Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. Starting in fall of 2020, Honda will purchase 530,000 MWh/year from 120 MW of wind power generated by the Boiling Springs Wind Farm in Oklahoma, a 150 MW development of the energy company E.ON.

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US indicts 7 individuals and 3 companies in alleged $100M biodiesel RINs fraud in Indiana

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Four of the defendants—Craig Ducey, Chad Ducey, Chris Ducey, and Brian Carmichael—operated E-Biofuels, a Middletown, Indiana company that held itself out as a producer of biodiesel from feedstocks such as animal fat and vegetable oils. While the E-Biofuels facility was capable of producing B100, at times during the conspiracy it was producing no fuel of its own but instead was simply acting as a pass-through facility for fuel purchased elsewhere. US Attorney Joseph H.


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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana starts production of 2012 Civic Natural Gas model

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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) marked the start of mass production of the all-new 2012 Civic Natural Gas as it moves to increase production of the alternative-fuel Civic to support an expanding network of certified Civic Natural Gas dealers across the US. The 2012 Civic Natural Gas is powered by the cleanest internal combustion engine ever certified by the US EPA and is the only OEM-made natural gas vehicle available for retail purchase in America.

Valero purchases 11th ethanol plant; increases total capacity to 1.3B gallons per year

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Valero Renewable Fuels Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, has purchased a corn ethanol plant in Mount Vernon, Ind. The Mount Vernon plant is the 11 th corn ethanol plant in Valero Renewables’ system and its second in Indiana. The plant is at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon on a location leased from Ports of Indiana, the state port authority.

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New Honda Civic Natural Gas vehicle customers in California eligible for immediate $1,000 purchase credit

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Californians purchasing a new Civic Natural Gas vehicle are now eligible for an immediate California Energy Commission $1,000 purchase credit supplied directly by certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase. The supply of purchase credits through the California Energy Commission is limited to 1,600 and expires when all have been distributed or on 22 April 2015, whichever occurs first.

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EnerDel To Deploy AeroVironment Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling and Test Systems at Indiana Facility

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AeroVironment (AV) advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems. The addition of AV’s 170 kW ABC-170CE cyclers and its 250 kW AV-900 heavy-duty cyclers will expand the advanced battery testing capabilities at EnerDel’s Indiana facility.

Electric Motors Corporation (EMC) Receives First Indiana Incentives to Launch Electric Automotive Technology

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The State of Indiana is offering $4.6 The Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Elkhart Economic Development Corporation provided support for the company’s request. based company which has operations in two states, plans to purchase a existing building in or around Wakarusa and hire associates to produce and assemble electric hybrid drive systems and truck chassis.

Chrysler to invest $300million in new transmission

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The Chrysler Group LLC will soon invest $300million into its transmission manufacturing facilities in Kokomo, Indiana, as it produces a brand new fuel efficient eight speed automatic transmission. Licensing the manufacturing rights from Germany-based ZF Group, the company will begin building the eight-speed in 2013 and has also agreed to purchase the transmissions manufactured by ZF.

Brightmark Energy closes $260M in financing for first US commercial-scale waste-plastics-to-fuel plant; ULSD and naphtha

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Brightmark Energy , a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, closed a $260-million financing package for the construction of the US’ first commercial-scale plastics-to-fuel plant, which will be located in Ashley, Indiana. The financing for “Brightmark Energy Ashley Indiana” includes $185 million in Indiana green bonds, which were underwritten by Goldman Sachs & Co.

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Honda targeting 100% BEV & FCEV sales in N America by 2040; new e:Architecture EVs coming in second half of this decade

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Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America.

GM boosting face mask production; sharing mask manufacturing plans

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—Shilpan Amin, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. GDC in Goshen, Indiana provides GM with sound-deadening insulation found in vehicle doors, headliners and trunks.

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New Argonne-developed tool helps car buyers compare electric-drive and traditional vehicles

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Consumers in seven US Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. States currently covered by the new tool are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin. The consumer tool, called EVolution: Choices for a Smarter Purchase , is designed to help car buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle.

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Kohl’s Department Stores expands charging station initiative with 18 additional locations; 101 stations in total

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The expansion spans three new states, including Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and adds additional locations to the company’s Texas EV program. Kohl’s, through a two-year partnership with Duke Energy, as a part of Indiana’s Project Plug-IN, installed six charging stations across three central Indiana Kohl’s stores in spring 2012.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A typical gasoline pump delivers fuel with 10% ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy that consumers can purchase.

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Bolloré Group launches electric car sharing service in Indianapolis

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BlueIndy has placed into service in Indianapolis, Indiana the first 50 of an eventual 500 electric vehicles (Bluecars) that provide convenient, cleaner transportation with the swipe of a membership card. Memberships may be purchased for a day, a week, a month, or a year. This is the France-based Bolloré Group’s first electric car sharing service in the US.

