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Policy Education Video Series

 

Policy Education Series: A Review of Utah’s 2022 General Legislative Session

Utah Clean Cities interviewed state legislators, non-profit associates, and our own executive director to help explain legislation pertaining to alternative fuels. 

 

Episode 1: Representative Ballard, H.C.R. 7, and Zero Emission Rail

For the first episode of the Policy Education Series at UCC, Representative Ballard answered questions regarding the resolution she sponsored, “Concurrent Resolution Regarding Improving Air Quality Through Enhanced Zero Emission Rail.” H.C.R. 7, the legislation number for Representative Ballard’s resolution, passed during Utah’s 2022 General Legislative Session. With the resolution’s passage, any “existing locomotives used in railroad and industrial plant switching services” are encouraged to transition to zero emissions. 

 

 

 

Episode 2: Representative Briscoe, Public Transit Fares, and EV Charging Modifications

In the second episode, Representative Briscoe answered questions about two bills he sponsored during the 2022 General Legislative Session: H.B. 164 Public Transit Fares and H.B. 189 Electric Vehicle Charging Modifications. Neither of these bills passed during the session, but Representative Briscoe sparked some interesting conversations for how alternative fuel is implemented in the future. For instance, he talked about Utah Transit Authority’s Free February. For UTA’s full report on Free February, click here.

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 (Resources)

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021

On Nov. 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs ActPDF (Public Law 117-58, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”) into law. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) provides $550 billion over fiscal years 2022 through 2026 in new federal investment in infrastructure, including roads, bridges, mass transit, water infrastructure, resilience, and broadband.

This page provides information and resources for four main BIL-funded clean transportation programs for partners:

 

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program

 

 

NEVI Information and Resources

Feb. 10, 2022, Formula Program “90-Day” GuidancePDF

FHWA NEVI Fact Sheet

Revised FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors Nomination and Designation GuidancePDF

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program: Also called the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, this provides $2.5 billion over 5 years through discretionary (competitive) grants to eligible entities.1 EV charging, hydrogen, propane (fleets only), and natural gas are included. Eligible sites may be corridors or other publicly accessible locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPA Clean School Bus Program

Clean Bus Program EPA UCC Graphic

 

 

 

Clean School Bus Information and Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean School Bus Program

Clean School Bus Funding

Clean School Bus Program Fact Sheet

Clean School Bus Listening Session on Dec. 15, 2021PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

 

 

Joint Office Information and Resources

Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

Joint Office Comments and Questions Form

Joint Office Technical Assistance

Joint Office News

DOE and DOT Launch Joint Effort to Build Out Nationwide Electric Vehicle Charging Network

Video of the DOE/DOT Joint Press Conference

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Utah Hosts USDOT to Collect Feedback on their Charge Forward Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Under its ROUTES initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure in February 2022 as a one-stop shop for rural entities looking to plan, fund, and implement EV charging infrastructure and projects. 

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s), Utah Clean Cities and Grand County Economic Development Office hosted one of these workshops with the goal to collect input on the rural electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure toolkit Charging Forward Toolkit directly from local rural leaders and communities. 

Grand County Economic Development helped to facilitate a meeting between stakeholders including the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Energy, and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition on the prospect of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure funding in our region as part of an EV corridor including Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Utah Clean Cities Coalition is serving as the prime of this project and their executive director, Tammie Bostick. 

USDOT is actively working with Clean Cities Coalitions to organize workshops with rural communities across the country to (1) obtain feedback on the toolkit content and inform a revised version, planned for Summer 2022; and (2) facilitate knowledge exchange within rural communities on getting started with EV charging projects. USDOT is seeking feedback on this first version of the toolkit—with a goal to release a revised version this summer. The workshops bring together 10-20 stakeholders from a single community or region, with participants representing diverse community and planning roles.

“We are excited to focus one of these workshops on Moab and surrounding areas. Being in Moab today is an incredible opportunity for all of rural Utah. Today, We bring together  leadership with the possible vision of electrified transportation. Our goal in bringing resources to rural Utah communities is to ensure equity, funding access, and the tools to secure opportunities to build out zero emission technologies and renewable fuels” said Tammie Bostick, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities. 

