two million DGEs of RNG per year, with plans to dispense 100% RCNG in 2017.

How much is a RIN worth?

RINS are based on an ethanol gallon. Converted into renewable CNG measurements, a gasoline gallon equivalent of CNG has 1.5 RIN and is worth about $3 in 2016. According to Luke Morrow, Morrow Renewables, typically 70-80 percent of the $3 value goes to the producer, 10-20 percent to the pipeline distribution company and 2.5-10 percent to the refueling station owner.

Parties can either use actual “wet” gallons, trade through brokers, or purchase credits from other obligated parties. These credits are identified and tracked through a Renewable Identification Number and are known as RINs. See RIN Fact Sheet.

RNG used in vehicles generates higher value than that used in power generation, because there are no RINs available for power generation. Air LiquideAir LiquideCan I create long-term contracts with a refiner or other obligated party to buy my RINs?

Renewable fuel producers such as landfill operators, dairy farms or other organic waste producers generate RINs when a producer makes a gallon of renewable fuel. They can be traded, carried over to the following year and used by “obligated parties” to show compliance with their volume obligations. RINs have a vintage year corresponding to the year they are produced and typically have a maximum life span of 18 months.

Are there sources of RNG in Texas?

  • Cambrian Energy owns and operates a biomethane production facility at: McCommas Bluff landfill in Dallas. (15 million cubic feet per day, 2014.)
  • Morrow Renewables owns and operates six landfill sites in south Texas to produce RNG for vehicle use.
  • Toro Energy owns and operates two landfill sites in Texas.
  • Montauk Energy owns and operates two landfill sites in Texas.
  • Ameresco developed and operates the San Antonio Wastewater Treatment Plant RNG project.

RNG Trucking Solutions

NGV Global Group Has expanded their operations facility in Dallas Tx recently as demand continues to rise. NGV Global Retrofits and remanufactures all truck classes to be RNG ready. From Class-6 local delivery trucks to semi trailers NGV Global Group’s expert experience has been helping fleets nationally fulfill their CNG/RNG Trucking Needs for years. NGV Global Group’s unique style involves building a custom solution and guiding the customer from start to finish.

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Our Air Is Unhealthy To Breathe

Reality Check! Our air is unhealthy to breathe

134 million people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Breathing that air increases the risk of asthma, lung cancer and heart disease.

Heavy- and medium-duty vehicles are the No. 1 source of smog

While HDVs total 7 percent of all vehicles on America’s roadways, they account for upwards of 50 percent of all smog-precursor emissions and 20 percent of all transportation-related greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Heavy-duty vehicles – the fastest growing segment of U.S. transportation in terms of energy use and emissions – include:

Short-Haul Trucks
Long-Haul Trucks
Refuse Trucks
School Buses
Transit Buses

74% of Heavy-Duty trucks not certified to latest NOx emission standard. 26% of Heavy-Duty trucks meet NOx emission standard. Replace diesel HDVs & MDVs with Natural Gas Vehicles. NGVs deliver the largest and most cost-effective NOx emissions reductions. In-use testing results of heavy-duty trucks in port applications finds that diesel emits up to 5-times more NOx than certification levels. Natural gas certification levels for NOx are already 10x less than diesel.


It’s more than just the tail pipe … Life-cycle emissions matter too

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, it takes so much energy to make batteries that Electric Vehicles with a 250-mile range start out life with a carbon footprint 68% higher than a piston-engine car. RNG Vehicles can take the gases already released into our atmosphere from landfills, water waste treatment, farms and food digesters and use it for fuel.

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New Natural Gas Buses are Zero Emissions Equivalent and More Reliable then Electric Buses

New Natural Gas Buses are Zero Emissions Equivalent
Natural gas buses today reduce harmful emissions of
nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) by more
than 95 percent compared to transit buses built prior to 2010,
thus the emission difference between new natural gas buses
and electric buses, which have no tailpipe emissions but do
have particulate matter emissions associated with tire wear
and braking, are miniscule. Importantly, natural gas buses
produce these emission reductions without relying upon
costly and cumbersome emission control equipment.
Fueling transit buses with conventional (geologic) natural gas
reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by about 12
percent compared to diesel. But according to the California
Air Resources Board, fueling buses with renewable natural
gas (biomethane) collected at local landfills, wastewater
treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and
agricultural digesters can yield a carbon-negative lifecycle
emissions result. According to CARB data, renewable natural
gas (RNG) holds the lowest carbon intensity of any on-road
vehicle fuel, including fully renewable electric. On-road
natural gas fueling trends show increasing adoption of RNG.
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information
Administration (EIA) and U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard reporting, 39
percent of all on-road natural gas fuel in 2019 was RNG. In
California, 77 percent of all on-road natural gas fuel in 2019
was RNG.

