TCEQ Announces New Round of Grants for Alternative Fuel and/or Natural Gas Fueling Stations

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced today that up to $6 million dollars in grants is being made available to eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to continue the development of a network of natural gas and/or other alternative fuel fueling stations to serve as a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in Texas.

The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) grants are part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, and are offered to eligible entities that intend to build, own, and operate alternative fuel and/or natural gas fueling stations in the Clean Transportation Zone. Effective September 1, 2017, the Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC) Chapters 393 and 394 were amended to combine the AFFP and the Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) programs.

AFFP grants offset a portion of the cost of either the construction of new facilities dispensing natural gas and/or alternative fuels, or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or capabilities. Eligible fuels for the AFFP include compressed natural gas (CNG) and/or liquefied natural gas (LNG); biodiesel; hydrogen; methanol; propane (LPG); and electricity.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

The TCEQ has scheduled eight AFFP grant application workshops to review the grant requirements and the application process. Please RSVP to Camen Gupta, Program Coordinator, at camen.gupta@tceq.texas.gov.

HOUSTON: TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2017
9 a.m.
Houston-Galveston Area Council, Conference Room A
3555 Timmons, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027

For more information on the grant programs and to access up-to-date information on the application criteria and process, specific geographic eligibility requirements, and copies of the application form, visit www.terpgrants.org or call 800-919-TERP (8377).

Clean Cities Technologies Conference – November 14, 2017

Clean Cities Technologies Conference
Featuring Low NOx and Zero Emission Technologies

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8 am – 4 pm
Faust Distributing, 10040 East Freeway, Houston, TX  77029

Registration Fees

Early Registration (by October 20) – $35 per attendee
Standard Registration (after October 20) – $50 per attendee
On-Site Registration – $60 per attendee
School District Representatives – $10 per attendee
School District Representatives (after October 20) – $35 per attendee

Visit the Webpage for more information and to Register.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities are Available.

DRAFT Agenda

 

Gas Bright Spot: Texas Natural Gas Flowed and Continues to Flow Uninterrupted throughout Hurricane Harvey

photo; Houston Metro Operations Manager Jeffrey Long filling CNG Buses during hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey packed a huge punch, and Texans staggered, but did not fall. The Texas Gulf Coast and parts of Louisiana were devastated by this storm, while first responders, friends, neighbors, out of state volunteers, complete strangers and now donations came to the rescue. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! As we continue the recovery process the effects on our community are daunting; the cleanup, the assessment and rebuilding begins.

Our oil production platforms and refineries have been negatively impacted by Harvey causing fuel shortages and price increases across Texas and beyond. But there is a huge bright spot: Texas natural gas abundance, durability and usability. Texas is #3 in the world in natural gas production, and throughout the storm, pipeline operators have provided an uninterrupted supply to all affected areas. Pipeline integrity provided Texas with the ability to use natural gas to produce power, cook, generate hot water and provide transportation fuel to light and heavy duty vehicles across the state.

The State of Texas has over 150 natural gas stations that have had supply throughout the event. The price is extremely stable and no shortages have been reported. Freedom CNG, for example, was fueling METRO transit buses, Houston Distributing Trucks, Waste Corporation garbage trucks, AT&T service vehicles and many other fleets right here in Houston. When the power went out, on-site back-up generators ensured that our customers would receive critical fuel for their vehicles. Our hats are off to Texas natural gas producers and pipeline companies for keeping Texas’ clean fuel flowing to all.

National Drive Electric Week – Houston Events:

Lightning on Wheels Electric Vehicle Panel, ft. Tesla and Chevy.

Open to the Public. Hosted by HREG – Houston Renewable Energy Group
Thursday at 6 PM – 8 PM
Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative

https://www.facebook.com/events/112633849410757??ti=ia

Details

Join us at the Lightning on Wheels Electric Vehicle Panel on Thursday September 14th

During the event, you will get to experience exactly how Tesla has redefined vehicle engineering. A Tesla Specialist will also show you how easy they are to charge, how safe they are to drive, and how electric vehicles can fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.

You’ll also get a chance to listen to Chevy weigh in on the electric vehicle vs. gasoline vs. hybrid debate, talk about how you can buy and maintain your very own electric vehicle, and the future of sustainable travel around the world!

Parking tickets are $12. There will be food provided.

PANELISTS:

Daniel Cohan, associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University. His research focuses on air pollution modeling and the impacts of energy on the environment. He writes columns for The Hill and The Conversation, including topics related to electric vehicles and clean energy.

