Maryland governor releases final Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan

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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley released the state’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25% by 2020 from a 2006 baseline. Key programs in the plan include: Maryland Clean Cars Program: This program directly regulates carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles. EmPOWER Maryland: This program is designed to reduce both Maryland’s per capita total electricity consumption and peak load demand by 15% by 2015.

Maryland approves nearly $100M for 172 New Flyer new diesel buses; $800K for hybrid bus retrofits

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The Maryland Transit Administration is now in line to receive $97,845,148 to invest in 172 40-foot advanced clean diesel buses after receiving approval from the Maryland’s Board of Public Works. The Maryland Transit Administration contracted a price of $556,774 per bus New Flyer Industries, plus additional costs for services such as training.

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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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The study demonstrates the success of California’s air pollution control programs, regulations, enforcement efforts and clean-air plans in regions with the greatest air quality challenges: Southern California and the southern Central Valley. This is the result of CARB’s programs that clean up cars and trucks, along with other programs including wood burning rules implemented by air districts.

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EPA awarding $4.2M for clean diesel projects in six ports

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million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six US ports. The grant recipients are the Port of Seattle, the Port of Hueneme, the Port of Tacoma, the Maryland Port Administration, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Port of Los Angeles. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award $4.2 EPA is also hosting the “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit to mark the kickoff of a new initiative to recognize ports that take action to improve environmental performance.

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Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

Maryland, DOE and Daimler Trucks North America begin deployment of 143 heavy-duty hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic trucks

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has launched the deployment of 143 heavy-duty Freightliner hybrid electric and Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid hydraulic trucks under the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative ( MHTI ). MHTI is made possible through the creation of a public-private partnership led by the DOE and its Clean Cities program, together with the MEA and DTNA.

DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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Through the Department’s Clean Cities initiative, these projects address a range of community infrastructure and training needs, such as providing safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders, and code officials; streamlining permitting and procurement processes; and helping public and private fleets integrate petroleum reduction strategies into their operations. Clean Energy. Clean Fuels Ohio. Region Clean Cities. Clean Cities.

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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 Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program is supported by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program.

More states follow California’s clean car standards

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The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant California’s request to carry out its own clean car standards not only clears the way for the Schwarzenegger-led state to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions, but it is likely to effect at least 13 additional states too. The 13 states are: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. Research Center, University of Maryland, University of Texas at. fossil fuel consumption and emissions, enabling clean solar. the solar thermochemical production of Syngas for clean and.

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Ballard, Univ. of Maryland and Army Research Lab Partner on Fuel Processing Technology for Operation of Fuel Cells With Non-Hydrogen Fuels

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Fuel cell designer and manufacturer Ballard Power Systems, with founding partners University of Maryland (UMD) and US Department of Defense Army Research Laboratory (ARL), has launched a new center of excellence for the advancement of fuel processing technology. The new center—named FuelWorks—will be located at the University of Maryland in College Park.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project.

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EPA Awards $16.8M in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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million in Recovery Act Funds for four states and the District of Columbia to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. 3,712,000 to Maryland. The US Environmental Protection Agency announced another $16.8 This money is part of $197 million appropriated under the Recovery Act to address shovel-ready sites nationwide contaminated by petroleum from leaking underground storage tanks.

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When You See Something, Say Something: Climate Emergency Alarm Bells Ringing While Local Electeds Pretend Not To Hear

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So did Hoboken, New Jersey; New Britain, Connecticut; and Montgomery County, Maryland here in the USA. Joe Galliani is the founding Organizer of 350 South Bay Los Angeles Climate Action Group, an Emeritus Board Member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition, the founding Chair of South Bay Clean Power, and the former Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs for CBS-EcoMedia.

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8 ZEV states announce US ZEV sales top 260,000 units

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The other seven states—Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—account for more than 135,000 vehicles. This announcement is further evidence that the market for zero emission vehicles is growing and that increasingly, consumers nationwide are choosing to say no to cars that run on petroleum and yes to a new generation of ultra-clean vehicles. —Deputy Secretary Kathy Kinsey of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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EPA awards $6M in research funding to improve air quality models

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The universities receiving the funding through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program include: Colorado State University, to gain insights on how emissions from wildfires and volatile chemical products (for example, personal care products, cleaning agents, and coatings) contribute to the formation of fine particles in the atmosphere.

