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Hickenlooper: CNG Is Colorados Future

Hickenlooper: CNG Is Colorados Future

Abundant reserves of natural gas in the United States are key to a sunny energy future which will include job creation, clean energy and the saving of billions of dollars for energy, says Gov. John Hickenlooper. Natural gas can cleanly and efficiently power automobiles and trucks, said Hickenlooper. The governor said that approximately eight states - including Colorado are pledging to replace some of their gasoline-powered vehicle fleets with natural gas fleets. Hickenlooper said the idea is to get U.S. car manufacturers to start assembly line production of natural gas vehicles. "We (the states) will make a group commitment to purchase these vehicles if you (the manufacturers) give us a reasonable price," said Hickenlooper. Late last year, there were only 29 CNG fueling stations in Colorado most around Denver - serving about 1,200 vehicles. "The key is to kick-start the number of vehicles," said the governor. "There is no need for a subsidy."

Global New Energy Summit Back In Colorado Mercedes EV Vans Hit The Road Outlook On Tax Incentives For Alt.Fuels Moving Toward An Ethanol Economy President Obama Talks CNG at SOU

From the Denver Post

Global New Energy Summit Back In CO

The Global New Energy Summitt is coming back to Colorado Springs, April 9 to 11, at the Broadmoor Hotel. The Summit brings together the four primary disiplines science& innovation, industry & markets, policy and capital; to discuss the inter-relationships across the entire supply and distribution economy oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, storage, bio-fuels, transmission and smart grid. This year there will also be extra attention given to skilled workforce and manufacturing leadership Opportunities represented by the industry. Current speakers for the event include: Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day; Thomas Daschle, former Senate Majority Leader; Gregory Leveille of ConocoPhillips; Shez Bandukwala of Stifel Nicolaus Weisel; TJ Deora with the Colorado Governor's Energy Office; Sean Ebert at The Altira Group; Jeffrey Fulgham Banyan Water and many more.

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Mercedes EV Vans Ready For Real-World Operations

Automotive giant Daimler says a test fleet of 230 Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL all-electric vans has logged more than 400,000 miles of commercial operation in Europe over the past year, illustrating the EVs suitability for various real-world applications. The company explains that a large number of Vito ECELLs have been deployed in Germany - 50 each in Stuttgart and Berlin. The EVs are being used in courier, corporate and other fleets, as well as running as service vehicles in companies' maintenance and customerservice operations. These two projects are scheduled to continue through 2014. All fleet participants also have charging stations on site, Daimler explains. These devices, which feature chargemanagement tools to better integrate with the local electricity grid, operate at 380/400 V. From a depleted state, the EV's batteries assume a full charge in no more than six hours.

Going forward, Mercedes-Benz plans to deploy the Vito E-CELL in other parts of Germany, as well as in most western European countries. About 2,000 of the vans were produced through the end of last year to support this roll-out.

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TEP Outlook On Tax Incentives For Alt.Fuels And Vehicles

Several key tax incentives for alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure expired at the start of the new year. To address the impact and potential for new credits, Curt Beaulieu, Tax Counsel for Senator Orrin Hatch and Transportation Energy Partners recently held a webinar on the outlook for extending these critical tax incentives during the current Congress. Hatch is the Ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for tax legislation. Senator Hatch leader in federal tax policy, plays key role in deciding tax policies, etc. Supporter of DOEs CC program, alt. fuel vehicles, & many of these tax incentives. According to Beaulieu, it is unlikely that the now-expired incentives will be tackled in February session, leaving it hanging for longer. While not certain, that scenario is likely until even after the election, given the difficulty for compromise and the already not balanced budget. While there may be support for these incentives, legislative custom has been to deal with all of these types of extenders all at onceand not all of them are equally agreed upon. While once granted, those extension will likely be retroactive, there is no guarantee. Extenders related to transportation and fuels at this time include: Alt motor vehicle tax credit - expired 2010 Alt fuel property tax credit - 30% credit available to businesses that dispensed alt fuels, not to exceed $30,000 or $1,000 for individual. Expired 12/31/11. Alt fuel tax credit - natural gas (NG) included, .50 per gallon credit, expired 12/31/11.
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Dont Forget!
The due date for the Clean Cities Annual Report is rapidly approaching - Feb. 17. To encourage you, our stakeholders, to submit your alternative fuel vehicle data to me, SC4 will enter those who return reports in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Sonterra Grill or Slayton's BBQ in downtown Colorado Springs. For those not located in CS, we'll gladly give you a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice in your area if you are the winner. Thank you to Ft. Carson, City of Grand Junction (Kathy P.), and State Fleet (Art) for returning your report so promptly, you have been entered in the drawing!

