refuel: wcc monthly newsletter

of 16/16
REFUEL REFUEL “Driving Wisconsin Forward” DECEMBER 2012 | WISCONSIN CLEAN CITIES - SOUTHEAST AREA | MONTHLY NEWSLETTER In This Issue: Wisconsin Clean Cities Launches New Website WCC Partners to Bring U.S. DOE Funding to Wisconsin Coming February 2013: Madison’s First, Easy-Access Public CNG Station Learn About “Greening Your Fleet’ at WI SBC Conference 2013 Version of GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator Events, News, and More...

Post on 12-Mar-2016




1 download

Embed Size (px)


Wisconsin Clean Cities Launches New Website WCC Partners to Bring U.S. DOE Funding to Wisconsin Coming February 2013: Madison’s First, Easy-Access Public CNG Station Learn About “Greening Your Fleet’ at WI SBC Conference 2013 Version of GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator Events, News, and More...


  • ReFUeLReFUeL

    Driving Wisconsin Forward

    DecembeR 2012 | Wisconsin cLean cities - soUtheast aRea | monthLy neWsLetteR

    In This I s sue:Wisconsin Clean Cities Launches New WebsiteWCC Partners to Bring U.S. DOE Funding to WisconsinComing February 2013: Madisons First, Easy-Access Public CNG StationLearn About Greening Your Fleet at WI SBC Conference2013 Version of GREET Fleet Footprint CalculatorEvents, News, and More...

  • Stay Connected!

    1 | December ReFUEL

    ReFUEL is Wisconsin Clean Cities - Southeast Areas (WCC-SEA) monthly

    coalition newsletter.

    WCC-SEA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization, and is one of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the U.S. WCC-SEA works to reduce emissions, encourage the use

    of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles, and develop the refueling infrastructure necessary to

    sustain the industry.

    [email protected]

  • December ReFUEL | 2

    Welcome New and Returning Members

    In This Issue:

    Page 4

    Page 5

    Page 14

    Question of the MonthHow do I get EPA and/or CARB certification for a conversion

    kit I would like to sell?

    Eye On Clean Cities

    Pages 7-12


    WCC Partners to Bring U.S. DOE Funding to Wisconsin

    Coming February 2013: Madisons First, Easy-Access Public CNG Fueling Station

    Wisconsin Clean Cities Launches New Website

    Learn About Greening Your Fleet at the 5th AnnualWisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference

    2012 Version of GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator Released

    Page 13 Fleets Across The U.S.U.S. Port Complex Embraces LNG for Heavy-Duty Trucks

  • Are you a member yet?Star t mak ing an impac t by joining Wisconsin Clean Cit ies to day!WCC-SEA re l ies on suppor t f rom our members. Dues and corporate memberships enable WCC-SEA to hold meet ings, sponsor educat ional workshops, and provide v i ta l outreach mater ia ls .

    What c an WCC-SEA do for you? Net work ing oppor tunit ies with f leets & industr y par tners Technical t ra ining, workshops, and webinars I nformation resources on a l ternat ive fuels , advanced vehic les, id le

    reduc t ion, and other technologies that reduce petroleum use I ndiv idual consultat ion and technical ass istance Funding oppor tunit ies f rom the U.S . Depar tment of Energy, state and

    local government agencies, nonprof i ts , and foundat ions Publ ic recognit ion for progress in reducing petroleum consumption Assistance with media outreach

    Join to day! Vis i t w w w.wic leancit join .php, emai l [email protected], or ca l l 414-221-4958.

    Join the ranks with these notable supporters:

  • Conversion systems modify vehicles and engines so that they can run on different fuels than the ones for which they were originally designed. Most alternative fuel conversions involve reconfiguring a gasoline or diesel vehicle or engine to operate on natural gas, propane, alcohols, or electricity, or

    on a blend of conventional and alternative fuels. Use of clean alternative fuels opens new fuel supply choices and can help consumers address concerns about fuel costs, energy secu-rity, and emissions.

    Any change to the original configuration of a certified vehicle or engine, including alternative fuel conversion, is a potential violation of the Clean Air Act section 203(a)(3) prohibition against tampering (42 U.S.C. 7522 (a)(3)). The tampering prohibition is important because poorly designed modifi-cations can increase emissions. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established protocols through which conversion manufacturers may seek exemption from the tampering prohibition by demonstrating that emission controls in the converted vehicle or engine will continue to function properly and that pollution will not in-crease as a result of conversion.

