Utah Clean Cities 2019 Year in Review

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Transportation Energy Partners interview with UCC’s Tammie Bostick

Tammie Bostick, Vice President of Operations for Transportation Energy Partners and Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities, talks about why TEP matters and why the work that it does matters for Clean Cities coalitions and folks around the USA.

2019 ANNUAL FUEL REPORT: Call for Fleet Managers

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2019 ANNUAL FUEL REPORT TEMPLATE.

Once you have completed this form, please send to Clean Cities Senior Project Manager, Emily Paskett: emily.paskett@utahcleancities.org. This data supports our work to accelerate the adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Utah. Why do we need Utah Green Fleets? Read below for more information.

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Utah Legislative Updates 2020

Follow along with the bills Utah Clean Cities is tracking this year throughout the 2020 Utah State Legislative Session.


H.B. 259 Electric Vehicle Charging Network

H.B. 259 requires the Department of Transportation to lead in the creation of a statewide
electric vehicle charging network plan.

This bill:
▸requires the Department of Transportation to lead in the creation of a statewide electric vehicle charging network plan to provide electric vehicle charging facilities along certain state highways;
▸ requires the department to coordinate with other relevant state entities; and
▸ requires the department to present the plan to the Transportation Interim Committee.

H.B. 59 Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Heavy Duty Vehicles

H.B. 59 extends the income tax credit to 2029 for certain alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles. This bill is being sponsored by Rep. Andrew Stoddard, and has so far been recommended by the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee recommended this bill. 

This bill:
▸     extends the availability of the income tax credit related to certain alternative fuel
heavy duty vehicles; and
▸     makes technical and conforming changes.

H.B. 180 Emissions Inspection Revisions

Exempts EVs from local emissions compliance fees. Sponsored Rep. Cory Maloy. More information to be revealed, stay tuned!

S.B. 50 Clean Energy Act Amendments

Defines air quality standards, qualifying EV and PEV for the purposes of the Comercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (i.e. financing for commercial buildings seeking capital intensive energy upgrades)

H.B. 176 Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program

H.B. 176 is a vehicle replacement program meant to incentive low income families whose car does not pass emissions inspections (i.e. monetary reward for repair or entire vehicle replacements). This bill is sponsored by Rep. Jeffrey Stenquist, and will enact the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program as part of the Air Conservation Act.

This bill:
▸     creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program Restricted Account;
▸     creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program (program) to provide financial
assistance in the purchase of a motor vehicle under certain conditions;
▸     establishes certain criteria by which a person may participate in the program;
▸     requires certain local health departments to assist in administering the program;
▸     requires the Air Quality Board to make rules for the administration of the program;
▸     requires the Division of Air Quality under certain circumstances to conduct a public
service campaign; and
▸     creates a repeal date requiring committee review of the program.

H.B. 194 Clean and Renewable Energy Requirement Amendments 

HB 194-Clean and Renewable Energy Requirement Amendments  would require Rocky Mountain Power to provide 50% zero-emissions electricity resources to its Utah customers by 2030. This includes renewable energy resources, certain hydropower resources, fossil resources with carbon sequestration, and more.  

S.B. 50 Clean Energy Act Amendments

S.B. 50, sponsored by Sen. Jake Anderegg, defines air quality standards, qualifying EV and PEV for the purposes of the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Act (i.e. financing for commercial buildings seeking capital intensive energy upgrades).

S.B. 77 Electric Energy Storage Tax Credit

This bill enacts a corporate and individual income tax credit for the purchase of an
electric energy storage asset.
This bill:
▸     defines terms;
▸     enacts a refundable corporate and individual income tax credit for the purchase of
an electric energy storage asset;
▸     provides for apportionment of the individual income tax credit for the purchase of an electric energy storage asset; and makes technical changes.

H.B. 230 Digital Integration Progress Report for Public Utilities

H.B. 230, Rep. Handy, Stephen G., requires data sharing across public utilities to facilitate more accurate measurements in order to increase buildings’ efficiency

This bill enacts provisions relating to electricity and gas customer usage reporting.

