California reduces tax on dimethyl ether (DME) fuel to be consistent with other alternative fuels; enabling retail sales

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The California state legislature passed and the Governor signed into law a bill ( AB-2663 ) that lowers the Use Fuel Tax rate of dimethyl ether (DME) from $0.18 per gallon of DME-propane fuel blend used on or after 1 July 2021 (the same tax rate as propane, $0.06

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California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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One will fund clean energy research that benefits electricity ratepayers. Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The clean energy research plan is a $388-million investment funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). 299,910-grant to Santa Barbara County to develop an Alternative Fuels Readiness Plan.

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GE joins Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium to support the development of sustainable alternative fuels

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The SBRC was founded by The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), together with Etihad Airways, The Boeing Company, and Honeywell UOP, to advance the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainable business practices by developing technology to produce a clean, alternative fuel supply. Lastly, the effluent is diverted into cultivated mangroves before being discharged back into the sea, further removing nutrients and providing valuable carbon storage.

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Republic Services opens new CNG fueling station in Long Beach; >75% of local fleet powered by alternative fuel

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Republic Services has opened its latest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station. The new fueling station is designed to support the recent addition of 56 new CNG-powered collection trucks that serve customers throughout greater Long Beach, California. The additional CNG trucks have replaced older diesel-powered trucks, and bring the total number of alternative fuel vehicles operated by Republic Services of Long Beach to 147.

DNV GL paper suggests near-term success for LNG in shipping; alternative fuel mix to diversify over time

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Well-to-Propeller GHG emissions results for marine alternative fuels. DNV GL has released a position paper on the future alternative fuel mix for global shipping. According to DNV GL, the main drivers for the use of alternative fuels in shipping in the future can be classified in two broad categories: (a) Regulatory requirements and environmental concerns, and (b) availability of fossil fuels, cost and energy security.

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Clean Energy awarded $13M contract to build hydrogen station and supply fuel for Foothill Transit buses

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. won a competitive solicitation to design, construct, and maintain a hydrogen station and supply liquid hydrogen fuel for Foothill Transit, an environmentally-friendly bus service in Southern California that averages 14 million rides a year. Transit agencies like Foothill have been on the forefront of alternative fuels for decades because it’s in their DNA to serve their communities with clean transportation.

California Energy Commission awards more than $17M to support alternative fuel and infrastructure projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $17,223,593 for eight projects including alternative fuel production, plug-in truck demonstrations, EV charging station deployment, and infrastructure planning. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. Pipeline transport of fuel and waterless processing will result in near-zero production emissions at the facility.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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RAND study concludes use of alternative fuels by US military would convey no direct military benefit; recommends energy efficiency instead

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If the US military increases its use of alternative jet and naval fuels that can be produced from coal or various renewable resources, including seed oils, waste oils and algae, there will be no direct benefit to the nation’s armed forces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. From the perspective of technical viability, a number of alternative fuels can meet this requirement. —Alternative Fuels for Military Applications.

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Final Test: 2021 Mazda6 Carbon Edition

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We didn’t notice a significant drop in performance running the lower octane, so over many years of ownership there could be a substantial savings in fuel cost not going for high-test. In 257 miles driving through Southern California, Clean Fleet Report averaged 27.8

Pennsylvania DEP awards more than $4.4M in alternative fuels grants to 12 projects; bulk for natural gas

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million in Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants to 12 projects across the state. The grants, funded by a portion of the state’s annual utilities gross receipts tax, are intended to encourage new markets for alternative fuels, fleets and technologies across Pennsylvania. The project is expected to displace 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel and eliminate nearly 369 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

California Energy Commission approves $95M plan for clean transportation investments; zero-emission infrastructure

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $95-million plan for critical clean transportation investments to expedite the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and help the state reach its climate, air quality and other goals. The -2020 Investment Plan Update for the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) allocates $85.2

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Propel Fuels launches Clean Mobility Center in California; carbon offsets available at the pump

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Propel Fuels launched the company’s first Clean Mobility Center in Fullerton, California. The Clean Mobility Centers introduce renewable fuels (E85 Flex Fuel, biodiesel blends) alongside the conventional fuels (gasoline, diesel) that drivers use today. With a focus beyond fuel, Propel stations enable drivers to offset carbon from their fuel purchases, improve their vehicle’s fuel economy, find rideshare opportunities, tune bicycles, and recycle on the go.

