The Michigan Energy Office and utilities are offering incentives for upcoming Building Operator Certification classes at Henry Ford College in Dearborn and at Saginaw Valley State University.
The Michigan Energy Office is offering an incentive of up to $350 for Rebuild Michigan program participants to earn BOC certification; substantial utility incentives are also available for those who qualify. Total tuition for the BOC course is $1,450. More information can be found at boccentral.org.
Past Rebuild Michigan Client?
Past Rebuild Michigan clients are eligible for this opportunity – here is a link to past Rebuild clients. Rebuild Michigan RTA’s are also eligible for the Michigan Energy Office incentive, provided that the RTA also enrolls an eligible Rebuild Michigan client in the incentive and one of the courses.
Attendees should register for the BOC course and send in the incentive application as soon as possible. For more information and to get an incentive application check the boccentral.org webpage.
For more information about Strategic Advisory Board participation contact:
Director of Business Development
Thanks to a huge, six-state partnership, Michiganders now have greater access to the biofuels E85 ethanol and biodiesel in a B20 blend. One E85 station is now open at the BP station in Romulus and one B20 station located at the Oasis Trucking Center in Detroit.
The week of June 9-13, 2014 marks the celebration of this project that is five years in the making. In 2009, an ambitious, multi-state project started in Knoxville, Tennessee. Through a grant funded by the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program, the I-75 Green Corridor Project began with the goal of allowing any American driver to traverse any portion of I-75 and be able to make the entire trip running on either biofuel. The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the Canadian border to Miami, Florida. Biofuels stations were added with the intent of filling in gaps in biofuels access along the corridor and adding more stations in metropolitan areas, such that a station of each type could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.
This week we will be celebrating nearing completion of the project, and many partners from all six states and beyond will help spread the word about the project through web presence, social media discussions and picture sharing, press releases, and videos.
Since the project’s inception, over 3.3 million gallons of biofuels have been sold from stations associated with the project, and 2.6 million gallons of petroleum have been displaced. The project has now displaced over 61,000 barrels of oil, or alternatively, the U.S. has now produced over 61,000 additional barrels of renewable, American fuel! This also equates to:
Thus far along the entire corridor, E85 has been installed at 26 fuel stations, and B20 has been installed at 9. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming months with another 6 stations coming online this summer. The project is now in its final year and has resulted in the 1,786-mile interstate becoming the planet’s longest biofuels corridor.
The significance of this project lies not only in the extensive length of American interstates involved or the six-state, multi-partner coordination that has taken place. There is also significance in the fact that American drivers now have a greater number of fueling options, as well as alt-fuel vehicles. There are nearly 100 flex fuel vehicle (or “FFV”) models on the market today. Couple that with the fact that, by conservative estimates, there are over 10 million flex fuel vehicles already on the road, and there is strong evidence for the need for more stations offering E85.
Conveniently, almost all diesel vehicles can run on biodiesel with few if any modifications to the vehicle. Even in the B20 marketplace, there are a growing number of B20-capable vehicles, from passenger to larger utility vehicles. With exciting developments like the B20 approved Chevrolet Cruze, more consumer-oriented, biodiesel-capable vehicles will surely come to market. More and more OEMs are responding to consumer demand for diesel vehicles, and some of those vehicles are approved for B20 use, such as the diesel 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel. Clearly, now is the time to put these fuels into action, and this endeavor is helping to diversify America’s fuel portfolio one gallon at a time.
“As a renewable, domestically-produced fuel, ethanol helps our country increase its energy security and break our dependence on foreign oil. It has environmental benefits too – E85 reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% compared to gasoline, providing drivers with an opportunity to reduce their personal impact on the environment. Once scarce, E85 is now more widely available, thanks to forward-thinking gas station owners” said Aaron Champion, coordinator of Detroit Area Clean Cities, which is managed by Clean Energy Coalition.
See all the stations added in the project at the project Website; here is a list of the stations added in Michigan:
|Partner||Biofuel added||Store address|
|Oasis Trucking Center||B20||4201 Central AvenueDetroit, MI 48210|
|BP Romulus||E85||15024 Middlebelt RdRomulus, MI 48174|
To find the closest alternative fueling stations view the alt fuel locator map here.
In the coming months, more data will roll in to show the great impact of this project. We invite you to get more information and updates about the I-75 Green Corridor Project by visiting www.CleanFuelsCorridor.com.
