EPA awards $8M in FY2014 clean diesel grants in 21 states, Puerto Rico

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through the agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act ( DERA ) program. Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Metropolitan Bus Authority is retrofitting 17 transit buses with diesel particle filters (DPFs).

Altairnano to provide 2MW Li-ion storage system for solar project in Puerto Rico

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will provide a 2MW ALTI-ESS Advantage advanced energy storage system to provide ramp-rate control for smoothing the power fluctuations associated with photovoltaic applications in addition to frequency regulation for the San Fermin 26 MW photovoltaic solar farm in Loiza, Puerto Rico. and Coqui Power LLC, a joint development effort for the deployment of solar photovoltaic projects in Puerto Rico, together with TSK Solar, a leading energy EPC contractor and engineering firm.

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2013 Nissan Leaf will be sold in Puerto Rico, first expansion into Latin America

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Nissan today announced the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be available in Puerto Rico, making it the first Latin America market for Nissan's electric car. Nissan and Puerto Rico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 14 months ago

Nissan LEAF arrives in Puerto Rico for first time

Green Cars News

One of them is Puerto Rico – where Nissan has made the first two deliveries of its LEAF to the Caribbean island. [.]. The LEAF has been a global success for Nissan and is currently the best-selling electric car around the world – but there are still parts of the world this EV is only just reaching. Nissan

2013 Nissan Leaf will be sold in Puerto Rico, first expansion into Latin America

National Green Transportation

Nissan today announced the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be available in Puerto Rico, making it the first Latin America market for Nissan's electric car. Nissan and Puerto Rico signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 14 months ago

MBL begins first test of tropical seaweed farming for biofuels production

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A team of researchers led by Loretta Roberson, associate scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, has installed the first seaweed farm in Puerto Rico and US tropical waters.

NHTSA estimates 38,680 traffic fatalities in 2020, up 7.2% from 2019 despite 13.2% drop in VMT

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FARS is a census of fatal traffic crashes in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus sold out for 2021 in the US

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According to Tesla’s order page for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, the estimated delivery time for the Model 3 Standard Range Plus is now January 2022. A few years after Tesla started producing the Model 3, demand for the all-electric sedan still seems strong.

United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area now effective

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The United States Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA) (SO x came into effect , under MARPOL Annex VI, on 1 January 2014, bringing in stricter controls on emissions of sulfur oxide (SO x ), nitrogen oxide (NO x ) and particulate matter (PM) for ships trading in certain waters adjacent to the coasts of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Scuderi Group to build and to install LPG-powered split-cycle generator with compressed air storage capability

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the developer of the Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine for mobile applications ( earlier post ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Asociación de Miembros de la Policia de Puerto Rico for the first Scuderi Split-Cycle Engine to be utilized as a stationary liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) generator with compressed air energy storage (CAES) capability. Scuderi split-cycle engine in power generator/CAES application. Click to enlarge. Scuderi Group, Inc.,

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NHTSA survey finds 660,000 drivers while driving at any given daylight moment using cell phones or electronic devices

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So far 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Also 10 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.

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EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects which reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.

Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Native American nations are potential beneficiaries of the trust. Wilmington Trust, N.A. has been appointed trustee for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations.

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General Dynamics NASSCO launches first LNG-powered containership

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Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Saturday 18 April in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 764-foot (233m), 3100 TEU Isla Bella , the first LNG-powered containership. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When delivered, the ships will be the cleanest of their kind and size. Launch ceremony.

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AT&T deploys 8,000th CNG vehicle; one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in US

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In addition to CNG, AT&T has deployed hybrid electric, all electric and extended-range electric vehicles, achieving a total AFV fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles located in 43 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. AT&T recently deployed its 8,000 th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, achieving a major milestone in the company’s overall 10-year, $565-million commitment to add approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to its fleet by end of year 2018.

