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Truck diesel PM emissions at Port of Oakland down 98% in past decade; ship emissions down 75%

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Diesel PM emissions from trucks serving the Port of Oakland, California declined 98% between 2005 and 2015, according to an emissions inventory released by the Port. The Port said that an analysis of the 2015 Emissions Inventory shows a 76% decrease in total diesel emissions at the Oakland Seaport. tons in 2015. Brief

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City of Oakland using NEXBTL renewable diesel for municipal fleet

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The City of Oakland, California has begun filling up its vehicles with Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel in order to reduce the emissions of their municipal fleet. Oakland is the first major US city to convert their entire fleet to renewable diesel. The City will consume about 230,000 gallons of renewable diesel per year. Brief

Port of Oakland completes shore power infrastructure

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The Port of Oakland, California, has completed construction of its shore power (also known as “cold-ironing” infrastructure. In 2008 the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners committed to reducing health-risk from seaport-related diesel emissions by 85% by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. —Port Board Second Vice President Earl S. Hamlin.

Study finds truck fleet clean-up significantly decreases engine emissions near Port of Oakland

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demonstrates that mandatory upgrades to diesel truck fleets serving the Port of Oakland are responsible for significant reductions in two major air pollutants. A study funded by the California Air Resources Board and conducted by UC Berkeley scientist Dr. Robert Harley. to 0.18 ± 0.03. The study findings occurred over a relatively short time.

APL first shipping line to cold-iron in Oakland

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Singapore-based container shipping line APL became the first to cold-iron a vessel’s engines to eliminate exhaust emissions at the Port of Oakland, California. APL expects cold-ironing to eradicate 50,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides emissions from its ships annually in Oakland. It was awarded $4.8 Brief

Bay Area Air District, California Free Up Additional $3M For Oakland Port Trucks

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The new funding will provide $5,000 per truck toward the cost of retrofitting the vehicle with a diesel soot filter, with a goal of cleaning up an additional 580 trucks operating at the Port of Oakland over the next four months. 1 deadline, half of which came from voter-approved Proposition 1B funds.

US Government Providing $2M to Supplement $20M in California Funding to Reduce Emissions at Port of Oakland

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The San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced a new $2 million federal grant to supplement the $20 million in state and local funds to install diesel exhaust filters and replace old trucks to reduce particulate emissions at the Port of Oakland. The Air District is processing the applications submitted for Prop.

California ARB clears XL Hybrids for hybrid van conversions in California; unit on sale

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ERG has facilities in Sacramento, Oakland, Redding and Ontario. XL Hybrids, Inc. has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) #D-731-1 allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans into hybrid electric vehicles.

London to phase out diesel buses; all new single deckers for central London to be zero emission

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A number of US ZEB transit operators were present in London to share the practicalities of fleet integration and operation, including AC Transit (Oakland, CA); Foothill Transit (West Covina, CA); Orange County Transportation Authority (Orange, CA); Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (Canton, OH); and SunLine Transit (Thousand Palms, CA).

Neste to begin selling 100% renewable diesel in Finland

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Users of Neste Renewable Diesel include cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Carlsbad, and county of Sacramento. Neste plans to start selling diesel produced entirely from renewable raw materials at selected stations in Finland around the turn of the year. It is easy to adopt, as it does not require any vehicle modifications.

New Linde hydrogen station officially begins operating in Emeryville, CA

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AC Transit is the transit bus operator for 13 cities in the East Bay Area, including Emeryville, Oakland and Berkeley, and also operates trans-bay service to San Francisco. The second, located at the Oakland operating division, is expected to begin operating in 2013. Brief

SF Bay Area local governments roll out 90 EVs into their fleets

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The public agencies receiving vehicles are: Alameda County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, the Marin Municipal Water District, and Sonoma County Water Agency. The Transportation Authority of Marin also participated with additional support for the Marin Municipal Water District. Brief

BMW launches ParkNow mobile parking service; more details on DriveNow electric car-sharing service

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Stations are located around the city, close to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway) and bike-sharing stations, as well as at San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport and in Palo Alto. San Francisco serves as the initial US market for each service. Gary Neff is the CEO of ParkNow.

