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A legislative committee voted recently to approve rules regarding the Alternative Fuels Vehicle Conversion Grant (AFVC) program. This grant will help reduce up-front costs of vehicles powered by natural gas or propane autogas. The Alternative Fuels Vehicle Conversion Grant program was created through persistent advocacy in the Ohio General Assembly over a three-year period by Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) and partners in the CNG and propane industries and among fleet users of these alternatives. House Bill 390, the 2016 state budget bill, was amended to include the AFVC program before it was passed by the legislature in June, 2016, according to Jason Phillips, CFO’s Policy Director The AFVC grant w

PUCO Power Forward Phase Three to Include Significant Focus on Utility Electric Vehicle Programs

The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) will hold a seminar on electric vehicles (EVs), policies, and issues related to utility programs to support Electric vehicles and charging stations. The seminar will be part of phase three of the Commission’s PowerForward proceeding. Phases one and two took place during the summer and fall of 2017. The specific date for the primary focus on EVs hasn’t been set but is likely to be March 6, 7, or 8, based on a communication from the Commission. In this same communication, the PUCO issued a speaker solicitation. Proposals will be accepted by the PUCO through Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at “Topics and Inquiries” of interested are

Tips for Winter Driving

It’s the Holiday Season here in Ohio. And that means lots of different things to different people. But no matter what you celebrate or how you celebrate it, the Holiday Season means more travel, and the possibility that the travel will be in Winter weather. So here are some things to check before you head on over to Grandmother’s house in your sleigh. Check your battery. Cold weather reduces the power output of your battery and your car requires more power to get started on cold days. You can check your battery yourself with a multimeter or lots of places will do it for free. You should also check your battery cables to make sure they’re free of corrosion. Check your wipers and windshield wi

US EPA Flatlines Biodiesel Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

On November 30th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the required volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and failed to grow the biomass-based diesel volumes. Since the July proposal was released, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and other industry associations and stakeholders have called for growth in the volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel. “These flat volumes will harm Americans across several job-creating sectors—be they farmers, grease collectors, crushers, biodiesel producers or truckers—as well as consumers. Nevertheless, we can’t thank our members and our biodiesel champions at the state and federal levels enough for

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