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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

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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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Event Announcement: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming ChargeWest™ Event 

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Emily Her

Email: emily.her@oer.idaho.gov;

Phone: 208-332-1663

 

Date: September 15th, 12-2 pm

Location: 3753 US-20, Island Park, ID 83429

Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chargewest-kickoff-event-september-15-tickets-408274198117 

 

ChargeWest™ – West Electric Highway Powers-Up Regional Fast Charging for Eight Western States

 

The ChargeWest – West Electric Highway interstate partnership will be celebrated in Idaho on September 15th, 3753 US-20, Island Park, ID 83429. ChargeWest™ is an eight state collaborative between AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, and WY and is the largest EV corridor collective in the nation. This highly collaborative western-centric project brings together the intermountain west states with their Governors, Energy Offices, Departments of Transportation, and regional Clean Cities programs. Together, the project combines the efforts of over 75 partners and is funded by the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program and supported by the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO).

ChargeWest is committed to improving electric corridors across the western United States; building infrastructure for rural gateway communities, state and national parks, monuments, recreation areas and scenic by-ways through public-private partnership. The ChargeWest™ website provides information on consumer education, laws and incentives with state and federal programming including US DOT’s Charge Forward and National Electric Vehicle Initiative (NEVI) Formula Program with the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

The States of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming will celebrate their EV charging initiatives at 3753 US-20, Island Park, ID 83429, where a new charging station will be installed through the State of Idaho’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program. The first half of the event will comprise of speakers and the second hour will provide the opportunity to view and test drive electric vehicles currently on the market including Tesla models and the Ford Lightning. Speakers for the event include:

  • ChargeWest lead, Tammie Bostick
  • Idaho Governor Brad Little
  • State of Montana Energy Office, Kyla Maki
  • State of Wyoming Business Council, Ron Gullberg
  • National Park Service, remarks delivered by Alicia Cox of Yellowstone Teton Clean Cities Coalition 
  • Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, Clint Washburn

Governor Little, during his 2019 EV Day Proclamation, said that “zero-emission electric vehicles with clean energy produced in our state protects our health while creating new good-paying jobs, especially in rural communities.” The State of Idaho EVSE Program has allocated funding to install 12 fast charging stations along major travel and tourist corridors, including 3 locations under development in Eastern Idaho in Island Park, Driggs, and Ashton.

As a leading western states, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming continue to explore electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure deployments throughout supporting  the efforts of the Western Governors Association’s Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative, and through REV West .

“The intermountain west is becoming one of the most visited places in the United States” says Tammie Bostick, Executive Director Utah Clean Cities, ChargeWest™ project lead. “We want the modern traveler to experience the same highways and byways of our western heritage with today’s new electric fuel horsepower. Drivers can ChargeWest™ with range confidence.” Consumers will see over 100 new electric vehicle models coming to market in the next two years with ranges exceeding 600 miles, which will create confidence in traveling with electric vehicles.

 

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ChargeWest: West Electric Highway

Electrified Corridors of the Intermountain States

ChargeWest™ is a collection of Intermountain West states which are committed to improving electric corridors across the western United States; building infrastructure on rural gateway communities, state and national parks, monuments , recreation areas and scenic by-ways. The states involved are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. 

https://chargewestev.org/

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Utah Celebrates 15 Years of Idle Free Awareness and Action for 2022-2023 Winter Season

 

September marks the 15th Annual Governor Declaration for Idle Free in Utah September 2022 and the 2022-2023 Winter Season. The Governor’s Declaration is currently supported by over 60 Utah Mayors who represent more than ¾ of the state’s population. The highly anticipated event was held on Thursday, September 1st at 11 AM at the Utah State Capitol. Key leaders and advocates for the Idle Free shared their stories, work and support of this unique Utah campaign for clean air and zero emissions. 

