Pennsylvania awarding up to $5M to support alternative fuel transportation initiatives

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is accepting grant applications for innovative, advanced fuel, and vehicle technology projects that will result in cleaner advanced alternative transportation within the commonwealth. The AFIG Program can assist school districts, municipal authorities, nonprofits, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships registered to do business in Pennsylvania in offsetting the costs of implementing alternative fuel using transportation projects.

Pennsylvania opens $20M Natural Gas Vehicle Grant program

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began accepting applications 1 December for its Natural Gas Vehicle Grant program, which will provide up to $20 milli on over the next three years to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles.

Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership Board approves CNG project for public transit, private fleet fueling

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Pennsylvania’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board has approved a project seeking a private partner to develop compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at public transit agencies around the state that would also provide public access to the facilities. In September 2012, Corbett signed into law the Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act, which authorized P3 projects in Pennsylvania.

Tesla Gains Some Ground On Retail Sales In Pennsylvania

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That latest boost comes from Pennsylvania, where the state''s House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] to sell through its first-party retail store model. Tesla''s long battle against state franchise laws is still underway, but every so often it does get a boost of positive news.

Pennsylvania invests $7.9M in 21 alt-fuel projects

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Pennsylvania recently announced the investment of $7.9 —$750,000—to purchase 29 compressed natural gas ( CNG ) and electric/plug-in vehicles , and to install 10 public electric vehicle charging stations—the first of their kind in Pennsylvania. Waste Management of Pennsylvania Inc. Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania —$631,787 – to help 12 school districts purchase and use 1.8 million in 21 alternative fuel projects in the state.

Pennsylvania awards $3M+ in 33 incentive grants for alternative fuel vehicles

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Pennsylvania has awarded more than $3 million in Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 companies, counties and organizations making the switch to compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), or propane for medium to light-weight fleet vehicles. AFIG grants are an annual solicitation, providing financial incentive for a variety of transportation projects with the result of reducing air emissions in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania DEP extends alternative fuel vehicle rebate program with additional $1.5M

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will extend the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program once it reaches its milestone of awarding 500 $3,500 rebates for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles. To qualify, the vehicle must be registered in Pennsylvania, operated primarily in-state and be purchased no more than six months before the rebate application is submitted.

Volvo Group Enters Academic Partnership with Pennsylvania State University

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The Volvo Group has chosen Pennsylvania State University to be the first North American member of Volvo’s Academic Partner Program, which was launched globally in 2009 for research cooperation with selected universities. Cooperation in Volvo’s Academic Partner Program encompasses research in areas such as production technology, engine development, and automotive safety.

Pennsylvania Parking Lot Opens For Green Cars, Carpoolers Only

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If you drive a plug-in electric or hybrid car, you may have encountered the reserved ‘green car only’ parking spaces that some towns, cities and businesses put in parking lots to reward you for choosing a green car. We’ve even heard of parking garages where owners of plug-in cars pay less than everyone else to park, but now a

Korean EV Maker to Build Production Plant in Pennsylvania

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According to Governeor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, South Korean based CT&T, makers of NEVs, will build a production and distribution facility here in the states. CT&T is known for their various short distance neighborhood electric vehicles that offer low speed and mid speed capabilities. Their vehicles are priced around $12,000 and

Pennsylvania DEP to award ~$10M in natural gas vehicle grants for medium to light-weight vehicles

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has opened its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Natural Gas Vehicle program. The program will provide an estimated $10 million in grants to help companies and organizations purchase or convert medium to light-weight natural gas vehicles. During last year’s natural gas vehicle seminars, we heard from many municipal, commercial and non-profit groups that wanted to convert their lighter-weight vehicles to natural gas.

EPA temporarily allows use of home heating oil in emergency response vehicles in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is temporarily waiving federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and in and around New York City to allow the use of home heating oil—if ultra low-sulfur diesel fuel is not available—in highway vehicles, non-road vehicles, and non-road equipment designated by those states for emergency response.

Perdue Bioenergy to Supply Corn Feedstock to Bionol Ethanol Plant in Pennsylvania

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Bionol Clearfield, LLC and Perdue BioEnergy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Perdue AgriBusiness Incorporated, have entered into an agreement to have Perdue supply feedstock and sell co-products for Bionol’s 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania DEP Makes $6 Million Available for Alternative Fuel Transportation Projects

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications through the state’s $6 million Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program (AFIG) for fuel or fuel-saving projects throughout the state. School districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, and limited liability companies or partnerships incorporated or registered in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.

Accelergy Receives Grant from Pennsylvania for Feasibility Study on Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids

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Accelergy Corporation recently was awarded an alternative and clean energy program grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority to fund a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of the company’s integrated Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids (CBTL) process with the assistance of Raytheon Company and Carbon Cycle Technology Alliance partner A2BE CarbonCapture, LLC.

