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EV Owner Spotlight - Matt Neidert

When and where did you buy your EV? What model is it? I purchased my 2013 Nissan LEAF SV (with QC+LED, and premium package – BOSE and AroundView) in May of 2015 from I-90 Nissan near Avon, Ohio. Tell us your story. Why were you interested in owning an electric vehicle? I’ve always believed in the advancement of new technology and trying to find better ways of doing things. Clean energy is one of those areas of interest, and I’ve explored ways to make our household’s footprint smaller and more sustainable. I’m also an engineer by training, and I’m always looking for the most efficient way to do things. My daily commute from Akron to my job in Cleveland is nearly 70mi, and I was spending betw

Trump-Pence Budget Blueprint May Target US DOE Clean Cities for Elimination

A few weeks ago, the White House Office of Management and Budget released their 2018 Budget Blueprint. The document is not a detailed budget proposal, but it provides a broad overview of budget priorities across all federal departments. The proposal covers only discretionary, not mandatory, spending. The Department of Energy section begins on page 19 of the Blueprint. The section relevant to Clean Cities is on page 20: Focuses funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and the Fossil Energy Research and Development program on limited, early-stage applied energy research and develop

Biofuels Prove Reduced Emissions for Airlines

While 5-10% biofuel blending is a mainstream fuel every drivers when they fill-up at the pump, higher blends of 20% and beyond are typically broken down by individual fleets or whole vehicle segments. This includes the aviation industry, which has taken incremental steps towards reducing global emissions for airlines (current 10% of U.S. annual emissions). A recent agreement was signed by the aviation industry to offset all new emissions after 2020 with carbon reclamation/credit purchases. While baggage carriers and other airport support vehicles can easily convert to CNG, electric, or other fuel sources, airplanes carry a unique challenge of adopting alternative fuels due to required ene

How to Drive an EV in the Artic

When you think “Arctic Region,” thoughts of polar bears, Eskimos, and tundra probably come to mind. But would you also think Electric Vehicles? While Iceland, Norway, and Sweden all feature frigid temperatures and record snowfall, they also sport some of the highest market adoption of electric vehicles in the world. This is in part backed by government incentive. However, Scandinavian automobile owners seek out EVs for other benefits too. And some of the factors that have led to that adoption resonate with the same EV adoption we are seeing in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. 1) Cheap Electricity While cost of living is relatively high in many of these Scandanavian countries, the price for

The Alternative Fuel Transportation Program is now accepting applications

The program provides low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofits, public school systems, and local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel blending, refueling, or distribution facilities and terminals. Loan amounts vary depending on the project and can be from $250,000 up to $750,000. Eligible project activities include engineering, construction and equipment costs related to installation of fully operational alternative fuel refueling stations or distribution facilities. This may include but is not limited to compressors, storage tanks, pumps, pipes, fuel lines, refueling equipment, monitoring equipment, required safety equipment, and electronic payment equipment.

Alternative Fuels Transportation Loan Program

Clean Fuels Ohio is excited to inform members around a new financing opportunity for alternative fuel infrastructure. The Ohio Development Services Agency is offering the Alternative Fuels Transportation Loan Program, providing financial assistance to businesses, nonprofit organizations, school districts, or local governments for the purchase and installation of alternative fuel refueling, blending, or distribution facilities and terminals. Eligible alternative fuels include E85 blend fuel, blended biodiesel, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, compressed air, or any power source including electricity. CNG and LNG refueling stations will be afforded preference in the evaluatio

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