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March 5, 2018

Coalition Joins Biofuels Industry Opposition to AB 1745

The Coalition has co-signed a letter in opposition to AB 1745, Assemblymember Philip Ting’s (D-San Francisco) proposed legislation to ban all gasoline and other non-zero-emission cars from California’s roads by 2040. The Coalition, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, and the eight other co-signers oppose the bill because it considers only tailpipe emissions of vehicles rather than full life-cycle emissions.

“AB 1745 picks technology winners and losers instead of focusing on the vehicles with the lowest emissions over their entire life cycle,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson. “If passed, the bill would restrict the market for the lowest-carbon fuels, which are critical to the success of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard.”

“I encourage Coalition members to continue to voice their opposition, especially with assemblymembers on the Transportation Committee,” Lawson urged. Here is a sample letter of opposition to use, with assemblymembers’ names and addresses.

Clean Energy Partners with HTA for Cleaner Port Trucks

Clean Energy Fuels is partnering with the Harbor Trucking Association to provide specialized clean fuel programs that will help HTA members prepare for the implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and influence policy to provide green transportation technology funds to fleets transitioning to low-emission trucks. Clean Energy will provide workshops on the latest programs for clean technology funding, support fleets’ grant-writing efforts to upgrade to cleaner equipment, and help HTA members test green technology demonstration trucks. 

U.S. EPA Awards $7 Million to California DERA Projects

Through the West Coast Collaborative, the U.S. EPA has awarded more than $7 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding to six projects that will reduce diesel emissions from significant contributing sources, such as trucks, buses, and agriculture equipment. Two projects are specifically for vehicles. The South Coast Air Quality Management District received more than $1 million to replace ten 2012 or newer diesel trucks with new trucks powered by engines that meet CARB’s optional low-NOx emission standard, including the Cummins Westport low-NOx natural gas engine running RNG. The 2012 and newer trucks will then replace ten 1995–2006 heavy-duty diesel trucks. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District got $1.15 million, which, when combined with over $6 million in matching funds from the San Joaquin Valley Air District, will replace 52 large diesel-powered delivery trucks with new, cleaner trucks.

Feds Pass Alt-Fuel Tax Incentives

The federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 includes a provision that extends the natural gas fuel and infrastructure tax credits retroactively through 2017. The Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit gives a credit of 50 cents per gge of natural gas or propane as transportation fuel, and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit allows for an investment tax credit of 30 percent or $30,000 for building an alternative vehicle refueling facility.

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