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California oil producer applies for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar-generated power

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In 2012, Seneca acquired a portion of assets in the east Coalinga oil field, located in the western Fresno County, Ca., Under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), crude oil producers may generate credits for oil that has been produced using innovative methods and delivered to California refineries for processing. Seneca Resource Corporation (Seneca) has applied for LCFS credits for producing crude oil using solar generated electricity.

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Propel Fuels reports strong consumer adoption of renewable diesel in SoCal; retail sales up 300% over biodiesel

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Propel offers Diesel HPR at 32 locations across California in Los Angeles, Orange Country, San Diego, Inland Empire, Sacramento, Fresno and the Bay Area. Propel launched Diesel HPR across Southern California in August 2015, and consumer adoption of the fuel has risen 300% compared to its former biodiesel product (B20). Earlier post.)

CARB, NOAA, NASA and San Jose State University scientists team up to study ozone transported across Pacific

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over Fresno and Bakersfield between June and September. A second CARB-funded aircraft project aims to characterize the ozone content of the lower atmosphere from dawn to early evening at Fresno, Bakersfield and points in between. As California continues to reduce local sources of ozone, ozone entering the state from the Pacific makes up a larger fraction of measured ozone levels.

California Energy Commission to award up to $6M to EV charging infrastructure projects

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Examples include charging locations that would allow drivers of electric vehicles to more rapidly travel between San Diego and the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, Sacramento and Fresno, etc.

California Energy Commission awards $5M to sugar beet ethanol biorefinery demo

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $4,998,399 to Mendota Bioenergy, LLC to support the design, construction and operation of an advanced biorefinery demonstration plant in the Mendota area (Fresno County), where sugar beets will be used to create advanced biofuel ethanol. This project also supports the design and development of a future commercial-scale biorefinery center in Mendota, a town of less than 12,000 in western Fresno County.

BMW i and EVgo expanding ChargeNow DC Fast program; 500 more fast chargers in US; no-cost DC and Level 2 for BMW i3 drivers

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Fresno, CA. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW of North America announced, in cooperation with NRG EVgo, the expansion of the ChargeNow DC Fast program. Earlier post.) As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of a robust public DC Fast charging infrastructure, BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of an incremental 500 DC Fast Combo chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Fast Combo charging capability.

Rent A Hybrid. Links To Green Rentals.

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Spring break and summer vacations are closer than you think, and many families making travel plans now are looking for ways to make their trips a little easier on the environment.

Federal Judge rules California Low Carbon Fuel Standard violates Commerce Clause of US Constitution

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In 2009, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy filed a complaint in Federal District Court in Fresno, California, challenging the constitutionality of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). In 2010, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) also filed a legal challenge to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) with the US District Court, Eastern District of California, Fresno Division, echoing the complaints of the ethanol groups.

California ARB awards funding to San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy 15 Proterra electric buses

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Proterra will deploy its buses and charging stations throughout the Valley, including the City of Visalia Transit Division, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, California State University Fresno, San Joaquin Regional Transit District and City of Modesto Transit Services, helping to significantly reduce harmful emissions and clean the air in the San Joaquin Valley.

US DOT awards nearly $1B for California high-speed rail construction

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Construction will begin next year in Fresno. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $928.- million grant to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for initial construction of California High-Speed Rail. The grant, when combined with voter-approved state support and previously-awarded federal dollars, will fund the construction of the first usable segment of the California system in the Central Valley.

California Superior Court strikes ARB amendments to diesel rule

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A decision by the Superior Court of California in Fresno agreed with the California Trucking Association’s request to erase a range of amendments to the state’s major rule to clean up diesel trucks and buses. Lawson Rack and Oil of Fresno, and the California Trucking Association (CTA) against CARB in 2014, claims the ARB had failed to consider the environmental and economic impacts of delaying regulations with which trucking companies of all sizes had already complied.

California Energy Commission to award $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors

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SR 99: South of Sacramento and north of Fresno. SR 99: Fresno to north of Wheeler Ridge.

