November 20, 2014
Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation
Is it a prohibited gift of public funds if the agency allows public employees and members of the public to charge their personal vehicle at an agency charging station without imposing a fee?
Can employees be provided with free charging as an employee benefit?
Should an agency require that employees enter into an employee agreement for use of the EV charging stations?
The gift of public funds consideration seems to be the biggest legal concern among government agencies, and there are two ways to analyze the issue. As a reminder, the gift of public funds prohibition in the Washington State Constitution (article 8, section 7) is mandatory and must be strictly observed. It prohibits a local government from giving “any money, or property, or loan[ing] its money, or credit to or in aid of any individual, association, company or corporation, except for the necessary support of the poor and infirm.”
The threshold question under the gift of public funds analysis is whether providing EV charging for personal vehicles is a “fundamental governmental purpose?” If yes, no gift of public funds occurs. If no, then the question turns to whether there is consideration and donative intent.
October 27, 2014
Brent Belcher, Toyota of Albany , left, instructs Jason Ribolla (white shirt) and other firefighters on Toyota hybrid cars. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — In the event of a vehicle emergency, firefighters are trained on how to safely enter a disabled vehicle and free its occupants. But times are changing and not all vehicles operate with standard internal combustion engines. Responders could face unfamiliar dangers in the form of extremely high voltage.
That’s why a dozen or so members of the Albany Fire Department were at Toyota of Albany on Ledo Road this past week, poking around the innards of some high-tech hybrid cars. “It a whole different thing with a hybrid,” said Jason Ribolla, training officer at the AFD. “These cars are silent when they’re running on electricity and if you don’t know what you’re doing, power goes to the wheels and the vehicle starts to move.”
September 10, 2014
Thursday, September 16th
3pm ET to 4:30pm ET.
Do you want to learn more about how much a compressed natural gas fueling station costs?
Clean Cities has been working closely with the CNG industry to create a report on the Costs Associated with CNG Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure (PDF file). This document provides an overview of the components of a station, factors that can affect the cost, and ballpark cost ranges. Look for the release of this document in early September.
Also, save the date for a Clean Cities CNG Infrastructure webinar on September 16th from 3-4:30pm ET. Mark Smith from the US Department of Energy and John Gonzales from the National Renewable Energy Lab will present an overview of the key components of a CNG station, how a CNG station works, and factors that affect the cost. Jeremy Talbot from Phoenix Energy will describe the design and costs of a CNG station on the smaller end of the design range. Graham Barker from ANGI Energy Systems will describe the design and costs of a larger CNG station example. During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the presentations as well as the content of the related CNG infrastructure document.
This webinar is open to the general public, especially those considering CNG, and no pre-registration is required.
Conference number: PW8410847
Audience passcode: 3693493
Participants can join the event directly at:
Participant passcode: 3693493
We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox to access the webinar. Please be sure to visit this link in advance of the webinar, https://www.mymeetings.com/global/en/mslm_download.php, to make sure all the necessary plug-ins are installed so that your computer can access the webinar software properly.
September 10, 2014
PERC Third Thursday Propane Webinar
Thursday, September 18th
at 11:00am EDT.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
A free monthly webinar hosted by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Each webinar offers the latest in propane technologies, products and trainings and takes place the third thursday of every month.
Guest speakers: representing Thomas Built Buses, CleanFUEL USA and Powertrain Integration will be discussing the expansion of Thomas Built Buses alternative fuel offering with the propane-fueled Saf-T-Liner C2 school bus.
During the webinar your members will learn:
– the details and benefits of the autogas C2 engine model
– how propane autogas meets environmental standards as well as governmental and public mandate
– how switching to alternative-fueled fleets has improved the company’s image and transportation budget
These monthly webinars are extremely beneficial to anyone in the industry.