Honda selects environmental consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates to support market development for Civic Natural Gas in new US markets

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Purchase incentives currently pending under legislation HR 1380, the NAT GAS Act, would create an even more favorable scenario for the purchase of NGVs with tax credits for vehicle and fuel purchases as well as fleet or home refueling stations. It is built on the same assembly line as the gasoline-powered Civic four-door models at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana manufacturing facility.

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XL Hybrids and Knapheide Manufacturing complete more than 100 installations of XL3 powertrain on fleet vehicles

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Designed for seamless integration in four to six hours with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) powertrain, XL Hybrids’ technology is delivered by Knapheide via the OEM ship-through process, providing a one-stop purchase, upfit, delivery, and invoice experience for commercial fleets. XL Hybrids, Inc.,

2014 185

USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump. Indiana. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US.

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GM expands medical projects and charitable deliveries to hospitals

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GM is purchasing a second injection mold to help increase production up to 50,000 units per week.

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Parker and Autocar receive follow-on order for 29 refuse trucks with RunWise series hydraulic hybrid drive system

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Miami-Dade used funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to purchase 15 of the vehicles as part of the National Clean Diesel Campaign’s Emerging Technologies List. The RunWise version of the Autocar refuse trucks is currently in operation in Miami-Dade County and a number of cities around the country including in Hialeah, Florida; Miami, Florida; Seymour, Indiana and Austin, Texas.

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OptiFuel finalizing $2.6M DOE grant to demonstrate RNG hybrid line-haul locomotive

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OptiFuel has already developed and tested a high volume CNG/RNG refueling system at the Indiana Harbor Belt CNG locomotive program, utilizing low-cost CNG. In 2018, Class I, II, and III railroads purchased 4.7

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Mayor of Indianapolis announces plan to modernize city fleet to plug-ins and CNG by 2025

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Calling it a vital national security issue, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (a retired Marine officer and Gulf War veteran) signed Executive Order #6, 2012 making Indianapolis the first city in the nation to require the purchase of either electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles for the city’s non-police fleet, and the use of CNG in heavy-duty vehicles.

BP selects Tesla batteries for pilot storage project at US wind farm

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BP Wind Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC, has signed a purchase agreement to install a high-storage battery at its Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota. In the United States, BP directly operates 13 wind farms—in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas—while holding an interest in a separate wind facility in Hawaii.

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350Green to install more than 400 ChargePoint Network Charging Stations for EVs across US

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350Green has agreed to purchase and install more than 400 charging stations across the country powered by the ChargePoint Network, further growing the largest network of independently-owned charging stations. 350Green is building out a national network of more than 1,000 charging stations, with projects under way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and California. 350Green and Coulomb Technologies will extend the reach of both companies’ technologies and services.

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Michigan-based Meijer installing EV charging stations at stores

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The purchase and installation of these units represents an investment of nearly $100,000 by Meijer. Meijer operates 195 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based based supercenter chain, plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at several of its Michigan stores.

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50 mpg city 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid starts at $29,155

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The hybrid battery pack is covered by a 8-year/100,000-mile or 10-year/150,000 mile limited warranty, depending on the state of purchase/registration. The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is the first Honda hybrid vehicle produced in Ohio, at the company’s Marysville Auto Plant, and joins the Greensburg, Indiana-built Civic Hybrid as the second Honda hybrid model built in the US, using domestic and globally sourced parts. The EPA-rated 50 mpg (4.7

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FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), the transit provider for Stockton and San Joaquin County in California, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses and a charging station. Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system.

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New Gen5 Honda CR-V gets first turbo, better fuel economy

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US car buyers have purchased nearly 4 million CR-Vs since its US launch in 1997. The 2017 Honda CR-V will be produced at three plants in North America - in East Liberty, Ohio; Alliston, Ontario, Canada; and, for the first time, in Greensburg, Indiana using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda unveiled the fifth-generation CR-V, America’s best-selling SUV over the past 20 years.

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Honda unveils 10th generation 2016 Civic Sedan; two new engines, including Honda’s first turbo in US

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Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. Honda unveiled the new 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the US this fall.

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Freightliner Hybrid Truck for Hazardous Material Transport

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The Freightliner Business Class M2e, equipped with a hybrid electric drivetrain system, was developed for Pennington Gas Service, which specializes in delivering propane gas primarily to customers in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. This is a key purchasing criterion in a sector with a high level of stop-and-go operations. Together with Eaton Corp., Daimler Trucks North America has developed the first hybrid truck for use in hazardous material transport.

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Fiat Chrysler investing additional $266M in Kokomo to increase capacity for 8-speed transmissions

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The investment will be used to purchase new equipment and tooling, adding more assembly capacity within KTP’s existing floor space. December 2010 – A $300 million investment intended for Indiana Transmission Plant I was reallocated to the Kokomo Transmission Plant to accommodate additional production of the eight-speed automatic transmission. Eight-speed transmission housings move down the assembly line at Kokomo Transmission Plant. Click to enlarge.