This is the 15th anniversary of Utah’s beloved Idle Free Campaign, “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” and the annual opportunity to announce Utah’s official Idle Free Month and Winter Season 2022-2023.  Today we reflect on the past 15 years with a sense of accomplishment. This initiative has inspired statewide idle free policies, as well as action by school districts, cities, towns, counties, and Zion National Park. We recognize the consistent hard work of the Bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, Utah Idle Free fleets and most importantly, the collective of individual action- a ten-second commitment to turn the key.” Tammie Bostick, Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities

In 2021, Utah Clean Cities and Intermountain Healthcare partnered to bring awareness to the impacts idling has on individual and community health through an updated signage campaign.  These updated visual images of the Idle Free signs can be seen throughout Intermountain Healthcare Campuses. Ten signs were installed at Utah Valley Hospital in September 2021. These signs remind visitors of the importance of turning off our vehicles to support the safety and well-being of employees, patients, and visitors. 

This year, we continue to applaud the efforts of those utilizing and supporting Idle Free Education Programs including Utah Clean Cities, UCAIR, Breathe Utah, Utah Society for Environmental Education and the State Health Department’s Asthma Program and Recess Guide. These grass-roots programs reach over 15,000 students, and continue to grow across 425 schools. 

The Turn your Key, Be Idle Free program recognizes the Utah cities that are officially Idle Free cities. To date, the cities of Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper City, Holladay, Logan, Millcreek, Murray City, Park City, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Sandy, South Jordan and Springdale all have Idle Free City Ordinances. Zion National Park is also Idle Free.

Cameron Diehl, Utah Clean Air Partnership; Debbie Lyons, SLCgreen, SLC Sustainability; Representative Joel Briscoe, Bi-partisan Clean Air Caucus; Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities; Pilar Pobil, Utah Artist

The summer of 2022 brought high temperatures across the Wasatch Front, including a record-breaking number of days above 100 degrees. Along with soaring temperatures comes an increased exposure to ground-level ozone, a pollutant formed from the reactions between Nitric Oxide (NOx), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), heat, and sunshine. Although we cannot see or smell this harmful pollutant, ozone is unhealthy and it has been likened to getting a sunburn on our lungs. 

Ozone and PM2.5 from vehicle emissions, along with the wildfire smoke that Utahns frequently experience, negatively impacts the health of Utah communities and disproportionately affects historically disadvantaged populations. The transportation sector – both individuals and fleets – can work to lessen the harmful effects of poor air quality with simple actions, such as “turn your key, be idle free”. Local government entities, businesses, fleets and many Utah communities are raising the bar for partnership with this annual reminder to curb unnecessary idling. 

“We are excited to recognize the commitment from Utah communities with the fifteenth year of “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free”.  We all play a part in Utah’s air quality, and even simple changes have a big impact on our air. Being idle-free, carpooling, or riding transit help every Utahn breathe easier. City leaders are striving to reduce our emissions in our buildings and vehicles. We challenge everyone to continue improving our air quality!” – Cameron Diehl, Executive Director, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Board Member, UCAIR. 

The Bipartisan Utah Clean Air Caucus was started after a series of detestable inversions and consists of Republican and Democratic representatives and senators hailing from the Salt Lake valley to the rural corners of the state. The caucus seeks to address in earnest our state’s serious non-attainment issues and consider policies to mitigate Utah’s poor air quality. The current co-chair and original founding member, Rep. Joel Briscoe spoke today and shared the following,

“The Bipartisan Utah Clean Air Caucus was started ten years ago in 2013 in the winter of a serious PM2.5 inversion. The Clean Air Caucus meets several times every year to get up to speed on air quality issues and to work on policy and appropriations to tackle our state’s serious non-attainment issues and to mitigate Utah’s air quality which ranks as some of the worst in the nation during inversion season.” – Rep. Joel Briscoe, co-chair, Bi-Partisan Legislative Clean Air Caucus

Air quality is a complex issue. In Utah, air pollution issues are particularly fraught with unique challenges, including distinctive local topography, heavy transportation traffic, and a high density population. There is no simple solution to solving our air pollution challenges, but focusing on transportation makes common sense. Vehicle exhaust makes up about half of the air pollution in Utah, and unnecessary idling contributes a significant amount of emissions into our air shed each day. 

