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September 12, 2017

CEC Seeks Input on AB 118 Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program

The CEC has issued a Request for Information to solicit input on potential funding for NGV incentives through AB 118’s Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program. The CEC is asking for public input to determine the highest-need areas for funding, such as specific vehicle types and applications or mechanisms that can help accelerate the deployment of NGVs. The agency also wants to hear about innovative ways to promote NGV adoption and to decrease the administrative burden of applying for vehicle purchase incentives. Comments are due Sept. 15.

Coalition President Thomas Lawson, a member of the program’s advisory committee, plans to advocate for dedicated funding for port vehicles. “The ports have one of the strongest needs for new, cleaner trucks,” he said.

Coalition Responds to CARB’s Proposed Amendments to LCFS Program

CARB has proposed amendments to the 2018 Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program that include removing the opt-in status of fossil CNG, which would require fleets to report on the quantity of fossil CNG they use. Currently, fossil CNG is presumed to have a carbon intensity that meets the standard for lowering emissions. As the CI standard continues to decline beyond 2020, though, CARB staff believes that fossil CNG will exceed the standard and become a deficit-generating fuel. The Coalition is arguing for a phase-in period for mandatory compliance, especially while fossil CNG remains a credit-generating fuel in the LCFS program.

“Phasing out the opt-in status by 2019, as proposed by CARB, will create financial and compliance burdens for fleets of all sizes,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson.

New Study Models Methane Emissions from Future Heavy-Duty NGV Fleets

A new study by researchers from West Virginia University’s Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions published in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association provides models for potential methane emissions from larger NGV fleets in the future. “Future Methane Emissions from the Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Transportation Sector for Stasis, High, Medium, and Low Scenarios in 2035” focuses on NGVs and engines available today because they’re likely to be the most widely used models in 2035. Predicted methane emissions from NGV fleets in 2035 vary widely depending on the technologies adopted. The researchers found that the biggest reduction in methane emissions would come from implementing closed crankcase ventilation systems on heavy-duty natural gas spark ignition engines, such as the Cummins Westport ISL G Near Zero natural gas engine. Also, adhering to best practices during fueling would significantly reduce the amount of methane leaked from fueling stations, they found.

CARB Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CARB began a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary Aug. 30 by unveiling a new logo, and the agency will soon launch a redesigned website that makes it easier for users to find information about the agency’s programs. Throughout the year, CARB will hold several events, including a groundbreaking for a new Southern California headquarters and laboratory in Riverside; two symposia on scientific and policy issues related to air pollution, public health, and climate change; and a special board meeting on Feb. 8 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first CARB board meeting.

Member News: Waste Management Pledges $3 Million Donation for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Waste Management CEO Jim Fish said his company would donate $3 million toward Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Houston, including funds to the American Red Cross. With its headquarters in the path of the hurricane, the refuse company’s first priority has been servicing first-responder customers, such as hospitals, and sharing open disposal facilities with other garbage companies.

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