    The U.S. EPA provides a comprehensive webpage about all the regulations, information for conversion manufacturers, information for consumers, EPA-compliant conversion systems, and related EPA and external links. They also provide a Compliance Information Hotline at (734) 214-4343 and email ([email protected]).

    Visit the U.S. EPA Alternative Fuel Conversion webpage:

    Learn the basics about vehicle conversions from the AFDC:

    Learn more about fleets in Wisconsin that have converted vehicles:

    Im bringing a new conversion kit to the market. How do I get EPA and/or CARB certification for my product?

    Question of the Month


    December ReFUEL | 4

    Jefferon County Sheriff s Department converted 14 vehicles to dual fuel propane and gasoline.

  • W e l c o m enew andreturningMembers

    Bradlee Fons

    Transit Express, Inc.

    International Motorwerks

    ANGI Energy Systems

    Diesel Outfitters, LLC

    5 | December ReFUEL

    Have your organization, an article, or an ad featured in theWisconsin Clean Cities monthly newsletter free.

    Its your chance to tell others what your company is doing to promote petroleum reduction and other green initiatives,

    or tell them about a great deal.

    All articles or ads must be submitted by the 20th of each month to be featured. For more detail or to submit an article or ad, contact

    Heather Goetsch at (414) 221-4487 or email [email protected]

    Wisconsin Clean Cities Mem


    Not a member of Wisconsin Clean Cities?Join today! Gain recognition for the great work your

    company is doing. View details listed on page 3 or visit

    E.H. Wolf and Sons

    Time Transport

    Douglas A. Duesing

    Andy Gayhart

    George Stone

  • December ReFUEL | 6

    Wisconsin Clean Cities Annual Stakeholder Survey

    Coming to your inbox January 2, 2013

    Tell us about your efforts to reduce petroleumconsumption in 2012. Your contribution will help

    show Wisconsins achievements in reduction.

    Free Pass for Wisconsin Clean Cities Members! Contact us at (414) 221-4958 or [email protected] to get the registration form.

    500,000 square feet of vocational trucks and equipment Newest products and technical support from more than 550 exhibitors Morethan60intensiveprogramsonupfitting,regulatorycompliance

    and business management

    Learn more at

  • 7 | December ReFUEL

    Wisconsin Clean Cities is proud to announce that two partnership projects were awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday, November 19, 2012. The U.S. DOE Clean Cities Implementation Initiatives to Advance Alternative Fuel Markets grant distributed eleven million dollars among twenty projects across the United States focusing on alternative fuels planning, training, and infrastructure development. The funding does not allow for the purchase of vehicles, stations, or related equipment.

    Forwarding Wisconsins Fuel Choice is a statewide initiative to expand the alternative fuel markets through policy, barrier-reduction, safety and training, and promotion and outreach. The project was awarded $500,000, and will be lead by the Wisconsin State Energy Office, Wisconsin Clean Cities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Initiatives for the project include:

    Analyzing current state laws and incentives related to alternative fuel, vehicles, and infrastructure, Creating a Wisconsin Smart Fleets Program to work with public and private fleets to increase their ability to

    adopt alternative fuels and vehicles, and promote their achievements, Expand highway road signage to include alternative fuels, Educate and consult with fuel retailers and distributors to overcome challenges and create solutions, and Build on WTCS safety and training curriculum.

    The Lake Michigan Corridor Alternative Fuel Implementation Initiative is a regional project lead by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Lake Michigan Consortium (Wisconsin Clean Cities, Chicago Area Clean Cities, and South Shore Clean Cities). The project was awarded $764,266. Initiatives for the project include:

    Expand existing municipal fueling stations to be available to other fleets, Create vehicle conversion inspection criteria, and Train and educate fuel retailers, first responders, vehicle mechanics, code officials, measurement agencies,

    and fleet operators.

    Both projects are scheduled to begin in January 2013 and completed in December 2014.

    Want to learn more about these opportunities? Contact Wisconsin Clean Cities at (414) 221-4958 or [email protected]

    WCC Partners to BringU.S. DOE Funding to Wisconsin

  • Using natural gas for a fuel in Dane County gets easier in 2013. Speedway LLC (Speedway) will offer the public a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling option at its convenience store on South Towne Drive in Monona, Wisconsin (2500 Royal Avenue, Monona, WI 53713). Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) will supply the CNG to Speedway.

    Area fleet operators will be able to take advantage of CNGs lower cost and reduced emissions at an easy-to-access location 24/7. Fleets will also be able to fill up in about the same time it takes to fill a gasoline or diesel vehicle.