What does it take to prepare for a 4-day, 300-mile bicycle journey across three states?
We asked this question to our team of 5 riders who have dedicated their summer to training for Climate Ride Midwest, a 300-mile bike tour from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago, Illinois to raise awareness of climate change and sustainable transportation. Our riders are not only putting in the miles to get ready for the ride, but they are also spending time and effort raising money to support Climate Ride’s beneficiaries – including Clean Energy Coalition.
Here’s what they had to say on what it takes:
Now in their 8th week of training, these riders are putting in 55-65 miles this week, increasing their total mileage by roughly 10 to 20 miles each week. By the end of their training – and before the ride September 6th-9th – they will have clocked 1,050 to 1,500 miles each!
As you’ve read above, they can’t do it alone. They need your support to keep their training and fundraising momentum going! Please consider supporting our team by donating to their ride. Visit our team’s fundraising page to make a donation.
For more information about Climate Ride or questions about making a tax deductible donation to our team, please contact Nicole Ver Kuilen, Climate Ride Team Captain, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Ver Kuilen
734-585-5720 ext. 37
Question of the Month: Why is idle reduction important? What are ways that I can prevent idling, and what are the benefits of doing so?
Answer: Idling, the time when a vehicle’s engine is on but the vehicle is not moving, wastes over 6 billion gallons of fuel each year in the United States according to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This adds up to more than $20 billion annually in fuel costs. For example, heavy-duty trucks frequently idle at rest stops; an estimated 650,000 long-haul trucks use more than 685 million gallons of fuel per year by unnecessary idling. Idle reduction technologies and practices can help lower fuel consumption and fuel costs, protect public health and the environment, and increase U.S. energy security. Reducing idle time can also help reduce engine wear and maintenance costs. Finally, idling for long periods is illegal in many states and jurisdictions.
Idle Reduction Technologies and Practices
Truck stop electrification and onboard equipment can help reduce idling at truck stops, roadsides, and delivery sites. It is important to note that the cost-effectiveness of the technologies below depend on the vehicle applications and climates in which they are used as well as the duration of the idling.
School bus idling is particularly problematic because of the negative health impacts for children. School bus engines should be turned off while the engine is not needed, such as at loading and unloading areas, and should only be turned back on when the bus is ready to depart. Idle reduction technologies for school buses that operate in cold climates include small on-board diesel cabin heaters and electrical block heaters, which can provide warming for the passenger compartment and engine.
Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicles
For light-and medium-duty vehicles, the primary idle reduction strategy is to turn the engine off when the vehicle is parked or stopped for long periods of time. Drivers can also reduce petroleum consumption by avoiding the use of a remote vehicle starter and obeying no-idle zones. Fleets may implement policies to set minimum fuel-efficiency targets or require the use of idle reduction practices. In addition, fleet managers can train their drivers on the benefits of reduced idling and how to use idle reduction strategies.
For vehicles that must stop often or for extended periods of time, such as cabs, limousines, and utility trucks, the idle reduction technologies below can be implemented:
There are many state and local laws and incentives in place to reduce idling in specific jurisdictions. For information on current idling reduction incentives and regulations, see the Clean Cities IdleBase(http://cleancities.energy.
Idle Reduction Tools
The IdleBox toolkit (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/
Idle Reduction Worksheets
ANL has light- and heavy-duty idle reduction worksheets for drivers and fleet managers on their Idle Reduction Tools and Outreach Materials (http://www.transportation.
For additional information about idling and idle reduction, please see the following resources:
For more information on idle reduction for your fleet or community contact:
Business Development Director
The All-New Ford family of vans, the Transit and Transit Connect, are coming to Detroit July 9th and 10th for the Truth About Transit Tour. Ford Motor Company is offering an exclusive opportunity for fleet owners, commercial customers and dealers to drive and learn about the all-new 2015 Ford Transit. The Truth About Transit Tour will visit 19 cities across the United States from June into October.
Participants will test drive models on a closed course specially designed to let them evaluate Transit’s technology, handling, and versatility. They also will visit a unique hands-on interactive garage for a behind-the-scenes look at how Ford Transit is Built Ford Tough. Ford will have top product specialists on site who can answer questions about the all-new 2015 Transit. Tour participants can view upfit vehicles to envision how Ford Transit can be customized to fit their needs. Ford specialists also will be available to conduct personalized vehicle walk-around demonstrations at fleet and commercial customers’ places of business.
