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Recently Released: A Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation

Recently Announced

THE U.S. NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR TRANSPORTATION DECARBONIZATION

A Joint Strategy to Transform Transportation

 

In September of 2022, the leaders of the departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency signed a historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable the four federal agencies to accelerate the nation’s affordable and equitable clean transportation future. That MOU called for the agencies to release a comprehensive strategy for decarbonizing the transportation sector that will help guide future policy decisions, as well as research, development, demonstration, and deployment in the public and private sectors.

In January, the agencies released the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization, the landmark interagency framework of strategies and actions to remove all emissions from the transportation sector by 2050. Jointly announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan, the Blueprint offers a whole-of-government approach to addressing the climate crisis and meeting President Biden’s goals of a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The transportation sector—which includes all modes of travel through land, air, and sea to move people and goods—accounts for a third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions, negatively affecting the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. Transportation costs are the second largest annual household expense in our country and for the poorest Americans, the financial burden of transportation is disproportionately and unsustainably high.

A well-planned transition to a decarbonized transportation system can address these and other inequities and provide equitable, affordable, and accessible options for moving people and goods. Further developing and deploying clean-energy technologies such as electric vehicles and hydrogen and sustainable fuels, while also building out the supporting infrastructure for clean transportation will create good-paying jobs across all segments of the transportation sector and strengthening America’s energy independence.

The Blueprint is a critical step in the ongoing partnership between DOE, DOT, EPA, HUD, and stakeholders and is a significant milestone on the path to realizing an improved and sustainable transportation future.

Full Report Here                                                                                                                                                        Fact-Sheet Here

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DOE Announces Upcoming Funding (est. February 2023)

 

DOE Funding Announcement!

 

Interested partners — Please reach out to UCC for partnership and project opportunities. 

Funding Posting Date: TBD (est. February 2023)
Funding #: DE-FOA-0002892

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)‘s Vehicle Technology Office has announced a notice of intent to issue the Fiscal Year 2023 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

“This FOA will advance research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in several areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, including: reduction of weight and cost of batteries, reduction in life cycle emissions of advanced lightweight materials, reduced costs and advanced technologies for both on- and off-road vehicle charging and infrastructure, innovative public transit solutions, and training to increase deployment of these technologies among diverse communities.”

Areas of Interest Include: 

  • Area of Interest 1: High-Capacity, Long Cycle Life Lithium-Sulfur (Li-S) Batteries
  • Area of Interest 2: Advanced Integrated Charging System
  • Area of Interest 3: Charging Concepts for Off-Road
  • Area of Interest 4: Circularity and Sustainability of Polymer Composites for Vehicle Lightweighting and Decarbonization
  • Area of Interest 5: Low Cost, Low Carbon Magnesium Production
  • Area of Interest 6: Novel Lightweight Materials
  • Area of Interest 7: Modeling, Analyzing, and Addressing Knowledge Gaps in the Workforce Supporting Electric Vehicles and the Related Supply Chain
  • Area of Interest 8: Mobility System Approaches Supporting Public Transportation
  • Area of Interest 9: Reducing Soft Costs of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure to Enable Widespread Deployment
  • Area of Interest 10: Addressing Critical Workforce Training Needs for Transportation Electrification
  • Area of Interest 11: Consumer Education for Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Area of Interest 12: Demonstration and Deployment – Open Topic

Learn more about the notice of intent for this FOA Here

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For partners who may be interested in partnering with Utah Clean Cities, please contact Kelly Barrett, Sr. Project Manager or Tammie Bostick, Executive Director.

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UCC Kicks off 14th Annual Governors Declaration for Advanced Zero Emissions Vehicles and Fuels Awareness Month

November 1st, 2022

GOVERNOR SPENCER COX SIGNS
14TH ANNUAL ADVANCED ZERO EMISSIONS VEHICLE
AND FUELS AWARENESS MONTH DECLARATION

 

On Tuesday, November 1st, Utah Clean Cities (UCC) hosted its annual event at the Utah State Capitol to commemorate Governor Spencer Cox signing the 14th Annual Advanced Zero Emissions Vehicle and Fuels Awareness Month Declaration, a partnership for Advanced Fuels and Infrastructure to better understand sustainable strategies for clean transportation. UCC organized the event in partnership with Utah leadership 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. This goal supports in boosting the overall economy and benefits the transportation sector by offering clean transportation alternatives statewide.