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Report: Moving Toward an Ethanol Economy Brings Positive Change

Novozymes and Bloomberg New Energy Finance employment would result, have released a new impact report on ethanol that and $4.1 trillion in revenue. shows a startling impact on the nations economy. The Digest adds that the Moving Towards a Next-generation Ethanol impact of such a converEconomy, provides an intriguing assessment of the sionwhich generally would job-creating potential of an expanded replace imported fuels bioeconomy. In the case of this report, BNEF with local production (imported from other parts of focused on the potential for ethanol production the country, or from international sources) will be from agricultural residue. felt far more in the balance of payments and local The headline statistic? Based on a scenario in which investment, than solely in direct job creation. advanced biofuels, in the form of next-gen ethanol, Money deposited in local banks, from fuel sales replaced 10 percent of global gasoline that would have otherwise been sourced from consumption by 2030, Bloomberg New Energy outside of the community, results in local lending. Finance is projecting in its report that 2.4 million Bankers lend, generally, to the businesses and man-years of employment would be created, people around them. The Opportunity Finance including 684,800 man-years of employment in Network assumes one job is created for every construction, 251,700 in plant operations, 147,100 in $21,000 in community lending. So, how many jobs transportation, and 141,600 in biomass collection does $1 trillion bring? 47.6 million, by the math. not to mention 18,000 man-years for engineers in Which raises the question, how many jobs can plant operations and 36,000 man-years for achieving energy independence bring to a engineers in the plant construction process. community of, say, 10,000 people? The community Overall, there is $1 trillion in revenue potential would use around 4.7 million gallons of fuel, costing between now and 2030. Of the two scenarios the community around $13 million per year. Moving presented in the report, this is the conservative one. that production into the community would create In the more aggressive scenario, the report looks at 680 jobs through community lending, absorbing the impact, should 17.5 percent of all agricultural around 10 percent of the employment base. residue be utilized in bioenergy primarily maize From the stover, wheat star and sugarcane residues (tops and Read more from the report here. leaves), and 30 percent of sugarcane bagasse. Under this scenario, 8.15 million man-years of employment would result, and $4.1 trillion in revenue.Added local impact through community That's long enough," finance Obama said. "It's The Digest adds that the impact of such a time to end the conversion which generally would replace taxpayer giveaways imported fuels with local productionUnion address, During last months State of the (imported from to an industry that other partsObama dedicated substantial time to President of the country, or from international rarely has been sources) will benation'smore in the balance of the discussing the felt far energy future, and more profitable, and payments and local investment, than natural gas. primary target of that discussion was solely in direct double-down on a job creation. The president highlighted his administration's clean energy indMoney deposited in local banks, and fuel salesgas efforts toward expanding oil from natural that ustry that never has would have otherwise been sourced from outside of exploration and noted that oil production in the been more promising." the community,higher than it has beenBankers lend, U.S. is currently results in local lending. in almost a The cornerstone of this clean energy industry, the generally, to the businesses andpledgedaround decade. Moreover, Obama people to "open State of the Union address suggests, is domestic them. than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil more natural gas. The impact? The Opportunity Finance Network tells and gas resources." In this context, Obama addressed safety and us that that one job is created for every $21,000U.S. However, the president made it clear that the in environmental issues - such as those related to community lending. So, how many jobs does $1 must move away from oil and toward an energy trillion bring? 47.6 million, by the math. full of new hydraulic fracturing, or fracking - that have been strategy that is "cleaner, cheaper and Which raises the question, how many jobs can major stumbling blocks hindering the more rapid jobs." achieving energy independence bring to a "We've subsidized oil companies for a century. development of domestic natural gas resources. community of, say, 10,000 people? The community That's long enough," Obama said. "It's time to end would use around 4.7 million gallons of fuel, costing the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely SC4 the community around $13 million per year. Moving February 2012 719-494-6592 has been more into the community would createa profitable, and double-down on that production "I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public clean energy industry that lending, absorbing 680 jobs through community never has been more

Obama Pushes Vehicle CNG At SOU Address

lands to disclose the chemicals they use," he said.

Alt.Fuel Credit News

Interested in finding out more about tax credits for altnerative fuel vehicles? Check out the links below: - The state of Colorado still has tax credits for alt. fuel vehicles excluding LPG. e/3234 - Some plug-in electric vehicles are still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. - The Surdna Foundation offers sustainable environments grants, funding projects in three key areas: Climate Change, Green Economy and Transportation and Smart Growth.

NHTSA: Chevy Volt Is Safe

A safety investigation into the Chevy Volt is now behind General Motors, CNet News reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that it has ended an inquiry into potential safety problems with the battery-run Chevy Volt. "Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles," the agency said in a statement. Last year, the NHTSA started a safety defect investigation after a side-impact collision test caused a fire three weeks after the test. That and subsequent tests led GM to make modifications to reinforce the battery pack and the coolant system. The impact test caused a leak in the liquid coolant leaked system and, after three weeks, the coolant crystallized. Current from the battery, which had not been drained, caused the coolant to ignite. The NHTSA said that "no discernible defect trend" exists and that the changes GM made should lessen the potential for problems. There have not been any real-world batteryrelated fires with Volts. All vehicles run some risk of fires in a collision, the NHTSA noted. Consumers, emergency response workers, and tow truck operators should be aware of the attributes of electric vehicles to be safe and take safety precautions, such as draining the battery after a severe collision.
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Project FEVER Update!