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Oregon Governor signs Clean Fuels bill

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who assumed office in February after the resignation of former Governor John Kitzhaber, has signed into law Oregon’s Clean Fuels legislation ( SB 324 ). The bill removes the 31 December 2015 sunset on the statutes requiring the adoption of clean fuel standards. Earlier post.)

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Clean Energy Fuels delivered 143M gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas in 2019, up 30% year-on-year

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp delivered 143 million gallons of Redeem Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) last year as robust sales of the carbon-neutral transportation fuel continued in 2019, closing out the year with significant deals throughout North America.

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Clean Energy goals 100% renewable natural gas at its stations by 2025

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has set goals to offer Zero-Carbon Redeem renewable natural gas (RNG) at all of its fueling stations by 2025. By transitioning exclusively to Redeem by 2025 and by achieving zero carbon-intensity, Clean Energy would outdistance other alternative fuels, including electricity for EVs, which are not excepted to hit that mark until 2045. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy. Biomethane Fuels

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Study finds behavior-influencing policies remain critical for mass market success of low-carbon vehicles

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Policies to entice consumers away from fossil-fuel powered vehicles and normalize low carbon, alternative-fuel alternatives, such as electric vehicles, are vital if the world is to significantly reduce transport sector carbon pure-emissions, according to a new study. Advanced vehicles powered by low-carbon sources of electricity or hydrogen offer an alternative to conventional fossil-fuelled technologies.

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Oregon governor directs DEQ to move ahead with Clean Fuels Program

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Oregon Governor Kitzhaber recently announced a new initiative to maximize the economic development potential of clean fuels in Oregon, directing the Department of Environmental Quality to move forward with full implementation of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and announcing a new Clean Fuels Work Advisory Committee. Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program currently is in a state of suspended animation, the governor’s office said.

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Cerulogy analysis finds supply of clean fuels for Washington could meet 11.2% CI reduction target by 2028

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Available clean fuels for the state of Washington could meet a 2028 target of 11.2% reduction in average carbon intensity by 2028, according to an analysis completed by independent research firm Cerulogy and commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The largest fuel pathways used to meet this target include electricity, lower carbon sources of ethanol blended into gasoline, biodiesel and renewable diesel. —“Washington’s Clean Fuel Future”.

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Oregon DEQ seeking public comments on implementing Low Carbon Fuel Standard before sunset in 2015

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Oregon’s Department on Environmental Quality (DEQ) is inviting public comment on a proposed rulemaking that would fully implement Oregon’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The first phase required Oregon producers and importers of fuels to register with DEQ, keep records and submit reports about the fuels they currently supply. The full program does not mandate the use of a specific alternative fuel or set a cap on total emissions.

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Four new corporate partners join DOE National Clean Fleets Partnership

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Four new corporate partners—Best Buy, Johnson Controls, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Veolia—are joining the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Fleets Partnership, a broad public-private partnership that assists the nation’s largest fleet operators in reducing the amount of gasoline and diesel they use nationwide. The Department also helps connect partners with clean fuel providers and equipment manufacturers where their fleets operate.

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Harmonizing Low Carbon Fuel Standards

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For example, while the carbon intensities of fuels in differing LCFS programs may differ due to regional differences in the energy required for feedstock production, the feedstocks used for electricity production, and the transportation distances of feedstocks and fuels used for estimating CI, the inclusion of CIs in all LCFS programs will encourage the production of lower CI fuels, staff said. —Low Carbon Fuel Standard 2011 Program Review Report.