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Exelon to electrify 30% of utility vehicle fleet by 2025; 50% by 2030

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Exelon’s utilities, which serve approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries, will electrify 30% of their vehicle fleet by 2025, increasing to 50% by 2030. Exelon also is by far the largest producer of emissions-free energy, producing about 12% of all the clean energy produced in the US.

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15 States and the District of Columbia partner to accelerate bus and truck electrification; 100% ZEV by 2050

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States signing the MOU are: California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. By promoting and investing in electric trucks and buses and the charging and fueling infrastructure needed to serve these vehicles, the signatory jurisdictions will support job creation, and help to build a resilient and clean economy.

DOE launches wave energy competition

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Participate in two rounds of WEC testing, including the final round at the US Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin in Carderock, Maryland, the nation’s premier wave testing facility. Contribute to the development of innovative clean energy technologies that boost US energy security.

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Lightning Hybrids introducing hydraulic hybrid system on walk-in box truck

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The debut will take place during the South Shore Clean Cities annual meeting in Merrillville, Indiana, on 17 February. Lightning Hybrids’ system installed on the Ford F59 is eligible for Drive Clean Chicago’s “Drive Clean Truck” voucher program, which provides incentives to help shift diesel fleets in the Chicago area to zero- and low-emission vehicles. Morgan Olson walk-in van with Lightning Hybrids hydraulic drive system installed for AmeriPride. Click to enlarge.

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Nine states and DC to design regional approach to cap greenhouse gas emissions from transportation

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The statement , endorsed by Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC, describes the goals of such a program, including reducing climate changing pollution, creating economic opportunity, and improving transportation equity for currently underserved and overburdened populations.

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Lung Association report highlights health and climate costs of petroleum-based transportation and the benefits of shifting to ZEVs

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The report, Clean Air Future: Health and Climate Benefits of Zero Emission Vehicles , was produced by the American Lung Association in California. The answer is to move to passenger vehicles that run on clean, renewable energy, and the Zero Emission Vehicle program that has been adopted by 10 states is key. In addition to California, the ZEV states are Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Maryland: $2.6

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Canada and California to work together on cleaner transportation

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Canada is developing a Clean Fuel Standard that will cut emissions by 30 million tonnes in 2030. The 13 states working with California on regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

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Postal Fleet Services selects Ryder for natural gas vehicle solution in four states; 20 CNG heavy-duty trucks

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Ryder has CNG and Liquefied natural gas (LNG) customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada. service locations where Ryder has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels to offer renewable natural gas, the cleanest fuel available today.

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EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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University of Maryland. Clean Fuels Ohio. Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition. Delivering Clean Air in Denver: Propane Trucks and Infrastructure in Mail Delivery Application. East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced $139 million in federal funding for 55 projects across the country that will support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies (DE-FOA-0002197, earlier post ).

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Man sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for selling $9 million in fraudulent renewable fuel credits

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to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC. Hailey, age 34, was convicted on 25 June 2012, of eight counts of wire fraud, 32 counts of money laundering, and two counts of violating the Clean Air Act. US District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md.,

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CCAT receives $100K USDA grant to determine feasibility of alt fuel plants in Connecticut

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Fiberight, a leading edge clean technology company based in Catonsville, Maryland, focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $100,000 Rural Business Enterprise grant to the not-for-profit Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), based in East Hartford, Conn.

ARAMARK Adds 50 Hybrids to National Fleet

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A grant, awarded by the US Department of Energy’s Maryland Clean Cities Program and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will allow ARAMARK to accelerate this program. ARAMARK Uniform Services will enhance . its fleet—the 11 th largest private fleet in the United States—with 50 diesel-electric hybrid vehicles.

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Toyota reduces pricing on 2014 Prius Plug-In in US

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Production of the 2014 model year Prius Plug-in begins in October with pricing taking effect when these models arrive in showrooms in November.The Prius Plug-in qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit of up to $2,500 in addition to the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) which offers a $1,500 rebate. Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH).