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Honda Transmission contracts with Juhl Wind for two utility-scale wind turbines at Ohio plant; up to 10% of electricity for operations

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Through agreements with Honda Transmission, Juhl will generate electricity for the plant, and be responsible for the interconnect agreement with the Logan County Electric Cooperative and the power purchase agreement with Buckeye Power, Inc. Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. announced an agreement with Juhl Wind , Inc. to develop, install, and operate two utility-scale wind turbines (each rated at about 2MW) to generate electricity for the plant’s operations.

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VeraSun Obtains $280M “Stalking Horse” Bid from Valero for Six Ethanol Facilities; Seeking to Sell All Assets

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VeraSun Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest corn ethanol producers, has signed an agreement with Valero Energy Corporation, one of the US’ largest petroleum refiners, to sell substantially all of the assets relating to five VeraSun ethanol production facilities—Aurora, South Dakota; Charles City, Fort Dodge, and Hartley, Iowa; Welcome, Minnesota—and a development site in Reynolds, Indiana.

2009 150

FedEx Introducing Its First Battery-Electric Parcel Delivery Trucks in US

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FedEx is purchasing its first North American all-electric vehicles from two different suppliers to evaluate the robustness of this technology for demanding daily FedEx Express deliveries in the Los Angeles area and provide information to help guide future FedEx vehicle purchases. Two of the new all-electric trucks come from Navistar, and are being assembled in Indiana.

2010 196

Proterra and LG Chem co-develop new battery cell for heavy-duty market; Proterra sets electric distance record

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To increase access to its battery-electric buses, Proterra has also introduced an innovative battery-lease financing model that enables transit agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives. Separately, Proterra announced it has set a world record for driving the longest distance ever traveled with an electric vehicle on a single charge at the Navistar Proving Grounds in New Carlisle, Indiana.

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Azure Dynamics Reports Sales of 16 More Balance Hybrid Electric Vans and Buses

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Azure technology has been approved by the California Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and can qualify for a total cash incentive of up to $30,000 on the first purchase and $25,000 on additional units. Goshen Coach, of Elkhart, Indiana will supply the bodies for the Littleton purchases. The Cities of Tarrytown and Hastings, New York both purchased a bus as a result of the CALSTART contract announced in July, 2009.

2010 179

Hyperbrake Hydraulic Braking System Technology Completes Preliminary Thermal Stress Testing

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Janel Hydro Company, in conjunction with Automation & Control Services (ACSS) of Schererville, Indiana, has completed further preliminary tests of the Hyperbrake system this week in Griffith, Indiana. 2005, Chinese entrepreneur Tan Chen purchased the company, and began working with former professional racing driver Paul Goldsmith (Motorsports Hall of Fame 2008) to commercialize the technology. Cross-section of the current Hyperbrake. Housing; 2. End Plug; 3.

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Chrysler Group LLC to Invest $300M to Manufacture New ZF 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

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Included in this agreement is the purchase of transmissions manufactured by ZF. The investment will fund the installation of equipment and special tooling to modernize Indiana Transmission Plant I and the Kokomo Casting Plant. The new eight-speed automatic transmission, licensed from ZF, will contribute to a corporate fuel economy improvement goal of more than 25% by 2014. Click to enlarge.

2010 170

Denbury Undertakes Midwest CO2 Pipeline Feasibility Study

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In related developments, two proposed Midwestern gasification plants with which Denbury has CO 2 purchase contracts, one in Illinois and one in Indiana, have been selected to proceed to the term sheet negotiation phase under the US Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program. A third proposed gasification plant with which Denbury has a CO2 purchase contract, was also selected by the loan guarantee program. Denbury Resources Inc.

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THINK Sending 3 EVs to Brazil in Collaboration with CPFL Energia

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CPFL Energia has purchased three THINK City EVs, which it intends to showcase at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum sustainable mobility conference, hosted in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this month. THINK also recently announced plans to establish a US production facility during 2011 in Elkhart County, Indiana, and is working with Japanese partner Itochu on developing operations in Asia.

2010 161

3 Duke Energy subsidiaries plead guilty to 9 criminal violations of Clean Water Act; $102M settlement

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The companies will also provide $10 million to an authorized wetlands mitigation bank for the purchase of wetlands or riparian lands to offset the long-term environmental impacts of its coal ash basins. million tons of coal ash); Indiana (approximately 35.6

2015 192

Nissan launching upgraded 2012 LEAF in new US markets

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By the end of the year, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will be added as markets where the Nissan LEAF will be available for order. While 82% have never previously owned a Nissan, 75% considered no other vehicle than the Nissan LEAF in their purchase decision. Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to US consumers, upgraded for the 2012 model year.

2011 191

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

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Natural Gas Credit Purchase system; deliver technical and safety workshops. Purchasing Agreements; train and deploy Energy Coaches who will work. Indiana, will work to make existing municipal fueling stations available to. model codes, ordinances, purchasing guidelines and incentives; conduct.

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