Stephen Pace, who is the President of the Tesla Club of Greater Houston and a member of the Houston Electric Automobile Association. He’s been driving electric since Oct 2012 and doesn’t miss stopping at the gas station. He currently owns a Signature Model S #219 which was one of the first in Houston.

 

Electric Vehicle Car show at IKEA
Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:30 am until 12:30 pm
IKEA Houston TX store at I-10 and Antoine Dr.
7810 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=904

First Come, First Serve for Enhanced Natural Gas Vehicle Grants

The revised Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program will cover up to 90 percent of the actual cost of the vehicle replacement. This is a dramatic increase from the previous program, which covered 90 percent of the incremental cost.
Expected to launch early to mid-2018, the program will fund replacement of vehicles over 8,500 GVWR and will include CNG, LNG and propane. Staff at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality intends to provide pre-determined grant amounts in tables similar to the Rebate Grants program, so that applicants can look those up and determine what grant amount they would be eligible for.
NOTE: The program is NOT competitive on a cost/ ton basis, but rather first-come, first-serve until the $7,736,987 annual appropriation is committed.
Click here for list of available incentives. Contact TXNG for assistance and further information.

ROUCH CleanTech Bluebird School Buses

H-GAC’s Houston-Clean Cities Coalition members, including representatives from Klein and Spring ISDs and H-GAC’s Clean Vehicles recently heard a presentation on the newly developed ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles and Blue Bird Type C buses certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide (NOx) level .05 g/bhp-hr. These new certified propane engines are 75 percent cleaner than the current emissions standard. ROUSH CleanTech said it has begun installing the new low NOx engines in Ford commercial vehicles and Blue Bird Vision propane school buses with model year 2017 engines.

Recent research has shown that diesel not only performs significantly worse than alternative fuels, it has also caused greater mechanical issues in school buses that use them. Houston-Clean Cities is encouraging ISDs to consider the use of alternative fuel engines for lower NOx emissions and lower maintenance costs.

2017 NGVAmerica Annual Meeting

September 26, 2017
World Congress Center

Address
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

CATEGORIES

Affiliated and Allied Association
NGV Global Endorsed Event

Click HERE for more information.

Webinar: Economic Impacts of Deploying RNG in Low NOx Natural Gas Trucks

Friday, July 14 – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST

Register for the Webinar [FREE]

Join the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas for a complimentary webinar.

California is dealing with a challenge that is three-fold: reduce air quality pollutants, cut greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change, and reduce petroleum consumption. Heavy-duty diesel truck transportation is a major contributor to the issues that comprise this challenge.

Despite progress in addressing this challenge, more aggressive and immediately deployable strategies are required to achieve California’s overlapping clean air and climate change objectives. Replacing or converting heavy-duty diesel engines with low NOx natural gas engines, fueled by renewable natural gas (RNG) produced in California, is one of these strategies. The potential for the combination of low NOx trucks fueled by RNG presents a compelling economic opportunity, and represents one of the few opportunities to further develop a sustainable and robust alternative, ultra-low carbon transportation fuel industry in California.

The webinar speakers will address:

  • Basics of RNG feedstocks, production, and supply potential
  • Opportunities for low NOx natural gas truck deployment
  • Economic impacts of deploying low NOx natural gas trucks fueled by RNG produced in California
  • California RNG / NGV policy context

Speakers include:

  • Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
  • Thomas Lawson, President, California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
  • Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF

Clean-Cities: Johnson Space Center Featured on PBS Motor Week

Clean-Cities: Johnson Space Center was feature on PBS MotorWeek Success Stories.  Johnson Space Center has been using alternative feul and renewable energy in innovative ways.

Visitors can hop on a propane powered tram for a tour of the JSC campus facilities. Which includes two plug-in hybrid vehicled; a Ford C-MAX and Fusion. The center’s charging stations use power provided in part by this renewable energy system. It’s wind turbines and solar panels also help power a child care center.

“172 times, we’ve generated more power than what the building uses,” Jerry Rowlands said. “This is a grid connected system, so it just basically, the excess electricity goes out into the JSC grid.”

At JSC, EV science is also being harnessed for some “out of this world” work, such as a modular robotic vehicle. Electric motor driven vehicles have a number of advantages, such as reliability. There are fewer moving parts compared to other types of propulsion.

Click HERE to Watch the Video.