“We are celebrating the crucial decarbonization of the transportation sector here in Utah.  And notably, this movement is inclusive of our diverse energy sector- we are building a clean energy future today.  The collective of Utah should know that all of the world is watching us; as we stand and move at the forefront of innovation, ingenuity, and the actual deployment of cutting-edge technologies.” -UCC  Executive Director Tammie Bostick.

This year, we heard from industry, state, and local leaders regarding the important and timely work to reduce emissions, utilize clean advanced fuel options, and shift Utah’s transportation industry one vehicle at a time with a growing number of advanced fuel options. On the road in Utah, fleets can choose from propane, natural gas, electric, and soon hydrogen.  All of these Utah fuels are available in renewable forms and Utah boasts renewable natural gas and electricity from their gas and electric utilities.  This will be the ideal future of hydrogen as well, sourcing from renewable energy and carbon sequestration.

The Governor’s Declaration included information regarding the emerging portfolio of advanced fueled vehicles, both public and private, including the fuels produced from Utah-sourced agricultural and municipal wastes, renewable electric, hydrogen, methane, and biofuels.

UCC also continued to celebrate this year’s launch of ChargeWest – West Electric Highway, an eight-state partnership with the Clean Cities networks and state agencies, to design and expand the alternative fuel corridors with electric charging in the Intermountain West and support EV access into high visitation areas throughout rural America and offer regional transportation solutions to gateway communities through public/private partnerships. 

Utah leads the way with its innovative programs and opportunities for advanced fuels. An example of this innovation is the Utah Clean Diesel Program, a program through the Division of Air Quality that offers financial incentives to public and private fleet owners who scrap their older heavy-duty diesel vehicles or equipment and purchase new vehicles.

“As our state continues to grow, increasing our use of alternative fuels and low- and zero-emission vehicles and equipment is critical to improving air quality,” said DEQ Executive Director, Kim Shelley. “We are grateful to have resources available to help make these upgrades, and look forward to partnering with many more organizations on projects that will benefit both their organization and their community.”

Local leaders, like Salt Lake City School District and ACE Recycling and Disposal, also shared their experience and insight in transitioning to clean, zero-emission transportation options for their fleets. Currently, Salt Lake City School District runs 8 high-tech electric buses on their school routes with an additional 4 coming over the next few months. “Salt Lake City School District is proud to be pioneering electric school busses in Utah.”- Ken Martinez, Fleet Manager with Salt Lake City School District. 

“At ACE we are committed to sustainability. Finding better ways to keep our communities clean while protecting the environment” stated Matt Stalsberg, CEO of ACE Recycling & Disposal. The company began transitioning its fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) in 2008 and now operates more than half of its fleet on CNG, with 99 CNG refuse haulers and three private CNG fueling facilities. “Utah’s first all-electric refuse hauler showcased at the State Capitol is our commitment to continue to advance our clean, zero-emission fleet and our dedication to clean transportation, one fleet vehicle at a time.”

Demonstration vehicles were showcased at the event including an all-electric bus from the Salt Lake City School District, an all-electric transit bus from Utah Transit Authority, the all-electric Ford F150 from MERGE, a Rivian R1T, and the all-electric ACE Recycling and Disposal Refuge Hauler. The increasing functionality and diversity of available vehicles are driving the rapid advancement of cleaner, more sustainable transportation solutions and Utahans are taking notice. 

“The Annual Alternative Fuels Awareness Month events amplify opportunities to directly address the real and perceived barriers to using abundant, affordable, and Utah-based clean fuels solutions. Awareness is the most urgent call to bring action and real deployment of zero-emissions vehicles to Utah’s transportation sector,” said Utah Clean Cities Executive Director Tammie Bostick.

