Trump Administration Seeks Year-Round E15 Fuel Use

Posted by Betsy Lillian -October 10, 2018

President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will initiate a rulemaking process to allow for the year-round sale of E15 – 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline – fuel in the U.S.

The EPA regulates the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) for gasoline and gasoline-ethanol blended fuel from June 1 until Sept. 15. In turn, during these months, the EPA restricts the retail sale of fuels with ethanol above 10%, as explained by U.S. ...

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Case Study: The Total Cost of Ownership for Propane Autogas School Buses

Written by Todd Mouw – October 10, 2018

School transportation departments across the nation must work within tight budgets and evaluate bus choices based on total ownership costs. Testimonials from school district transportation managers demonstrate the fuel and maintenance savings from propane autogas-fueled buses.

Clear Creek Independent School District in League City, Texas
Clear Creek ISD operates a fleet of 315 diesel, gasoline, compressed natural gas and propane autogas school buses, transporting 17,000 students throughout the Houston area. Thirty-seven are Blue Bird Vision ...

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Governor Ralph Northam Unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan

Governor Ralph Northam today released the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan, which provides a strategic vision for the Commonwealth’s energy policy over the next 10 years. With a focus on modernizing the electric grid and promoting innovative technologies, the plan sets goals for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.

“The clean energy sector has the power to create new business opportunities, expand customer access to renewable energy, and spark the high-demand jobs of the 21st century,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia ...

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U.S. DoE Awards Electric Vehicle Cybersecurity Grant to OnBoard Security and Virginia Tech

OnBoard Security®, an industry leader in automotive cyber security solutions will be collaborating with Virginia Tech on a US Department of Energy grant for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Cybersecurity. OnBoard Security will be participating in more than a dozen research tasks to “support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth.”

The Electric Vehicle market is forecast to grow significantly over the ...

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Medium-Duty Propane Engine Closing in on “Near-Zero Emissions”

By: Todd Mouw, President

Last year, alternative-fuel vehicle technology company ROUSH CleanTech introduced a propane autogas engine that was 75-percent cleaner than the EPA’s emissions standard for nitrogen oxide. This low-NOx 0.05 g/bhp-hr propane engine comes standard on all of the company’s 6.8L V10 3V propane vehicles.

Yet, the race was far from finished. The company set the bar even higher to meet California Air Resources Board’s lowest optional NOx standard of 0.02 ...

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Sustainable Energy Fair – Save the Date!

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sustainable Energy Fair!

The Center for Wind Energy is pleased to be hosting the First Annual Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sustainable Energy Fair on Sunday, October 7th .

This FREE event will empower homeowners through a showcase of sustainability efforts that include but are not limited to hearing from: renewable energy installers, green building developers, and home ...

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New Executive Order Mandates Energy Efficiency Goals for Federal Fleets

Executive Order (EO) 13834: Efficient Federal Operations was signed by President Trump on 17 May 2018. This EO affirms “that agencies shall meet such statutory requirements in a manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment.” Section 8 of the new EO revokes EO 13693 of 19 March 2015 (Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.)

This EO affirms that it is the policy of the United States that agencies meet energy and ...

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Virginia joins regional Transportation Climate Initiative

Transportation and Climate Initiative Welcomes the Commonwealth of Virginia
Virginia joins regional coalition of states working for low-carbon transportation solutions

The Commonwealth of Virginia on September 12th became the 13th U.S. jurisdiction to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). In a letter to the Georgetown Climate Center, which facilitates TCI on behalf of the participating state agencies, Virginia Natural Resources ...

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Electrification Coalition a Technical Partner for Climate Mayors’ Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative

Today Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Climate Mayors’ Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, a program that will provide a turn-key, one-stop online procurement portal providing municipalities across the country equal access to competitively bid EVs and accompanying charging infrastructure. The Electrification Coalition will help act as the technical expert and support cities in their fleet transition planning — enabling a more efficient and rapid conversion of city fleets and charging infrastructure. By leveraging the collective buying ...

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