Free CNG Fuel System – Technicial Traning – February 20-21

Momentum Fuel Technologies will be holding two days of free CNG training for Fleet Technicians.

February 20th, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Central Frieght – Houston
5800 Mesa Dr.
Houston, TX 77028

and
February 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ruch Truck Center
10200 N Loop E Fwy.
Houston, TX 77029

Training Topics

– CNG Safety Precautions
– Fleet Management
– Fuel System Components
– Controlling Pressure
– Fuel System Maintenance Schedule
– Troubleshooting
– Inspecting and Replacing Components
– Solving Electrical Problems

RSVP: David O’Brien, Momentum Training Manager
Email: obriend@momentumfueltech.com
Work: 817-767-6006
Cell: 210-846-5136

Energy Independence Summit 2018

Early Bird Deadline is This Friday January 5th! 
Register Today for Energy Independence Summit 2018!The early registration deadline for Energy Independence Summit 2018 is this Friday, January 5th. Register today to make sure you get the special discounted rates for the upcoming event, scheduled for February 11-14 in Washington, DC.The Energy Independence Summit provides a unique opportunity for the nation’s Clean Cities Coalitions and leaders in the clean transportation industry to network and build partnerships with each other, and with the key leaders in the Administration and in Congress. This year is especially important as we seek to defend critical incentives and funding to advance markets for cleaner fuels and vehicles.  Again, please take advantage of our discounted Early Bird registration rates and Register Today. Highlights of the 2018 Summit include:

  • Meetings with key leaders of Congress and the Trump Administration;
  • Getting the latest word about opportunities created by the Volkswagen settlement for new investments in alternative fuel deployment projects;
  • Round-table discussions with DOE, EPA, DOT, USDA, and DOD on what key federal agencies are doing to provide funding and encourage widespread use of alternative fuels;
  • Learning about new technologies and market developments that are driving the alternative fuels industry forward;
  • Participation in Capitol Hill Day, where Clean Cities Coordinators and our industry partners will be meeting with Congressional leaders and federal agency officials to discuss our many successful projects.

The early bird deadline is this FRIDAY, so register now!

Please contact Jacob Schwemlein at Transportation Energy Partners at Jacob.Schwemlein@gmail.com or (513)370-9512 if you have questions or would like additional information about the Summit.

Hundreds of clean transportation leaders will be in D.C. for Energy Independence Summit 2018 – we hope that you will be there too. REGISTER NOW.

 

 

 

Texas Emissions Reduction Plan – Notice of Public Comment

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will accept public comment and conduct public hearings regarding proposed revisions to the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Guidelines for Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants, RG-388 and the TERP Guidelines for the Drayage Truck Incentive Program, RG-524. The public comment period closes February 6, 2018. For more information, including the schedule for public meetings, refer to the TERP webpage, www.terpgrants.org.

UPS pre-orders 125 Tesla electric semi-trucks

United Parcel Service said on Tuesday it is buying 125 Tesla all-electric semi-trucks, the largest order for the big rig so far, as the package delivery company expands its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Tesla is trying to convince the trucking community it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks. This is the largest public order of the big rig so far, Tesla said.

The Tesla trucks will cost around $200,000 each for a total order of about $25 million. UPS expects the semi-trucks, the big rigs that haul freight along America’s highways, will have a lower total cost of ownership than conventional vehicles, which run about $120,000.

Prior to UPS, the largest single pre-order came from PepsiCo Inc, for 100 trucks.

 UPS said it has provided Tesla with real-world routing information as part of its evaluation of the vehicle’s expected performance.

“As with any introductory technology for our fleet, we want to make sure it’s in a position to succeed,” Scott Phillippi, UPS senior director for automotive maintenance and engineering for international operations, told Reuters.

Phillippi said the 125 trucks will allow UPS to conduct a proper test of their abilities. He said the company was still determining their routes, but the semis will “primarily be in the United States.” Tesla will provide consultation and support on charging infrastructure.

“We have high expectations and are very optimistic that this will be a good product and it will have firm support from Tesla to make it work,” Phillippi said.

The UPS alternative fuel fleet already includes trucks propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

Source: Reuters

TCEQ is Now Accepting Rebate Grants Program Applications

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is now accepting applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Rebate Grants Program, a simplified first-come, first-served grant program to upgrade or replace on-road heavy-duty diesel vehicles and/or select non-road heavy-duty diesel equipment.

  • On-road diesel vehicles must have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 8,500 lbs.
  • Non-road diesel equipment must be equipped with at least a 25 horsepower engine.

Tables with pre-approved grant Amounts for on-road and non-road replacement and repower projects are provided on the Rebate Grants Program webpage. The tables list the on-road vehicle weight categories and model years and the non-road equipment types, horsepower ranges, and model years eligible for funding.

Grant-funded vehicles and equipment must be operated at least 75% of their annual usage within one or more of the following eligible areas/counties:

  • Austin Area: Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties
  • Corpus Christi Area: Nueces and San Patricio Counties
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Henderson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise Counties
  • El Paso Area: El Paso County
  • Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties
  • San Antonio Area: Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, and Wilson Counties
  • Tyler-Longview Area: Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur Counties
  • Victoria Area: Victoria County

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the TCEQ will implement special policies and procedures to encourage the repower or replacement of vehicles and equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey with cleaner models. Appendix E of the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) outlines the special policies and procedures that will apply to eligible vehicles and equipment that have been damaged or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

A portion of the funding allocated to this program will be set aside for applicants with vehicles or equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, and for applicants that qualify as a small business, as defined in the TERP Guidelines. Small businesses are encouraged to apply under this program.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2018 or until all funding is distributed.