When you add it all up, natural gas provides a winning
solution for transit agencies looking to lower costs and
reduce emissions. As estimated in this report, it could cost
billions – as much as $24 billion more – to switch the majority
of the U.S. larger bus fleets to an all-electric fleet. Switching
the majority of the U.S. bus fleet to an all-CNG fleet powered
by RNG would not only save significant capital and operating
amounts of money but also would generate much greater
annual emission reductions: 10,000 tons of GHG, 25 tons of
NOx, and 6.26 tons of PM2.5

Grid Upgrades
Electric bus advocates fail to evaluate the cost and extent of
major utility upgrades needed to accommodate an
expected surge in electricity transmission and demand for
electric buses, upgrades not needed to fuel natural gas
buses. These factors are easily overlooked in the case of
demonstration projects involving only a limited number of
buses but can quickly become overwhelming when
converting an entire fleet to electricity. This is not an issue for
natural gas as many bus facilities around the country have
been converted entirely or almost entirely to natural gas with
hundreds of buses fueling at a single depot. Nearly 100
transit agencies currently operate more than 10,000 natural
gas buses with additional natural gas buses successfully in
service at many other facilities such as airports and colleges
across the United States.
Reliability
In the reports evaluated by NGVAmerica, natural gas buses
have demonstrated that they are more reliable than electric
buses, accumulating far more service miles, spending fewer
days out of service and under-repair than electric buses. A
key factor of reliability is availability for pull out. In the studies
prepared by NREL evaluating real-world bus fleets, natural
gas buses morethan exceed the expected rate of 85 percent
availability while electric buses struggle to meet the
requirement. In the Foothill fleet, during the most recent
evaluation period the twelve 35-foot electric buses had an
average availability rate of 63 percent.

The availability for electric buses was as low as 46 percent during
the first half of 2019. In contrast, CNG buses had an
availability rate of 93 percent for the same period and an
overall availability rate of 96 percent.4
Once out on route, CNG buses had far fewer road calls, or
revenue vehicle system failures, than their electric
counterparts in the Foothill study. Such incidents require a
bus to be replaced on route and/or cause a significant
schedule delay affecting system operations. Such reliability
in the transit industry is measured in mean distance (miles)
between failures (road calls), or MBRC. At Foothill, the
average miles between road calls for natural gas buses
exceeds that of the BEBs by between 18,000 to almost
20,000 miles.5
Fuel Efficiency
Much attention is given to the efficiency of electric buses but
very few studies or reports acknowledge efficiency losses
associated with charging infrastructure which can increase
energy consumption by 10 – 15 percent. And when
determining the overall energy efficiency of electric bus
transit operations, it is important to consider that more than
60 percent of energy used to generate electricity is lost in
conversion. According to the U.S. Department of Energy,
U.S. utility-scale generation facilities consumed 38 quadrillion
British thermal units (quads) of energy to produce only 14
quads of electricity last year.6
Efficiency claims also almost never acknowledge the tradeoffs associated with heating and cooling of buses, which is
not accounted for in the test cycles used to determine
efficiency ratings of transit buses. Another fact that is often
omitted is the large percentage of electric buses that are
equipped with fossil fueled heaters to reduce the need to
draw on electricity to provide heat. Such heaters can be a
significant emission source that are not at all considered.

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SoCalGas Utility now adding RNG produced in state to the 100% renewable fuel used at its fueling stations

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the state. The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), which captures the greenhouse gas-producing manure from dairy farms and turns it into RNG, a renewable fuel. SoCalGas has dispensed 100% RNG from out-of-state sources at its fueling stations for a year. Calgren’s facility is part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry in California and is currently the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.

Photos of the fueling stations and Calgren’s dairy digester facility are available here. A video demonstrating RNG’s ability to reduce California’s transportation emissions is available here.