California Energy Commission approves $46.6M for hydrogen refueling and $2.8M for EV charging projects

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Linde LLC was awarded $4,250,000 to install two hydrogen refueling stations located in San Ramon and Oakland. California’s zero-emission vehicle goal is to get 1.5 million hydrogen, battery electric, and plug-in electric vehicles on the roadway by 2025. ITM Power Inc. Ontario CNG Station Inc.

APTA predicts that $5/gallon gasoline could result in 1.5B additional passenger trips on US public transportation, calls for more Federal investment

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As examples, APTA cites: the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Pompano Beach, FL increased by 10.6%; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia, PA increased by 10%; and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority of Oakland, CA increased by 14%. billion trips per year. billion trips per year. Brief

California Energy Commission awards more than $15M to advance biofuels, plug-in and V2G research

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Oakland) received $884,000 for the buy-down of 34 natural gas Mack Truck vehicles in the heavy-duty gross vehicle weight range of 26,001 pounds or greater. The California Energy Commission unanimously approved funding of more than $15 million to projects that will advance biofuels and electric vehicle research in California. Earlier post.)

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Automakers develop consensus list of priority locations for next 19 H2 fueling stations in California

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Berkeley/Richmond/Oakland Beverly Hills/Westwood Fremont Lebec*. The automaker OEM Advisory Group (OEM AG) of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has developed a consensus list of recommended station priority locations for the next 19 hydrogen stations to be built in California. Earlier post.) creation of redundancy in the network.

Successful consumer trial of Soladiesel algae-based biodiesel at Propel Fuels locations

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The pilot program, which marked the first commercial availability of algal derived fuels, offered SoladieselBD in a B20 blend to consumers through Propel’s Clean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland, California. Propel Fuels, a retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, and. Solazyme, Inc. Brief

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Ithaca, NY; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Olympia, WA; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL). Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7 This was the fifth consecutive quarter of US public transit ridership increase, as 125.7 in the first quarter of 2012. nationwide.

AC Transit Board greenlights a $108M, 9.5-mile infrastructure project for first Bus Rapid Transit line; diesel-hybrid buses

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AC Transit’s BRT will operate between downtown Oakland and San Leandro—primarily utilizing historic International Boulevard and East 14 th Street. The BRT service will replace the portion of existing Line 1 Between 20 th Street and Broadway in Uptown Oakland and the San Leandro BART station. Jones & Sons. —H. Jones & Sons.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge. In 2013, Americans took 10.7

DOE to award up to $1.2M to project converting wastewater solids to biogas and liquid fuels; hydrothermal processing

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DOE funding is expected to pay for about half of the design and planning of a pilot plant to produce these renewable fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility near Oakland, California. The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, near Oakland, California, will host the pilot system. Southern California Gas Co. Tesoro Corp.,

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA. Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017. penetration, respectively. of total light-duty vehicle sales in 2017. 4.6%), and Delaware (4.5%). Arizona: 2.85.

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Sandia study finds fuel cell barges may be attractive lower-cost cold-ironing solution for some types of vessels at some ports

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Oakland, Calif.; The Port of Oakland is installing 11 berths on six terminals at an estimated cost of about $70 million. Basic concept of a fuel cell barge. Although two containers are shown here, the actual number of containers would depend on the power and energy requirements of the vessel to be powered. Click to enlarge. Resources.

San Diego begins using Neste renewable diesel in city fleet

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San Diego joins other California fleets including the City of San Francisco, City of Oakland, City of Walnut Creek, City of Carlsbad, and County of Sacramento in using Neste renewable diesel. The city of San Diego, California has begun using Neste renewable diesel in its vehicle fleet. —Major Kevin Faulconer. Brief

Electric-Car Dealerships Struggle, But Why Such Surprise?

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A recent article in the Oakland Tribune highlights the high failure rate of independent car dealerships selling only electric vehicles. Frankly, we're not at all surprised.

Neste rebranding its renewable diesel fuel: “Neste MY Renewable Diesel”

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Fleets that use Neste’s renewable diesel include, amongst others, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Carlsbad and the County of Sacramento. Neste announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel during a customer seminar and appreciation event in San Diego, California. Brief

California Environmental Justice Advisory Committee launches series of statewide meetings

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Meetings will be held in San Bernardino (Monday, July 11); San Diego (Thursday, July 14); Oakland (Tuesday, July 19); Wilmington (Monday, July 25); South Los Angeles (Tuesday, July 26); Fresno, Modesto, and Bakersfield (Thursday, July 28); and Sacramento (Friday, July 29). Development of the Scoping Plan is a central requirement of AB 32.

