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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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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From waste to fuel: the prospects for renewable natural gas in the US

While hydrogen initiatives have been grabbing headlines thanks to large-scale national plans and projects at corporate level, renewable natural gas (RNG) also deserves attention as an emerging tool for decarbonization.

RNG comes from capturing biogas from areas like landfills and farms and then cleaning and upgrading that gas to remove excess carbon dioxide to then turn it into biomethane, which is more commonly referred to as RNG. This process is needed to bring the methane portion of biogas to a level that can then be blended with conventional natural gas on existing pipeline infrastructure, to avoid diminishing the quality or heat content of the pipeline.

As in the case of hydrogen, policies will be critical for RNG to be a competitive alternative to fossil fuels. A recent special report from S&P Global Platts AnalyticsThe role of renewable natural gas in a carbon-constrained US market, highlighted some of the key considerations in assessing the potential of RNG in the US today:

1. RNG could play a key role in curbing methane emissions

Capturing biogas for RNG offers net-zero carbon potential since it reduces emissions that would otherwise escape directly into the atmosphere. At the same time, it can displace higher-emitting fossil fuels (diesel, natural gas) which include emissions from leaks and venting at or near the wellhead. In addition to these climate benefits, RNG also lowers nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions that have harmful health impacts.

2. Transport is a main use today, as the number of CNG vehicles grows

The latest available data shows new yearly additions have slowed though, falling to 4,550 new vehicles in 2017 and below 1,300 in 2019, based on Platts Analytics estimates that factors in NGV demand for the last two years. This is sharp drop from more than 8,700 in 2015. However, given more states have enacted polices since 2015, as well as proposing new legislation to support increased use of RNG, its likely annual CNG vehicle growth has not peaked. Furthermore, the increased state interest in RNG means any new CNG vehicles going forward, particularly large vehicles, will likely elect to use RNG.

Compressed Natural Gas vehicles in the US

3. RNG is appealing to US energy companies looking to diversify

The latest example of this was seen in California. Southern California Gas Company (SoCal) announced an agreement between SoCal, the San Diego Gas & Electric Company, consumer advocate groups, various industry groups, such as RNG Coalition, and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), to bring increased volumes of renewable natural gas (RNG) to California customers. The program will be made available to both residential and non-residential customers, with the latter having a purchase percentage option to choose how much of their natural gas is RNG, ranging from 25% to 100%. The tariff favors in-state supply that extends beyond landfills, subject to cost limits. RNG use will also reduce emissions under California’s GHG cap and trade program.

Go deeper: Request a copy of the S&P Global Platts Analytics report on RNG in the US market

4. Landfill has the greatest supply potential and cost appeal…

Estimated technical potential from all US landfills exceeds 2,900 million diesel gallon equivalent, or 1.0 Bcf/d of gas equivalent, according to the EPA – assuming all landfills not currently being used to produce RNG are eventually brought online to capture and upgrade biogas into RNG. This makes up two thirds of total estimated US RNG potential. Based on the EPA’s existing landfill methane outreach program (LMOP) 578 landfill projects are in operation as of December 2019, most for biogas production, but increasingly used to produce RNG. EPA estimates another 478 candidate projects could be used for biogas or RNG. Most landfill projects are found to be economical at $10/MMBtu or less.

5. …but dairy and swine farms offer the lowest carbon intensities (CI)

Despite project costs being estimated at $30/MMBtu or higher, farm-based RNG production, such as from dairy or swine manure, is growing, with strongly negative CIs indicating a net negative impact on GHG emissions and strong incentives from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program. The weighted-average CI for bio-CNG/LNG for 4Q19 was 22 g/MJ, but dairy or swine projects can have CIs of -350 g/MJ or lower.

Carbon intensity of bio CNG and bio LNG

6. California is the front runner in US RNG policy initiatives

The existing LCFS program has already helped California’s transportation sector RNG volumes reach upwards of 37 MMDGE, or 13 MMcf/d, as of 3Q 2019, which makes up approximately 17% of total US RNG volumes.

California RNG volumes

In addition to this, the California Public Utility Commission is pursuing multiple rulemaking phases to increase renewable gas serving the state’s energy needs and reduce methane emissions. Legislation from 2018 (SB 1440) calls for renewable gas procurement targets for utilities. The bill primarily focuses on biomethane, but renewable hydrogen blending is an option, under the umbrella of “renewable gas”, to displace fossil natural gas. It is estimated California has upwards of ~250 MMcf/d in RNG that is deemed as technically producible, but again, costs will make it a challenging task to fully achieve this potential.