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ICCT: available low-carbon fuels can reduce CI of on-road transportation fuels in Pacific Coast region by 14%–21% by 2030

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Fuel carbon intensity reduction from 2015-2030 from fuel deployment scenarios for the Pacific Coast region. A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and E4tech finds that the targets adopted or proposed by British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels can be met with a range of low-carbon fuel options. Fuels LCFS Policy

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60% of $18B in US clean energy tax credits 2006-2012 went to top 20% by income; 90% in the plug-in program

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A working paper by a team at the Energy Institute at Haas, University of California, Berkeley, has found that 60% of the $18 billion in US federal income clean energy tax credits issued between 2006 and 2012—e.g., A growing literature examines the efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness of clean energy technology subsidies, but the distributional effects have received much less attention. Between 2006 and 2012, total clean energy tax credit expenditures were $18.1

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Pennsylvania DEP awards nearly $517,000 in clean diesel grants

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) awarded $516,637 in clean diesel grants to four organizations. The clean diesel program’s goal is to improve air quality by decreasing emissions from diesel-powered transit bus and school bus fleets. The program supports projects that re-power or retrofit fleet vehicles to curb emissions; purchase and install idle-reduction technology; or purchase clean alternative-fuel fleet vehicles.

Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

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Administered by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University, the program will deploy nearly 1,200 propane Autogas vehicles, reducing air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, soot and smog-causing emissions when compared to traditional gasoline vehicles. The founding partners of Alliance AutoGas—a national propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling network—are closely involved with the program.

Pacific states and BC agree to align GHG and clean energy policies; targeting 10% new vehicle ZEV purchases by 2016

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The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington and the Premier of British Columbia signed a regional agreement strategically to align policies to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy. Oregon will build on existing programs to set a price on carbon emissions. Washington will set binding limits on carbon emissions and deploy market mechanisms to meet those limits. British Columbia and California will maintain their existing carbon-pricing programs.

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Santa Monica signs 5-year deal with Clean Energy for renewable LNG for bus fleet; deploying CWI Near-Zero NOx engine

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The City of Santa Monica, California has awarded Clean Energy a multi-year liquefied natural gas (LNG) contract to fuel its Big Blue Bus (BBB) fleet of vehicles. The 5-year deal, worth an estimated $3 million per year, will enable BBB to continue using Clean Energy’s Redeem brand of renewable natural gas (RNG), rated up to 90% cleaner than diesel. BBB began using Redeem by Clean Energy in January 2015. Through this commitment, clean burning RNG and the new 0.02

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New US National Clean Fleets Partnership; ATT, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon charter members

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On Friday, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership, with AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon as charter members. This public-private partnership is intended to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. The partnership is part of the DOE Vehicle Technology Program’s “Clean Cities” initiative.

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Ricardo to invest £2.5M in hydrogen development and testing facility

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Designed to support the company’s existing work in hydrogen, fuel cells and green alternative fuels, the new facility will deliver state-of-the-art test and development to advance capability in both alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

EC backing away from mandating reduction in carbon intensity of transportation fuels after 2020

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Among the many provisions, which include a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level and an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, is a proposal not to establish a new target for a reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels after 2020. Currently, EU legislation (the Fuel Quality Directive, or FQD) requires a reduction of the greenhouse gas intensity of the fuels used in vehicles by up to 10% by 2020—i.e.,

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California Energy Commission awards more than $2.5M for clean transportation projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding of $2,605,370 for clean transportation projects. The approved awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The digesters will use the waste to produce biomethane to be converted into renewable compressed natural gas fuel. This fuel has 88% lower carbon intensity than ultra-low-sulfur diesel.

