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Welcome from Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities!

Published on January 28, 2009 by in Uncategorized

Hello and welcome! Here’s some information on what Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) is and what we’re working to accomplish.

PRCC is a nonprofit membership organization designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Build and support the infrastructure needed for a strong alternative fuel and alternative vehicle market in Western Pennsylvania.
  2. Serve the needs of its member organizations through education, business consulting, development and grant writing and management of federal and state-funded projects.
  3. Serve as the designated regional organization for all U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program initiatives, including project funding.
 
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AFIG Grant: Helping One Vehicle at a Time

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group

Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group

 

In early September, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded close to $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) to 33 local governments, non-profit organizations and companies that are converting to Propane (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) powered fleet vehicles. AFIG projects promote and build markets for advanced, renewable and alternative energy transportation technologies, according to the DEP.

Both Propane and CNG offer domestically abundant, clean, safe, quiet, powerful, efficient and affordable alternative fueling options for the United States. In a statement, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett relayed, “These important grants allow Pennsylvania to make the most of our abundant natural resources, edging us closer to energy independence while also helping to improve our air quality. This funding makes it possible for many local governments, organizations and companies to convert their lighter-weight vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels.”

The AFIG fund was established in 1992 and is an annual grant that school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, incorporated non-profit entities, corporations and limited liability companies or partnerships that are registered to do business in Pennsylvania are eligible to apply for. According to the AFIG application, the DEP offers grant funding for clean, alternative fuel projects in Pennsylvania, and investment in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. The primary goals of the AFIG Program are to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of homegrown alternative fuels that will help the state’s economy and environment.

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Clean Fuels Clean Rivers Workshop

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, Life Cycle Engineering, and the Port of Pittsburgh held an LNG Marine Forum at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center on October 24, 2014. The Clean Fuels Clean Rivers Initiative was the main subject of the LNG Marine Forum event was held to build on an initiative to build a natural gas marine corridor that extends from Morgantown WV area through Pennsylvania, and down the Ohio River to Huntington, WV.

The ultimate goal of this effort will be to expand the potential of natural gas as a replacement for diesel fuel to the often overlooked inland waterway system.

The Clean Fuels Clean Rivers team is capitalizing on these opportunities by:

Facilitating dialogue among stakeholder organizations toward development of a strategic plan

Performing a rigorous feasibility analysis of the opportunity that can be used by fleet owners and fuel providers to help decision making within their organizations

Launching demonstration projects in partnership with commercial fleet operators.

 
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Free Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles Held

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The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities held a Free Introduction to Hybrid Electric Vehicles at the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center for four evenings on September 23, 25, 30 and October 2, 2014. The class talked about the basic components of electric and hybrid electric vehicles and about the operation of many different manufacturers vehicles that are on the road today. The students covered safety and safe working habits when performing maintenance on a hybrid vehicle.

 
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Oakland Transportation Management Association Transportation Fair

The Oakland Transportation Management Association (OMTA) held its second annual transportation fair at Alumni Hall (University of Pittsburgh). This year the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities was contacted about bringing alternative fuel vehicles to the event. Located in the heart of Oakland, OTMA is a nonprofit organization open to businesses, community organizations, local government agencies, and regional transportation planners and providers. They are always working to better the Oakland community’s ability to stay in motion while reducing traffic and air pollution.

The fair included engineering students from the University of Pittsburgh and the general public to better understand what the OMTA mission is.

 
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Odyssey Day 2014

By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group
Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group
Images Provided By: Shale Media Group

National AFV Day Odyssey is a nationwide event conducted to educate the public on the importance of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Organized by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), the goal is to provide cleaner transportation choices (and thus cleaner air) and less dependence on foreign oil.

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Ohio River Watershed Celebration

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and its’ stakeholders attended the 13th Ohio River Watershed celebration held this year in North Park. This year’s theme: “Connected through Our Streams-The Pine Creek Experience” focused on the great progress that has been made in restoring streams and creeks in the Ohio River Watershed.

This years’ events (displays, awards and speakers) were held at the Rose Barn including a talk from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. The alternative fuel vehicles were displayed in the Boat House Parking Lot Area and Watershed Displays and Municipalities were on Lake Lane. These alternative fuel vehicles included, a CNG Class * Tractor (Giant Eagle), Propane School Bus (Bluebird of Pittsburgh), EV Telsa (Veterans Taxi), Propane van, and motor boat (ProGas), CNG Pickup( EcoFriendly), Propane Pickup (McCandless Township Water Authority), CNG Honda (Mike Lickert).

Attendees had a chance to register for a trip on a propane school bus (Provided by Bluebird of Pittsburgh) to the Pine Creek Watershed.

 
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One Billion Gallons Saved

Clean Cities hit a major petroleum-reduction milestone in 2013. For the first time, the program and its stakeholders reduced U.S. petroleum consumption by more than 1 billion gallons in a single year. Clean Cities’ efforts in 2013 prevented the production of 7.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing 1.5 million cars from the road. This toolkit provides outreach materials that coordinators and stakeholders can use to showcase Clean Cities’ 2013 petroleum reduction milestone.

Clean Cities’ 2013 petroleum-reduction milestone puts the program ahead of schedule for meeting its goal of reducing U.S. petroleum consumption by 2.5 billion gallons a year by 2020.

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PRCC Holds First Responder Classes

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities held two free First Responder Alternative Fuel Vehicles Workshops. The first class was held on July 29, 2014, and the second one was held on November 15, 2014. The classes taught over 30 first responders who were getting their first training about Hybrid Electric, Compressed Natural Gas, Liquefied Natural Gas and Propane. CCAC Automotive instructor Scott Main taught both of the classes to teach the First Responders about the growing number of alternative fueled vehicles now on the highways.

The students were taught about the basic concepts of the technologies and how many different Original Equipment Manufacturers have implemented their alternative fuel vehicles. They saw videos and were taught how to properly approach vehicles that may have been involved in an accident. The attendees had a chance to physically see a CNG Class 8 Tractor, a Bi-Fuel Propane van, a Bi-fuel Propane pickup, a CNG Honda Civic and a Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup. These classes were made available through a grant that the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission had with the Department of Energy and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities.

 
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