The Bi-partisan Clean Air Caucus was not the only active voice in the notable “bad inversion year” here in Utah the winter of 2013. Renowned Utah artist Pilar Pobil painted Under the Great Seal of the State of Utah in an artist effort to urge elected officials to take affirmative action. The painting shows legislators flying around the state capitol building, depicted as a beehive, far above the winter inversion and the people below are caught in smog. The citizens struggle in the smog while the flying legislators seem oblivious.

Pilar Pobil, Tammie Bostick in from of Pilar’s ‘Under the Great Seal of the State of Utah”

“Growing up on an idyllic Mediterranean island, I was immersed in the wonder of nature. I developed a strong sense of respect for our natural world and the need to protect it. In 2013, I was inspired to paint Under the Great Seal of the State of Utah after a particularly bad air inversion during the legislative session. I felt our elected officials could and should do more to clean our air and protect nature.” – Pilar Pobil, Utah Artist, “Under the Great Seal of the State of Utah”

Over 80 Utah fleets make a commitment each year with Utah Clean Cities, and the communities they serve, to operate Idle Free. Based on Utah Clean Cities 2021 annual report data, the Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free program reduced more than 200,000 lbs. of criteria pollutants in 2021. In total, the program reduced more than 13,942 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the last year. That is equivalent to 1,183,139 gallons of gasoline. 

“Salt Lake City was one of the first cities in Utah to adopt an idle free ordinance. Something as simple as turning off your car when you’re waiting for the kids, or sitting at a drive-thru, is one easy way for everyone to do their part. This simple action of ‘turning your key to be idle free’ will go a long way to clean our air.” – Debbie Lyons, Director, Salt LakeCity Department of Sustainability

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Event Announcement: ACE Recycling & Disposal – Utah’s First 100% Electric Hauler Unveiling August 4th, 2022 

PRESS Announcement

Contact: Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities
Email: tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org
Phone: 801.580.1922


Date: August 4th, 2022
Time of the event: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Ace Recycling & Disposal – 2274 S Technology Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Website: Eventbrite   UCC Event Calendar 

 

ACE Recycling & Disposal – Utah’s First 100% Electric Hauler Unveiling August 4th, 2022 

 

 August 2nd, 2022 – Salt Lake City, 

ACE Recycling & Disposal will unveil Utah’s first 100% Electric Class 8 Truck Thursday August 4th, at a press event held at ACE Recycling & Disposal Headquarters. This undertaking was supported by Utah Clean Cities,  The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Lancer Energy, Rocky Mountain Power, and BYD Motors. 

ACE Recycling & Disposal has introduced the first electric refuse truck for Utah’s market. It has over 400 KWH of capacity and has demonstrated a full day’s use on routes of 10 hours or more. The waste industry is perfect for the electric truck because it can return to a hub to fully charge every day. It has a predictable route and lots of starts and stops to capture the full potential of regenerative braking. By introducing this vehicle we will be reducing emissions, decreasing maintenance costs, and being a better partner for the communities we serve.

Since March 2019, ACE Recycling & Disposal has been powered by renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG is a fuel generated from multiple sources including landfills, livestock and organic waste. Using RNG reduces our environmental impact even more as we no longer use natural gas extracted through fracking. 

“ACE is proud to be a leader in alternative fuels,” said Matt Stalsberg, ACE Recycling & Disposal Owner & General Manager. “We have done extensive research on new technology and we are constantly trying to improve our operations. Our goal is to match smart business decisions with our community and environmental needs.”

The upgrade to electric was made possible by a $231,900 grant from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s EPA funded Utah Clean Diesel Program, which offers incentives to diesel fleet owners for the early retirement and replacement of older diesel trucks and equipment. The program provides up to 45% of the replacement cost and currently has $9 million in funding available for Utah businesses and organizations. 

“ACE Recycling & Disposal has set a new bar by reducing tailpipe emissions by 100% on their West Valley City route,” said DEQ Executive Director, Kim Shelley. “We hope other businesses will follow their lead and take advantage of the opportunity to improve air quality through the Utah Clean Diesel program.”  

