Michigan Green Fleets
61 alternative fuel stations
Clean Energy Coalition believes that local actions to adopt alternative fuel vehicles can help reduce our reliance on imported oil, boost economic activity, improve air quality, and drive us into a clean transportation era with advanced vehicles powered by domestic energy sources.
Michigan Green Fleets — a program funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — has brought together a diverse cross-section of Michigan fleets to deploy alternative fuel and advanced vehicles and supporting infrastructure to work toward these goals.
Join us Thursday, June 13 at Henry Ford Community College to get a first-hand look at alternative vehicles that are operating as a result of Green Fleets. Learn about fleet managers’ experiences and the statewide impact of this program.
When: Thursday, June 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (registration begins at 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Henry Ford Community College, 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128 (map) (parking lot near main auto lab)
Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles now have more options for filling up their tanks, thanks to new E85 pumps recently installed at the Romulus BP gas station, located at 15024 Middlebelt Road (map).
To celebrate the biofuel pumps, this station will be offering E85 at a discounted price — just $2.99 per gallon —from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22. (Customers are limited to no more than 40 gallons each.)
E85 is a blend of 15% unleaded gasoline and 85% ethanol, a renewable biofuel primarily produced from corn. This alternative fuel can be used in flex-fuel vehicles, which have an internal combustion engine that runs on either E85 or gasoline.
“We’re delighted to now offer our customers a new fuel option: E85. Approximately 8 million flex-fuel vehicles are on the roads in the United States, but many drivers don’t realize their cars are E85-compatible. It’s our hope that the increased availability of this fuel will encourage drivers to try E85 for themselves,” said Ali Dakroub, gas station owner/operator.
“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 like Dakroub,” said Aaron Champion, coordinator of Detroit Area Clean Cities, which is managed by Clean Energy Coalition.
Funding for the E85 pump installation was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Energy’s I-75 Green Corridor Project, managed in Michigan by Clean Energy Coalition.
$40 million in investments
61 alternative fuel stations
Clean Energy Coalition believes that local actions can drive us into a cleaner transportation era… A nation less reliant on imported oil… A secure and vibrant vehicle future powered by various types of clean, domestic energy sources.
Clean Energy Coalition’s Green Fleets program – funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act – has brought together a diverse cross-section of Michigan fleets to deploy alternative fuel and advanced vehicles and supporting infrastructure to work toward these goals.
Join us at Henry Ford Community College to see the vehicles that are operating as a result of Green Fleets. Learn about fleet experiences and the statewide impact that this program has made on growing the use of clean-fueled vehicles.
This stylish, functional radio receives AM/FM signals and all seven NOAA weather bands. With the alert function activated, the radio will automatically broadcast emergency weather alerts for your area such as severe storms and tornadoes.
No batteries? No problem. This radio can be powered using the hand crank or the sun’s energy using its small solar panel. (AAA batteries also work, and a DC adapter is included as well.)
The radio also functions as a smartphone charger, thanks to the USB port. Simply plug in your phone and it charges automatically, just like plugging it into the wall.
Through May 31, use the coupon code MAYNEWS10 and take 10% off all purchases at the Clean Energy Outlet online store – including this radio.
Every Clean Energy Outlet purchase benefits Clean Energy Coalition and supports the work we’re doing to promote clean energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Scheduled for startup in early May 2013, the City of Riverview, Michigan’s Riverview Land Preserve will convert about 100 standard cubic feet per minute of excess landfill gas into about 500 gallons of gasoline equivalent of compressed natural gas (CNG). This new vehicle fueling system is in addition to the existing 6.4 MW landfill-gas-to-energy plant already on site, which produces enough energy to power nearly 4,000 homes (data based on the EPA’s LFG Energy Benefits Calculator).
BioCNG, LLC, is part of a team that is assisting with the development of a BioCNG™ alternative vehicle fuel system for the Riverview site. The City is using the patent pending BioCNG vehicle fuel system to convert a portion of landfill gas into CNG, which will be used to fuel City vehicles. Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC was the City’s engineer for this work.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States. Landfills often flare off these emissions; but in Riverview’s case, the gas will be refined for pipline distribution, increasing the proportion of methane and decreasing the proportion of carbon dioxide and contaminants through absorption, adsorption, membrane separation, or cryogenic separation. Using an EPA emissions calculator developed specifically for projects like this one, 100 standard cubic feet per minute will yield a reduction of 1,372 tons of annual CO2 emissions, the equivelant of 1.3M gallons of gasoline or heating for 340 homes.
The BioCNG system will initally be used to fuel two City pick-up trucks and at least one articulated dump truck, with three or four new dual-fuel pickup trucks to be added next fiscal year. The City also hopes to convert the majority of its fleet including its police interceptors to CNG vehicles. Eventually, the City will make the fuel available to neighboring communities and the landfill’s commercial customers.
Robert Bobeck, director of the Riverview Land Preserve, said, “The City is excited about using our resource to provide the same level of service at lower cost to our citizens, and in a greener fashion.”