    The Speedway CNG station provides a critical refueling link for the Madison area as well as for vehicles traveling through Madison to other destinations in the Midwest. To help offset some of the stations costs, the project was awarded a grant from the State of Wisconsin and federal Department of Energy.

    Want to learn more about CNG as a fleet fuel? MGE, a member of Wisconsin Clean Cities, can help fleets determine if CNG is an option. Call the MGE Business Energy Line at 608-252-7007 or visit for more information.

    Also visit for CNG basics, tools, and resources.

    Coming February 2013: Madisons First, Easy-Access Public CNG Fueling Station

    The new CNG station will be located at Speedway on South Towne Drive in Monona, (2500 Royal Ave.) across from Walmart off of highway 18.

    Submitted by: Debbie Branson, MG&E

    December ReFUEL | 8

  • On November DATE, 2012, Wisconsin Clean Cities new website was activated. The new site is much easier to navigate and contains greater amounts of information and resources. It features more detailed information about fuels and vehicles, a comprehensive resources page, better listings of events and news, videos, an improved Wisocnsin Clean Transportation section, and a members only section.

    The new website looks fantastic! Its a great feeling that we can now direct people to our site and all the information and resources are in one place, said Lorrie Lisek, Executive Director. The internet is now the first impression people have of companies. Our website now better represents our coalition and the quality of service we can provide to public and private organizations and individuals.

    Visit the new site:

    Wisconsin Clean Cities LaunchesNew Website

    9 | December ReFUEL

  • The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Cool Choices welcome the Wisconsin business community for a direct business-to-business exchange of sustainability experiences, tools, solutions and ideas at their 5th annual conference on December 7th. The Conference will be held at the American Family Corporate Campus Training Center in Madison. The theme this year is Innovation Meets Sustainability. The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference is the largest conference in the upper Midwest on business and sustainability. The format features business representatives talking about how they have implemented various sustainability projects and initiatives from greening their fleet to justifying a capital project. Last year the Council welcomed 320 attendees.

    The conference is ideal for business executives, board members, senior managers, small business owners, plant managers, sustainability coordinators, green teams, sustainability advocates and students interested in sustainability. It is planned by students and is designed to provide practical tools, strategies and lessons that can be taken back to a business and implemented immediately.

    One of this years sessions is titled Greening Your Fleet and features WCC members: Lisa Geason-Bauer, Evolution Marketing, Rochelle Bast, Go Riteway Transportation Group, and Chad Davis, ADS (formerly Veolia). Fleets are responsible for a substantial share of a companys carbon footprint; they also present an area where saving money is still pretty easy. Whether its upgrading the fleet vehicles or changing behavior patterns, the speakers will provide ideas and strategies to improve fuel efficiency and present bottom line savings.

    For a full listing of sessions and speakers, and to register visit:

    Learn About Greening Your Fleet atthe 5th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable

    Business Council Conference

    December ReFUEL | 10

  • Wisconsin Clean Cities

    Annual Stakeholder Meeting& Holiday Reception

    December 6, 20122:00 - 4:30 PMWe Energies

    231 W. Michigan St.Milwaukee, WI 53203

    11 | December ReFUEL

    RSVP: (414) 221-4958 or [email protected]

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available!Please consider supporting for $200, $300, or $500.


    Support WCC and Win a Fabulous Prize!WCC is selling raffle tickets to help raise funds in support of the coalitions activities. Please purchase tickets at the registration table and enter to win one of several prizes.

    (1 for $3; 2 for $5; 5 for $10)

    Prizes: 1 night stay at Hilton Milwaukee

    City Center Hotel 4 pack box seat tickets to Wisconsin Timber

    Rattlers 2013 game of choice Outpost Natural Foods Gift Basket

    Kwik Trip Gift Basket....and more to come!

  • With the support of the Clean Cities program, Version 2012 of the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator has been released by the Argonne National Laboratory. The 2012 version contains data from the recent release of the GREET 2012 model, which updated the well-to-wheel results for a variety of fuels including corn and cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, electricity and petroleum-based fuels. In addition, this tool now allows users to examine algae-based biodiesel and compare conventional natural gas to shale gas The calculations for off-road equipment have also been improved allowing users to easily change the load factor for each type of equipment.

    What is GREET Fleet?The Department of Energys Clean Cities Program enlisted the expertise of Argonne to assist in measuring the petroleum displacement and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and off-road equipment. Argonne developed the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator for Clean Cities stakeholders to estimate these values using simple spreadsheet inputs.

