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July 17, 2017

Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition Calls for Signatures to Save Program

The Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District have put out a call for signatures on petitions to save the Clean Cities program; the current White House budget proposal would eliminate its funding. Coalition members can sign this petition or send a letter to their representatives showing support for the Clean Cities Program.

San Joaquin Valley APCD Taking Applications for CNG Truck Incentives

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is accepting applications through July 28 for incentives of up to $100,000 per truck to replace 2009 or older diesel trucks with CNG trucks. The highest incentives are for new Class 7 and 8 trucks powered by an electric-equivalent CNG 0.02 NOx engine. Applicants can receive as much as $65,000 for the same class truck powered by a CNG 0.2 NOx engine. Lower incentives are also available for smaller trucks powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx engine. Applicants can receive $50,000 for a Class 6 truck and $40,000 for a similarly equipped Class 5 truck; $40,000 and $25,000 incentives are available for the same size trucks with traditional CNG engines. According to CALSTART, these incentives can make the cost of a new CNG truck less than that of a new diesel truck.

PG&E Launches $4 Million Clean Fuel Rebate Program for CNG Customers

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently announced a new Clean Fuel Rebate program for customers using CNG to fuel their vehicles at PG&E stations in Northern and Central California. Part of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard initiative, the $4 million will fund rebates retroactively from January 2011 to September 2016, as well as annually until 2020 (or until the funding is depleted).

To be eligible for a rebate, customers must have an active CNG fueling account with PG&E when the rebate is distributed; existing customers as well as new customers will automatically receive the rebate as a bill credit. The rebate amount is based on the customer’s consumption of CNG during certain time periods. PG&E will issue the first rebates this year.

Three More Kenworth Trucks Now Have Near-Zero-NOx Engines

Kenworth’s T680 Class 8 heavy-duty truck as well as the T880 and T880S vocational trucks can now be ordered with the 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine. Both models are designed for regional haul, vocational, or refuse applications. The trucks can run on CNG, LNG, or RNG.

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