“Matt Stalsberg of ACE Recycling & Disposal goes above and beyond as a clean air advocate; the leadership of ACE Recycling & Disposal invests in clean air vehicles and infrastructure across Utah”, said Free Reyes, Executive Vice President Lancer Energy. “Their pioneering spirit means they are willing to take on the risks of being the first to adopt new technologies. Class-8 electric vehicles cost more than diesel, have more logistical hurdles, and require high power chargers. All those challenges aside; applying today’s leading-edge technologies allows ACE Recycling & Disposal to prepare for and build our renewable and suitable future. What an amazing thing it is to have a waste company that cleans our air.”

“BYD is the largest producer of electric vehicles in the world with a mission to change the world through technological innovation that reduces greenhouse gasses and our dependence on fossil fuels,” said Michael Stafford. Director Business Development BYD MOTORS LLC. “BYD MOTORS LLC is the only OEM who has a 100% vertically integrated drivetrain. BYD manufactures state-of-the-art batteries, controls and A/C motors for all truck products which includes ACE Recycling & Disposals’ 100% electric class 8 refuse truck.”

ACE Recycling & Disposal has been a long standing partner with Utah Clean Cities and is a leading fleet within the Beyond Zero Green Fleets Program. This program has provided key stakeholders, public and private fleets, leading utilities, and school districts with the necessary resources needed to convert to zero-emission and beyond-zero vehicle technologies. 

“The visionary Beyond Zero Green Fleet partner, ACE Recycling & Disposal, is a prominent Utah fleet leading the way with a climate-focused, beyond-zero emissions fleet model,” said Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Executive Director. “The Beyond Zero Green Fleets Program aims for 100% zero-emission at the tailpipe and has accomplished this goal with its larger legacy CNG fleet using renewable fuel sourcing. As Utahs’ top award-winning refuse company, we celebrate the leadership at ACE Recycling & Disposal for rolling out the first 100% electric hauler.” 

The Beyond Zero Green Fleets Program intends to support Utah communities in reducing emissions from trucks, buses, and other fleet vehicles to provide partnership opportunities through fleet consulting and connecting resources with fleets; including grants, incentives and other fleet building tools. This innovative fleet program is designed to connect key stakeholders across Utah to make a collaborative effort to educate, incentivize and support advanced fuels in Utah.

Visit https://utahcleancities.org/beyond-zero-green-fleet to learn more about Utah Clean Cities’ Beyond Zero Green Fleets Program and the benefits provided to partnering organizations, including fleet consultation, support for funding and annual event recognition. 

 

Event Details:

  • ACE Recycling & Disposal Ribbon Cutting Eventbrite
  • Thursday August 4th, 2022
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM(MST)
  • Location: ACE Recycling & Disposal 2274 S Technology Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Event Agenda: 

  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM:  Reception and Breakfast 
  • 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM:  Speakers
      • Tammie Bostick | Executive Director, Utah Clean Cities 
      • Matt Stalsberg | Owner & General Manager, ACE Recycling & Disposal 
      • Kim Shelley | Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
      • Free Reyes | Executive Vice President, Lancer Energy
      • Michael Stafford | Director Business Development, BYD MOTORS LLC
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Tours, press interviews and networking
  • [Private interviews with the press and speakers]

Press Opportunities: If you were unable to attend this event but are interested in event coverage, contact Kelly Barrett from Utah Clean Cities for interview opportunities: text 801-638-4132 or email kelly.barrett@utahcleancities.org.

 

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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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DOE VTO Announces Program Wide Funding for 2022!

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $96 Million for Advancing Clean Vehicle Technologies to Reduce Carbon Emissions

July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a $96 million funding opportunity to support decarbonizing the domestic transportation sector. The funding will focus on expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility, create cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and the use of alternative fuels, and develop electric drive components and materials to maximize EV efficiency and affordability. Non-road vehicles, including agricultural and construction equipment, rail, marine and aviation, are a major source of pollution, emitting more carbon pollution than any other sector of the U.S. economy. Lowering vehicle emissions will support President Biden’s goal to achieve to net-zero economy by 2050. Further, in accordance with President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, applicants for this funding must show how proposed projects will benefit traditionally disadvantaged communities that lack access to clean energy sources.