Project FEVER (Fostering Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies) is a joint project from all three Clean Cities Coalitions in our state. Back in October, the coalitions secured a grant from the Department of Energy in the amount of $500,000 to formulate an electric-vehicle readiness plan for the state of Colorado. Coordinated by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition, the project will include identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the states infrastructure for EVs, educate the public on the technology and also work to affect regulatory and zoning issues related to EV infrastructure at the local level to facilitate the development of more charging stations. Statewide partners from the Regulatory, Permitting & Planning/Zoning working groups met in a facilitated charter session in January. The Policy working group charter session has been rescheduled to 2/21/12. Minutes from these charter sessions will be distributed to working group partners soon whether you were at the meetings or not. The Education/Outreach/Marketing statewide partners will be engaged to contribute to Project FEVER goals soon. In the meantime, Denver Metro Clean Cities and rabble+rouser are working towards an electric vehicle website launch date of early March. If youd like to be a part of the southern Colorado FEVER efforts, contact SC4 Coordinator Dianne Bertini today:

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2/8 - 2/10 - Solar Power Colorado 2012, Embassy Suites Conference Center, Loveland, CO 2/24 - Energy Forum & Expo, Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction, CO 4/9 - 4/11 Global New Energy Summit, Colorado Springs, CO 4/16 - 4/19 - International Biomass Conference and Expo, Denver, CO

CO Firm Secures $233M For Biorefinery In Oregon

Lakewood-based biorefinery developer, ZeaChem, has been selected for a $232.5 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program. According to the company, it has developed a cellulose-based biorefinery platform capable of producing advanced fuels and intermediate chemicals from woody biomass and agricultural waste such as corn stover with the highest yield, lowest capital cost, and lowest carbon footprint in the industry. ZeaChem said that development of its first commercial cellulosic biorefinery is already underway, and that this conditional commitment enables the financing and construction of the plant. The facility is to be located at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon and is adjacent to the company's 250,000 gallon per year (946,000 litre per year) integrated demonstration biorefinery. The company said that it expects the new facility to have capacity of 25 million or more gallons per year (94.6 million litres) and that it has agreements for 100% of the required feedstock from the nearby GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) and from local agricultural residue processors.

2/5 - 2/8 - National Biodiesel Conference and Expo, Orlando, FL 2/22 - 2/24 - National Ethanol Conference, Orlando, FL 3/6 - 3/8 - The Work Truck Show, Indianapolis, IN 3/27 - 3/29 - 61st Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference, Shoreline, WA 5/14 - 5/17 - ACT 2012 (Alterative Clean Transportation Expo), Long Beach, CA

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Zeachem ProcessThe Process About The Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition technology it willpublic/private ZeaChem said that the (SC4) develops be deploying partnerships in Southernsite is a hybrid combination of biochemical and at the Colorado to promote alternative fuels advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid preserves idle thermochemical processing steps that vehicles, the reduction, and alternative modes of transportation. SC4 enhances best of both approaches from yield and efficiency energy, environmental, and economic no new organisms or process. perspectives and utilises security throughout southern Colorado by promoting efforts to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. After fractionating the biomass, the sugar stream Southern Colorado Clean Cities[C5] and glucose [C6]) of individuals, (both xylose Coalition is a coalition are sent to businesses and organizations, both public and private. SC4 is utilised fermentation where an acetogenic process was first designated as a coalition on July sugars to aceticis one without CO2 as a to ferment the 13th 1994. SC4 acid of approximately 90 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities programs in the nation. by-product. Current SC4 partners include: ROUSH company said that traditional In comparison, the CleanTech, City of Colorado Springs, Dwire Earthmoving and Excavating, US General CO2 for yeast fermentation creates one molecule of Services Administration-Colorado molecule of ethanol.Center, Yellow Cab Taxi every Fleet Management Thus ZeaChem claimed Service - Colorado Springs, City of Fountain, Cripplethe its & Victor Gold that the carbon efficiency of Creek fermentation Mine, Pueblo County, Amerigas, Perkins Motor Company, Duke's process is nearly 100% vs. 67% for yeast. Garage, San Isabel Electric, Phil Long Ford, Pikes Peak Area Council is converted to an ester which can The acetic acid of Governments, and Elbe reacted with hydrogen to make ethanol. then Paso County. To generate the hydrogen necessary to convert the Contact usester to ethanol, the company said that it takes the to join today! lignin residue from the fractionation process and gasifies it to create a hydrogen-rich syngas stream.
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