Final copies of the RFGA, Maximum Eligible Grant Amount tables, and Application Forms are available on the Rebate Grants Program webpage. Contact us toll-free at 800-919-TERP (8377) with questions regarding the grant application process. Hard copies of the RFGA, rebate tables, and application forms may be mailed to interested applicants upon request.

PLEASE NOTE: The RFGA, Maximum Eligible Grant Amount Tables, and Application Forms have been changed from the draft versions released for 30-day review. You must use the final application forms and refer to the final rebate tables to determine your eligible funding amount.

Gov. Abbott selects TCEQ to distribute $209 million

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 – Settlement to fund air emission reduction projects in Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has selected Adobe Acrobat PDF Document the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to be the lead agency for purposes of Texas’ participation in the Environmental Mitigation Trust. This trust was established by the settlement of certain claims against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche related to the car companies’ use of defeat devices to pass emission standard tests. Once Texas is certified as a beneficiary of the trust, the state’s allocation under the trust agreement Adobe Acrobat PDF Document is approximately $209 million, to be spent over a period of three to 10 years. These settlement funds are required to be used to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, a pollutant that was released in greater quantities as a result of the defeat devices. The settlement identifies 10 categories of eligible mitigation actions for which settlement funds can be spent.

Under the settlement agreement, participating states are required to develop a draft mitigation plan outlining how the state intends to spend its share of the settlement funds. The settlement requires that draft plans be released for public input prior to being finalized.

TCEQ Commissioner Jon Niermann, who has been selected by Governor Abbott to be the TCEQ’s primary administrator of the program, said “Our agency looks forward to developing a plan to efficiently administer these funds to help address issues associated with the emission of nitrogen oxides, which leads to ozone formation. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to develop a plan that effectively mitigates the emissions from vehicles that did not meet the emission standards.”

Any comments on the use of the settlement funds may be submitted by email to VWsettle@tceq.texas.gov or to the following addresses:

Regular Mail Express Mail
TCEQ TCEQ
Air Quality Division Air Quality Division
Implementation Grants Section, MC-204 Implementation Grants Section, MC-204
PO Box 13087 12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78711-3087 Austin, TX 78753
ATTN: VW Settlement ATTN: VW Settlement

See Environmental Mitigation Trust webpage for more information.

School Fleet Propane Autogas Webinar

Thursday, December 14, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

Join transportation directors and fleet staff for a webinar about propane autogas for school fleets. Leading fleets will share how they earned buy-in from key decision makers in their organization and successfully implemented or sustained their projects. Renewable propane and new ultra-low NOx engine options will also be discussed by two technical experts.

Register Now

For more information please contact Michael Terreri, michael.terreri@energycenter.org.

Tesla Joins a Growing Trend: Electric Buses and Trucks

The Tesla Semi, an electric heavy-duty truck, was unveiled last week. Tesla plans to begin production in 2019, and two customers already are interested in buying them, J.B. Hunting Transport Services and Meijer Inc., the Michigan-based grocery store chain. But Tesla is just one of many automakers that are rushing to dominate the electric bus and truck market. The race is on.

Electric buses and trucks are becoming more popular because they save money on fuel and maintenance and produce fewer emissions. Twelve large cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, Mexico City and Seattle, recently pledged to incorporate all-electric buses in public transportation fleets beginning in 2025.

http://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2017/11/27/tesla_joins_a_growing_trend_electric_buses_and_trucks__110262.html

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modifications Webinar

December 7, 2017; 12pm ET

The recently released Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Facility Modifications Handbook covers primary considerations for developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle maintenance facility. This first-of-its-kind document can greatly improve understanding and safety surrounding CNG maintenance facility design. This webinar will cover topics included in the Handbook, as well as how you might put this guidance to use. It will also include a question-and-answer session.

Speakers will include Dennis Smith, U.S. Department of Energy; Myra Blaylock and Brian Ehrhart from Sandia National Laboratory; Bob Coale and Jarrod Kohout from Gladstein, Neandross and Associates; and John Gonzales and Kay Kelly from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The webinar is open to all, so please share the details with other interested parties!

Register here.

TCEQ Announces Rebate Grants Program Application Workshops!

The Rebate Grants Program provides financial incentives to repower or replace older heavy-duty diesel vehicles and select non-road diesel equipment. To learn more about the program, and how to apply, attend an application workshop in an eligible area near you.

  • SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 13, 2017 1:00 p.m., Southwest Service Center, 6927 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78228
  • VICTORIA: Nov. 14, 2017 1:30 p.m., 1905 Leary Lane, Victoria, TX 77901
  • CORPUS CHRISTI: Nov. 20, 2017 1:00 p.m., Coastal Bend COG, 2910 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78408
  • BEAUMONT: Nov. 28, 2017 1:00 p.m., South East Texas Regional Planning Commission, 2210 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77703
  • HOUSTON: Nov. 29, 2017 6:00 p.m., Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055
  • PASADENA: Nov. 30, 2017 9:00 a.m., Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center, 720 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504
  • AUSTIN: Dec. 4, 2017 1:00 p.m., TCEQ, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Austin, TX 78753

This grant program will not officially open before November 30, 2017. Application forms may not be submitted at this time. However, draft documents are provided on the Rebate Grants Program: 30-Day Notice webpage for your reference. The final Request for Grant Applications, application forms, and Maximum Rebate Grant Amount Tables will be made available when the grant round officially opens.

Have Questions?

Call 800-919-TERP (8377) or Email terp@tceq.texas.gov.