“To strengthen our transportation sector to support our growing economy, DOE is investing in clean mobility options that will eliminate harmful emissions, reduce our reliance on volatile fossil fuels, and cut energy costs,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Achieving President Biden’s climate goals will require expanding accessibility to electric vehicles for all drivers and modernizing vehicles that power the agricultural and construction industries.”

Expanding Electric Vehicle Charging Accessibility

In support of President Biden’s call for EV’s to make up half of all automotive sales by 2030, DOE is ensuring that the nation’s charging infrastructure is prepared to meet the increased demand. For many Americans, EV benefits such as low maintenance and fueling costs are enhanced by having accessible charging near to homes and workplaces. DOE is committed to developing solutions in underserved areas and for drivers who do not have access to charging at home. DOE will also invest in projects that create regional refueling infrastructure plans for zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles powered by electricity and hydrogen fuel.

This investment complements the $5 billion made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build out a national electric vehicle charging network.

Advancing Innovation in Electric Drive Components and Materials

New materials and advanced electric drive systems are key to developing next-generation electrified vehicle platforms, including full battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles with smaller, more affordable electric systems for improved performance and durability. DOE will also fund projects that seek to develop novel multi-functional materials for EVs and improve powertrain performance in EVs for increased functionality and reliability.

Creating Cleaner Non-Road Engines

While decarbonizing on-road vehicles is critical to fighting climate change, it is equally important to research, develop, and deploy clean, non-road engines and fuel technologies for aviation, marine, off-road (e.g., construction, agriculture), and rail. DOE will fund research on non-road engine technologies that are less harmful to the environment and develop electric, natural gas, and other alternatives for fueling and powering non-road engines.

Applicants for the Fiscal Year 2022 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement must submit a concept paper by August 25, 2022.

To apply, applicants must register with and submit application materials through a DOE online application portal at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov. Full applications are due on November 10, 2022.

Learn more about DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.

 

 

 

 

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ChargeWest™: West Electric Highway, Electrified Corridors of the Intermountain States 

The ChargeWest™ Electric Highway launch event was successfully held on June 21, 2022, at the Packsize® headquarters, thanks to the combined efforts of over 75 partners, funding from the Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Program, and assistance from the National Association of State Energy Offices. 

 

The project is proudly administered by the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, which assists organizations and fleets in their efforts to contribute to clean air by reducing vehicle emissions.The ChargeWest™ project brings together eight states to create EV corridors for the intermountain west: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. It is focused on connecting the states with EV charging and reducing the use of petroleum in the United States. Across this initiative, these states commit to developing infrastructure for rural gateway communities, state and national parks, monuments, recreation  areas, and scenic byways.

 

We need to unite, we need to work together across our state lines and make sure that we have charging as we travel as well as when we arrive.” –Tammie Bostick

 

Before the event commenced, Hanko Kiessner, CEO of Packsize and Co-Founder and Chairman of Leaders For Clean Air, offered an exclusive tour of Packsize.

The launch then began with a brief introduction to the initiative by Tammie Bostick, executive director of Utah Clean Cities. A recording of Governor Spencer Cox’s special keynote speech regarding ChargeWest™ was then played. Following this, talks from the distinguished event speakers were given, covering the importance of this initiative, what its long-term impacts will be, and how this collaborative effort came to be.

Speakers for the launch include; Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Mayor; Kim Frost Executive, Director Utah Clean Air Partnership; Hanko Kiessner, Co-Founder & Chairman Leaders For Clean Air; Flint Timmins, Destination Development Specialist Utah Office of Tourism; Tammie Bostick,  Executive Director Utah Clean Cities.

The official launch and event wrapped up with an exciting EV and workplace charging showcase, with ride-n-drives featuring the latest in EV’s available from Rivian, Tesla, Chevy, BMW, and Arcimoto

 

We need to make sure that we are investing in infrastructure today, that is intended to last for the long term.” – Kim Frost

 

The successful launch of ChargeWest highlights the fortitude of the west by not only looking optimistically towards the future but also by taking a step forward and building the foundations for it.

