South Shore Clean Cities Newsletter
November, 2010
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E85 on I-65

South Shore Clean Cities is celebrating December 2010 as E85 on I65 Month.

 

Watch, listen and learn about America's First Biofuels Corridor Project. The Biofuels Corridor Project consisted of 886 miles of Biofuels availability from Gary , Indiana to Mobile, Alabama.

South Shore Clean Cities will be providing educational information thru Northern Indiana Media!

 

I-65 Biofuels Project

Tweaks 'n Technology

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

8am - 12pm (central time)
Purdue Technology Center  
9800 Connecticut Drive

Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Continental Breakfast will be served

 

Join us Tuesday, December 7th, for this informational event featuring guest speakers:

  • Jeff Ludwig, Cummins NPower, will present on a new federal rule commonly referred to as "RICE NESHAP"
  • Shawn Seals, IDEM, will present on the Diesel Emission Reduction Act competitive grant opportunity.

Topic #1: Jeff Ludwig - Indiana Clean Air/Upcoming Federal Law, "RICE NESHAP"

 


RICE NESHAP is an acronym for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.  This new ruling pertains to operators of existing non-emergency stationary diesel engines to be compliant to this ruling by May 2013.  Though compliance is a few years away, it is best to plan early, especially if your operation consists of a number of non-emergency stationary diesel engines.  The first step is to determine your requirements to meet the ruling.  The second step is to bring your engines into compliance.  There are only a handful of companies that are capable of providing the needed expertise, so don't wait until the last minute.  It is estimated by the EPA that there are 900,000 stationary engines in the US that are affected by this ruling.  Along with providing this information the presentation will include a brief overview on technology options for compliance.

 

Topic #2: Shawn Seals - USEPA FY11 DERA competitive grant opportunity.

 

Midwest Clean Diesel

 

This RFP will remain open until January 13, 2011. You can find complete information about this grant opportunity by visiting the National Clean Diesel Campaign website here: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/diesel/prgnational.htm

 

While this informational event is free, registration for the complimentary continental breakfast is required.  For more information or to register please contact SSCC at (219)644-3690 OR email: [email protected] OR fax the following tweaksntech registration form to 219-644-3682.

Free Workshop on Renewable Natural Gas

US Dept of Energy Clean Cities Presents: Waste-to-Wheels: Building for Success
When: November 30 - December 2, 2010
Where: Crown Plaza Hotel

33 East Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215

Registration and Full Detail

 

US Department of Energy Clean Cities and Clean Fuels Ohio are proud to present Waste-to-Wheels: Building for Success, a free three-day event focused on creating successful renewable natural gas (RNG) to vehicle fuel projects. This free event includes two days of site visits, exhibitions, receptions, networking opportunities, and a day long workshop featuring presentations from 24 national RNG experts.

 

Join us for the latest information in sourcing organic material from landfills, food and agricultural operations, and waste-water treatment facilities; plus overviews of processing technologies, current and future natural gas vehicles and infrastructure, strategies for developing winning proposals, and financial incentives. Registration and Full Details

 

Although the deadline to reserve a room at the Crown Plaza Hotel at the discounted rate has passed, there are still rooms available. You can make a reservation by calling (800)338-4462 or (614)461-4100.

 

CAN'T ATTEND THE WHOLE EVENT?

 

Join us for the evening reception Dec. 1 from 5:30 - 7:30pm as Clean Fuels Ohio, biogas industry representatives, and regional decision makers come together for an evening full of exhibits, networking, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres.

 

Technical Response Service (TRS) Question

Question of the Month:

Where can I find information about new fuels and technologies in the research, development, and initial deployment phases?

 

Answer:  

Like commercialized alternative fuels and advanced technologies, new fuels and technologies in development can provide benefits such as reduced petroleum consumption, improved vehicle performance, and reduced emissions. However, it is often difficult to find reliable information about these emerging fuels and technologies. Below we have included relevant resources that can provide valuable information to you and your stakeholders.

 

Fuels:

The Alternative Fuel & Advanced Data Center (AFDC) Emerging Fuels Website (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/emerging.html) highlights several fuels that are in the early development stages. Currently, the site highlights biobutanol, biogas/renewable natural gas, biomass to liquids, coal to liquids, Fischer-Tropsch diesel (FTD), gas to liquids, hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel, and P-Series fuels. New information and fuel categories are continually being added to this Web site.          

 

Please note that some developing/emerging fuels are not considered "alternative fuels" according to the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/key_terms.html#alt_fuel). While fuels that do not meet these criteria may be valuable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, they may not be eligible for certain incentives and regulatory programs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has the authority to designate additional alternative fuels through a petition and rulemaking process. For example, DOE currently maintains an open docket on a rulemaking to designate FTD. Reference the following Web site for more information on the petition process: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/alt_fuel_petitions.html.

 

Also, remember that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations require that each manufacturer or importer of gasoline, diesel, or a fuel additive register the product through the Fuels and Fuel Additives Program (http://www.epa.gov/OMS/fuels.htm) prior to the commercial introduction. Additional information about this program and listings of registered fuels and fuel additives are available on the EPA Web site.

 

Technologies:

The AFDC Vehicles Web site (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/vehicles/index.html) highlights vehicle technologies that are designed to reduce petroleum consumption. For example, the AFDC Idle Reduction Web site (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/vehicles/idle_reduction.html) contains information on commercialized and emerging technologies related to vehicle idle reduction.

   

 

In addition, the EPA also administers two separate programs to evaluate retrofit vehicle technologies, one for light-duty vehicle retrofits (Gas Saving and Aftermarket Retrofit Device Evaluation Program: http://www.epa.gov/oms/consumer/reports.htm) and one for heavy-duty diesel vehicle retrofits (Diesel Retrofit Technology Verification Program: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/retrofit/index.htm). Additional information about these programs and listings of verified technologies are available on the EPA Web site.

 

Academia and industry, as well as by federal, state, and local government agencies, are always conducting new research on emerging fuels and technologies. In particular, DOE national laboratories are at the forefront of this work. Examples of their research can be found at the following national laboratory Web sites:

You may also reference research published in peer-reviewed or other industry publications for unbiased information on new petroleum reduction strategies. Scientific search engines, such as Science Direct (http://www.sciencedirect.com/),are a great place to start.

 

The TRS stays up-to-date on new technologies and fuels and is available to answer specific fuel- and technology-related questions. You may also contact the TRS with other questions, or if you have suggestions for additional resources or a future Question of the Month.

 

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team

[email protected]

800-254-6735