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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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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!

Energy dot gov Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable energy
EERE News

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.

 

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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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Drive Clean Rural USA program demonstrates alternative vehicle use in Southern Utah [St. George News]

Copied from St. George news on June 4th, 2022

Alternative fueled vehicles are being explored by the Drive Clean Rural USA program, Zion National Park has two battery-electric buses, Springdale, Utah.

ST. GEORGE — Alternatives to fuel-driven vehicles may soon be on the road as Washington County and five counties in Southern Utah explore the Drive Clean Rural USA program opportunities. 

Photo illustration courtesy of Pexels, St. George News

The program is funded in part by the Department of Energy Vehicles Technology program. Utah is one of eight states chosen for the project, which involves county government and private fleet partners. The groups will receive free assistance from Utah Clean Cities once they commit to the program. The three-phase project will run through June 2024.  

“The pilot project goes into rural communities to work with them to build out an advanced alternative transportation plan with the alternative fuels in Utah: propane, electric, natural gas and possibly hydrogen,” Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities Coalition Executive Director, said.

According to the Utah Clean Cities website, the program assists local governments and organizations save money by transitioning vehicle fleets to clean fuels and advanced vehicle technologies. Large cities nationwide have many businesses, hospitals, schools, and local governments that have started the process.

Bostick said that rural communities often miss out on the benefits of alternative transportation because they don’t have enough access to information, infrastructure, and financing support.
An electric bus in Zion National Park, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

The goal of the program is to help communities build an advanced alternative transportation plan designed by the community’s leadership and their fleet expertise.

A Drive Clean Rural Utah tour is currently in the planning stages for Southern Utah and other rural Utah communities to demonstrate state-of-the-art alternative vehicles. Bostick said this would allow different regional communities to try out the various state-of-the-art vehicle options for alternative transportation. 

She said that the demonstrations would start ideally at Zion National Park, head to Bryce Canyon National Park, and then finish in Moab, bringing along nearby parks and public lands.

These partnerships are in the negotiation stages, Bostick said. Later, they hope to demonstrate the vehicles at more parks around Utah, including state parks, national monuments, and other recreation areas.

“For the parks, we have a collection of six to eight all-electric vehicles, everything from light-duty trucks to full-size trucks to sporty three-wheelers. There are some ideally sized small utility size yard trucks,” Bostick said. “We plan to launch a campaign across our major national parks and possibly state parks if our timeline permits.”

The communities and organizations could try out these advanced vehicles for a few weeks at a time to see if the new technologies are comparable to traditional vehicles.  

“We think they are really going to enjoy the electric vehicles in the parks, as the range is perfect and the fueling is on-site. It is a plug-and-go system,” Bostick said.

A public demonstration of the Drive Clean Rural Utah program is in the planning stages for St. George through the Five County Association of Governments (FCAG).

“We definitely need to look at this program; we’re excited,” Scott Buys, FCAG Mobility Manager, said. “We are interested in becoming more educated and seeing what options are out there.” 

Buys said there’s a big push to give attention to rural areas from the Utah Department of Transportation. He was recently in a meeting where the Utah Department of Transportation discussed long-range alternative transportation.

Alternative transportation would help the environment and the residents that FCAG serves.

“I’m an advocate for what we call our target population, which is seniors, people with disabilities and low income, accessing public transportation for the five counties,” Buys said. “That’s Garfield, Kane, Beaver, Iron and Washington County, so it’s a big area. With this comes some geographical challenges because we have mostly rural areas.”

Buys said larger towns like St. George and Cedar City already have many buses. But in the rural areas, it’s a challenge to keep drivers since wages are sometimes lower. But he is optimistic due to the recent federal funds set aside for the program.

“I understand that the feds allocated additional funds for rural areas, which I’m delighted to hear because that’s where a lot of our needs are even though they’re a smaller population,” Buys said. “Sometimes the rural areas can be the ones that get left out and yet have some of the greatest needs; whether it’s transportation, medical attention, and those sorts of things.”