This bill:
▸ requires municipal utilities, electrical corporations, and gas corporations to file a report on the status and plans for digital integration between the utility and

customers;

▸ provides for the required contents of a report; and
▸ requires the report to be made available to the public

H.B. 235 Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program

This bill creates a voluntary 2 year pilot project in nonattainment counties to provide a “home energy performance report” – information to potential homebuyers & sellers about energy efficiency, cost savings, and air quality impacts of single-family

This bill:
▸     creates the Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program to provide reimbursements to fund home energy assessments and the issuance of home energy performance reports to qualified applicants;
▸     requires the Office of Energy Development to administer or contract for the administration of the program;
▸     requires the Office of Energy Development to create a home energy performance score system;
▸     creates the Home Energy Information Advisory Committee to consult on the development and implementation of the home energy information pilot program and the home energy performance score system;

▸    specifies advisory committee membership and duties;
▸     grants the Office of Energy Development rulemaking authority to make rules regarding the development and implementation of the home energy information pilot program and the home energy performance score system; and

▸     provides for a sunset of the Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program.

H.B. 281 Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

This bill:
▸     creates nonrefundable corporate and individual income tax credits for the purchase or lease of certain alternative fuel vehicles;

▸     defines terms;
▸     creates an application process for the purchaser or lessee to receive a tax credit certificate from the director of the Division of Air Quality; and
▸     sets a termination date for the tax credit but requires legislative review before the termination date.

H.B. 299 Opportunity Zone Enhancements

General Description:
This bill modifies provisions related to economic development.
Highlighted Provisions:
This bill:
▸     defines terms, including “opportunity zone”;
▸     modifies provisions related to the administration of certain programs within the Division of Air Quality;
▸     modifies provisions related to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund;
▸     modifies provisions related to the Utah low-income housing tax credit;
▸     creates a tax credit for eligible construction costs for a parking structure in an opportunity zone;
▸     describes the requirements for a business entity to receive, and for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to issue, a tax credit certificate for eligible construction costs in an opportunity zone; and
▸     makes technical changes.

H.B. 317 Nonroad Engine Study

This bill funds a study of nonroad compression-ignition engines.
This bill:
▸     defines terms;
▸     directs the Division of Air Quality to conduct a study into the number and type of nonroad compression-ignition engines in nonattainment areas of Utah;
▸     requires the division to report the results of the study; and
▸     is repealed on July 1, 2021.

H.B. 339 Clean Air Special Group License Plate

This bill creates the Clean Air Support special group license plate.
This bill:
▸     creates the Clean Air Support special group license plate;
▸     requires donations of recipients of the license plate to be deposited into the Clean Air Fund to fund education, awareness, and other programs to promote cleaner air; and makes technical changes.

Funding for Electric Vehicle Charging  & Weatherization in the Governor’s Budget 

Governor Gary Herbert’s FY 2021 Budget Recommendation calls on the Utah Legislature to provide new funding for clean energy projects. The Governor called for a one-time request for $66 million for electric vehicle infrastructure, including $63 million for electric charging “fast charging” infrastructure and $3 million in matching funds for a project at Utah State University supported by the US NSF that focuses on electric vehicle transportation infrastructure. It also would include new ongoing funding for the state Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). However, the repeal of the tax reform bill as a result of a citizen referendum has thrown most revenue projections for the state General Fund (sales tax revenues) into doubt, so additional funding for air quality and public transportation projects may be hard to come by.

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Governor Advances Clean Transportation in Utah

Utah Leaders and organizations gathered on Nov 4, 2019, in celebration of the 11th Year Anniversary and Annual Declaration of the Governor’s Partnership for Advanced Fuels and Infrastructure. This event represents the next step in understanding proven business models for fleets and sustainable strategies for clean transportation in Utah.

Utah Clean Cities organized the event in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development to engage a wide variety of stakeholders, private and public partnerships, communities, and leaders on a common platform to better understand cost effective and measurable impact solutions to emissions. The goal? To boost the overall economy and benefit the transportation sector by offering cleaner transportation alternatives statewide.

Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Executive Director. Photo By Colter Peterson, KSL.

The Governor’s Declaration includes information regarding the integration of low – and zero-emissions transportation options and calls for continued expansion of infrastructure for Alternative Fuels. The declaration notes the emerging portfolio of advanced fueled vehicles, both public and private, including fuels produced from Utah-sourced agricultural and municipal wastes, electric, propane, compressed natural gas, ethanol and biodiesel. 

“Alternative fuels continue to play a critical role in Utah’s economic and environmental success,” said Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah.  “With my Office of Energy Development and its key partners, we have worked together to realize significant strides in diversifying our fuels and infrastructure to provide greater transportation options to Utahns while also achieving greater air quality, economic opportunity and energy security.”