Utah Clean Cities would like to offer a special thanks to all attendees, honored speakers, and all those involved in making this event a successful start to ChargeWest™.

 

 

 

Video Message from Governor Cox.

 

UCC Event Media Coverage:

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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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Cedar City’s newly improved CNG Station touted as environmentally friendly and cheaper than gas [St. George News]

Copied from St. George news on June 10th, 2022

Cedar City’s newly improved CNG Station touted as environmentally friendly and cheaper than gas

CEDAR CITY — Drivers of vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas now can access a more efficient fueling station at Cedar City’s J R’s Truck Stop, which Utah Inland Port Authority’s executive director Jack C. Hedge said will both cost and pollute less.

A group photo taken just before the ribbon-cutting for the newly improved CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Free Reyes, St. George News

On May 25, officials from Dominion Energy and their partners gathered at the truck stop for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly improved CNG station.

Dominion Energy’s partners included the Utah Inland Port Authority, Utah Clean Cities, Lancer Energy,  J-W  Power company and American CNG.

“It’s been a collaboration of competitors and we’ve come together for a cause and it’s a great story to share,” said Dominion Energy Manager of Operations Brett Brown, adding that the station offers a functional option for large truck transport.

Brown said the station originally was established in 2014 and that customer volume has increased by 300% over the last three years.

Customer demand prompted Dominion Energy to send a team to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to learn about increasing pump speeds – J-W Power Company’s compressor technology, which now is being utilized at the new station.

Brown said it would take about 45-50 minutes to fill a large truck’s tank with natural gas before the improvements, but that time’s now been cut to approximately 10 minutes, making it the fastest in the state. Filling up at the new CNG station takes less time than at a regular diesel fuel pump, Hedge added.

Sales director Nate Thacker using the CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News

“And time means money to a truck driver,” he said.

Additionally, a unit of natural gas is less than half the price of a gallon of diesel, Brown said. With inflation heavily impacting fuel prices, adding cost-efficiency can reduce the price of end products, said Hedge.

Sales Director Nate Thacker and his team from American CNG presented a hybrid bus that runs on a blend of natural gas and diesel fuel, which served as a backdrop to the celebration.

The bus has a short drive range of approximately 70-100 miles, but other models can travel farther. The technology can be used with any existing diesel asset, Thacker said.

American CNG converts diesel-fueled vehicles so they will run on blended fuel types, so having access to both CNG and diesel at the truck stop is “phenomenal,” said Thacker.

“We’re super excited about this,” he said. “I’ve got my own vehicle. When I drove down, I decided to stop at this one and fuel up here versus the slower filling stations at other places – come in here real quick and get it done.”

Dominion Energy currently has over 230 vehicles running on natural gas within their service area, said Brown, adding that there are 22 CNG stations within Utah and Wyoming.

Location and freight

Interstate 15 is one of the most important freight corridors in North America and Cedar City is an important waypoint for cargo and goods between the “giant markets” on the west coast and production areas of the Midwest, Hedge said.

Trucks pulled up to the CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Free Reyes, St. George News

“That’s why this place has become such a hotbed for truck stops, truck maintenance and refueling and tire repair and all those things,” he said. “It’s because of its location.”

Hedge said 30-40% of the nation’s import and export cargo flows through Utah. Of goods consumed on a daily basis, 90% come from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California and travel into Utah by truck.

“So something like this is super important to reduce the carbon footprint,” he said.

The Utah Inland Port Authority was created by the State Legislature in 2018 to evaluate the movement of goods transferred to and from Utah, Hedge said.

Its mission is to promote smart, sustainable logistics solutions through infrastructure investments, added the organization’s Chief Operating Officer Jill Flygare.

Trucks pulled up to the CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Free Reyes, St. George News

“(The CNG station) really fits well within our mission of building out the infrastructure that moves goods more efficiently through the system,” she said. “And it helps with our jurisdictional area and getting those goods to all of the end-users within the Intermountain West.”

