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Ohio EPA Launches $5 Million Grant Program for Natural Gas and Propane Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The Ohio EPA has now launched their new Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Grant program. This program will award $5 million in grants to reimburse Ohio owners of large diesel or gasoline vehicles for a portion of the cost of replacing or converting the vehicle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or propane autogas (LPG). This will include bi-fueled or dual- fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and on gasoline or diesel fuel. Eligible vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and weigh at least 26,000 pounds. The program is open to private and government fleets operating anywhere in Ohio. The purchased or

Biodiesel Works for Winter Use

Both diesel and biodiesel fuels contain certain hydrocarbon molecules that combine to form paraffin wax. The temperature at which these molecules begin to crystalize is called the “cloud point.” This reduces the flow properties of the fuel, clogging fuel filters and even damage entire fuel systems. At temperatures below cloud point, fuels can reach cold filter plugging point (CFPP), where the fuel becomes solid and loses all its flow properties. Exact cloud and CFPP temperatures depend on the feedstocks used to make biodiesel. Petroleum diesel gels in this same way at lower temperatures. Because of this, blenders must “winterize” their product for use in cold and freezing temperatures. Biod

Volkswagen Settlement Update

Earlier today, the Ohio EPA held the first of three public meetings around the state regarding their plan to invest Ohio’s share of the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. Ohio is due to receive $75 million over the next ten years to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from the transportation sector. At the Columbus regional meeting, the Ohio EPA explained how the plan was developed and to answer questions. The Ohio EPA has created their draft plan and posted information on their website (visit: http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/environmentaleducation.aspx#131365122-vw-mitigation-grants). The Ohio EPA will be posting the presentation they gave this morning, however here are some of the major items sha

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