The new line of Ford Transit and Transit Connect offer an improved line up of “green” vehicle options. The new line will be available for CNG or LPG conversion. Transit and E-Series brand manager Minyang Jiang told Fleets & Fuels that: “A gaseous-prep version of the 3.7-liter engine will be available for natural gas or propane autogas conversions for $315.”
The new Transit comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Options include the 3.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine, and the “globally proven” 3.2-liter Power Stroke brand diesel which is B20 capable. The Transit will also will have FlexFuel capabilities. The Transit Connect offers the same gaseous-prep options as well as the option for a 1.6L EcoBoost engine.
Other petroleum reduction capabilities include customizable racks, allowing for space optimization and better weight distribution.
To learn more about the new Ford Transit and Transit Connect register for the Truth About Transit Tour at www.fordtransittour.com for commercial business owners with fleets of one to 25 vehicles and www.fordtransittour/fleet for larger fleet customers.
The 2012 Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study and Research Report published by MIT found that “Sixty-one percent of companies that have changed their business model and have sustainability as a permanent fixture on their management agenda say they have added profit from sustainability.” To help your business see added profits, happier employees and build a stronger brand here are our five ingredients to develop and move forward with implementing your sustainability goals.
To truly achieve sustainable business operations, it is important to assess your current business environment and develop a long term vision. Understanding where you are and where you would like to be will help you define your vision and create a comprehensive plan tailored to meet your needs and goals.
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. There are countless examples of best practices and successful strategies to help inspire your sustainability strategy. Strong leadership is key, and will not only drive innovative solutions to your unique business challenges, but will also help you educate your employees and the broader community on the value of making your vision a reality.
With a clear implementation plan in place, your business can be “shovel ready” for grant opportunities when they are available. Pay attention to relevant funding opportunities that allow you to reduce the capital commitment required to complete your plan.
Good decisions are based on high-quality research, plans, and communications. High quality work coupled with efficient implementation ensures that your sustainability plan and projects exceed expectations while improving your company’s bottom line.
The best sustainability vision covers all aspects of company operations, from employee benefits programs to greenhouse gas emission inventories. To effectively bring these elements together, rely on a diverse team with a variety of backgrounds and experience to develop and support the successful execution of your plan.
If you need a little extra help to manage a comprehensive sustainability program, Clean Energy Coalition will bring our team of experts to you. Our diverse team, which includes building energy professionals, policy analysts, architects, planners, and community outreach specialists, have experience managing a wide range of energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Clean Energy Coalition can provide your business with a complete set of skills to manage complex projects in a manner that is both cost-effective and results-driven.
To learn more about how Clean Energy Coalition can help you define and meet your sustainability goals, attend our webinar on June 30 at 12:00. Register here.
For more information on how to develop and implement your own sustainability plan contact:
Business Development Director
Move your city forward into a prosperous and sustainable future by becoming a solar ready community. By offering an encouraging atmosphere for the implementation of solar, cities can help generate job opportunities, support local solar industries, and become eligible for various solar energy grants.
For many communities sustainability plans, renewable energy goals, and GHG reduction plans can seem achievable during the planning stages but once it is time to implement everything seems to come to a halt. For communities with renewable energy goals, one hurdle that can arise is unfavorable permitting and zoning for the installation of solar. The Ten Steps to Becoming Solar Ready Guidebook outlines actions to reduce such barriers, among others, that are associated with the installation of solar in communities. To help communities address and overcome these challenges, here are the Ten Steps to Becoming Solar Ready.
The following ten steps provide a pathway for Michigan local government to achieve Solar Readiness. Many of these steps can be taken simultaneously and all can be adapted to suit local needs.
STEP 1: BEGIN THE DISCUSSION
First and foremost, introduce the concept of Solar Readiness to raise awareness and gather support for the project. Reaching out to neighboring jurisdictions and utility providers is important to consider during this step.
STEP 2: ADOPT A RESOLUTION
The resolution adoption process introduces the conversation of solar at the leadership level, helping to both inform and ensure buy-in from local officials.
STEP 3: ESTABLISH A GUIDING POLICY THAT SUPPORTS SOLAR
Planning document language that supports the advancement of solar will set the direction towards Solar Readiness and provide the basis for solar-related land use regulation.
STEP 4: UPDATE CODE LANGUAGE
Solar language in your zoning codes will give clear guidance about how solar installations are to be integrated into the community.