Buys said FCAG is learning more about the program and how they can be involved more with the Drive Clean Rural USA program. 

“One of the big questions is affordability,” Buys said. “We’re supportive if we can find ways to have cleaner air and improve the quality of air and the emissions in all communities.”

 Buys said the program is unique because it’s not just electric vehicles. Many different alternative fuels are being explored. 

Businesses and non-profits can receive incentives for fueling these alternative fueled vehicles. In the case of electric cars, Rocky Mountain Power offers incentives for installing electric vehicle charging stations, covering up to 75% of charger costs depending on the project. According to the Drive Electric Utah website, electric vehicle charging will help encourage clean transportation and improve Utah’s air quality.

Federal tax credits of up to $7500 for all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased after 2010 are available. The credit amount will vary based on the battery’s capacity to power the vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, state and local incentives may also apply.

According to the Drive Electric Utah website, there is a grant for businesses, non-profit organizations, and other governmental entities to apply for reimbursement of up to 50% of the purchase and installation costs for electric vehicle supply equipment. This grant is the workplace charging program funded by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, DEQ.

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Could a ‘hydrogen hub’ energize Utah and the West to a cleaner future? [SL Tribune]

Copied from annoucemet from Salt Lake Tribune on April 22nd, 2022

Energy storage and long-haul transportation could be powered by the littlest atoms.

This story is part of The Salt Lake Tribune’s ongoing commitment to identify solutions to Utah’s biggest challenges through the work of the Innovation Lab.

 

Hydrogen is getting the hype these days. Does it have the hope to match?

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Renerable Innovations CEO Robert L. Mount demonstrates a mobile electric vehicle charging trailer at the company's facility in American Fork, Friday, April 15, 2022. Using hydrogen as a fuel source, the unit can provide charging in places away from the electric grid.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Renewable Innovations CEO Robert L. Mount demonstrates a mobile electric vehicle charging trailer at the company’s facility in American Fork, Friday, April 15, 2022. Using hydrogen as a fuel source, the unit can provide charging in places away from the electric grid.

In February, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox joined governors from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming to announce their pursuit of a federal “hydrogen hub.” The U.S. Department of Energy has allocated $8 billion to establish four such hubs as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed last year.

“Clean hydrogen is key to cleaning up American manufacturing and slashing emissions from carbon-intensive materials like steel an

d cement while creating good-paying jobs for American workers,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said when announcing the initiative.

With the DOE soon to release a detailed request for proposals, the four states have formed the “Western Inter State Hydrogen Hub”

(WISHH) with the intent of having facilities in all four states.

The first element on the periodic table, hydrogen is just a single proton and electron. But the energy stored in a molecule of two hydrogen atoms – energy that can be liberated without harmful emissions – has made hydrogen a tempting air-quality solution for decades. It burns clean or it can be converted to electricity in fuel cells, with water vapor being the only byproduct.

But to get into the nation’s energy mainstream, hydrogen has to overcome challenges to producing and transporting it. It also is a highly flammable material that requires high-pressure storage, and it has to get past public perceptions over safety.

A cave full of fuel

Hydrogen is found everywhere on earth, but it’s tied up in other materials. There is very little fuel-ready hydrogen to be tapped or mined. It must be created through a variety of processes, some cleaner than others. Those processes take energy, but much of that energy can be later retrieved. In other words, hydrogen works as a battery.

Utah may someday have the largest hydrogen battery in the world. The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) is working to convert its coal-fired power plant near Delta into a major source of renewable electricity for Los Angeles, powering the plant with “green” hydrogen produced from solar and wind power.

That hydrogen will be stored in a massive underground salt dome below the Millard County power plant so it can be converted into electricity when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, even months later. The four states’ letter to the Energy Department specifically mentions “favorable geology to support underground storage” as an asset that should be included in the DOE’s hub criteria.