The Annual Declaration for Alternative Fuels in Utah began in 2008 and has since drawn local and national interest. This year’s Declaration was read by Laura Nelson, the Governor’s energy advisor, and outlined several key successes realized to date, including the ever-growing infrastructure expansion in Utah, the eight-state agreement to advance an electric vehicle corridor across the West, and the creation of an emergency response database and fleet acquisition plan.  In total, 941 stations across Utah offer alternative fuels, including CNG, RNG, LNG, autogas and electric charging, many along its most frequented corridors – I-15, I-80 and I-70. 

Tammy Bostick, center, UCC, listens as Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor, reads the Declaration of Alternative Fuel Awareness Month. During the event Nelson unveiled the iREV Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Emergency Plans report produced in partnership with OED, UCC, and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).  The report examines how alternative fuel vehicles can bolster Utah’s resilience, and be leveraged as an emergency response resource in the event of a disruption to the state’s transportation fuels sector.  Photo By Colter Peterson, KSL.“As we continue to deliver on Utah’s Energy Action Plan to 2020, we are proud to unveil the new iREV report, in partnership with UCC and NASEO, to strengthen our state’s energy resilience and emergency planning through greater collaboration, education and adoption of alternative fuels, which remain a vital player in Utah’s overall economic and environmental strategy,” said Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “Through new online tools and fuller partnerships, we anticipate our strategic planning will realize ever-greater safety, infrastructure, and investment opportunities as we look to meet the demands of the future.” 

Other event speakers included Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities; Carolyn Gonot, UTA, and David Christenson, SELECT. As a key highlight, Utah Clean Cities announced its commitment to advance two DOE cooperative agreements to support advanced vehicle projects, namely the East Zions National Park Electric Vehicle Shuttle System Plan and Supporting a Strong EV Market in the Intermountain West. OED provided support letters for these UCC grants, which will include the development and deployment of a small-scale EV shuttle system at Zions that will increase connectivity across Southern Utah and act as a national model, and the driving of a multi stakeholder engagement project to strengthen the EV market and rural infrastructure across the region.  The projects are expected to generate more than three million in revenue for the state over the next three years. 

Ramiro Floras checks out a trio of Teslas following a press conference during a press conference at the Capitol marking the 11th anniversary of November being declared Alternative Fuel Awareness Month in Utah. Photo By Colter Peterson, KSL.

“The entire Intermountain West Region will benefit from this project which supports consumer education, stakeholder engagement, and urban and rural infrastructure development of electric vehicle charging through the expansion of alternative fuel corridors,” said Tammie Bostick, executive director of Utah Clean Cities.

Other transportation stakeholders spoke on their commitment to delivering on Utah’s alternative fuel future, including Dominion Energy on the advancement of H.B. 107 which expands the Sustainable Transportation Plan Act to include a large-scale natural gas utility, and UTA which has reduced its emissions by more than half by diversifying their fleet since 2008, with a long-term goal of evenly providing of CNG, electric and hybrid fuels. 

“Dominion Energy is proud to deliver clean, reliable energy to homes, businesses, industry and alternative-energy automobiles,” said Craig Wagstaff, Dominion Energy Senior Vice President and General Manager – Western Division. “We are excited about our partnerships – which are expanding – with producers of renewable natural gas (RNG) to provide carbon-negative sources of fuel for natural gas vehicles and homes. Dominion Energy’s goal is to become the nation’s leader when it comes to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy.”  

Hal Johnson, manager of project development for the Utah Transit Authority, gives Carolyn Gonot, UTA’s executive director, a rundown of the energy consumption on one of the company’s electric buses following a press conference at the Capitol marking the 11th anniversary of November being declared Alternative Fuel Awareness Month in Utah. Photo By Colter Peterson, KSL.

UTA currently operates 54 electric-hybrid buses, 47 CNG buses, and 3 electric buses. With the implementation of new technology, UTA has reduced emissions by more than 75% from our past bus fleet (2008) to our current fleet today (2019),” said Carolyn Gonot, UTA Executive Director. “Those who choose to ride UTA’s bus system save an average of 18.7 grams/trip of air pollution. As UTA continues to incorporate clean technologies and people choose to ride transit the air pollution savings per trip will only continue to increase.”