Proterra to deliver 3 electric transit buses and charging station to StarMetro in Florida

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Chicago Transit Authority; and Fresno Area Express (FAX) in Fresno, Calif. Proterra has signed an agreement with StarMetro, the transit provider in Tallahassee, Fla., to deliver three new EcoRide zero-emission transit buses and a charging station. Earlier post.) The contract stems from a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant received by StarMetro to pursue fast-charge, electric transit buses and charging stations. Six other urban transit agencies received similar FTA grants.

UPS deploys 100 commercial EVs in California

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The vehicles have a range of up to 75 miles and primarily will deliver packages to customers in Sacramento, San Bernardino, Ceres, Fresno and Bakersfield. UPS announced the deployment of 100 fully electric commercial vehicles that will be delivering packages around the state. The vehicles were manufactured in Stockton, California by Electric Vehicles International ( EVI ). Earlier post.).

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).

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. The proposed amendments, known as LEV III, ask for more stringent tailpipe and greenhouse gas emission standards for new passenger vehicles sold between 2018 and 2025.

California High Speed Rail Authority Votes to Include $4.5B for High-Speed Train Projects In State Federal Stimulus Funding Application

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466 million for Fresno to Merced, including right-of-way acquisition, grade-separations, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, earthwork, guideway structures and track. million for Bakersfield to Fresno, including right-of-way acquisition, grade-separations, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, earthwork, guideway structures, track relocation and new track. $2 The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board unanimously approved an application for more than $4.5

California High-Speed Rail Authority votes to begin construction of state-wide system in the Central Valley; 65 miles, $4.15B

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It would start north of Fresno near Madera, include the construction of two new stations—one in downtown Fresno and the other east of Hanford—and continue to Corcoran, north of Bakersfield.

Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel to be sold at Propel Fuel stations in California

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Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel and is available at 18 locations across Northern California in Sacramento, San Jose, East Bay, Redwood City and Fresno. California-based Propel Fuels has launched Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) at its retail stations. Diesel HPR contains 98.5% Diesel HPR is a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets national and California diesel specifications for use in diesel engines while realizing the benefits of better performance, and lower emissions.

UPS enters agreement with Clean Energy Fuels for renewable natural gas (biomethane) in the US

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UPS fueling stations in Sacramento, Fresno and Los Angeles will utilize Redeem RNG for refueling tractors and delivery vehicles in UPS’ fleet beginning this month.

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California Energy Commission awards >$6M for EV charging, H2 fueling and V2G

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The approved recipients are Clean Fuel Connection, Bio-Rad Laboratories, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, California EV Alliance, CSU Fresno Foundation, City of Coronado, City of Torrance, Southern California Public Power Authority, and Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The California Energy Commission approved three major alternative fuel infrastructure agenda items totaling more than $6 million.

More Tesla stationary ESS partnerships: Cargill and PG&E, LichtBlick

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Cargill is collaborating with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install a 1 MWh Tesla energy storage product at the company’s Fresno, California beef processing facility. Following last night’s unveiling of Tesla Motors’ new lineup of stationary energy storage systems ( earlier post ), more early partners and pilots are emerging. Earlier post.). Cargill.

Chromatin and Calgren Renewable Fuels sign multi-year alliance for locally-grown sorghum for ethanol production

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Calgren operates the longest running fuel ethanol plant in California, continuously supplying ethanol, distiller’s grains, and corn oil to areas in and around Bakersfield and Fresno, CA since 2009. Chromatin, Inc. and Calgren Renewable Fuels, an ethanol producer located in Pixley, CA, announced an alliance to develop a local supply chain for sorghum for the production of fuel ethanol and distiller’s grains.

Cal Energy Commission to award ~$1.2M for center for alt fuels and advanced vehicle technologies

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The California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is making up to $1,194,659 in grant funds available to develop a new center or expand an existing center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central California. PON-14-606 ). The solicitation is open to both public and private entities. To be eligible, applicants must have a business presence in California.

Ethanol groups challenge Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy have filed a complaint in the Federal District Court in Fresno, California, which challenges the constitutionality of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The two organisations believes that the standard violates both the Supremacy Clause and the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution as it calls for at [.].

Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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California State University, Fresno Foundation, and Cleantech San Diego Association. The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. The grants went to four companies—Chargepoint Inc.; EV Connect Inc.; NRG EV Services LLC; and Recargo, Inc.—which

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Aemetis harvests demo crop of optimized biomass sorghum in California for advanced biofuels; ~90 days from planting to harvest

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The CISS program has just completed the first harvest of grain sorghum at the CSU Fresno International Center for Water Technology. Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, has harvested 12- to 15-foot tall biomass sorghum grown in Central California that was produced using proprietary seed genetics from Nexsteppe , a provider of optimized sorghum feedstock solutions. Biomass Sorghum is a feedstock for low-carbon advanced biofuels.

Annual American Lung Association report shows continued progress in air quality, but more to be done

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Fresno-Madera, Calif. Fresno-Madera, Calif. Fresno-Madera, Calif. The American Lung Association released its annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011 , which includes lists of the nation’s most polluted metropolitan areas. This year’s report finds that the majority of American cities most-polluted by ozone (smog) or year-round particle pollution (soot) have improved, showing continued progress in the cleanup of toxics under the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

California ARB witholding enforcement of LCFS post Federal Court injunction; appealing and seeking stay of injunction; Judge O’Neill’s 3 rulings

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Growth Energy; Renewable Fuels Association; Red Nederend; Fresno County Farm Bureau; Nisei Farmers League; California Dairy Campaign; National Petrochemical & Refiners Association; American Trucking Association; Center for North American Energy Security; and the Consumer Energy Alliance—essentially the corn ethanol industry, the refining industry, truckers, and supporters.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding approximately 5,000 additional gas/electric hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating nearly 80 rental locations across the country as “hybrid branches.”

California ARB Begins Process to Revise Diesel Control Regulations

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ARB staff will conduct a series of workshops in May and June in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno with stakeholders and the public to solicit information about proposed revisions to the regulations that will be presented to the Board in September. The California Air Resources Board began the formal process to revise its strategy for the clean-up of on- and off-road diesel engines by directing staff to return in September with specific proposals to provide additional flexibility.

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

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will receive $6 million to build a commercial biodiesel production facility in Fresno. 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.

UC Davis Begins $2.8M Studies on Impacts of Escaped Nitrogen

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150,000 from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program to Horwath, Six and David Goorahoo, an assistant professor at the Center for Irrigation Technology at California State University, Fresno, to measure nitrous oxide emissions from cotton, corn and vegetable cropping systems. University of California, Davis researchers will receive $2.8 million in new grants to study the use and impacts of escaped nitrogen from agricultural production.

California ARB Report Finds Fine Particle Air Pollution Responsible for 9,000 Premature Deaths in State Each Year; Based on US EPA Peer-Reviewed Study

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Map of California air basins and PM 2.5 monitoring network. Source: ARB. Click to enlarge.

Refiners and Truckers Associations Challenge California LCFS in Federal Court

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The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) filed a legal challenge to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) with the US District Court, Eastern District of California, Fresno Division.

California ARB Explores Amendments to Heavy-Duty Emissions Rule Based on Economic Situation; Directs Staff to Redo Tainted Report

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Board chair Mary Nichols The push to redo the report was initially championed by Board member Dr. John Telles of Fresno and then picked up by Board member Ron Roberts, who also is a San Diego County supervisor.

CARB draft of updated AB 32 Scoping Plan for climate change actions post-2020; pushing for greater transportation reductions

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In addition, four public workshops were held over the summer in Los Angeles, Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco in an effort to consider comments prior to developing the draft. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has released the public discussion draft of the required update to the AB 32 Scoping Plan. Earlier post.)

Ethanol Groups File Suit Challenging Constitutionality of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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Two ethanol trade groups—the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy—have filed a complaint in Federal District Court in Fresno, California, challenging the constitutionality of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The two organizations are arguing that, as structured, the LCFS violates both the Supremacy Clause and the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.

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