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Original Story https://blogs.platts.com/2020/06/30/renewable-natural-gas-us-waste-biogas/

Author Tyler Jubert, S&P Global Platts Analytics

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NGV Global Group Employee Appreciation Awards

We wanted to thank all our hard working employees at NGV Global Group and award those who are going above and beyond in trying times. It is a work ethic like yours that helps us be the success that we are. We applaud you all and thank you again for your commitment to excellence.

NGV Global Group’s operations have been bustling along, providing the trucking industry with essential Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Trucks for their fleets. These trucks and their operators are driving farther and harder than ever, supplying our nation with much needed goods.

With all this extra demand in such a unique time, our essential employees are doing their part to make a difference. NGV Global Group wanted to create something to celebrate that hard work with some form of appreciation. So last week we set up an award show thanking everyone and shining the spotlight on some special people. Thank you all who safely attended.

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Compressed Natural Gas (CNG/RNG) Market Worth $218.18 Billion by 2026

The global compressed natural gas (CNG/RNG) market is anticipated to reach USD 218.18 billion by 2026 according to a new report published by Polaris Market Research. CNG has continued to grow as a clean fuel with the inception of RNG renewable natural gas. CNG Fueled Vehicle use is increasingly being used in Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Latin America, and North America owing to the increasing gasoline prices and as an important initiative to reduce carbon emissions. NGV Global Group is strategically poised as demand for CNG conversions across all truck classes increases. 

As Global Markets are growing so are demands for vehicles as companies race to lower their emissions. Mega corporations like UPS continue investing millions into their CNG infrastructure. Small government municipalities continue to grow their CNG fleets as well. NGV Global Group has seen a demand increase across all truck classes. NGV Global Group sells and leases all truck classes such as box trucks, buses and semi trucks.

Moreover, CNG is much more fuel-efficient in comparison to gasoline. Owing to its clean-characteristics, it increases vehicles’ longevity and increases maintenance intervals. Change of engine oil with filter is required to be done after every 3,000 to 4,000 miles for a typical gasoline vehicle, but for the CNG vehicles, it extends over 9,000 to 10,000 miles. Technological developments in CNG vehicles, which are currently equipped with clean-burning fuel systems, CNG enables to save almost half of the gasoline price along with much lower levels of emission thus contributing towards a greener environment. Therefore, these factors of CNG being the cleanest transportation fuel for vehicles with an offering of similar vehicle performance, relatively low product cost and with significantly low carbon emissions compared to other fossil fuels, the industry is expected to develop significantly over the forecast period.

Asia Pacific was the largest regional market in 2017. Pakistan was the largest market in terms of presence of CNG vehicles in the region. India, China and Thailand are yet other emerging nations for growing product demand.  Latin America is expected to be one of the fastest-growing regional markets backed by momentous demand from Argentina and Brazil. Europe on the other hand is a potential contributor to its demand with Russia and Italy leading the way, however, growing popularity of electric vehicles in many of the nations such as the Netherlands is projected to hinder industry growth over the forecast period.

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After Marathon Markup, Committee Advances the INVEST in America Act, a Transformational Surface Transportation Bill to Move Nation’s Infrastructure into New Era

Chair DeFazio: “The INVEST in America Act is our opportunity to replace the outdated systems of the past with smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits the economy of the future, creates millions of jobs, supports American manufacturing, and restores U.S.
competitiveness

Washington, DC – Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), released text of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a key component of the Moving Forward Framework that House Democrats, led by Chair DeFazio, released earlier this year. The bill’s original cosponsors are Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Chair Eleanor Holmes Norton and Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Chair Dan Lipinski. The Committee will consider the INVEST in America Act at a Committee markup scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th. The current surface transportation authorization expires September 30th.

The INVEST in America Act, which enables the completion of critical projects through long-term, sustainable funding and is fueled by American workers and ingenuity thanks to strong Buy America provisions and labor protections, authorizes nearly $500 billion over five years to address some of the country’s most urgent infrastructure needs, including:

• Tackling the massive backlog of roads, bridges, and transit systems in need of repair and replacement

• Building resilient infrastructure that will withstand the impacts of climate change and extreme weather

• Designing streets that are safer for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists •

Putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector by prioritizing carbon pollution reduction, investing in public transit and the national rail network, building out fueling infrastructure for low- and zero-emission vehicles, and deploying technology and innovative materials

• Sharply increasing funding for public transit options in urban, suburban and rural areas in order to integrate technology and increase routes and reliability with tools such as bus-only lanes and priority signaling