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DOE awards up to $40M for open-water, grid-connected wave energy testing facility

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Recent studies estimate that America’s technically recoverable wave energy resource ranges between approximately 900–1,230 terawatt hours (TWh) per year, distributed across the coast of Alaska, the West Coast, the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility.

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing France to start gasoline-engined Yaris export to North America in 2013

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As of May 2013, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) will start building its successful Toyota Yaris compact car for export to the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The annual export volume is planned to be around 25,000 units. Building the Yaris for customers across North America will represent an additional investment of €8 million at TMMF.

DOE: US wind power capacity grew 8% in 2014 to ~66 GW, 2nd in world; meets 4.9% of end use demand; lowest prices to date

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With utility-scale wind energy projects installed in 39 States and Puerto Rico, the US wind sector supports more than 73,000 jobs, representing a 30% job market increase over 2013.

2015 244

US Refiners Slightly Expanded Capacity From 2008 to 2009

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As of January 1, 2009, there were 150 operable refineries in the United States, not including facilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. From 2008 to 2009, total US crude distillation capacity increased from roughly 17.6 million barrels per calendar day (BPCD) to 17.7 million BPCD, a 0.44% expansion in capacity over the previous year’s level, according to the annual National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) Refining and Storage Capacity Report.

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Toyota factory in France starts Yaris production for North American export

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) has started production of the Toyota Yaris compact car for export to the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. The model produced is the conventional gasoline-fueled Yaris and annual export volume will be around 25,000 units on a full-year basis. An additional €10 million (US$12.9 million) has been invested by TMMF to build the Yaris to the specific requirements of the new export market. TMMF will now export its vehicles to more than 40 countries.

2013 170

smart USA names Coulomb Technologies as Preferred Supplier of Charging Stations for EVs

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smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. smart USA has selected Coulomb Technologies as its preferred supplier of charging stations for the company’s smart fortwo electric drive vehicles.

2009 170

EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants.

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General Dynamics NASSCO delivers 1st LNG-powered containership; christens first ECO tanker

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The Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, the Isla Bella , to TOTE Maritime. The ship was delivered nearly two months ahead of schedule. NASSCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

2015 184

Daimler Buses North America Crests 3,000 Hybrid Bus Sales Mark

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More than 2,200 units are already in service, with an additional 850 firm orders in backlog from cities such as New York City, Seattle, Houston, Ottawa and Puerto Rico. Another long-term customer, Puerto Rico, is transitioning into hybrid buses for its existing fleet of conventional diesel Orion transit buses with an order of 40 Orion VII diesel-electric hybrid buses.

smart USA and Nissan to Collaborate on New Gasoline-Powered B-Segment Vehicle for the US Market

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smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo and related parts in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. smart USA supports approximately 75 smart retail centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Sketch of the proposed new vehicle. Click to enlarge.

2010 161

Safety Institute: auto manufacturers fail to meet NHTSA deadline for replacement airbags

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Under this root-cause theory, NHTSA gave the highest priority for airbag inflator replacement to model year 2008 or older vehicles which have been registered in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

2016 150

Preliminary approval of VW 2.0L TDI settlement program in US

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Volkswagen has also resolved current and potential consumer protection claims of 44 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on 28 June with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L

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NHTSA projects 7.7% increase in US traffic fatalities for 2015 year-on-year; significant increase in motorcyclist and non-occupant deaths

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FARS is a census of fatal traffic crashes in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A just-released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistical projection of traffic fatalities for 2015 estimates that 35,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of about 7.7% as compared to the 32,675 fatalities reported in 2014.

2016 150

Doosan delivers first dual-fuel, low-speed engine to NASSCO shipyard

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The two 3,100 TEU vessels will be powered primarily by LNG, and will operate between Florida and Puerto Rico. Doosan Engine, a licensee of MAN Diesel & Turbo technology, has confirmed delivery of the world’s first dual-fuel, low-speed ME-GI (main engine, gas injection) engine to the American National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego.