In recent years, several municipalities have committed to diversifying their fleets, including Salt Lake City, St. George, Sandy City, Park City, and now the gateway community of Kanab.  In 2017, Park City became the first municipality in Utah to operate a zero-emission, all-electric bus system. Additionally, the Salt Lake City International Airport is working to integrate alternative fuels to its fleet, including RNG (renewable natural gas) and electric.  Lastly, adoption among the private-sector continues to rise, with initiatives within companies such as Geneva Rock, a construction business based in Orem, Packsize, a sustainable packaging company, and refuse haulers ACE Recycling and Disposal and Momentum Waste Management. 

“The world of fleet fuels has been very exciting over the last 10 years,” said Matt Stalsberg, general manager of ACE.  “Our consumption needs have forced us to look at alternative fuels, and our ethics have inspired us to choose what fuels we think would benefit our environment.  Fueling technology is the driving force that tells us what we can afford versus what we may want for the environment. Manufacturer’s need incentives, to embrace new technology research, this will help people like me afford a fleet that I can be proud of.”

Lastly, Utah continues to be at the forefront of emerging electriciation opportunities through research conducted at Utah State University’s Sustainable Electrified Transportation Center (SELECT) — a diverse network of faculty, students, key industry members and stakeholders are pursuing research activities that enable technologies and engineered systems in electrified transportation.

“Our collaboration activities have allowed us to grow from what began as five university partners and a dozen faculty members to 13 core and affiliated university members with more than 40 researchers with globally recognized expertise across sectors in the electric transportation ecosystem,” said David M. Christensen, SELECT Executive Director. “We are proud to have an aggressive and competitive research enterprise at Utah State University, including the Electric Vehicle & Roadway Research and Test Track Facility.”

 

UCC Presents at Solar Power International Conference

Utah Clean Cities was thrilled to present at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference EV 101 last month in Salt Lake City. The presentation, which was lead by UCC Executive Director Tammie Bostick as a part of the EV 101 workshop, covered everything from renewable natural gas to electric vehicle availability, workplace charging stations, and more.

To begin the workshop Caroline Quazzo from EZ-EV asked the audience an important question: “Why are we talking about electric vehicles at a solar conference?” The answer lies in the consumer, she explained. “Consumers that are interested in one are often interested in the other.”

Utah Clean Cities Presents

Following Quazzo’s introduction Utah Clean Cities ED Tammie Bostick gave a presentation on the importance of transitioning our local communities and states to electric vehicles, and the opportunities that exist to adopt EVs into our daily lives. Looking at Utah’s issue of air quality as an example, Bostick explained the role of transportation in correlation to the issue, pointing out that 50% of Utah’s air pollution comes from transportation and 50% of that comes from fleets. Bostick highlighted the increase in EV innovative technology as a solution, including high performance electric trucks (fleets) SUVs, and more. She discussed ways EV technology is being integrated in Utah’s economy, as well as other parts of the country, to show that EVs play a critical role in saving Utahns money while improving air quality for our state, and for our country. 

 

Workshop Highlights 

Following Bostick’s presentation workshop attendees heard from Jarod C. Kelly, Vehicle Systems Analyst engineer at Argonne National Lab, about the electric vehicle life cycle. They also heard from Francesca Wahl, Business Development and Policy at Tesla, who spoke on local government and implementing EV charging infrastructure, streamlining political processes, and more. 

Other highlights included a presentation from Brian Zelis from Nissan about bi-directional power, EV equity (accessibility to home charging stations for all EV drivers), reliability in EV charging, and workplace charging stations. Brian also broke down the costs of driving an electric vehicle and spoke about sub cities (which vary from state to state) to give the audience an idea of the cost benefit of purchasing an EV. 

 

Increasing EV Education 

The second half of the workshop focused on how to bridge the education gap around EV’s and the  impacts that contribute to consumer willingness to drive an EV. The first speaker, Laura Roberson, Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at the George Washington University, presented on some of the common misconceptions around EVs. Her research showed that without EV driving experience consumers were subject to common EV misconceptions such as disinformation around vehicle cost and functionality.  Some of the common consumer misconceptions discussed included the cost savings of driving an EV, and the range of EVs on a single full electric charge.