STEP 5: CREATE AN EASY-TO-USE PERMITTING PROCESS
Common information and permit language will help residents, businesses, developers and installers have a clearer understanding of the local and regional expectations with regard to solar installation.
STEP 6: PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Online and printed materials that detail how solar installation works in the community will help interested property owners and installers understand local expectations and better prepare for an installation process.
STEP 7: ESTABLISH SOLAR INSTALLATION TARGETS
Establishing solar installation targets will help continue the momentum and ensure that measures are taken to ensure solar readiness leadership in Michigan.
STEP 8: TRAIN STAFF
Increasing staff familiarity with solar technology and installation will help make the permitting process more efficient.
STEP 9: PURSUE SOLAR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Working with development specialists on solar can leverage your Solar Ready Community’s status to enhance economic reinvention.
STEP 10: GO THE EXTRA MILE
Last, but not least, going the extra mile is for communities that are really looking to be a solar leader by developing creative outreach efforts and encouraging programs.
Through the implementation and utilization of these ten steps of becoming Solar Ready, you can prepare your community to help generate job opportunities, support local solar industries, and diversify your energy source dependence. Becoming Solar Ready will help open up your community to new opportunities for economic growth, along with moving your city into a prosperous and sustainable future.
For more information on how your community can become solar ready contact:
Sustainability should no longer be seen as a buzzword by businesses, but as a necessary strategic consideration in an increasingly globalized and socially-conscious marketplace. Sustainable business practices can boost your organization’s bottom line while representing you as a responsible member of the business community. Incorporating comprehensive sustainability strategies, such as energy efficiency, fleet optimization, employee engagement programs, and long term strategic planning into your business operations can create tremendous cost savings and increase your competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace. The 2012 Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study and Research Report published by MIT found that “Sixty-one percent of companies that have changed their business model and have sustainability as a permanent fixture on their management agenda say they have added profit from sustainability. ”
How Can Clean Energy Coalition Help?
Many businesses are limited in the amount of in-house time and expertise that can be devoted to sustainability initiatives. Clean Energy Coalition’s team of professionals trained in engineering, architecture, urban planning, public policy, and sustainable business practices will work closely with your team to develop a sustainability strategy tailored specifically to your strategic goals. Clean Energy Coalition will also serve as your on-call sustainability office, managing the implement these goals and more. Our role is to manage effective programs- from the visioning process to implementation. Our team’s experience will help your business define your goals, identify the most cost-effective solutions, secure grant funding, reduce project time and maximize resulting cost savings, much like private consulting services. CEC is a non-profit company with a mission to create healthier, energy independent communities and our goal is to bring our non-biased, technical expertise to your organization.
Some of our services include:
Climate Action and Adaptation Plans
Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Deployment
Energy Management and Building Performance Improvements
Renewable Energy Use
Innovative Financing Program Implementation
Register now and attend a free webinar, June 30 at 12:00, to find out how Clean Energy Coalition can help you define and meet your sustainability goals. Click here to register.
June 13 marks the 14th annual Mayor’s Green Fair in Ann Arbor. The event, held in downtown Ann Arbor from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, will celebrate businesses and non-profits throughout Washtenaw County that are “earth” friendly and energy efficient. Main Street will be closed between Huron Street and William Street, where a variety of exhibitors displaying information on energy efficiency, alternative fuels, renewable energy and more, will line the streets. Green Fair will be a “zero waste” event as well, in an attempt to reduce the event’s footprint.
The Clean Energy Expo, located between Washington Street and Liberty Street, will feature a variety of exhibitors focused on alternative energy and energy efficiency. Residential energy experts will be handing out information on energy saving opportunities for homeowners, and representatives from the City and DTE will be providing details on energy saving programs for residents.
From the transportation sector, industry leaders in alternative fuels, along with hybrid and electric vehicles, will be on-site displaying the latest in clean transportation. Crazy Diamond Performance will be bringing one of their alternative fuel hot rods, the Gasser, showcasing American muscle running on clean American fuel. A2 Automotive and Ford will bring electric and hybrid vehicles, and Current Motor will showcase their electric scooters. ArborBike, the upcoming Ann Arbor Bike Share program, will also be debuting the ArborBike itself by offering test rides to anyone interested.
The event is full of other exciting exhibits as well, including live music, chalk murals, and the Arbor Brewing Company beer tent. We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Ann Arbor on June 13th! For more information visitwww.a2gov.org/greenfair
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Ann Arbor Clean Cities Coordinator