“That is storing renewable energy in the form of green hydrogen in the spring months, where it is produced in excess due to low energy market requirements,” said Rob Webster, chief strategy officer for Magnum Development and ACES Delta, which owns the salt domes and is partnering with IPA. “This renewable energy can then be returned to the market in a variety of ways during months where requirements are peaking.”

But it will take years for IPA to get there. First it is converting the coal plant to burn a combination of natural gas and hydrogen. Over time, the plan is to reduce the natural gas as more hydrogen from renewable sources becomes available.

Powering trucks and trains

Hydrogen fuel cells have been around for years and were once seen as a promising clean-car technology. But lithium batteries have outpaced fuel cells as the alternative for passenger cars.

Bigger vehicles with longer trips will be hydrogen’s niche, says Free Reyes, executive vice president at Lancer Energy. Salt Lake City-based Lancer works with companies to convert their truck fleets from diesel to compressed natural gas, but hydrogen is a growing part of the business.

(Stadler Rail) Artist's rendering shows a hydrogen-powered train being built for Southern California by Stadler Rail. Future hydrogen trains will be built in Utah.

“Weight is 100% why hydrogen is a major factor,” says Reyes. “Today, we have heavy-duty class-8 hydrogen trucks with a range of up to 500 miles, and in 2024 we will have trucks that can go up to 900 miles

without refueling.”

And, importantly for the Wasatch Front, a hydrogen-fueled truck does not contribute air pollution.

(Stadler Rail) Artist’s rendering shows a hydrogen-powered train being built for Southern California by Stadler Rail. Future hydrogen trains will be built in Utah.

That’s also why Stadler Rail is getting into the hydrogen train business. The Swiss-based company is building a hydrogen-fueled passenger train that will run from Redlands to San Bernardino, and eventually to downtown Los Angeles, adding nothing but water vapor to Southern California’s gritty air.

That train is being built in Switzerland, but “future orders for hydrogen trains in the U.S. are expected to be manufactured here in Utah,” said Matt Sibul, director of sales and program development at Stadler’s northwest Salt Lake City plant.

Another Utah company, Renewable Innovations, is focused on providing mobile and stationary power systems to provide hydrogen-fueled electric power where there isn’t a practical way to connect to the power grid.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A mobile power unit that uses hydrogen for energy is on display at Renewable Innovations in American Fork, Friday, April 15, 2022.

Renewable recently announced a collaboration with General Motors to put GM’s hydrogen fuel cells in the company’s electric-vehicle charging stations and other products. The company has a truck-mounted version for charging multiple cars, which they recently demonstrated at an off-road rally that included electric cars. They also have stationary units for rapid charging stations, all powered by hydrogen.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) A mobile power unit that uses hydrogen for energy is on display at Renewable Innovations in American Fork, Friday, April 15, 2022.

Lynn Barney, co-founder and chairman of Renewable Innovations, says the rise of electric cars is happening faster than the electric grid can keep up, particularly when rapid charging requires more powr than is available in most convenience stores and gas stations.

“The advantage we offer with hydrogen is we don’t have to wait for the grid upgrade,” said Barney.

 

 

Is hydrogen safe?

Relatively speaking, yes. It’s flammable, and it’s stored under pressure, but the same can be said for other fuels, including propane. Hydrogen requires higher pressures, meaning stronger storage tanks, but unlike fossil fuels it’s not an environmental threat if it leaks. And the DOE points out that because it’s lighter than air, leaks dissipate quickly.

Reyes from Lancer Energy credits the development of lightweight carbon-fiber tanks with making hydrogen trucks more practical. Hydrogen is less “energy dense” than natural gas, so the tanks must be higher pressure. But he says the tanks will actually outlast the trucks and will be tested and redeployed in new trucks.

And Sibul from Stadler Rail said the transit district buying their hydrogen train required that the train run all day without refueling. To do that, the train carries a large, high-pressure hydrogen tank. Sibul said the system had to go through rigorous safety testing. “We have to make absolutely sure the tanks are very strong.”