 

Educational Resources 

The next presentation was lead by Joann Zhou, Group Leader in Mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure at ABB, who spoke about ABB EV infrastructure and fuel costs savings per gallon relative to gasoline. This presentation built on EV education to consumers and outlined resources ABB offers to increase awareness about the benefits of driving an EV. Through ABB’s website, consumers can calculate EV fuel costs/ benefits as well as market status. They can also receive information regarding charging station availability, state and local government financial rewards for EVs, and cumulative total cost of ownership per year to GHG emissions. In addition, ABB’s website includes educational resources such as links to key concepts including conventional gasoline vehicles, electric vehicle supplies, and more. 

 

Summary & Next Steps 

In total, The EV 101 Workshop ran for about five hours and gave attendees the opportunity to learn about EVs in an informative and in-depth way. Attendees left with an increased understanding about the importance of driving an EV as it pertains to air quality, and the market status/ cost benefits of purchasing an EV.

Utah Clean Cities is incredibly honored to be included in this important initiative to increase EV awareness, and sends our thanks to SPI and EZ EV for including us in this workshop.

If you found this blog informative and are interested in attending an EV workshop in the future, sign up for our mailing list to stay informed about future opportunities. 

 

UCC goes to the ACT EXPO

Another successful ACT Expo event was held in April this year.

This is one of the most exciting events for a transportation guru or geek.  Each year your fellow coordinators participate as speakers and panel moderators and this year was not exception. With electric and hydrogen taking center stage this year; we look to the future of electrified and fuel cell technologies.  It was also a time to reflect and shake hands with the pioneering fuels like CNG and propane Autogas.  The refinement of these trusted fuels and vehicles has reached an all-time high.  We can feel confident in our mission of supporting these legacy fuels as they are state-side, American made and cleaner than their petroleum counter-parts by upwards of 90% in the case of diesel.  These fuels and engines offer clean emission solutions today whereas the electric medium and heavy duty fleets are not expected to hit the road in any capacity for almost ten years.  However, the excitement for these Tesla-inspired trucks are undeniable.  And again, Clean Cities folks are at the forefront.

Biofuels are emerging strongly and the excitement mounts as we can offer our fleets carbon-benefiting models of RNG combined with the new engines such as the Cummins models that are creating a cleaner model than even electric.  They are actually capable of offering more than zero, they can offer 125+% emission reductions. Biodiesel is taking more emissions from carbon-constrained cities and now one can access renewable propane as a result of the market expansion.

Clean Cities Coalitions have been center stage of the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo for over 25 years.  Legacy coordinators recall the first ACT was held in a small hotel conference room with about 45 people total.  This year over 4000 people showed up to show and tell their stories and gather new ones. These type of events showcase the culmination of the grass-roots work completed by the coalitions and this multiplier effect can been noted “as the tires hit the road” throughout the entire event.  Clean Cities folks have been the ones who have supported local and regional fleets in their fleet deployment, infrastructure build-out and ultimately the sustainability of innovative and changing technologies.  And it’s not just the vehicles you will see on the expo floor.  You will see new CNG tanks, gaseous fueling handles, GPS technologies, advanced EVSE units, and cool innovations like solar roof-top APU’s (alternative power units) helps innovators keep pace with the exciting world of transportation.

If any of this excites you to learn more, you can always look to our vast resources in the AFDC site.  If you have an exciting project, reach out your coordinator to share your stories through DOE funded projects in the form of case studies and white papers.

 

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Celebrating Untamed Ogden’s Air

Celebrating Untamed Ogden’s Air

What does it mean to have a sense of place? Why do certain places have greater meaning for us than others? Why are some people drawn to the desert, while others to the mountains or water?

Setting aside a land formation from the land surrounding it by naming it, describing it, and sharing your emotional reaction to it sets it apart from the everyday.  A sense of place is a feeling of ownership or personal investment. It is cultural evidence of our connection with the land.

Ogden City’s slogan, “Still Untamed,” owns our gritty history and beautifully diverse community, while cleverly touting Ogden’s well-deserved status as an outdoor recreation hub. My sense of place in my Ogden community includes hiking, biking, five years as an outdoor environmental educator at the Ogden Nature Center and six years as a classroom teacher at DaVinci Academy. It includes involvement in conservation, student empowerment, and the idle-free movement. I have been proud to be involved in the adoption of idle-free status for multiple schools, businesses, and one church. A few faces from the last two years’ graduating classes are just recognizable in the photo below. In it beaming seventh and eighth grade students proudly wave signs to educate parents about the dangers of idling cars outside their school during an Idle Free Week in 2013.  

