EPA Awards $9.3 Million to Replace Diesel Buses for Cleaner School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $9.3 million to replace 473 older diesel school buses across the country.

The funds are going to 145 school bus fleets in 43 states or territories, each of which will receive rebates through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage, the agency says.

By Betsy Lillian, NGT News

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Pepsi Co Moving Towards 100% RNG Fuel

new report found the importance of regional hauls in freight operations is increasing as fleets seek ways to boost driver retention and use more alternative-powered vehicles.

"The growth of regional haul, if it actually occurs, could be a big opportunity for trucking and overall goods movement,” the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE) said in the report released in late April.

By Neil Abt, Fleet Owner

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SoCalGas Kicks-Off 2019 Environmental Champions Grant Program

 Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. Eligible organizations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 each by visiting this link between May 2 and June 5, 2019. Winners will be selected and notified of their selection in Sept. 2019.

Last year, SoCalGas awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to 32 nonprofits for projects related to clean air, energy, or water. Since its inception in 2015, the Environmental Champions Initiative, which is funded by Sempra Energy shareholders, has awarded more than 150 grants totaling over $2 million.

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Brooklyn's Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant's RNG will Fuel up to 5,000 Local Homes

New Yorkers will soon be cooking with their own gas.

The poop of Big Apple residents is being turned into methane at Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant — and the gas will now be used to fuel up to 5,000 local homes.

“We have found a gas well in the middle of Brooklyn,” said Donald Chahbazpour, Gas Utility of the Future director at the National Grid power company. “But the feedstock is not fossil fuel — it’s us.”

By  Ebony Bowden, New York Post

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Trillium Announces PowerUP: Charging EV Vehicles with Mix of Renewables, including RNG

Trillium has announced PowerUP, a new program designed to serve electric vehicle fleets with safe, reliable, predictable and cost-effective electricity pricing for EV charging.

PowerUP by Trillium uses a mix of power supply technology ranging from solar panels and on-site generation using renewable natural gas (RNG), to energy storage and power supplied from the local electric utility when necessary.

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Renewable Natural Gas as an Option for Microgrids

The city of Phoenix, Ariz. is taking raw biogas produced at its wastewater treatment plant and cleaning it before it is compressed and injected in natural gas pipelines. The ultimate commodity is known as renewable natural gas, produced from any organic material found in landfills, sewage treatment or bio-digesters — and an excellent substitute for fossil fuels in microgrids. 

The city is converting an existing resource into energy that would otherwise get sent into the atmosphere and create greenhouse gas emissions. While such renewable natural gas is now mostly used in the transport sector, it can also be used to heat homes and businesses. Microgrids need to be able operate independently of the main grid — to island themselves — in the case of an outage and thus must be reliable and resilient. 

By Ken Silverstein, Microgrid Knowledge

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Envia Energy Facility to Close, Will be Converted to RNG Production

Alternative fuel company Velocys said it had closed out a joint venture with plant owner Envia Energy. Velocys was a minority equity stakeholder of, and the senior secured lender, to Envia Energy. It had agreed with Envia to transfer rights of the site to another joint venture partner for $4.15m.

As part of the agreements, Envia would sell certain parts of the site infrastructure and remove the remaining equipment from the site. Velocys also released its liens on all equipment from the site in return for a significant recovery under its collateralised loan note to Envia. A total of $2.2m had already been received by Velocys and an additional $2.0m would be paid upon the completion of several performance milestones related to the removal of equipment.

By Shares Magazine

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The State Department of Environmental Energy Awards $1 million to Clean Energy Vehicle Projects in Pittsburgh Region

The state Department of Environmental Protection has awarded more than $1 million in grants for nine clean energy vehicle projects in southwestern Pennsylvania, DEP said.

The funding, which comes from the state's Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants program, supports the replacement of older shuttles, school buses, waste-hauling trucks and other vehicles with cleaner, natural gas and electric vehicles, as well as the installation of fueling stations for such vehicles.

By Stephen Huba, Mass Transit

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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Commissions WWTP Biogas Upgrading System in China

Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSXV: XBC) (OTC: XEBEF) (“Xebec”), a global provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) solutions, is pleased to note that the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), announced a new initiative on March 1st 2019,  to use biogas to partially replace coal in rural areas.

China plans to produce 30 billion cubic meters of biogas from agricultural waste and manure by 2030, part of a wider measure to reduce the domestic coal consumption in rural regions by 50 megatonnes. In order to achieve this target, China will need to build approximately 3,000 to 4,000 upgrading facilities over the next 10 years, requiring investments of CDN$7 to 10 billion.

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Ameresco Opens RNG Plant in Arizona

Renewable energy company Ameresco has begun commercial operations at a renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ameresco claims that the RNG plant at 91st Ave is one of the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facilities of its kind in the US. The plant has a processing capacity of 3,250 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of raw digester gas produced at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

By Compelo Energy

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