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US EPA awards $50M for clean diesel projects

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This year for the first time, the following territories can now receive direct state allocation funds: Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $50 million for clean diesel projects. These efforts will replace, retrofit or repower more than 8,000 older school buses, trucks, locomotives, vessels, and other diesel-powered machines. Diesel engines emit 7.3

2011 191

23 states now oppose EPA fuel economy freeze

Green Car Reports

On Tuesday, governors of 23 states plus Puerto Rico released a joint statement urging the Trump. The number of states that oppose President Trump's efforts to freeze emissions and fuel economy standards is growing. In June last year, 16 states and Washington, DC, sued the federal government over the proposal before it was even released. EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy

NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Center for a Sustainable Water, Energy, and Food Nexus (SusWEF) SusWEF initiates a strategic research and education partnership between researchers in Puerto Rico and South Carolina to address problems at the nexus of food, energy and water systems.

2016 150

IMO sets 2020 date for ships to comply with low sulfur fuel oil requirement; 5000 ppm

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The ECAs established under MARPOL Annex VI for SO x are: the Baltic Sea area; the North Sea area; the North American area (covering designated coastal areas off the United States and Canada); and the United States Caribbean Sea area (around Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands).

2016 185

Republic Services to Deploy 226 Natural Gas Trucks in West

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Republic Services, a provider of recycling and solid waste collection, transfer and disposal in the United States and Puerto Rico, announced that 20% of the trucks it is adding to its fleet in 2010 will be powered by natural gas. Beginning in April, the Company will be adding 226 NGV trucks to 10 facilities in its Western region.

2010 161

MAN Diesel & Turbo to convert 3 more coastal container ships to LNG

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TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, another TOTE company, is notable for ordering the world's first LNG-powered Marlin class container ships, the Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe , launched in 2015 and both featuring single MAN B&W 8L70ME-GI engines. Wessels Reederei signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo regarding the conversion of three of its fleet to dual-fuel gas operation.

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Daimler Pushes On With More Than 3,000 Orion VII Hybrid Bus Orders In

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Of the 3,000 orders in, there are over 2,200 units already in use and some 850 additional orders on the backlog from municipalities in New York, Seattle, Houston, Ottawa, and even Puerto Rico. Daimler has announced that sales of its Orion VII diesel electric hybrid bus has now exceeded 3,000 units.

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

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Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. 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. Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90% of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

2016 174

InDEED, a success

Electric Auto Association

Sponsored by the EAA and Plug In America , DEED featured events in 34 states , as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic. Drive Electric Earth Day sets new records in attendance. Drive Electric Earth Day parade in Riverside, California.

Penske Seeking to Buy Saturn

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Penske Automotive Group, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 158 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 152 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. General Motors Corp. and Penske Automotive Group confirmed details of a proposed transaction under which Penske would acquire the Saturn brand.

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80x30: U.S. Clean Energy Standard Accelerates Transition to Renewables

Cars That Think

Many US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico already have their own goals. Joe Biden may have called for 100% clean power in the United States by 2035, but he didn't set a clear path to get there. Now, there's a tantalizing trailhead.

Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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Operating units in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Toyota is establishing a new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations. Within the next three years, Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing (Erlanger, KY); sales and marketing (Torrance, CA); and corporate operations (New York, NY) will relocate to a single campus in Plano.

Northwestern-led team finds slightly imperfect graphene can serve as a highly selective proton separation membrane

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Researchers from Northwestern University, together with collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Virginia, the University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Puerto Rico, have discovered that protons can transfer easily through graphene—conventionally thought to be unfit for proton transfer absent nanoscale holes or dopants—through rare, naturally occurring atomic defects.

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In the Caribbean, EVs leave ICE vehicles behind

Electric Auto Association

An islander was importing them from Puerto Rico, and I bought one.”. An EAA member sets the Virgin Islands example. Doug and Leslie White on St. Thomas.