The recent Every Utah Kid Outdoors legislation advocates for Utah’s children and their right to grow up experiencing our breathtakingly beautiful, ecologically-diverse landscapes. Our state is, as I tell my students, “postcard perfect, every single day.” We live in a place that is visited by one-third of the Earth’s migratory bird population, owing to the precious and delicate Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Utah is home to nine Dark Sky Parks! We are blessed to live within a couple of hours’ drive of desert, mountain, forest, or riparian ecosystems in Utah, not to mention the sites of some of the most abundant dinosaur quarries. Our parks are international tourist destinations, and people from all over the globe come here to ski. But, in order for Utah’s kids to grow up appreciating these spaces, they must get outside and experience them. In order for these spaces to be experienced, they must be preserved. And we must make sure that the environment around these places is a safe place for children to explore.

Two of my high school conservation club students recently approached Ogden City Council, sharing their own research on our local air pollution problems and charging the Council with the responsibility to take action and lead by example. Council Member Luis Lopez agreed to take action to preserve the health of our children and their ability to safely explore outdoors by sponsoring an Ogden air quality ordinance, now being drafted with the aid of Ogden’s new Sustainability Committee. This is something to celebrate! I want to thank Mr. Lopez for responding to our youth, when they asked if they could count on their City Council to protect the health of Ogden’s children, “You can count on me.” I understand that the Council Chair and Vice Chair have made this an immediate priority, and I thank them as well.   

 

 

 

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Utah Legislative Updates 2019


Follow along with the bills Utah Clean Cities is tracking this year throughout the 2019 Utah State Legislative Session.


By Ashley Miller, Breathe Utah

H.B. 107 Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act Amendments

HB107 allows the Utah Public Service Commission to authorize a large-scale natural gas utility to establish programs that promote sustainable energy solutions. A large-scale natural gas utility’s spending would be capped annually at $10M. The cost impact to customers would not be significant. For example, if the utility invested $15-$30M in infrastructure to support RNG production and CNG station infrastructure, the cost to the average Utah residential customer would be approximately $0.16 – $0.33 per month.

 

H.B. 139 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments

Rep. Angela Romero (D-Salt Lake City) is bringing back a bill that simply ran out of time last year. Her Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments bill, HB 139, increases the fines for diesel truck owners who intentionally tamper with the emissions controls of their engines to emit plumes of black exhaust from their tailpipes.

A first offense is increased from $50 to $100, and a subsequent offense increases from $100 to $500.

It is illegal for excessive visible exhaust to be emitted from vehicles that have removed or altered the emissions controls. This bill will help strengthen the existing law by requiring a stronger line of communication between law enforcement who gives a citation, to local health departments who run the emissions inspection programs. Offenders will be reported to the health department, which will, in theory, flag a visual inspection when the vehicle is brought in for its emissions inspection.

 

H.B. 148 Vehicle Idling Revisions

Idle Free is a popular air quality campaign in Utah. It’s simple and straightforward: Don’t idle. Eight Utah cities currently have an idle-free ordinance on the books: Salt Lake City, Park City, Logan, Alta, Holladay, Murray, Sandy and Cottonwood Heights.

More cities are interested in the program, but are hindered by enforcement issues due to an ambiguous 2012 state law which many say defeats the intended purpose of reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek), is running HB 148, which will repeal the idling provisions written in this state law.

 

H.C.R. 3 Concurrent Resolution Urging the Environmental Protection Agency to Update Switcher Locomotive Emission Standards &

H.B. 98 Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation

Last year, Representative Steve Handy (R-Layton) ran a bill that would help address a significant source of air pollution in our valley—pollution from freight switcher locomotives (See CATALYST, March 2018). Freight switchers are locomotives that shuttle train cars around rail yards before they’re shipped across the country. Each unit comes with a price tag of over $1.5 million and a useful life of up to 60 years.

The ones operating in our non-attainment areas are extremely dirty tier 0 and tier 0+ engines. The current standard for these locomotives is 80-90% cleaner, but under the Clean Air Act, the state can’t require the companies that own and operate them to upgrade to a cleaner engine.

Representative Handy is addressing air pollution from freight switchers with two bills this session. He is bringing back his bill from last year, HB 98, which will create a funding mechanism to upgrade up to three of these engines. He is also bringing a separate resolution, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to set stricter emissions standards for locomotives. This resolution, HCR 003, acknowledges that the Clean Air Act prohibits states from adopting more stringent emissions standards for switcher locomotives, and recognizes that higher emissions standards for these locomotives would reduce harmful air pollution in our non-attainment areas.