California ARB to hold community meetings on coming LEV III combined tailpipe and GHG regulations

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The community meetings are currently scheduled for Fresno (12 July); Pacoima (19 July); and Oakland (26 July). The staff of California Air Resources Board (ARB) is in the process of developing a proposal for Board’s consideration later this year to amend California’s Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) regulations. Earlier post.) ethanol.

7 airlines sign letters of intent to negotiate purchase of biomass-derived jet fuel from Solena Fuels; up to 16M gallons of fuel per year

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A core group of airlines has signed letters of intent with Solena Fuels, LLC for a future supply of jet fuel derived exclusively from biomass to be produced in northern California. Earlier post.). In the second step of the overall process, Solena uses the Fischer-Tropsch reaction to transform the syngas into light FT liquids and FT wax. Calio.

Citi report finds meeting higher CAFE/GHG standards likely to bring higher profits for all automakers, nearly $2.5 billion in extra profits for Detroit Three

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Projected US sales by powertrain type in 2020. Source: “Fuel Economy Focus: Perspectives on 2020 Industry Implications”. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Nissan and City of San Francisco Collaborate on EV Charging Network

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The cities of Oakland and San Jose, county governments in the Bay Area and other public and private stakeholders are participants in the regional EV Corridor program. In November 2008, Newsom, San Jose Mayor Chuck Read and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums pledged to make the Bay Area the “EV Capital of the US”.

San Francisco switches city fleet to Neste NEXBTL renewable diesel

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Earlier this fall Californian cities Walnut Creek and Oakland switched their diesel-powered municipal fleet to Neste renewable diesel. Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is now being used by the City and County of San Francisco, California. The City of San Francisco is now the largest city in North America to use renewable diesel. Brief

Ford Smart Mobility shifts from research to implementation; company announces new programs, next areas of focus

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Ford CEO Mark Fields at 2015 Further with Ford. Click to enlarge. —Mark Fields. Expectations are that there will be 41 megacities by 2030.

It's Got a Name: Chevrolet "Volt" Plug-in Hybrid

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in Oakland, CA, the Volt might actually be a GM car people would buy With an Auto Show overview article dated tomorrow, Sunday, Jan 7, the New York Times becomes the first publication to name the much-anticipated GM plug-in hybrid vehicle. says the Volt, a plug-in hybrid, could deliver the equivalent of 150 miles a gallon.

Neste launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel made 100% from waste and residues in Finland; initial customers

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Customers that use Neste’s renewable diesel include San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Carlsbad and the county of Sacramento. Neste recently launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues under the brand name Neste MY Renewable Diesel at select service stations in the Helsinki region today, 9 January 2017.

Stan Ovshinsky’s New Project

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They have a small staff and are testing the product in Oakland County. Bob Stempel and Stan Ovshinsky. Stan Ovshinsky — one of the stars of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car ?’ ’ – is out of retirement and working with former business partner (and ex-GM head) Bob Stempel to develop solar panels. by Carol Cain.

Linde Ionic Compression Hydrogen Technology to Fuel AC Transit buses

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Linde has contracted with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) in California to supply the ionic compression hydrogen fueling technology ( earlier post ) and the hydrogen for two new refueling stations, which will be located at AC Transit's Emeryville and Oakland operating divisions.

ChargePoint ranks US metro areas for EV friendliness; SF Bay Area still on top

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The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) led the nation, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu. ChargePoint—the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network—released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas in the US for EV drivers. 2013. Los Angeles, CA.

ATT Rolls Out its 1,000th Alternative Fuel Corporate Fleet Vehicle

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The 10-year initiative includes an expected $350 million to purchase approximately 8,000 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles over a five-year period, including the 1,000th alternative-fuel vehicle, a CNG van deployed in Oakland, California. AT&T has deployed its 1,000th alternative-fuel vehicle in its corporate fleet. Earlier post.)