Clean Transportation Program
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Thank you to Tom Bullock, Ohio Representative, The Pew Charitable Trusts, for speaking to us about the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards proposal. We learned that Medium- and Heavy-Duty trucks account for 7% of vehicles on the road but 25% of fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the United States transportation sector. The stronger standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Agency to begin with model year 2021 and beyond will reduce truck fuel consumption would save 1.4 million barrels of oil per day in 2030 and save truck operators as much as $30,000 annually and $0.21 per mile by 2040. The proposal would conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil, reduce carbon pollution by 1 billion metric tons, and cut fuel costs by about $170 billion over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program. The new standards also provide a great deal of benefits for the fleet owners, businesses, and consumers such as fuel and money savings, lessen the reliance on foreign oil, spur innovation by American manufacturers, and contribute to public health and environmental benefits by reducing particulate matter and carbon pollution.
A few links about the proposal can be found here:
• New York Times, Proposed Rule for Big Trucks Aims at Cutting Fuel Emissions
• Washington Post, The boon of reduced oil consumption
• Proposed rule itself and facts sheet, Regulations & Standards: Heavy-Duty
• The Pew Chartiable Trusts, Press release
September 15, 2012: Our quarterly stakeholder meeting was hosted by Ohio City Bicycle Co-op Director Jim Sheehan on September 13th, 2012. Issues discussed were the regional anti-idling policies, the upcoming Diesel Emission Reduction Grant opportunities with the Ohio EPA and bicycling infrastructure related to Complete Streets.
August 21, 2012: The Northeast Ohio Clean Cities Coalition hosted our first annual Sunset Clean Fuel Rally & Cruise in at Whiskey Island Marina. Our stakeholders represented over 60 electric, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, commuter bikes and straight veggie oil conversions to hundreds of community members. The event was highlighted by live music from the Crooked River Blues Band, food trucks Umami Moto and Cracked Cleveland and Great Lakes Brewing Company's Commodor Perry IPA against the backdrop of Lake Erie and gorgeous presentation by the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites. A great time was had by all promoting alt fuels.
NEOhio Clean Cities Stakeholders in the News
Sept. 24, 2012: Stakeholders Ace Taxi and NatGasCar are highlighted in the Plain Dealer for their collaboration on adding natural gas powered vans to the taxi company's line up. This project is funded in part through federal a Recovery Act grant and in collaboration with Clean Fuels Ohio and Clean Energy Corporation. A publicly accessible natural gas fueling station on E55th is part of the project. Keep an eye on our calendar for information about the grand opening celebration.
July 9, 2012: Quasar Energy Group celebrates the opening of its first Cleveland Area anaerobic digester in the Collinwood Neighborhood. In partnership with Forest City Enterprises and Cleveland Public Power, this facility creates electricity, heat, methane and high-quality fertilizer from liquid food and agricultural waste. Effective innovative energy technologies like this will be the driver for Cleveland's burgeoning economy. Watch the facility being built on WKYC.
Contact Christina Yoka or 216-281-6468 ext 231 for program information.