This workshop is also a part of the Utah Clean Cities Coalitions Drive Clean Rural USA – Rural Utah Project focused on helping rural counties transition to cleaner fuels and vehicles. This project provides outreach, education, and technical assistance to local county decision makers to support opportunities for transitioning fleets to cleaner fuels and vehicles. Support county governments transition their fleets to cleaner fuels and vehicles. 

For more information on this workshop and projects, please contact Tammie Bostick at tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org

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Atlas Disposal Ribbon Cutting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Salt Lake City, UT, March 22, 2022 —  Utah Clean Cities rallied with key Utah leadership in the transportation sector and with clean air advocates today at the Atlas Disposal green-fleet ribbon cutting in west Salt Lake.  The event was moderated by Free Reyes of Lancer Energy and the speakers included: Thom Carter, Governor’s Energy Advisor; Kim Frost, Utah Clean Air Partnership; Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities; and Dell Loy Hansen, Atlas founder.  Over sixty clean air advocates and transportation leaders toured the new facility and applauded the breadth and depth of ingenuity in this modern facility with large solar arrays and high tech fueling options.

Atlas Disposal has invested over $5 Million in a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station and fleet of 16 CNG Refuse Trucks. This new fueling station is located on their property in west Salt Lake City off of I-80 near the airport.  The station can fuel up to 40 refuse trucks simultaneously and includes a public access station for fast-filling CNG/RNG at 14 GGE per minute– making it the fastest CNG filling station in Utah.

Using state-of-the-art technologies with fast-fueling innovation is what sets this advanced station above the rest for fleet satisfaction and environmental stewardship commitment,“The super station we are touring today is a testimony of sound business practices and regard to the carbon-constrained air shed along Utah’s Wasatch front,” stated Tammie Bostick, director of Utah Clean Cities, a non-profit organization dedicated to clean fuels, clean air and clean strategies, “ We here at the Atlas station, renewable fuels at the pump, renewable energy in the form of solar electricity, and a off-grid fast charger from FreeWire technologies that operates on battery storage for resilience and shaves peak energy demands for efficiency.” added Bostick. The fueling station and electric vehicle DC fast charger uses electricity from its on-site 325kW solar canopy array with 400kWH of battery storage that has the peak output capability of 120kW.

The new technologies in a modern CNG fleet have significantly lower emissions than its diesel counterparts: 50% less fine particulate matter and 90% less carbon monoxide. “We all share ownership and responsibility for Utah’s air quality. We applaud Atlas for leading its industry by making this significant investment in new clean natural gas refuse trucks to help contribute to a better air quality solution.” stated Kim Frost, executive director at Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR).

Nick Sikich, president at Atlas Disposal was closely involved with the decisions that led to the Atlas mission to commit fully to renewable natural gas and electric fueling, “There is no silver bullet to solving Utah’s air quality, but every small change adds to a collective bigger step toward better health, a better economy, and better overall quality of life for all of us. Atlas Disposal is excited to announce a new eco-friendlier fleet of 16 CNG Refuse trucks and a new innovative CNG/RNG fueling station that is open to the public. Lowering our emissions is of utmost importance to us as a company and guides our overall operating decisions.”

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About Atlas Disposal

Atlas Disposal Industries was established in March of 1998 in response to the new recycling mandates that were passed by the State of California. With an active team focused on educating local businesses about their recycling potential, Atlas emerged as the fastest growing waste management and recycling removal company in the area. Today, Atlas Disposal is one of the largest waste management and recycling service providers with operations in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.  Atlas Disposal has the advantage of local customer service and billing to respond quickly to any questions or concerns that customers might have.  ReFuel Energy Partners, a division of Atlas Disposal, currently operates public CNG fueling stations in Sacramento, San Jose, and now Salt Lake.  Atlas Disposal believes in being good stewards of the communities they serve by letting their core value of environmental preservation help guide their business decisions.

About Utah Clean Cities

Web: utahcleancities.org

Through the Beyond Zero Green Fleet Program, Utah Clean Cities, UCC, seeks to recognize those in Utah’s transportation sectors who have committed to developing zero-emission fleet goals through the adoption and expansion of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

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.

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Competitive Programs FY2022 Notice of Funding: Low or No Emission and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities

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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

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UCC Joins Nationwide Call for Investment in Clean Fuels and Vehicles at Energy Independence Summit 2022