UPS moves freight between Southern California and its distribution center in Salt Lake City, covering the entire intermountain region, Hedge said, adding that access to CNG stations reduces the carbon footprint associated with that work and makes moving cargo more efficient and cost-effective while improving air quality.

“If you bought it, a truck brought it,” he said. “Literally … everything came in a truck. Projects like this are going to make that movement by truck more efficient, less polluting, less costly.”

The supply chain is the lifeblood of the economy, Hedge said.

 

 

Sustainability

Large truck transportation is likely the biggest offender of urban emissions, said Brown, adding that diesel-fuel emissions can be reduced to near-zero by utilizing renewable natural gas, like that available at the truck stop. Renewable natural gas can be harvested from facilities that produce it naturally, such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants and farms.

The CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News

The benefits go beyond the point of zero emissions because the station is utilizing renewable fuels that otherwise would have been released as greenhouse gasses, said Tammie Bostick, the executive director of Utah Clean Cities.

Utah Clean Cities is part of the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office and has been working on vehicles that use alternative fuel and related infrastructure in Utah for 35 years. The organization is focused on Utah-based energy, such as renewable natural gas, electric and propane, she said.

Additionally, the organization is working to make hydrogen fuel more accessible. The gas can be produced from methane with a process called steam methane reformation and then injected into a pipeline to be transported to a distant location or used on-site at an H2 station, said Bostick.

Because the fuels are all sourced stateside, local decision-making, the use of local infrastructure and vehicles and energy independence all will be encouraged, Bostick said, adding that rising gas prices should serve as a reminder to consider alternatives.

“We have one opportunity – and it’s now – to get it right,” she said. “And so getting it right with advanced and alternative fuels is our opportunity today. And so, when we look at the Build Back Better funding, don’t shake your head and say, ‘Ah! Federal dollars, just coming our way.’ Shake your head yes and open your hand and make a plan because this is the time to make your plans and to have your transportation opportunities be realized.”

A truck filling up at the CNG station at JR’s Truck Stop, Cedar City, Utah, May 25, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, Cedar City News

The Utah Inland Port Authority is partnering with Dominion Energy and Lancer Energy to build advanced fuel facilities like the one at J R’s Truck Stop across Utah, Hedge said. The organization is also part of the Project Beehive initiative which aims to develop a renewable fueling station in Salt Lake City that will provide multiple refueling options, including hydrogen, electric and CNG.

“We hope to replicate this in numerous locations around the state,” he said. “We’re moving as fast as we can move to get these done.”

Renewable natural gas has been available at the truck stop since 2020, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 8,000 metric tons, which Brown said is the equivalent of removing approximately 3,490 cars from the road.

Dominion Energy is working with partners in an effort to be an industry leader in sustainable energy, Brown added.

“We’d like to leave places better than we found them,” Brown said.

 

 

Vehicle conversion

American CNG sells replacement and original equipment manufacturer parts that can be used to convert a vehicle to run on dedicated natural gas or blended fuel. Thacker said the company realized there was a “hole in the market,” because of the long waitlist to purchase CNG vehicles.

A mock-up of how American CNG plans to paint the hybrid bus that runs on a blend of diesel fuel and CNG, which they’ll use to visit schools, no date or location specified | Image courtesy of American CNG, Cedar City News

The company’s primary focus is to help users of diesel engines transition into alternative fuel, said Thacker, adding that the hybrid technology allows drivers to begin using CNG as they purchase dedicated technology.

Additionally, the parts are transferable. If a school district replaces a 20-year-old bus, they can install the parts in the new vehicle.

American CNG also sells parts to other companies to convert diesel and gasoline engines, as well, Thacker said. And the company plans to convert 100,000 trucks in the next five years and 1,000 by 2023.

“Our technology is essentially a bridge to allow people to start moving into the alternative fuel technology,” he said. “And we’re just here to grow the infrastructure and the awareness as much as possible”

Updated June 13, 1:10 p.m.: Adds information about making hydrogen fuel more accessible.

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