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Prius Plug-In eligibile for a $1,500 California consumer incentive plus $2,500 Federal tax credit

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announced that the 2012 Prius Plug-in has been approved for the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program ( CVRP ). Designed to promote the use of Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) and related clean vehicle technologies, the CVRP is a consumer incentive made available in addition to a $2,500 Federal Tax credit. Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.

EPA announces availability of $26M for projects to reduce diesel emissions from existing fleet

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $26 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from the US’ existing fleet of diesel engines. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use: EPA-verified retrofit technologies or certified engine configurations.

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International Alliance on ZEVs seeks to accelerate ZEV adoption; 11 founding government members from N America and Europe

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California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont in the United States; Québec in Canada; and The Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom in Europe are the founding members. A new report released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) outlines an agenda for expanding collaboration.

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California state agencies “rolling out carpet” for hydrogen electric vehicles

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“ California is rolling out the carpet for Californians who choose these ultra-clean hydrogen powered electric cars and for the companies that make them ,” said Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Making the transition to cleaner, lower polluting near-zero and zero-emission vehicles is a critical component to addressing California’s clean air and climate challenges. efforts among California, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Oregon, Massachusetts, Vermont.

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DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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Fusion energy technology holds great potential to be a safe, clean, reliable energy source, but research and development of fusion technology is often constrained by prohibitive costs. University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will advance the performance of the centrifugal mirror (CM) fusion concept, which has previously demonstrated stable plasmas with temperatures above 100 eV.

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Governors of 8 states sign MoU to put 3.3M zero-emission vehicles on roads by 2025; 15% of new vehicle sales

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The governors of 8 states—California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont—have signed a memorandum of understanding ( MoU ) to take specific actions to put 3.3 The announcement of the MoU was supported by the Consumer Federation of America, which released its own white paper, “ The Zero Emissions Vehicle Program: Clean Cars States Lead in Innovation ”.

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DOE to award $35M to 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing

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FeNix Magnetics will develop an advanced fluidized bed reactor technology for the large scale production of rare earth element free magnetic material for clean energy applications. These magnetic powders will enable lower cost and energy efficient magnetic refrigeration and HVAC chillers, as well as other clean energy applications such as electric vehicle motors and wind turbine generators. University of Maryland.

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Coalition of 11 states sues US EPA over soot rules

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Led by the State of New York, the coalition also includes California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. The federal Clean Air Act requires the EPA every five years to review and, if warranted by advances in public health science, revise the national air quality standards for common air pollutants, including soot.

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PNNL-led international study finds ultrafine aerosols have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

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In a warm and humid area where atmospheric conditions are otherwise very clean, the intrusion of very small particles can make quite an impact. We’ve shown that under clean and humid conditions, like those that exist over the ocean and some land in the tropics, tiny aerosols have a big impact on weather and climate and can intensify storms a great deal. Ultrafine aerosols—minute particles from urban (e.g.,

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Ricardo-led technology demonstrator delivers 72% improved fuel economy over regular Humvee

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The project was developed as a clean sheet with a Ricardo-led team that included personnel from the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) working alongside top industry suppliers. For the last 19 months, it has been undergoing testing at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and other locations. Ricardo-TARDEC FED. Click to enlarge.

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Cyclone Power Technologies Delivers Biomass-to-Power System to Robotic Technology

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RTI) under its Statement of Work, and has delivered the renewable power system to the University of Maryland to be coupled with RTI’s autonomous robotic platform in a series hybrid power system. Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. has successfully completed its biomass-to-power engine system for Robotic Technology Inc.

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EPA researchers suggest US electricity consumers should be willing to pay 2-4x for emission-free alternatives to fossil fuel electricity due to health impacts

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US consumers of electricity should be willing to pay, on average, $0.24–$0.45/kWh—approximately 2–4 times current retail costs—for emission-free alternatives to fossil fuel electricity due to the cost of health impacts from fossil fuel electricity, according to a new analysis by a pair of researchers at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Energy and Climate Change Office, Region 9.

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TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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Emissions from vehicles, power plants, industrial operations, and other human activities are a primary cause of surface ozone, which is one of six main pollutants regulated in the US by the Clean Air Act. The other institutions involved were the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany; the Universities of Colorado, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Maryland as well as A.S.L.

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