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Posted: April 25, 2014
Source: Environmental

Waste Management’s compressed natural gas trucks cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent and reduce particulate matter by 90 percent, Automotive Fleet reports.

The waste and recycling company earlier this month added six CNG trucks to its fleet in Chico, Calif. “We see an average annual reduction of 22 metric tons of greenhouse gases and 8,000 gallons of diesel with the CNG trucks,” district manager Ryan West tells the publication.

The company also uses route optimization software and its truck engines are programmed to shut down automatically after idling for five minutes to further cut emissions and fuel costs.

The company has used natural gas for heavy-duty trucks since the 1990s. Waste Management operates more than 2,200 alternatively fueled vehicles and says it has the largest fleet of natural gas collection trucks in North America.

Last year, Waste Management began building a facility to create pipeline-ready natural gas from its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Ill. At the time, the company said it expects it to begin delivering gas to the pipelines in late summer 2014.

Posted: March 24, 2014
Source: Environmental Protection

Act 13 has helped increase protection for private water supplies and allowed the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to give larger fines. The Act also allowed DEP to start the Natural Gas Energy Development program, which distributes $20 million in grants over three years to help pay for natural gas vehicle conversion costs for fleet vehicles.

“Act 13 not only strengthened oversight of the drilling industry, it allows us to continue growing jobs while cleaning the air at the same time,” Corbett said.  “Natural gas, particularly from the shale formations here in Pennsylvania, is an abundant, affordable, domestic fuel that is putting this country on a path to energy independence.”

The $6.3 million that is currently being awarded goes to 19 companies and organizations making the switch to natural gas. Another $1.4 million, for a total of $7.7 million, will be given to more companies in later summer.

For more information about Act 13 grants, please click here.

Posted: March 19, 2014

Voluntary program saves companies billions in fuel costs while cutting pollution

WASHINGTON — EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs.

SmartWay helps businesses move more goods more miles with lower emissions and less energy by helping accelerate the availability, adoption and market penetration of advanced fuel efficient technologies and operational practices in the freight supply chain, while lowering costs and improving environmental performance.

“SmartWay’s success over the past decade means cleaner air for Americans to breathe, and also lower shipping costs for businesses – a win-win,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “The partnership uses innovative technology to help national and multinational corporations operate a more connected, clean and climate-friendly global freight network.”
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Posted: November 15, 2013
Source: EPA

Proposal Seeks Input to Address “E10 Blend Wall,” Reaffirms Commitment to Biofuels

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed for public comment the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, the proposal seeks public input on annual volume requirements for renewable fuels in all motor vehicle gasoline and diesel produced or imported by the United States in 2014. The proposal seeks to put the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program on a steady path forward – ensuring the continued long-term growth of the renewable fuel industry – while seeking input on different approaches to address the “E10 blend wall.”

“Biofuels are a key part of the Obama Administration’s “all of the above” energy strategy, helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon pollution and create jobs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We have made great progress in recent years, and EPA continues to support the RFS goal of increasing biofuel production and use. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to develop a final rule that maintains the strength and promise of the RFS program.”
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Transportation Reauthorization Fails to ‘Fill Up’ Energy Efficiency

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2012 – While the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4348) advances several energy efficiency policies, the law could have created more jobs, saved consumers and businesses more money and further enhanced our national security by investing robustly in energy efficiency, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.

“The Transportation Reauthorization Bill reaffirms the bipartisan commitment to use less energy and decrease our dependence on oil in the transportation sector, but it fails to move the country in a big and bold way, which could be accomplished by relatively modest investments in a broad array on energy efficiency programs and policies,” said Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan.

She continued, “The Alliance applauds many provisions of the bill, including important funding for public transit capacity, the creation of a primary freight network, and specific targets and monitoring to improve mobility and lower costs. But overall, we believe the measure leaves the country stuck in neutral — with respect to transportation efficiency improvements — when we should be putting the pedal to the metal on such investments.

“Federal programs and policies that afford Americans greater multi-modal transit and planning options, promote carpooling and other substitutes to reduce traffic congestion, and cut harmful emissions are essential to a productive and robust economy in the 21st century. They should have been central pillars of the Transportation Reauthorization bill,” said Callahan.

Transportation Can Waste Energy

The U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates that the transportation sector consumes roughly 28% of all end-use energy in the United States. Furthermore, highway vehicle travel accounts for 81% of American transportation energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In a letter drafted by the Alliance and signed by other energy efficiency advocates, House and Senate conferees on the Transportation Reauthorization conference were urged to keep energy efficiency provisions that were originally approved as part of the Senate version (S. 1813) in the final bill. Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works has stated this law could help create or sustain nearly 3 million domestic jobs, in part by investing in cleaner transportation options and updated traffic management technologies, and by repairing our present infrastructure.

Alliance’s Transportation Resources

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, the economy, and national security.