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Rules Sent To Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review For Approval The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) announced last week that they have filed proposed rules with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCAR) that will implement the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grant program. The purpose of rule-making is to create the framework to award grants for converting or replacing diesel-powered and gasoline-powered large vehicles to run on either compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane autogas. By statute, grants will be aimed at vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more designed to operate on CNG or propane. There is a cap of $400,000 per entity. The per vehicle cap is the lesse

Drive Electric Ohio Moves to New Phase

Following completion of 11 successful events during National Drive Electric Week (NDEW), Drive Electric Ohio (DEO) is moving into a new phase. The program will leverage momentum from NDEW events by building locally-based EV education and advocacy groups, and supporting them with training, information, local policy and connections. While focusing locally, Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) also will continue to work at the state-level. Priorities include work with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and utilities themselves to support development of EV charging programs, developing EV charging through Ohio’s VW settlement funding, and potential policy issues within the Ohio General Assembly. “Before

Clean Fuels Ohio Joins Call to Retain Vehicle Efficiency Standards

One of the outcomes of the original OPEC oil embargo of 1973-4 was passage of the 1975 law to create the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standard. The initial standard was set at 18 mpg for passenger cars in 1978. This increased over time to 27.5 mpg for cars and 20.2 mpg for light trucks in 1990. They remained frozen at roughly this same level before beginning to climb up again in 2011. Then, in 2012, the Obama Administration updated the rules based on a landmark compromise with automakers. The new CAFÉ regime ramped up standards in two stages: The first covered model years 2012 to 2016, and the second covers MY 2017 to 2025. By the end of Phase 2, CAFÉ standards will roughly

U.S. EPA Opens RFSII for Possible Volume Revisions

On September 26th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a pre-publication version of a Notice of Data Availability (NODA), requesting comment on options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes in the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFSII). Congress created the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. The main mechanism through which this is accomplished is by creating volume production requirements of various biofuels. Among possible changes, EPA is requesting comment on a further reduction of the 201

Clean Fuels Ohio Launches Clearinghouse for Ohio VW Settlement Information

The federal Volkswagen Partial Settlement, stemming from violations of the Clean Air Act, will create a $75.3 million pool in Ohio over ten to fifteen years for clean transportation projects. Rules allow funds to be spent as quickly as three years. This is part of a multi-billion dollar set of remedies nationally over a ten to fifteen-year period. To help Ohio businesses, governments, school districts and others make the best use of these resources, Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is creating a Clearinghouse on its website to provide updated information about plans and programs developed in Ohio to fund a variety of eligible projects. These may include on and off-road diesel vehicle replacements, ele

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