Accelergy awarded $1.3M grant for pilot Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids plant in Pennsylvania; algae-based carbon capture

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Accelergy Corporation has received a $1.3-million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to move forward on the construction of a facility to demonstrate its integrated coal-biomass-to-liquids (CBTL) technology platform ( earlier post ) at Intertek PARC, located at the U-PARC facility in Pittsburgh. The grant was approved with a unanimous vote from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority. Dave Kessler first brought the company to Pennsylvania.

South Korean EV Company to Open Two Production and Distribution Facilities in Pennsylvania

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intends to open two production and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell made the announcement at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The company is focusing on sites on the Delaware River in Philadelphia for its initial Pennsylvania location. South Korea-based CT&T Co. Earlier post.) CT&T makes low- and mid-speed, short-distance neighborhood electric vehicles that pass crash tests required for regular passenger cars.

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

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will award more than $4.4 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. This will be the first use of heavy-duty trucks in Pennsylvania that feature the Cummins Westport ISL G 11.9-liter 400 HP engine.

Pennsylvania Awards Axion Power $800,000 to Demonstrate PbC Batteries in Hybrids, PHEVs and EVs

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The Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program has awarded Axion Power International, Inc. Energy Cooperative Association of Pennsylvania. an $800,000 grant to demonstrate Axion’s proprietary PbC battery technology ( earlier post ) in a variety of electric vehicle types including: hybrids (HEVs); plug-in hybrid electric (PHEVs) used in commuter, delivery and other vehicles; and EVs , including converted (from combustion engine operation) EVs.

Researchers make breakthrough for fuel cells and batteries

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and MIT believe they have developed a new solid-state polymer electrolyte for use in electrochemical devices including fuel cells and batteries. Tags: Electric cars Fuel Cells Green cars Latest news electric car batteries fuel cell cars mit Pennsylvania State University researchers solid-state polymer electrolytes

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Colorado sides with California standards, doesn’t yet mandate electric vehicles

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With a unanimous vote by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission, Colorado is joining Pennsylvania and Washington in agreeing to adopt California low emission. Colorado last week formally joined the ranks of states that are in some way choosing to adopt California’s rules for emissions, rather than those of the federal government.

Electric cars may end the automatic era this Olds began

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With only the possible exception of the electric starter, nothing has done more to expand the adoption of personal cars than the automatic transmission, as reflected by one of the first cars so-equipped, being sold this week in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Study draws link between climate and weather—via jet stream

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Now a new study by a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University has done just that. For some, the evidence of global warming is hard to accept, especially when it has been difficult to draw the link between individual storms and an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gasses. By studying the pattern of the jet stream, Professor Michael Mann. Weather global warming carbon dioxide

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Penn State researchers develop faster-charging lithium battery cell

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Researchers at Pennsylvania State University claim they may have found the "Goldilocks" battery for electric cars, according to a report in ChargedEVs. One of the biggest challenges for electric-car batteries has been that the batteries have to be charged slowly. If they're charged too quickly too often, they can decay prematurely or become

Second Toyota Mirai Video: Hydrogen Is Like First Oil Well

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The town of Titusville, Pennsylvania, considers itself the birthplace of the oil industry. After locals struck crude near the appropriately-named Oil Creek, what is now viewed as the first commercial oil well was dug there.

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NJ electric-car advocacy group launches as gas tax soars

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New Jersey was always the place for residents of neighboring states—Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania—to buy cheap gasoline. That era ended two days ago, when a political deal struck between its legislature and the governor raised the state gas tax by a whopping 23 cents a gallon. Today, a new coalition launched with the aim of. electric utilities plug-in cars state laws transportation policy New Jersey

Panda Power Funds jointly to develop 1,000 MW coal to natural gas conversion project; Marcellus Shale gas

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Panda Power Funds has entered into a joint venture with Sunbury Generation LP to develop, finance, construct and operate a 1,000 megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power project near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The existing ash basin and impoundment area will be closed under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) regulations.

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The Real Reason for USA based Economic Recessions.

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Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the annual Pennsylvania Energy Festival ( [link] ) back in September of this year. The True Cause of Recessions: OIL. By Douglas A. Stansfield. I was asked to speak about the economic impact of our oil dependency and so I began researching this topic to see if I could draw some insightful conclusions. My initial analysis looked at the recessions that have happened within my lifetime and since I am 45 years old that record goes back to the 1970s.