“RNG is an important tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change, and we’re looking forward to major growth in production of this renewable fuel in California,” said Jawaad Malik, SoCalGas vice president of gas acquisition.  “With the right incentives in place, RNG has significant opportunity to help the state move toward carbon-neutrality in not only the transportation sector but in many areas where traditional natural gas is now used.”

“Calgren is excited to be one of the leading production facilities in the U.S., which will eventually capture the waste of more than 132,000 cows from at least 18 dairies,” said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren.  “Using the methane captured from dairy waste for transportation fuel is good for the environment because it not only keeps methane from escaping to the air, it allows us to replace traditional natural gas with a renewable version, and it reduces pollution from diesel truck engines.”

RNG is produced when methane, a greenhouse gas that occurs naturally when organic waste breaks down, is captured and upgraded to pipeline standards rather than being released into the air. Organic waste sources such as dairy farms, landfills, sewage, food waste, and dead forest trees create about 80% of all methane emissions in California. Capturing this methane and converting it to RNG rapidly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. In California, a 2016 law requires a 40% reduction of methane emissions from waste sources, with provisions to deliver that energy to customers.

Production of the fuel has accelerated quickly in California, supported by state incentive programs seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from trucking and dairy farms.  In just the next three and a half years, at least 160 RNG production facilities will be online in California to serve the transportation fuel sector, producing more than 15.8 million therms of carbon-negative RNG every year and replacing about 119 million gallons of diesel fuel.  That’s enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 3.4 million tons every year, the equivalent of taking more than 730,000 cars off the road.

Renewable natural gas trucks currently displace about 150 million gallons of diesel fuel in California. By increasing RNG trucks by ten times and decreasing diesel trucks by half, California could cut NOx emissions by 200 tons and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons.

In addition, California recently enacted legislation that expands the definition of renewable natural gas to include organic waste such as dead trees, agricultural waste and vegetation removed for wildfire mitigation which is typically converted to RNG by non-combustion thermal conversion.  The new legislation has a twin benefit of helping to manage wildfires with reduced debris and also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

To help expand the growth and use of RNG, SoCalGas has proposed a service that would give its customers the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources, just as millions of people can opt to purchase renewable electricity today.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a draft ruling authorizing such a service, which is expected to be voted on by the end of the year.

Investment in RNG is also growing beyond California.  Oregon recently enacted legislation allowing its natural gas utilities to purchase RNG on behalf of its customers, with the goal of replacing 15% of traditional natural gas with RNG by 2030.  Virginia-based Dominion Energy has committed to investing in enough RNG projects to make its gas infrastructure net-zero carbon by 2040.  In 20 years, enough RNG could be available in the U.S. to replace about 90% of the nation’s current residential natural gas consumption, according to a recent study by ICF.

About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable gas by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook. 

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Study Shows Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Approach Achieves Greater Emissions Reductions Than Single Technology Focus

Erick Sanchez• October 27, 2020

Analysis of Texas and California Transportation Subsidy Programs Reveals Electric-Only Focus Fails

Washington, DC – At its NGV20 Annual Industry Summit last week, NGVAmerica released the results of a multi-month study of public transportation subsidy programs in the States of Texas and California, and the results are quite striking.

Over a fifteen-year time period from 2005 to 2019, the State of Texas spent $561 million in public resources to assist in the transition to cleaner vehicle technologies.  During the same time period, the State of California spent $816 million, or 46 percent more.  However, in terms of reducing harmful criteria pollutants to improve air quality, California achieved only a 35,229-ton reduction in NOx emissions despite its increased investment while Texas tallied reductions of 61,610 tons of NOx.  Effectively, California regulators spent 46 percent more public money while accomplishing 43 percent less than Texas.

“This analysis presents a stark reality for state and federal policymakers to consider,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage.  “Compared to California’s ZEV-only focus, the Texas approach results in less money spent, deploys more clean heavy-duty trucks and buses on the road, and achieves greater emissions reductions.  The public is best served if state and federal regulators concentrate less on imposing single technology purchases and more on establishing realistic emissions reduction goals while allowing fleets the flexibility to choose the powertrain technology that best meets their needs.”