    The basis of the calculator is Argonnes Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) fuel-cycle model which is used to generate necessary petroleum use and GHG emission co-efficients of key fuel production pathways and combustion fuel types.

    Fleet managers can quickly insert their data to generate petroleum use and GHG emissions on a well-to-wheels (WTW) basis. A WTW analysis can be divided into two stages: well-to-pump (WTP) and pump-to-wheels (PTW). The WTP stage starts with the fuel feedstock recovery, followed by fuel production, and ends with the fuel available at the pump, while the PTW stage represents the vehicles operation activities. It is important to examine transportation fuels and technologies on a WTW basis in order to properly compare alternatives, as activities upstream of vehicle operation can use significant amounts of energy and subsequently produce a large amount of emissions.

    Access the 2012 Version of the GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator:

    Read the full report of changes incorporated in Version 2012:

    2012 Version of GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator Released

    December ReFUEL | 12

    The Version 2012 GREET Fleet Footprint Calculator is available to use online or download as an excel file.

  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Heavy- Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Program sought fund-ing from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, the ports, and the California Energy Commission to expand the initiative. In total, SCAQMD has been awarded about $72.78 million in funds, including a DOE award of $9.4 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Recovery Act portion is helping with the purchase of 219 LNG trucks, exceeding the original award commitment of 180 trucks. The first batch was deployed in the spring of 2010, and by June 2012, 182 LNG trucks were on the road. The remaining 37 LNG trucks are expected to be deployed by the end of 2012.

    The drayage truck project has helped many independent owners and operators stay in business by reducing the incremental costs of purchas-ing natural gas trucks. Tighter emissions regulations have made the purchase of new heavy-duty diesel trucks an expensive proposition. But with help from SCAQMD, LNG trucks are within reach. The agency estimates that the ARRA portion of the project will create or retain a minimum of 68 jobs. SCAQMD plans to provide a final estimate of the job benefits in the first quarter of 2013 after all of the LNG trucks are on the road.

    Alan Ta, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific 9 Transportation, said his company was among the earliest to embrace LNG for its 160-truck fleet. We understood that for the future, we had to look at alternative resources. We thought LNG was a way to go, he said. Ta said the two ports offered an amazing program. It helped Pacific 9 acquire its first 14 LNG trucks, which it uses to move shipping containers from the ports. When SCAQMD issued a later solicitation, the company applied for funding to purchase an additional four heavy-duty LNG trucks. The funds covered about $100,000 apiece for the new vehicles, which each cost $153,135. Pacific 9 obtained financing to cover the balance of the purchase price.

    There was an initial learning curve for Pacific 9 owner operators, who had been used to diesel, but they quickly came to embrace the alternative fuel. Ta praised the reliability of the vehicles. All of our LNG trucks are being used every single day, he said, noting that while about 20 trucks in his overall fleet are out of service at any given time, the LNG trucks never sit idle. Thats significant.

    Pacific 9 has realized additional benefits from its participation in the SCAQMD drayage truck program: I think there are substantial benefits in public image, he said. As a transportation company, were one of a few that took the lead. We decided early on to be in the forefront, and it has paid off to be recognized as a leader rather than a follower. The grant program has afforded us the opportunity, he said.

    Learn more about the SCAQMD:

    Learn more about the Pacific 9:

    One of the LNG trucks adopted through the SCAQMD program.

    13 | December ReFUEL

    F L E E T S A C R O S S T H E U . S . :How Other Fleets Are Using Alternative Fuels And Vehicles

    U.S. Port Complex Embraces LNG for Heavy-Duty Trucks

  • After a jam-packed October, WCC was able to slow down for November. Kwik Trip invited WCC to several natural gas events: workshops in Pewaukee and Sheboygan and a station opening in Oshkosh. On November 14, WCC was featured at Green Drinks in Milwaukee at the Brocach Pub. Green Drinks is a monthly networking opportunity that features companies around the Milwaukee area. WCC talked about the coalition and benefits of alternative fuels.

    Eye on Wisconsin Clean Cities

    December ReFUEL | 14

    Convenience Transportation, a division of Kwik Trip, maintains a fleet of about 400 vehicles and operate more than 20 natural gas powered vehicles. Paper Transport natural gas truck filling up.

    The ANGI compressors at the Oshkosh station allow for fast-fill. More than 100 people attended the Natural Gas Workshop in Sheboygan, WI.