Can we make enough?

The most economical and widely used way to make hydrogen is to produce it from methane, a fossil fuel. Green hydrogen, which is produced without generating any carbon dioxide, is still more expensive and less common.

The coming refueling station at Utah Inland Port, which is promising to be the cleanest port in the nation, is part of something called Project Beehive, an effort to convert heavy vehicles in Utah to cleaner fuels. The effort includes Bayotech, a company that makes small-scale hydrogen production facilities that could be deployed at fueling stations. Bayotech’s technology is lower carbon than traditional hydrogen production, but it’s not carbon free.

Still, transition to any hydrogen power makes it easier to get all the way to carbon-free hydrogen. A gray hydrogen-fueled system can run on green hydrogen without any alterations.

So reducing the cost of green hydrogen is a crucial factor, and the federal government’s stimulus is intended to build out infrastructure to provide enough economies of scale for a green hydrogen industry to survive on its own.

Why a hydrogen hub?

So can four states that collectively cover 11% of the nation really be considered a “hub”? Here’s what the four states told the DOE:

“We believe “close proximity” should not be defined by geographic distance, but rather by the ability to economically produce and efficiently move clean hydrogen – and hydrogen-derived products – throughout the region and more broadly.”

Also noteworthy, the four states are at the heart of western fossil fuel production, where rural communities are struggling to identify a new path. The states also have an abundance of sun and wind. Combined with hydrogen storage, could those same communities one day see a brighter future?

In that respect, the IPA project outside Delta may be a model. Now coal-driven, it may one day be a sun and wind-driven, hydrogen-fueled clean-energy powerhouse.

And in coal-driven Emery County, they want to help with that future.

Combining hydrogen and natural gas is new technology, and IPA says it is seeking help with that from Emery County’s San Rafael Energy Research Center.

The research center, located just outside Orangeville, is intended to identify and develop technologies that could help Emery County maintain its economy as the nation moves away from coal-fired electricity. That includes looking opportunities around hydrogen.

“IPP will work with SRERC in solving problems specific to hydrogen conversion at a natural gas generating facility, such as grid resource and hydrogen production optimization, as well as fuel cell dynamics,” said the letter from Jon Finlinson, president and COO of Intermountain Power Service Corporation.

Jeremy Pearson, who was recently hired to run the research center, is waiting to see more specifics on the hub plan, but he sees possibilities beyond IPP.

“With hydrogen there are some uphill struggles, but the beauty of it is the low emissions and the sustainability.”

The colors of hydrogen

Hydrogen is an invisible gas, but those who work with hydrogen have developed a color spectrum to identify how it was produced.

Green hydrogen is made by using clean electricity from surplus renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, using an electrochemical reaction to split water into hydrogen and oxygen without producing carbon dioxide. From a clean energy standpoint, green hydrogen is the ideal.

Blue hydrogen is produced mainly from natural gas, using a process called steam reforming, which brings together natural gas and heated water in the form of steam. The output is hydrogen – but also carbon dioxide, which must be trapped and stored for the hydrogen to be considered blue.

Gray hydrogen is currently the most common form of hydrogen, and it is widely used in a variety of industrial processes. Gray hydrogen is created from natural gas, or methane, using steam methane reformation but without capturing the carbon dioxide made in the process.

Black or brown hydrogen uses black coal or lignite (brown coal) in the hydrogen-making process. Black and brown hydrogen are the least climate-friendly forms of hydrogen.

Pink Hydrogen is generated through electrolysis powered by nuclear energy. Nuclear-produced hydrogen can also be referred to as purple hydrogen or red hydrogen.

Source: nationalgrid.com

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Tim Fitzpatrick is The Salt Lake Tribune’s renewable energy reporter, a position funded by a grant from Rocky Mountain Power. The Tribune retains all control over editorial decisions independent of Rocky Mountain Power.

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