In completing its analysis, NGVAmerica collected data from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Energy Commission (CEC).  California focused its funding on medium- and heavy-duty battery electric vehicle test projects.  In contrast, Texas focused on replacing older, dirtier medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks with newer, cleaner, CNG, LNG, LPG diesel, and diesel hybrid alternatives.  Overall, Texas spent 31 percent less money on more heavy-duty vehicles and reduced 75 percent more harmful NOx emissions than California.

Since 2000, Texas has reduced its NOx emissions by 69 percent while its total population has increased by 35 percent.  Meanwhile, from 2006 to 2013, California reported annual NOx emissions of 160,000 tons per year.  Since that time – and despite its increased Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV)-focused investment – California’s annual emissions have increased to about 175,000 tons per year.

Texas continues its clean air achievement by supporting vehicle choice and an “all of the above” approach to alternative fuel vehicle technologies.  As Texas begins to add renewable natural gas (RNG) to its natural gas vehicle investments, Texas is creating actual carbon-free fleet solutions today.

While supportive of increased RNG production capacity, California is moving to limit the best use of this captured biomethane – as a transportation fuel – by supporting only ZEV purchases that require massive amounts of public funding to subsidize.

NGVs fueled with RNG are the most immediate and cost-effective carbon-free transportation solution available now.  According to CARB’s own data, RNG holds the lowest carbon intensity of any on-road vehicle fuel, including fully renewable electric.

“Now more than ever, communities need affordable, available, and easily scalable clean transportation solutions that address pollution while ensuring that public funding is put to its best use,” added Gage.  “Natural gas vehicles fueled by RNG is the best carbon-free, zero now solution.”

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Full access to the study document is available in NGVAmerica’s online Resource Center at: https://www.ngvamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/NGVAmerica-Which-Road-TX-vs-CA-Investments.pdf

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Virtual CNG, RNG Pipeline Available For All Industries And Applications

By virtual pipeline

NGV Global Group provides natural gas for customers in areas where there is little or no infrastructure, CNG is transported via trailer in high-capacity, super-lightweight storage tanks. These trailers are filled at major gas pipelines then driven to end use sites for a continual, uninterrupted supply.

CNG can also be transported via standard shipping containers and loaded onto a truck, train, or ship. NGV Global Group can create a virtual pipeline for temporary projects or to fuel a fleet with renewable natural gas or natural gas.

Some fleets are paying so much at the pump that having CNG gas brought to them could greatly reduce their annual fuel costs. Fleets can lower waiting time at busy stations increasing logistic efficiency as a whole. In addition, fleets can eliminate relying on another station that may or not be running congesting efficiency.

Besides fleet companies a virtual pipeline may be used for temporary projects where natural gas is needed in remote or unavailable areas. A virtual natural gas pipeline may also be used by companies needing emergency natural gas supplies.

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Request For Information from MEC Programs For Alternative Fuel Vehicle Procurement

Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), have issued a request for information (RFI) for alternative fuel vehicle procurement and supporting fueling equipment.

Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) manages several federal projects that offer incentives or reimbursements to sub-awardees and occasionally must re-allocate funds under our projects. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from government agencies, commercial fleets and other alternative fuel stakeholders on issues related to procurement of alternative fuel vehicles and supporting fueling equipment and installation. This information will help us design requests for proposals that better meet our stakeholders’ needs. Read on after the questions for planned upcoming funding opportunities. 

Alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and other advanced vehicles offer a number of important benefits, such as fuel diversification for energy security, environmental benefits, and potential cost savings over the life of the vehicle. However, AFVs often have higher initial costs compared to conventional vehicles. Higher AFV and advanced technology vehicle prices can be attributed not only to manufacturers spreading costs over fewer vehicles, but also to the complexities of marketing and supplying vehicles to meet diverse local requirements and fleet needs. This is the deployment barrier our projects seek to minimize. 

This is solely a Request for Information, limited to respondents whose deployments will be located in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and not a funding opportunity or request for proposals. MEC is not currently accepting applications. This questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes. Submissions are requested by September 30, 2020. 

MEC would like your input on how we can help you with your goals regarding alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. 

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California’s New Low-NOx Rules Concern Truck, Engine Makers

The California Air Resources Board approved sweeping new emissions regulations affecting heavy-duty trucks sold in the state. An organization representing truck and engine makers decried the new rule.