 

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Interagency Commitment to Lower Transportation Emissions and Consumer Costs, Bolster Domestic Energy Security

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office

September 16, 2022

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Interagency Commitment to Lower Transportation Emissions and Consumer Costs, Bolster Domestic Energy Security

The Biden Administration today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among four federal agencies to accelerate the nation’s affordable and equitable clean transportation future. The U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will work collectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation sector and to ensure resilient and accessible mobility options for all Americans. Domestic transportation—including both passenger and freight—produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector. Working closely with states, local communities, Tribal communities, labor unions, nonprofits, and the private sector, the agencies will combine efforts to advance low- and zero-emission transportation solutions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, create clean transportation jobs, and support President Biden’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

“A modernized transportation sector, equipped with accessible clean energy technologies, is critical for providing commuting options that are more affordable, more secure, and produce less polluting,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This MOU exemplifies President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to bringing the benefits of a decarbonized transportation sector directly to Americans and positioning the United States to be a global leader in clean transportation manufacturing and deployment.”

“With this agreement, we will collaborate across the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver the clean transportation future that Americans want and deserve,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“Under the leadership of President Biden, EPA is working with our federal partners to aggressively reduce pollution that is harming people and our planet – while saving families money at the same time,” said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan. “At EPA, our priority is to protect public health, especially in overburdened communities, while advancing the President’s ambitious climate agenda. This MOU is a step forward in delivering on those goals and accelerating the transition to a clean transportation future.”

“The people HUD serves deserve clean, affordable transportation options,” said U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “HUD is proud to join our federal partners at Energy, DOT, and EPA to ensure that clean transportation investments are made equitably and include communities and households that have been most harmed by environmental injustice. We look forward to working together to better align transportation, housing, and community development investments in these and other communities across the country.”

With the billions of dollars in clean transportation investments provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, the United States is well-positioned to lead the global clean transportation market and create millions of jobs for American workers. The agencies will accomplish this by increasing access to more efficient modes of transportation like walking, biking, transit and rail, while lowering the costs of electric vehicles and other zero emission vehicles and fuels to allow American families and businesses the opportunity to immediately enjoy the benefits of the affordable, clean energy revolution.

The collective efforts of these four federal agencies directly influence transportation, energy and land use decisions, technologies, and infrastructure investments. The MOU commits the agencies to release—within 90 days of the MOU signing—a comprehensive blueprint for decarbonizing the transportation sector that will help guide future policy decisions, as well as research, development, demonstration, and deployment in the public and private sectors. The blueprint will ensure a coordinated whole-of-government approach to address challenges to achieving widespread and equitable decarbonization of the domestic transportation sector. This includes increasing access to safe, active transportation options, providing clean and affordable transit options, modernizing the grid to meet increased demands from the electric vehicle sector, and reducing emissions from the entire lifecycle of transportation, including emissions from construction. This coordinated approach will prioritize climate resilience while saving consumers money, improving air quality, and ensuring that all communities benefit from a decarbonized transportation sector.

Read the complete Memorandum of Understanding.

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Utah’s First Hydrogen Station opens the Southwestern United States

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT

Contact:
Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Coalition,
801-580-1922, tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Utah’s First Hydrogen Station opens the Southwestern United States

August 10th, 2022 – Bluff, Utah

Big Navajo Energy and Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company today launched a new clean energy project which will demonstrate the transition from heavy emitting fossil fuels by utilizing Linde technology hydrogen production. Linde technology is one of the world’s leading industrial gasses and engineering companies, including technology for the full spectrum of hydrogen production. This undertaking was supported by Utah’s hydrogen steering committee, Big Navajo Energy, Lancer Energy, Utah Inland Port Authority, and Utah Clean Cities.

Big Navajo Energy (BNE) hydrogen development in Southern Utah on the Navajo Nation reservation addresses the number of severe impacts from the fossil fuel industry. By providing sustainable clean energy solutions with hydrogen production. BNE, with Linde technology, will significantly reduce emissions from natural gas flaring and stranded oil from the Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company (NNOGC). With this new clean energy solution, Navajo Nation’s current oil productions in Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona will result in improved air quality, reduced haze, a better quality of life, and improved health. BNE will support hydrogen fuel cells or turbines; as a result, hydrogen is a zero-emission fuel source for power generation. The new hydrogen transportation sectors will be available soon in the Navajo Nation.

This new clean energy resource will support the Navajo Nation’s interest in low-carbon energy opportunities”, said Dory Peters, President of Big Navajo Energy, LLC. “A hydrogen production facility will offer a clean, zero-emission alternative in the form of hydrogen fuel. Our development directly impacts the local economy through competitive jobs and improved quality of life. Still, it will also support the State of Utah in achieving its climate change goals and the Navajo Nation’s transition toward a sustainable clean energy economy.”

