DC's aggressive clean energy bill gets initial hearing

Legislation proposed by five city council members would give Washington, DC one of the most aggressive clean energy targets in the country, requiring the District to use 100% renewable energy by 2032, reports The Washington Post. Under current goals, the city is on track to get 50% of its energy from renewable sources in that time. 

The bill, which will get an initial hearing on Thursday, would also give the mayor permission to enact regional agreements with Virginia and Maryland to cut greenhouse gas emissions and would update the city’s building codes to promote efficiency. 

The bill would raise electricity and natural gas fees for residents; sponsor Mary M. Cheh's office estimates rates would rise $2.10 per month on gas bills and less than $1 per month for electricity.

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By Jason Plautz, SmartCities Dive.

E.P.A. to Disband a Key Scientific Review Panel on Air Pollution

WASHINGTON — An Environmental Protection Agency panel that advises the agency’s leadership on the latest scientific information about soot in the atmosphere is not listed as continuing its work next year, an E.P.A. official said.

The 20-person Particulate Matter Review Panel, made up of experts in microscopic airborne pollutants known to cause respiratory disease, is responsible for helping the agency decide what levels of pollutants are safe to breathe. Agency officials declined to say why the E.P.A. intends to stop convening the panel next year, particularly as the agency considers whether to revise air quality standards

By Lisa Friedman, The New York Times.

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Clean Energy And BP To Expand Renewable Natural Gas Supply Agreement; Growing Number Of Fleets Are Asking For The Clean Fuel

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – BP p.l.c. and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced an agreement which will secure an increased supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) for Clean Energy through Clean Energy’s extensive fueling infrastructure as more fleets are requesting the clean fuel. The agreement enables BP to flow larger volumes to Clean Energy stations as the supply of RNG is expected to rapidly grow over the next several years with a number of new RNG production facilities under construction and more announced. In turn, Clean Energy will share in the incremental environmental credit revenues generated from the incremental RNG volume.

Renewable natural gas fuel, or biomethane, is produced entirely from organic waste. As a fuel for natural gas vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks, it is estimated to result in 70 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than from equivalent gasoline or diesel fuel vehicles, which makes it the cleanest fuel available anywhere. Clean Energy has grown sales of its Redeem™ branded RNG from 22 million gasoline equivalent gallons (GGEs) in 2014, the first full year it was available, to an expected 100 million GGEs in 2018.

Con Ed plans renewable gas, LNG storage facilities amid pipeline constraints

Consolidated Edison on Wednesday proposed a slate of gas projects and programs aimed at addressing rapidly-growing demand in New York City and Westchester County, which the utility says requires a new pipeline to serve the region's energy needs.

The utility wants to invest $305 million to fund efficiency incentives for customers and the development of up to three renewable gas facilities that would turn food, yard and other waste into natural gas. 

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

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LMOP Publishes New Data & Issues Request for Voluntary e-GGRT Data Submission

The U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) is pleased to announce new data on landfills and landfill gas (LFG) energy projects are now available on the LMOP website. With this update, data files for download and the LMOP National Map have been updated with information from the LMOP Database, current as of September 2018. In this data update, we have changed the terminology used for projects that upgrade LFG into renewable natural gas (RNG). Previously these were categorized as High-Btu projects. Now, you can sort the data by RNG project type, including vehicle fuel or electricity generation, and by RNG delivery method, such as local use or pipeline injection. We hope you find these new classifications helpful.

Starting today, October 1st, LMOP will begin to collect data from Partners involved with LFG energy projects and landfills via the new LMOP module in e-GGRT. This change will streamline and improve the efficiency of collecting data. The e-GGRT module will be open for six weeks. Applicable Partners have been notified about this transition over the last several months. Information about this change is available on the Resources for Partners webpage. If you are unsure about your participation in e-GGRT reporting or have any other questions, please contact LMOP at lmop@epa.gov.

Element Markets Exceeds 3-Year Revenue Benchmark to Orange County Transportation Authority Well Ahead of Schedule

In mid-2016, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) entered into a contract with Element Markets Renewable Energy, LLC (Element Markets) to supply renewable natural gas (RNG) to OCTA’s fleet and management of the generation, marketing and sale of the associated environmental credits.

With more than $10 million of revenue generated to date through the sale of environmental credits resulting from OCTA’s use of RNG as a vehicle fuel under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, Element Markets has exceeded—well ahead of schedule—the $8.9 million revenue benchmark established for the initial three years of the contract.

Amp Americas responds to California’s $41M grant to fund fuel cell trucks over renewable natural gas

By Tom Quimby, Hard Working Trucks.

The State of California recently announced that it was awarding the Port of Los Angeles $41 million through its Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project.

However, despite including ‘near-zero emission’ in its project title, the state has not yet committed to funding near-zero emission trucks, such as those powered by the latest natural gas engine technology. And such funding may never come as the California Air Resources Board made clear in its 2017-2018 Grant Solicitation for the ZANZEFF project.

“Use of Low NOx engines will be eligible for funding where fully zero-emission or zero-emission enabling technologies are not commercially available,” CARB writes in its grant solicitation.

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Former EPA OTAQ Senior Policy Advisor Paul Argyropoulos Joins Element Markets Board of Managers

HOUSTON, October 3, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Element Markets LLC (EM) is pleased to announce that former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) Senior Policy Advisor Paul Argyropoulos has joined the company’s board of managers.

“Paul has a unique perspective on the intricacies of the federal and state policies affecting the environmental commodity markets and his insight will be invaluable as we continue to build out our RNG and carbon business lines,” said Angela Schwarz, EM’s president and CEO.

SoCalGas Joins Coalition for Clean Air to Announce Plans for California Clean Air Day on October 3

Natural gas utility pledges to limit yearly energy use at each of its 60 work locations, reducing its overall electricity usage by more than 86,000 kWh - the equivalent of more than 157,000 miles driven

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today joined the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA), local elected officials, industry representatives, businesses, and community leaders at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to announce plans for California Clean Air Day, a multifaceted, statewide program built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve community health, taking place on Oct. 3, 2018. In celebration of Clean Air Day, SoCalGas has pledged to reduce its yearly use of air conditioning at each of the company's 60 work locations on an ongoing basis, starting on Oct. 3, 2018. The new initiative is expected to reduce the utility's overall electricity usage by more than 86,000 kWh per year –  the equivalent of more than 157,000 miles driven by an average passenger car. In addition, more than 125 SoCalGas employees, so far, have taken the Clean Air Pledge, which includes actions like reducing car use by telecommuting, taking mass transit to work, biking, turning off lights, changing the filter in their car or home heater, planting trees, and encouraging friends and family members to take the pledge. Photos from this morning's event are available here.