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August 29, 2017

First Cap-and-Trade Auction Since Extension Is a Sellout

The first auction of carbon permits held since the cap-and-trade program’s extension through 2030—and the third quarterly auction for 2017—was one of the most successful to date. California businesses spent $935 million, buying every greenhouse gas emissions permit put up for sale in the first sellout since November 2015. The bulk of the proceeds—$640 million—will go into the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund; the remainder goes to California’s electric utilities.

Podcast Features Coalition President Addressing Future of NGV Industry

Scott Yates, who runs the Civil Savant podcast for public service employees, recently interviewed Coalition President Thomas Lawson about the future of the NGV industry in California—and beyond—as well as his journey into public service. In the August 2017 podcast, Lawson discusses the mission of the Coalition and his role as an advocate for NGVs. He also defines many of the terms used to discuss NGVs and explains the primary trends shaping the industry, including the push to transition to RNG.

ACT Research Releases Alt-Fuels Calculator

ACT Research has released a free online calculator to help fleets compare the costs of using diesel, natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen fuel cell batteries. The Truck Fuel Calculator helps measure the cost of a vehicle purchase (factoring in any grants or subsidies), the cost of fuel based on estimated gallons of diesel or gges of natural gas consumed yearly, and maintenance and service costs, including insurance.

DOE Offers $15 Million for Natural Gas Engine R&D

The U.S. Department of Energy will award as much as $15 million to medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine R&D projects in fiscal year 2017, the agency announced at the 2017 Natural Gas Vehicle Research Workshop on July 25. The DOE is looking for projects that increase the efficiency and decrease the emissions of natural gas engines.

At the same time, the DOE also announced that the agency will not co-host the Natural Gas Vehicle Technology Forum with the CEC this year due to budget constraints. Forum supporters are seeking a new co-host.

Port of Los Angeles Reaches Clean Air and Cargo Records

According to the Port of Los Angeles’ 2016 Inventory of Air Emissions, the port achieved record clean air gains while moving more cargo than in previous years. The annual report shows that the port reduced diesel particulate matter emissions 13 percent and NOx emissions 10 percent in 2016.

The port has already surpassed its 2020 goal for reducing the health risk of emissions from port-related activity, the report says. Since 2005, diesel PM emissions have dropped 87 percent and NOx emissions have dropped 57 percent in the Los Angeles port area. During that same time, the port moved more than 8.85 million 20-foot–equivalent units of freight, maintaining its ranking as the Western Hemisphere’s top container seaport.

The port credits implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan strategies, compliance with government air quality regulations, and improved operational efficiencies for the 2016 gains.

Port of Long Beach Appoints Two New Commissioners

The Port of Long Beach recently appointed two new commissioners: former City Councilmember Frank Colonna and former Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach). Colonna replaces Doug Drummond, who is retiring after having served two years on the board; Colonna will serve four years. Lowenthal replaces Rich Dines, whose term expired earlier this month; she will serve six years. During her tenure in the California State Assembly, Lowenthal headed the Transportation Committee.

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