“For our renewable and sustainable future, hydrogen is the clean solution to many hard-to-decarbonize industries and energy uses currently relying on liquid fossil fuels,” said Executive Vice President of Lancer Energy, Free Reyes. “The vision that Dory Peters, CEO of Big Navajo Energy had of using flare and stranded natural gas to convert into hydrogen is innovative and industry-leading. Taking natural gas that would have been burned for air quality compliance is being turned into clean energy for vehicles and microgrids. What an amazing project to see in Bluff, Utah on Navajo land. This unique collaboration between Big Navajo Energy, Navajo Oil & Gas, Linde, and the Navajo Nation is the first of many more hydrogen projects in Utah.”

Utah’s hydrogen steering committee is being organized by Utah Clean Cities intends to support important clean energy and fuels projects in Utah and the surrounding western region. Over 30 years of legacy work with state-side clean fuels, positioned Utah Clean Cities to become key convener of stakeholder relationships including private industry, policy makers and the emerging Utah Inland Port Authority.

“Utah has demonstrated something like a clean fuels revolution with hydrogen. I would say today, all eyes are on Utah and what we do next is our leadership tomorrow. Utah’s hydrogen stakeholders are defining the future of clean fuels now by using new state-of-the-art technologies from dedicated sources of renewable feedstocks, such as landfill gas, methane recapture and a Utah-based project using biochar” stated the Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities, Tammie Bostick. “We are turning climate devastating greenhouse gas emissions into clean energy fuels. As someone who constantly thinks of transportation fuel solutions, to me, this strategy makes good sense for the environment and the economy of Utah.”

Utah is positioned to benefit enormously from Utah’s Inland Port Authority commitment to using hydrogen as a clean fuel with their pilot Project Beehive. Utah sees over 30% of all freight coming in from seven pacific ports shipping goods across the entire nation. Utah is at the crossroads of the west. This means high volumes of trucking and freight are traveling Utah’s rural and urban corridors. The freight transportation sector takes a massive amount of fuel, and most of that fuel is diesel at this point in time. Freight movement is the lifeblood of the economy and it is moving to decarbonize as rapidly as possible. The infrastructure necessary to support that translation must be a priority.

“Our key partners continue to come to Utah’s ‘hydrogen round table’ as we innovate freight movement, clean fuels, and logistics. Utah is leading this important energy sector transition and demonstrates with our commitment to support hydrogen production, storage, fueling sites and of course the off-takers who will use the fuel. We are making world history in Utah today with our legislative leadership, state commitments and industry investment,” said Jack Hedge, President, Utah Inland Port Authority.

Visit https://utahcleancities.org/hydrogen/ to learn more about Utah’s hydrogen future and how Utah is leading the way.

 

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About Utah Clean Cities Coalition: Utah Clean Cities exists to support organizations and fleets in their efforts to contribute to clean air by reducing vehicle emissions. Through the promotion of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and fuel economy strategies, the coalition has worked to ease concerns about volatile gas prices and rising public and environmental health issues. Working closely with the federal and state government, as well as its stakeholders, UCC leverages its resources to bring funding into Utah to support the development and deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure and vehicles. www.utahcleancities.org

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Fueling a Low-carbon Future in Utah: The Role of Hydrogen [C2ES]

by Christina Cilento Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, June 2022Original Article Here

“As an energy exporter with significant renewable resources and a strategic location in the west, Utah will be key to accelerating the United States’ energy transition. Recently, the state has garnered international attention for its growing role in the bourgeoning hydrogen industry, with multiple industry-leading projects underway. Barriers remain to deploying hydrogen in a low-carbon future, but Utah has potential to play a leadership role in the hydrogen sector if it can address its own unique barriers. This brief provides insights from a C2ES roundtable held in November 2021 that explored the future of hydrogen in Utah. It highlights the benefits hydrogen can bring to the state, Utah’s unique advantages in the growing hydrogen industry, and the challenges that must be addressed to unlock hydrogen’s decarbonization potential, both in Utah and beyond”

Hydrogen is having a moment.