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California Energy Commission adopts 3rd annual transportation energy Investment Plan; $100M for clean fuels and technologies

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has unanimously adopted the state’s third annual transportation energy Investment Plan to help change the types of vehicles Californians drive and the fuels they use. Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) authorized the Energy Commission to provide approximately $100 million annually over seven years to encourage new fuels and technologies. Ethanol Fuel Cells Hybrids Hydrogen Infrastructure Plug-ins Policy

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UK Announces New 30M Fund for Low Carbon Transport

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The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is providing £30 million (US$45 million) in new funding to further encourage a shift to low carbon transport. million) in a second round of the Green Bus Fund Competition to buy new low carbon buses. This is an extension to original Green Bus Fund Competition which is delivering around 350 low carbon buses in England. These technologies have the potential to reduce carbon emissions in real-world applications at low cost.

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New US National Clean Fleets Partnership; ATT, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon charter members

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On Friday, President Obama announced the National Clean Fleets Partnership, with AT&T, FedEx, PepsiCo, UPS and Verizon as charter members. This public-private partnership is intended to help large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations. The partnership is part of the DOE Vehicle Technology Program’s “Clean Cities” initiative.

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EC Releases Communication on European Strategy for Clean and Energy-efficient Vehicles; Special Focus on EVs

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The European Commission recently released a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee on a European strategy for encouraging the development and uptake of clean and energy-efficient heavy- (buses and trucks) and light-duty vehicles (cars and vans) as well as two- and three-wheelers and quadricycles. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. A European strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles”.

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DHL Express is piloting first hydrogen truck throughout Deutsche Post DHL Group

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DHL Express is the first within Deutsche Post DHL Group to test hydrogen-fueled trucks for the long haul. The program’s goal is to facilitate the development of low-carbon heavy-duty vehicles on hydrogen for logistic applications and gain practical experience in different regions.

California Energy Commission approves more than $20M for clean transportation projects; Tesla, Quallion, other EV, battery and alt-fuel vehicles projects

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The California Energy Commission approved funding of more than $20 million to support low carbon transportation projects; about half went to Tesla Motors. These awards, totaling $20,093,718, are made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. In addition, buy-down incentives totaling $2,548,000 will be awarded for 180 alternative-fuel vehicles, most of them school buses.

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Pike Research survey finds erosion in US consumer support for clean energy since 2009; solar energy tops favorables, followed by wind, hybrid vehicles and EVs

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Percentage of consumers having extremely or very favorable views of 13 clean energy technologies, 2009-2011. According to a new survey from Pike Research, general consumer support for clean energy concepts—ranging from renewable energy to alternative fuel vehicles to smart grid technologies—has eroded in the US between 2009 and 2011. Data: Pike Research. Click to enlarge.

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2019 NTEA Fleet Purchasing Outlook reveals continued strong demand for biodiesel in diesel trucks

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For the third time in four years, surveyed fleets named biodiesel as their top alternative fuel choice both for current use and future interest. Each year, NTEA conducts a comprehensive Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey to better understand the commercial vehicle landscape, including interest levels for advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels. Survey participants named biodiesel as their top alternative fuel choice at 16%.

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California Adopts Low Carbon Fuel Standard, with Indirect Land Use Change Effects for Biofuels

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At its meeting on Thursday, the California Air Resources Board adopted a regulation that will implement Governor Schwarzenegger’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard ( earlier post ) calling for at least a 10% reduction from 2006 levels in the carbon intensity (measured in gCO 2 e/MJ) of California’s transportation fuels by 2020. ARB projected displacement of petroleum by alternative fuels. Block Diagram for the various components for a fuel pathway.

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CAAFI R&D team releases critical challenges position paper and white papers for alternative jet fuel industry

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The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) R&D team released its current position paper on critical R&D challenges facing the alternative jet fuel industry, highlighting near-, mid-, and long-term priorities. Critical enablers requiring immediate development are: Flexible economic and engineering models capable of evaluating the wide variety of proposed approaches for alternative fuel facilities and supply chains.

2013 183

California Energy Commission approves $384M plan to accelerate zero-emission transportation; 50% of funds to benefit disadvantaged communities

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $384 million plan for critical clean transportation investments to boost the adoption of zero-emission cars and trucks and help the state reach its climate, clean energy and public health goals. The plan focuses on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

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