• Making transformational investments in Amtrak in order to create a robust, reliable rail system and to address long-neglected maintenance needs in the Northeast Corridor and throughout the country while also enhancing rail worker and passenger safety and helping communities address grade crossing issues

• Improving access to Federal funding to help communities around the country undertake transformative projects that are smarter, safer, and made to last The INVEST in America Act also accounts for the economic downturn caused by the global pandemic and ensures States, cities, tribes, territories, and transit agencies can administer programs, advance projects, and preserve jobs in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

The INVEST in America Act authorizes a sharp increase in funding to continue current programs in the first year of enactment of the bill (FY 2021) with wider policy implementation occurring in FY 2022.

“The bulk of our nation’s infrastructure—our roads, bridges, public transit and rail systems, the things that hundreds of millions of American families and businesses rely on every single day— is not only badly outdated, in many places it’s downright dangerous and holding our economy back. Yet for decades, Congress has repeatedly ignored the calls for an overhaul and instead simply poured money into short-term patches. The result? We’re still running our economy on an inefficient, 1950s-era system that costs Americans increasingly more time and money while making the transportation sector the nation’s biggest source of carbon pollution,” Chair DeFazio said. “That all changes with the INVEST in America Act. After holding nearly 20 Committee hearings, receiving testimony from dozens and dozens of witnesses and Members of Congress, and engaging with hundreds of advocates and transportation agencies, I am proud to bring together the ideas and the needs into one transformational bill that will catapult our country into a new era of how we plan, build, and improve U.S. infrastructure. The INVEST in America Act is our opportunity to replace the outdated systems of the past with smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits the economy of the future, creates millions of jobs, supports American manufacturing, and restores U.S. competitiveness.”

As Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, I have had the opportunity to help write a bill that for the first time will move the nation from a narrow emphasis on building new roads for more vehicles to urgent issues propelled by 21st century transportation,” Chair Norton said. “For example, this bill focuses on transportation challenges compelled by climate change and on other frontline issues such as new ways to fund infrastructure in the United States.”

“I am proud to have joined with Chair DeFazio and Chair Norton to craft this innovative bill that not only makes robust investments in roads, bridges, passenger rail, transit, bike/ped, and other infrastructure, but will also profoundly transform mobility, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life for all Americans,” Chair Lipinski said. “As Chairman of the Rail Subcommittee, I am especially proud of the significant increase in funding and other support for commuter rail as well as Amtrak, and provisions to help eliminate problems for communities heavily impacted by railroads.”

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New $22 million pilot to fund equitable, clean transportation options in disadvantaged communities

The California Air Resources Board will give up to $22 million in awards to address transportation needs in disadvantage and low income networks with clean transportation alternatives under another $22 million pilot venture.

The funding, accessible through the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP), will support the planning and usage of clean transportation ventures. Lead candidates may incorporate community based organizations, federally recognized tribes and local governments. Grant applicants include partnerships between a lead applicant, co-applicants (e.g. public, private or nonprofit organizations) and community partners. Proposals are due August 31, 2020.

“The goal of this new project is for communities to make decisions about their own transportation needs, and help residents get where they need to go — be it the doctor’s office, the grocery store, or daycare — without using a personal vehicle,” CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said.

The grants are structured to support the unique needs of a community with the overarching goal to increase transportation equity in California’s disadvantaged and low-income communities. To accomplish this, STEP offers two grant types:

Up to $2 million for multiple Planning and Capacity Building Grants to help disadvantaged and low-income communities identify residents’ transportation needs and prepare them to implement clean transportation projects like:
Community transportation needs assessments
Feasibility studies
Community engagement activities or events
Combined mobility and land use plans
Up to $20 million for one to three Implementation Grants to fund combinations of clean transportation and supporting projects that will help residents in disadvantaged communities get where they need to go without a personal vehicle including:
New bus-rapid transit or vanpool service
Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
Land use and mobility plan
Parking pricing program
Applicants should identify which grant type best suits their needs.

CARB will host multiple teleconference sessions to answer questions throughout the solicitation period. Technical assistance may also be provided to interested applicants. Applicants can also email STEP staff members at step@arb.ca.gov.

Please note that these funding amounts are not guaranteed and are subject to change. The final funding amount will be determined through a public work group meeting during the solicitation period and the resulting determination will be posted at Low Carbon Transportation Investments Meetings & Workshops.