The Omnibus Low-NOX Rule, approved by CARB on Aug. 28 will require engine NOx emissions to be cut to approximately 75% below current standards beginning in 2024, and 90% below current standards in 2027.

The rule also places nine additional regulatory requirements on new heavy-duty truck and engines. Those additional requirements include a 50% reduction in particulate matter emissions, stringent new low-load and idle standards, a new in-use testing protocol, extended deterioration requirements, a new California-only credit program, and extended mandatory warranty requirements.

“CARB’s far-reaching Omnibus Low-NOX Rule is not technologically feasible or cost-effective,” said Jed Mandel, president of the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association. “In addition, the requirements starting in 2024 fail to provide the statutorily required minimum lead time for manufacturers to develop the technologies.”

The regulatory requirements in the Omnibus Low-NOX Rule will first become effective in 2024, at the same time as the Advanced Clean Trucks regulations that CARB approved on June 25 that mandates manufacturers convert increasing percentages of their heavy-duty trucks sold in California to zero-emission vehicles.

CARB says oxides of nitrogen, or NOx, is a precursor to smog, which can cause or exacerbate numerous respiratory and other health ailments and is associated with premature death.
 - Graph: CARB
CARB says oxides of nitrogen, or NOx, is a precursor to smog, which can cause or exacerbate numerous respiratory and other health ailments and is associated with premature death.Graph: CARB

This means truck and engine makers must implement the low-NOX regulations at the same time CARB is compelling them to displace those trucks with zero-emission vehicles.

“The compounding and overlapping nature of the two regulatory mandates that CARB approved this summer threatens California’s commercial truck market,” Mandel said. “Instead of purchasing expensive, complicated and unproven new vehicles in California, truck operators and freight shippers are likely to maintain old trucks longer and seek solutions outside the state.”

CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols said in a statement: “Even as California ramps up the numbers of zero-emission electric and fuel-cell trucks on our roads over the next decade and beyond, tens of thousands of new internal combustion trucks will still be sold in our state. This regulation ensures that conventional diesel trucks will run as cleanly as possible at every point in their duty cycle. It takes a significant bite out of smog-forming pollution in every region in the state, and will make a major contribution to cleaning the air in communities close to ports, railyards and distribution centers that are now most heavily impacted by pollution from heavy truck traffic.”

CARB expects that once it is fully phased in by 2031, the rule will reduce harmful NOx emissions in California by more than 23 tons per day – the equivalent of taking 16 million light-duty cars off the road. (For context, California currently has 26 million registered light-duty vehicles). This will also result in 3,900 avoided premature deaths and 3,150 avoided hospitalizations statewide over the life of the rule (2024 – 2050), CARB predicts, and lead to estimated statewide health benefits (savings from health care costs) of approximately $36.8 billion.

EMA contended that CARB has underestimated the costs associated with implementing the Omnibus Low-NOX Rule and overestimated the potential environmental benefits.

And, it said, the new rule will result in increased fuel consumption, placing the regulations in conflict with CARB’s greenhouse gas standards. We saw this in the early 2000s, when strict new federal regulations lowering NOx limits resulted in lower fuel economy.

At the same time, truck and engine makers are already working to meet more stringent fuel-economy standards as part of federal greenhouse gas reduction regulations.

Federal NOx rule?

Truck and engine makers would rather see a national rule instead of a state-specific one. The American Trucking Associations also has expressed support for “one national, harmonized NOx emissions standard.”

Early this year, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to establish more stringent heavy-duty diesel truck emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutants, part of its Cleaner Trucks initiative announced in 2018.

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At that time, Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, which advocates for cleaner diesel, said the EPA move “follows support for a new low-NOx standard from truck and engine makers and petitions for rulemaking from a number of state and local air agencies.”

However, that comment period closed in February and there has not been a notice of proposed rulemaking resulting from it at this time. The Natural Resources Defense Council, which supports the new rule, notes that “the earliest that rule would come into effect is 2027 and is currently facing additional delays.”

“The Heavy-Duty Omnibus rule will push manufacturers to innovate and deploy technically feasible and cost-effective emission reduction technology sooner: charting a course for the U.S. EPA to follow,” NRDC said on its website.

One technology engine and component makers have already been exploring to meet anticipated low-NOx emissions rules is cylinder deactivation. Both Cummins and Jacobs have been developing and testing this technology.

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