Heralded for decades as the “fuel of the future,” the most common element in the universe is again gaining recognition for its potential role in decarbonizing some of the most challenging sectors of society.

Hydrogen investments in the United States doubled in value between 2020 and 2021. In addition, the Department of Energy has launched a Hydrogen Shot initiative to drastically reduce the price of clean hydrogen. Congress has expressed support for clean hydrogen, too, including passing billions of dollars for hydrogen technology as part of last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law.

Numerous states are now vying for a slice of that funding, including Utah, which has earned international attention for its multiple industry-leading hydrogen projects.

To explore the opportunities and challenges for clean hydrogen in Utah, C2ES held a virtual roundtable discussion in November 2021. Our state policy team brought together more than 90 local leaders from business, state, and local government, nonprofits, universities, and other organizations, who shared their views on the future of hydrogen in the state.

The outcomes from the roundtable are detailed in our new policy brief, Fueling a Low-Carbon Future in Utah: The Role of Hydrogen.

We learned that interest in hydrogen in Utah is high, from government and private sector investors making high-profile hydrogen deals to curious local government leaders who’ve heard the hydrogen hype and want to know more.

But with that interest come questions. What impact will hydrogen production have on Utah’s water availability and air quality? For which applications will hydrogen be a competitive decarbonization tool? And what can the state do to improve public awareness and hydrogen infrastructure in a way that can foster market growth for hydrogen technologies?

These questions may be driven by Utah-specific concerns, but they apply to the hydrogen industry’s success at both the national and international levels. Answering these questions and better characterizing hydrogen’s potential in locally relevant ways will be critical to scaling the sector and realizing the tangible benefits hydrogen can bring across the country, including the potential for improved air quality, jobs, infrastructure improvements, and more.

Major points during the discussion included:

  • Utah is well positioned for a key role in growing the hydrogen sector. The state is strategically located in the West, with connections to major population and trade centers. Its growing logistics industry, with trucking and rail centers, is a natural user base for hydrogen technologies. As an energy-producing state, Utah also has ample infrastructure, a workforce with expertise that can apply to hydrogen investments, and high renewable energy potential essential for economically producing hydrogen via electrolysis. Furthermore, as the host to the largest “Gulf-style” geologic salt dome in the Western United States, Utah has a competitive advantage in hydrogen storage that is already in development.
  • Hydrogen faces barriers in the state that reflect broader societal challenges. These include concerns about water availability for green hydrogen production, especially given Utah’s growing drought, which led some in the group to suggest natural gas-based hydrogen is more appropriate for the state. But in Utah’s notoriously leaky Uinta Basin, fugitive methane emissions, roughly three times the national average, are a serious impediment to producing low-carbon hydrogen. Utah’s multiple air quality challenges also make it crucial to ensure that hydrogen production and use minimize criteria pollutant emissions–like nitrogen oxides (NOx)–which are released when hydrogen is burned. In addition to these Utah-specific concerns, participants pointed out a variety of barriers facing the sector as a whole, including cost challenges; lack of hydrogen infrastructure, such as fueling stations and pipelines; and the need to bolster public awareness and create demand to grow the market for these technologies.
  • Hydrogen can bring numerous benefits to Utah, but the state needs intentional planning and policies to realize them. By effectively addressing the barriers above, Utah can ensure communities benefit from the growth of hydrogen. For instance, workers whose jobs depend on Utah’s fossil-heavy energy sector can channel their expertise into emerging hydrogen opportunities in the clean energy transition. With effective air pollution control measures, hydrogen can also help improve Utah’s air quality by eliminating criteria emissions from sources like trucks or trains. Finally, the state can capitalize on its competitive business environment and growing startup ecosystem to attract new investment and make Utah a hub for hydrogen innovation in the West.

Read the full brief to learn more: Fueling a Low-Carbon Future in Utah:The Role of Hydrogen

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Federal Funding for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Report 2022

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The world’s largest hydrogen-battery hybrid mine haul truck starts work

Originally posted on Electrek.co May 6th, 2022

UK-headquartered multinational mining company Anglo American today launched a a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck in South Africa.

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Utah, 3 other states agree on hydrogen hub; seek portion of $8B in federal funds

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Atlas Disposal Makes Investment of Over $5 million in Cleaner Air Technologies