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Tesla PA Sales, 2015 BMW i8 Pricing, Audi Plug-In Hybrids: Today's Car News

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Today on Green Car Reports: Tesla Motors gains ground in Pennsylvania, full pricing and options information for the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, and Audi plans a plug-in hybrid version of each major model. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We''ve updated our June plug-in electric car sales report with additional figures. Beijing plans 1,000 DC

Aqua America to transition portions of fleet to CNG

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Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedict made the announcement before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles forum held at Drexel University in Philadelphia. As both a former DEP [Department of Environmental Protection] and Economic Development Secretary for the Commonwealth, I believe that the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania will become the biggest economic driver in the state since days of coal and steel. Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.,

New Flyer’s 60' electric Bus Rapid Transit models become the first and only to complete FTA Altoona Testing

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New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.,

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East Penn Mfg. Awarded $32.5 Million To Commercialize Breakthrough Ultrabattery Technology in U.S.

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A little known company based in Pennsylvania called East Penn Mfg. was awarded $32.5 million in federal grants to increase their development and commercialization of a breakthrough Australian UltraBattery technology for use in micro and mild hybrid vehicles. The grant awarded came from the $2.4 billion in funds from the federal

AMP Electric Vehicles and Momentum Dynamics form JV to deploy wirelessly charged electric paratransit vehicles; 2 vehicles slated for BARTA

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BARTA is the first major transportation authority in Pennsylvania to deploy fully electric vehicles, and the first in the US to deploy electric paratransit vehicles. The BARTA project is being funded by Momentum Dynamics, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Philadelphia transit authority Board approves $412M purchase of 525 new hybrid buses

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The Board of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) today approved the purchase of 525 40-foot, low-floor diesel-electric hybrid buses via a $411.8-million, five-year contract with New Flyer of America. Pennsylvania Act 89 was passed in November 2013 to provide a stable source of funding for transportation improvements statewide, such as infrastructure repairs and replacement of aging vehicles.

Kickstarter project for roof-mounted CNG tanks for LDVs

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Inventor Richard Wallace is seeking to co-fund its development with a matching $35,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania. OEMs don’t (and won’t) make a vehicle like this, however, with Kickstarter contributions—and an already-applied-for Pennsylvania state matching grant—this project aims to design & rapid-prototype our own roof-mount solution in a few months. The Kickstarter project depends on winning the Pennsylvania grant.

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Panda Power finances conversion of retired coal plant to natural gas; one of largest power conversion projects in US

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The plant will be located at the site of the retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The Panda Hummel generating station will also help preserve Pennsylvania’s fresh water resources by using 97% less water for cooling purposes than the retired coal-fired Sunbury plant. The 829 megawatt “Liberty” power plant, located in Towanda, Pennsylvania, is expected to enter commercial operations in the first quarter of 2016.

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DOE Lab, partners find high concentrations of rare earth elements in American coal basins

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has found high rare earth element (REE) concentrations in coal samples taken from the Illinois, Northern Appalachian, Central Appalachian, Rocky Mountain Coal Basins, and the Pennsylvania Anthracite region. Meanwhile, UK analyzed western Kentucky bituminous coal in the Illinois Coal Basin, and XLight Corporation investigated coal-related materials in the Eastern Pennsylvania Anthracite Region.

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Aquion Energy closed $35M D round; aqueous hybrid ion batteries for stationary storage

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The company will be delivering initial, pre-production units to selected lead customers and partners throughout 2013 and will begin shipping production units from its high-volume manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania at the end of this year. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aquion’s proprietary aqueous hybrid ion chemistry is based on the research of Carnegie Mellon University Professor Jay Whitacre. Aquion Energy , Inc.,

SEPTA awards New Flyer a contract for up to 550 diesel hybrid buses; 90 in first order

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 550 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel electric hybrid buses. Earlier post.). The contract includes a firm order for 90 Xcelsior XDE40 buses valued at approximately US$50 million, with options for an additional 460 units over the next 5 years. All buses will be delivered between the period of 2017 to 2020.

Early exposure to PM2.5 associated with increased risk of childhood autism; causality unproven

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Exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM 2.5 ) during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. Southwestern Pennsylvania has consistently ranked among the nation’s worst regions for PM 2.5

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DOE launches $20M University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research at Penn State

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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected Pennsylvania State University as the lead institution to establish the University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research. The Coalition will bring together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from participating universities to address the fundamental research challenges that impede advancement of fossil energy-based technologies. DOE will invest $20 million in the project.

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Li-ion maker International Battery shuts down

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The Morning Call reported the company also owes Pennsylvania more than $2 million; state lawyers are initiating efforts to recover some of the debt. Express-Times. Li-ion manufacturer International Battery ( earlier post ) shut down recently, citing its inability to turn a profit. The company said it would sell its assets and technology and use that money to pay creditors.

New solid polymer electrolyte outperforms Nafion; novel polymer folding

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Researchers, led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, have used a polymer-folding mechanism to develop a new and versatile kind of solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that currently offers proton conductivity faster than Nafion by a factor of 2, the benchmark for fuel cell membranes.