On Monday, April 22, DTE Energy announced volume discount pricing for compressed natural gas (CNG) at all of its public fueling stations in Michigan.
Through the end of 2014, Michigan fleets that purchase more than 25,000 gallons of CNG annually will receive the discount. At the lowest tier pricing (more than 100,000 gallons), fleets will pay $1.75 per GGE, more than $2 less than the current average retail price of diesel per gallon in Michigan.
For more information, please contact:
With a move to the Washington, DC, the 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo will help commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. The expo takes place June 24-27 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
This annual event is North America’s largest alternative fuels and advanced clean vehicles conference and expo — representing electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels.
ACT Expo brings together more than 3,000 stakeholders — Clean Cities coalitions, public and private fleets, technology companies, OEMs, fuel providers, infrastructure developers, and policymakers — for a real world look at the exciting and rapidly evolving clean transportation industry.
Now in its third year, ACT Expo provides strong educational content, hands-on access to new technologies, and valuable networking opportunities to progressive transportation professionals worldwide.
Free Expo Hall Pass
As an Endorsing Organization for the event, Clean Energy Coalition is offering supporters and email subscribers a free expo hall pass to the event. To redeem this offer, simply complete the linked form and bring it with you to the event – no advance registration is required.
Question of the Month: What are the federal emissions and fuel economy standards for current and future on-road vehicles? Have any related emissions and fuel regulations been passed recently?
Answer: Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards set requirements for new light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle models with the goal of improving the overall fuel efficiency and environmental impact. Fuel economy standards for light-duty vehicles were introduced in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975; regulations were established for on-road vehicles beginning with Model Year (MY) 1978. EPCA grants the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to regulate CAFE standards, with the requirement that new standards may not be proposed more than five model years at a time.
In 2010, NHTSA partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue the first joint program that includes both fuel economy requirements under NHTSA’s CAFE program and emissions standards under EPA’s GHG emissions program. Starting with MY 2012 vehicles, manufacturers are required to improve fleet-wide fuel economy and reduce fleet-wide GHG emissions by approximately 5% each year. By 2016, vehicles must meet an estimated combined average emissions level of no more than 250 grams of carbon dioxide per mile. If the industry met this carbon dioxide standard solely through fuel economy improvements, vehicles would have an average fuel economy of 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg). For more information, see the EPA fact sheet.
NHTSA and EPA established the CAFE and GHG emissions standards for MY 2017 through MY 2025 passenger cars and light-duty trucks in 2012 in two phases, which are broken down as follows:
|Model Years||Average Fleet-Wide Fuel Economy
|Phase 1||MY 2017-
(by MY 2021)
|Phase 2*||MY 2022-
(by MY 2025)
*Proposed, pending final rule
For more information, refer to the EPA fact sheet.
In 2011, NHTSA and EPA set the first-ever standards to reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds). The standards cover MY 2014 through MY 2018 on-road vehicles and are tailored to each of three main regulatory subcategories:
The requirements provide flexibility through an emissions and fuel consumption credit system to help reduce the overall costs of the program and to allow manufacturers time to make necessary technological improvements.
On March 29, 2013, EPA announced their Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program, which includes more stringent tailpipe emissions standards for non-methane organic gas (NMOG), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter (PM); more stringent evaporative vehicle emissions; and lower sulfur content of gasoline. This proposal aligns vehicle standards with the GHG emissions standards outlined above, as well as the California Low Emission Vehicle Program, allowing automakers to sell the same vehicle models in every state. The standards would apply to light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles, and some heavy-duty vehicles and include different phase-in schedules based on vehicle class from MY 2017 to MY 2025. The proposed gasoline sulfur standard would make emission control systems more effective for both existing and new vehicles. For more information, refer to the proposed rule and the EPA Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program website.
For more up-to-date information about federal and state vehicle standards, refer to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Federal Incentives and Laws website.
Source: Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team, firstname.lastname@example.org, (800) 254-6735
Clean Energy Coalition coordinated a tent at the event, assembling a collection of exhibitors to showcase clean energy resources and ways to reduce energy use. Exhibitors included:
Clean Energy Coalition exhibited at the festival as well and spoke to area residents about the bike sharing program, slated to launch in Spring 2014, we’re creating in conjunction with City of Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, AATA, and Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.
In collaboration with Recycle Ann Arbor, Earth Day Festival was a zero waste awareness event. Exhibitors and food vendors were encouraged to only distribute materials that were locally recyclable, compostable, or reusable. 92% of the waste from the event was diverted from the landfill.
Thanks to everyone who attended 2013 Earth Day Festival. See you next year!
Clean Energy Coalition is hiring!
We’re seeking someone to fill the Program Director role, which is a senior leadership position with responsibility for the management and oversight of program supervisors, project managers, project associates, part-time interns, and volunteers, as well as responsibility for the direct management of identified projects as needed.
This leader will assist team members in the development and implementation of building- and transportation-related clean energy projects and programs.
Please see the linked position description for details and information on how to apply.