 

H.C.R. 2 Concurrent Resolution Supporting Renewable and Sustainable Energy Options to Promote Rural Economic Development

H.C.R. 11 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging the Purchase of Tier 3 Gasoline

H.C.R. 13 Concurrent Resolution Encouraging Utah Refiners to Manufacture Tier 3 Gasoline to Improve Air Quality

UCC Goes to Washington D.C.

When private and public sector, government, social, and altruistic leaders apply pioneering partnerships and technologies to address social challenges and build sustainable communities, we experience the multiplier effect.  The shared alliances we create generate an energy that seemingly doubles each time we focus on the solutions, wrestle the problem, fail, re-think the failure, and take action with a successful model. We work for this success and to move on to the next innovation.  We need to move faster.

–Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities

 

What was the multiplier effect in 2018?  Advanced transportation became a real contender, a force to reckoned with offering real solutions and actionable steps to reduce oil dependency in transportation.  

This year Utah Clean Cities celebrated our Silver Anniversary. Almost three decades of work to build smart mobility models with a mission of energy security, transportation decisions made locally, resource conservation, petroleum reductions, and continued advanced, clean, and ideally renewable, technologies for fleets.  

Working fleets in America use more than 50% of all transportation oil and further these fleets are tasked with delivering all the goods and services to Americans.  They are still largely running (90%) on the dirtiest fuel: diesel. Despite our celebratory milestone and hard work we found ourselves in resistance, we almost lost our Clean Cities programs after 25 years. It was slated to be de-funded.  Clean transportation was on the chopping block and the CAFÉ standards where openly challenged.

We got busy; REALLY BUSY! Our coalition of partners generated tremendous support in the form of letter-writing, emails and phones calls to our local leaders and delegates in Washington. We fought to continue the work of advanced transportation deployment and fuel technologies.  It makes sense for our environment and economy (Investment in Alternative Fuels Creates American Jobs) and that continues to be proven despite rhetoric in the contrary.  Transportation can be clean and it can, and does, have a sound business model for success.  

Big oil lobbyist were struggling in Washington as they watched their market share of “oil only” shrink with renewable fuels from methane capture from wide varieties of feedstocks; energy developments with solar, wind, hydro, geothermal; huge advancements with electrified transportation, with batteries, charging and OEM manufacturer commitments, and hydrogen is ready for the market: in general BIG innovations with high efficiency, low carbon, high tech, clean fueled transportation.  

In 2018, we worked tirelessly with the federal Appropriation Committee and asked them to continue fund the Department of Energy programs such as Clean Cities; we were all on the chopping block in the clean fuels world.  After several important and pivotal meetings with many bi-partisan delegates, we receive full funding for another year. In fact, they doubled our funding thanks to our collaborators, Transportation Energy Partners (TEP); of which Utah Clean Cities supports and serves on the national board.

 


This year at the Energy Independence Summit in Washington, we are asking our Utah delegates to work with the Appropriations Committee on the following:

  1. Extend Tax Incentives for Alternative Transportation Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure
  2. Ensure Adequate Federal Funding in FY 2018 and FY 2019 for Key Alternative Fuels Programs
  3. Preserve the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)
  4. Ensure Timely Approval of DOT CMAQ Funding for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Our mission for clean transportation is more possible today than any other time in history.  Technologies have advanced beyond early adoption. Today we have the keys to over 650 advanced-fuel vehicles and fully-loaded corridors with high-tech energy options for fueling.  Utah joins the nation with clear commitment for clean transportation. With our dedicated Utah Green Fleet partners, regional and national allies we continue to make a difference.


 

 

 

The mission of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector.

Working closely with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities programs, federal and state government, as well as our local stakeholders, we leverage our resources to bring funding into Utah to support the development and deployment of advanced fuel infrastructure and vehicles with an emphasis on renewable energies and technologies.

We are committed to expanding transportation modeling by offering consultation services to access proven, state-of-the-art technological vehicles and equipment with proven return on investment for smart mobility fleets.

We are here to support actionable steps to meet the challenges of our carbon-constrained world, to meet state and federal mandates and implement sound business practices to tackle the serious non-attainment conditions our state.