STEP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that has put billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. STEP is part of a larger approach to promoting low-carbon transportation solutions in California. Other programs range from Clean Mobility Options, a pilot also providing funding for smaller-scale shared mobility projects, to the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program, providing grants and affordable financing to help get people into clean cars.

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Trucking’s Journey To Zero Emissions With CNG, RNG

Trucking fleets of all sizes will be affected by the mandates that are taking place in the industry throughout the country. As the timeline to be compliant with new laws comes closer everyday, owners and fleet managers are looking for viable options that fit with their business model. 

John H. Davis, is the host and executive producer for “Motor Week” of 40 years and spoke in regards to these industry challenges. “The challenge for every fleet—no matter how small—and every manufacturer is to get ahead of these mandates for new technologies using alternative fuels,” Davis said. “And I don’t mean just electrification either. As we all know, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to alternative fuels and commercial trucks.”

Change was on the horizon years ago, we are now in it. With more and more data showing the health and environmental effects that emissions have, companies are taking steps to secure their future in a changing industry. Truck Fleets are switching out a percentage or all of their vehicles to CNG Trucks to secure their future bid in the industry.

CNG trucking has become even more popular as RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) competes as one of the cleanest alternative fuels. The reason why it competes with even the electric market is renewable natural gas is already here, and already being released into the environment. Waste water treatment sites, cattle farms and land fills that are already burning methane are abundant in RNG. By taking this RNG and repurposing it into vehicles you get a negative NOx. 

Infrastructure for CNG is already in place in most areas. In addition, companies can add their own CNG facility on property and create gas from .40 to .90 cents a gallon. Minus that from your current diesel costs per month and you are looking at significant savings. NGV Global Group has been increasing their production of Compressed Natural Gas Trucks to keep up with the demand. NGV Global Group has been receiving an increase in Class-6 local delivery trucks and Semi Trucks.

NGV Global Group offers truck fleets leasing and purchasing options for CNG Trucks. NGV Global Group has helped companies of all sizes navigate in the alternative fuel vehicle space. 

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Oregon DEQ releases timeline for Clean Fuels Program expansion

By Erin Voegele | May 27, 2020

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on May 18 announced it has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order that set a new goal for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

The plans submitted by DEQ include a preliminary report on cap and reduce programs, and work plans related to clean fuels, strategies to reduce GHG emissions from transportation, regulations to reduce methane emissions from landfills, and strategies to reduce food waste.

One provision of the March 10 executive order directs state agencies to expand the Oregon Clean Fuels Program to enable the state to reduce the average amount of GHG emissions per unit of fuel energy by 20 percent below 2015 levels by 2030 and 25 percent below 2015 levels by 2035. The work plan submitted by DEQ describes the steps necessary to carry out the expansion of the Clean Fuels Program and includes a high-level summary of some of the key policy issues that will be addressed leading up to and including rulemakings by the state’s Environmental Quality Commission.  

The Clean Fuels Program work plan also includes a proposed timeline for expansion of the program. A formal rulemaking for the expansion of the program is expected to begin near the end of the third quarter of 2021. Until that time, the agency plans to undertake several studies and other activities related to the future rulemaking.

Another provision of the March 10 executive order directs state agencies to take actions necessary to reduce gas emissions from landfill as part of the state’s goal to achieve GHG reductions of at least 45 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. According to the work plan, the DEQ plans to begin developing a rulemaking on landfill gas during the fourth quarter of this year. Landfills would be required to submit design plans for methane gas collection systems in late 2021 and early 2022. Landfills would install approve methane gas collection systems beginning in 2023. The work plan also briefly discusses compliance measures that may be available to landfills seeking alternative compliance pathways, such as decreasing incoming volumes of cardboard, paper fibers, grass clipping and similar materials.  

The DEQ said it will be holding virtual workshops and listening sessions on program options related to the March 10 executive order over the next six months.

“Oregon DEQ is committed to listening to all Oregonians, including community and business leaders, as we develop the specifics of how these programs are going to work,” said Richard Whitman, director of the DEQ. “We recognize that Oregon is in the midst of another crisis—the COVID-19 crisis—and DEQ is building those challenges into how we are approaching this effort. At the same time, we also recognize that Oregon and the rest of the world are running out of time to begin bringing greenhouse gas emissions under control. The governor has given us 18 months to get this work done, and we are going to do our very best to deliver a fair, thorough and well-founded set of programs that will put Oregon on the path to doing its part in combatting climate change.”

Additional information is available on the Oregon DEQ website. https://ngvglobalgroup.com/articles/17093/oregon-deq-releases-timeline-for-clean-fuels-program-expansion

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