• Resources

Making changes to improve Utah’s air quality isn’t always easy. That’s why at Utah Clean Cities, we do everything we can to make the process go smoother. We’ve compiled a list of resources that will make your transition to clean fuels seamless.

If you have any questions, or need more information in pursuing a grant, project or partnership, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Utah Foundations Driving Towards a Cleaner Future

Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah

Driving Toward a Cleaner Future: Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah examines the incentives and disincentives around electric cars, as well as the policy decisions around preparation for a wide proliferation of electric vehicles in the future. It also examines the incentives and requirements around public and private heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

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Key Findings of this Report

  • Electric vehicles – or battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids – accounted for less than 2% of the nation’s new vehicle market share in 2018. In Utah, electric’s market share was about 1.6%.
  • Addressing the fears of consumers is a core challenge in alternative fuel vehicle adoption. Less than a quarter of Americans consider purchasing electric cars because of concerns about running out of power, the availability of charging stations and initial vehicle cost.
  • Utah’s relatively small electric vehicle tax credit was not renewed in 2016, yet electric vehicle market share has continued to increase.
  • The top electric-vehicle-adopting states – all in the West – offer significant incentives. However, the 10 states with the highest market share growth in 2018 offer no incentives (though they all had 2017 market share under one percent).
  • There is evidence that the looming threat of expiring tax credits can encourage short-term market uptake of alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Due to state and local investment, as well as the Volkswagen Settlement and private actors, Utah’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is poised to quickly expand
  • Large fleet vehicles account for one-third to one-half of Utah’s vehicle emissions, even though they account for only 3% of the vehicle miles traveled.
  • Alternative-fuel, heavy-duty fleet vehicles are more expensive than diesel and have large infrastructure costs, but offer large fuel and maintenance savings.
  • To encourage the market’s embrace of alternative fuel vehicles, state and local governments should continue to explore opportunities to encourage private actors to deploy alternative fuel infrastructure for customers, tenants, employees and visitors.
  • Cities and counties have at least two potential roles to play: adopting building codes that are “future-proof” for the growth in alternative fuel vehicles, and retiring older public-service diesel fuel fleets.
  • Utah may get a substantial air quality return on its tax credit investments by continuing to focus incentives on heavy-duty fleet vehicles and renewing them in 2020.
  • To encourage the market’s embrace of alternative fuel vehicles, public and private sector stakeholders should mount public information campaigns to explain the growing availability of alternative fuel infrastructure and address other consumer fears.

You can download a pdf of the report here.

See the comprehensive, 2014, air quality report here.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Utah Roadmap

Addressing Policy Making to Improve Air Quality and Impacts of a Changing Climate

At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute – with the assistance of a 37-person Technical Advisory Committee – prepared this Utah Roadmap to assist with legislative policy making to improve air quality and address causes and impacts of a changing climate. The Utah Roadmap identifies areas of opportunity to further reduce air emissions and ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous future for all Utahns. On January 6, the Gardner Institute released the Utah Roadmap for public review and will consider feedback as the recommendations are finalized.

The Gardner Institute and Technical Advisory Committee reviewed past Utah-specific work on air quality and changing climate completed by Envision Utah and the 2007 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council. This previous analysis included over 200 policy options. After a six-month expert assessment, we prioritized 55 of these options as those with the greatest impact at the least cost. The Gardner Institute then selected seven strategies – or what we call mileposts – as the first areas of focus.

Department of Energy Battery EV Charging eBook 

Frequently Asked Questions on Electric Vehicle Batteries

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WHAT ARE THE MOTIVATIONS
FOR BATTERY SECOND LIFE?

Electric vehicles contain lithium-ion
batteries (LIBs) that are both large
and expensive, and these LIBs likely
have significant storage capacity
remaining when they no longer meet
the power and energy demands
of a typical vehicle application.
That remaining LIB capacity could
provide a financial opportunity to
many individuals and institutions
along the possible value chain: This
could include vehicle owners (value
recovery), battery repurposers (who
collect, evaluate, and repackage used
LIBs), battery second-life users (grid
operators, businesses, hospitals, etc.),
and, ultimately, battery recyclers
(who recover valuable battery
materials via physical, thermal,
and chemical methods).

WHAT DOES SECOND-LIFE
MEAN VS REFURBISHED
OR REMANUFACTURED?

Second life refers to a new,
nonautomotive use of an automotive
LIB after its initial use in a vehicle.
Refurbished or remanufactured
batteries are those LIBs that have
come out of service, were evaluated
and repaired if needed, and were
graded as meeting application
specifications and made available
to the original LIB application.

View the full report here.

iREV Report

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Emergency Plans: A Planning Policy Report for Utah

This report was produced through a partnership between the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC), and examines how alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs)1 can bolster resilience by diversifying Utah’s vehicle fleet, and be leveraged as an emergency response resource in the event of a disruption to the state’s transportation fuels sector.

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In Utah, emergency preparedness efforts are ongoing at the state-level, and include planning, training, exercises, and funding for infrastructure and equipment. Utah’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) covers broad challenges facing the energy sector. In order to address the complex issues relating to energy sector emergencies, the state also created the Utah Energy Emergency Plan (EEP). This report includes recommended language that could be included in future updates to the EEP to ensure that alternative fuel vehicles are effectively deployed during a petroleum disruption to improve the response and recovery effort. Future OED publications, supported by the U.S. State Energy Program, could also include OED’s role in creating a resilient emergency response fleet within the state, capable of operating on alternative fuels in the event of a disruption to the petroleum sector.

Utah Clean Cities 2018 Annual Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and new transportation technologies, as they emerge.  

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Every year, each Clean Cities coalition submits to DOE an annual report of its activities and accomplishments for the previous calendar year. Coalition coordinators, who lead the local coalitions, provide information and data via an online database managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The data characterize membership, funding, projects, and activities of the coalitions. The coordinators also submit data on the sales of alternative fuels, deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, idle-reduction initiatives, fuel economy activities, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled. NREL and DOE analyze the data and translate them into petroleum-use and greenhouse gas reduction impacts for individual coalitions and the program as a whole. This report summarizes those impacts for Utah Clean Cities. To view aggregated data for all local coalitions that participate in the Clean Cities program, visit cleancities.energy.gov/accomplishments.

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Tammie Bostick (tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org)
Emily Paskett (emily.paskett@utahcleancities.org)
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