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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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EPA-Clean Diesel Grants

Published on May 6, 2015 by in Uncategorized

AGENCY: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

TITLE: Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2015

ACTION: Request for Proposals (RFP)

RFP NUMBER: EPA-OAR-OTAQ-15-06

CATALOG OF FINANCIAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE NUMBER: 66.039

IMPORTANT DATES Thursday, April 30, 2015 RFP OPENS

Monday, June 15, 2015 RFP CLOSES – PROPOSALS DUE

August 2015 ANTICIPATED NOTIFICATION OF SELECTION

Fall-Winter 2015 ANTICIPATED AWARD

The closing date and time for receipt of proposals is Monday, June 15, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) in order to be considered for funding. Proposal packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Monday, June 15, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. (ET) in order to be considered for funding.

SUMMARY EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is soliciting proposals nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Further, priority for funding may be given to projects which result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage local communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those which can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment may include buses, Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Eligible entities include regional, state, local or tribal agencies (or intertribal consortia) or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.

Read the Full Request Here.

 
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Obama Orders Federal Agencies to Cut Fleet Emissions

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order requiring the federal government to reduce its direct greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% over the next decade. Although the comprehensive order calls for federal agencies to use more renewable energy, become more energy efficient, and reduce water intensity, it also mandates that their fleets cut per-mile GHG emissions by 30% by fiscal year (FY) 2025 and incorporate more zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). To see full article go to http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10582#utm_medium=email&utm_source=LNH+03-24-2015&utm_campaign=NGT+Latest+News+Headlines

 
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Port Authority of Allegheny County Focuses on CNG Bus Fleet for Rapid Transit Line

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Buses that will run along (Pennsylvania) Port Authority of Allegheny County’s proposed bus rapid-transit line from Downtown to Oakland will be fueled by natural gas, the agency’s board chairman said.

Chairman Bob Hurley announced at a Port Authority meeting that he established a committee that will study locations for a new Port Authority garage that could serve compressed natural gas buses, a project that could cost $70 million to $80 million. The committee will consist of fellow board members Rob Kania and Tom Donatelli as well as industry professionals.

“The goal of the committee is to assist the staff in the design and location for a new garage with the idea of primarily serving CNG buses,” Hurley said. “When we build the BRT line, the vehicles on that line will be CNG buses.”

Hurley and Port Authority CEO Ellen McLean said natural gas buses or garages are at least three to four years away. “We think in the long term there will be a cost-savings and environmental value,” Hurley said. “We’re sitting in a market where natural gas is being produced and we ought to be supporting that economic driver.”

Current Port Authority buses run on diesel along with 32 electric-hybrids. 

 
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PRCC to Hold Petroleum Reduction Workshops for EV/PHEV and Bio-Fuels

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has scheduled two Petroleum Reduction Technology Workshops for EV/PHEV(April 17, 2015) and a Bio-Fuels PRT Workshop(August 21, 2015). Both workshops will be helsat the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills Center,1000 MckeeRoad, Oakdale, PA 15071. The workshops will be from 10:00am to1:00pm.

 

Each participant will be given facts sheets about the specific technologies of each workshop

A chance to interact with people who already are using a specific fuel and or technology and see some of the alternative fueled vehicles

To register for the EV/PHEV PRT Workshop go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pGyk7uxYeZRgeXPht5mWi7SSCriDMQZ0_y2li5ES9Zc/viewform?c=0&w=1

 
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Upper St Clair Gets New Hybrid

Upper St Clair Township has been exploring the potential use of alternative fuels and technologies for a number of years. The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities has arranged for the township to test drive different types of alternative fueled vehicles. In fact the township was involved in a PRCC grant from the Heinz Foundation (“A Vehicle for Change”) exploring the possible use of compressed natural gas in township vehicles.

They had decided the first alternative fuel vehicle would be a conventional hybrid vehicle according to Ron Sarrick , Building, Grounds, and Sustainability Administrator.

 
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PRCC Holds Stakeholder Meeting

The Pittsburgh Region Clean cities held its’ semi-annual Stakeholder Meeting on March 18, 2015 at the Community College of Allegheny County –West Hills Center. The meeting drew about 30 stakeholders who heard about many of the things that PRCC is doing, like hold alternative fuels training classes, grants they have won, petroleum reductions and increased use of alternative fuels, and upcoming events and workshops.  Each stakeholder had an opportunity to tell all attendees what their company’s interests were and what they would like to see more of from PRCC. Many great ideas were expressed and PRCC plans to try an incorporate them into their annual plan.

 
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PRCC Executive Director is Recognized by DOE

The Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Executive Director Rick Price received Special Recon ignition for his delivery of the Petroleum Reduction Technology training workshops at the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Conference & Expo in February 2014. The award was announced at the 2014 DOE Annual Coordinators Meeting at Director Rick Price received Special Recon ignition for his delivery of the Petroleum Reduction Technology training workshops at the Tri-State Alternative Fueling Conference & Expo in February 2014. The award was announced at the 2014 DOE Annual Coordinators Meeting at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado by Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Darren Stevenson.

 
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It’s All About the Price Delta

By Todd Mouw – Roush Cleantech

Have you been considering alternative fuel vehicles for your fleet, but are now thinking twice with gasoline prices under $3.00 per gallon? Don’t let the sudden drop in prices fool you – there is still a large advantage to switching to domestic fuels like propane autogas. (Note: Autogas is the internationally recognized term for propane when used in on-road engines.)

It’s all about the price delta. Our recent research shows that with an average $1.80 fuel cost difference between propane and diesel, customers operating vehicles over a 12-year lifespan will see a payback in three years or less. Take a look at what some of our customers are saving with propane autogas.

Bend-La Pine Schools in Oregon has experienced a 57 percent reduction in fuel costs with their fleet of autogas powered school buses. They currently pay $1.31 per gallon for autogas versus $3.11 for diesel. The City of Santa Ana, California, reports an average of $1.50 per gallon for autogas throughout their local area. Chicago’s GO Airport Express is saving almost 50 percent on fuel costs since switching to autogas. And, the list goes on — all around the nation.

Although gasoline and diesel prices have fallen recently, propane prices will continue to cost less than conventional fuels because of the large scale production occurring across the nation. In fact, the Energy Information Administration predicts propane prices will be 24 percent lower than last year.

Add the bottom line savings to the emissions reduction and domestic fuel source benefits of autogas, and you can see why hundreds of private and public organizations have made the switch. Interested to learn how much you could be saving? Use our Savings Calculator or the new Propane Education & Research Council’s calculator to compute your potential savings.

 
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