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Florida Energy Summit 2017

September 28, 2017 by Clean Cities

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Broward Workshop are hosting the 2017 Florida Energy Summit October 18-20, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The summit brings together the brightest minds from academic institutions and private industries, as well as public officials on the local, state and federal levels, to discuss the future of energy in Florida.

This year’s summit will examine current challenges and look to the future to identify innovative solutions to secure a stable, reliable, and diverse supply of energy.

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What are the key considerations when installing ethanol equipment at a fueling station?

September 27, 2016 by Clean Cities

For those new to ethanol fueling, installing the necessary infrastructure may be unchartered territory. From fuel specifications to dispensing regulations, the recently updated Handbook for Handling, Storing, and Dispensing E85 and Other Ethanol-Gasoline Blends (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/ethanol_handbook.pdf) is the go-to source for all your ethanol station installation needs. The Handbook is designed for those who blend, distribute, store, sell, or use ethanol blends above E10 (90% gasoline blended with 10% ethanol). Below is a summary of some of the top infrastructure considerations:

Blend Level

If you are considering an ethanol fueling station, one of the first decisions to be made is the blend level. Specifically:

  • Low-level blend: E10

o   Regulations and Specifications: E10 is subject to the same regulations and specifications as regular gasoline.

o   Equipment: E10 can be stored and dispensed in existing gasoline fueling equipment.

o   Vehicle Applications: Any gasoline-powered vehicle

  • Mid-level blend: E15 (10.5% to 15% ethanol); other common offerings include E25 (25% ethanol) and E30 (30% ethanol)

o   Regulations and Specifications: ASTM International (ASTM) D4806 -Standard Specification for Denatured Fuel Ethanol for Blending with Gasoline for Use as Automotive Spark-Ignition Engine Fuel

o   Equipment: For underground equipment, stations must adhere to federal code, which requires compatibility. The majority of tanks and pipes are compatible with all ethanol blends. For above-ground equipment, stations must use equipment listed for the fuel being sold. A list of compatible equipment is available in the Handbook.

o   Vehicle Applications:

§  E15: Flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs), model year 2001 and newer conventional light-duty cars and trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles

§  E25 and E30: FFVs

§  Note: FFVs can operate on any blend of gasoline and ethanol, up to 83% ethanol.

  • High-level blend: E85 (51% to 83% ethanol, depending on geography and season), also called ethanol “flex fuel”

o   Regulations and Specifications: ASTM D5798 – Standard Specification for Ethanol Fuel Blends for Flexible-Fuel Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines

o   Equipment: E85 fueling equipment is subject to the same requirements as mid-level blend equipment.

o   Vehicle Applications: FFVs

Fuel Quality

Most transportation fuel sold in the United States is blended to ASTM specifications, the fuel quality standard. These standards are recognized by federal and most state government agencies as the primary means of ensuring fuel quality. Fleets and retailers should work with their fuel suppliers to confirm that the fuel provided meets these requirements. After the installation of ethanol fueling equipment, operational precautions, such as periodic checks (e.g., once every one to two months) of fuel properties, should be performed to help assure fuel quality.

Infrastructure Requirements

An ethanol station consists of approximately 60 interconnected pieces of fueling equipment necessary to deliver fuel to vehicles, including tanks, pipes, pump, dispenser, and hanging hardware. UL (www.ul.com) is the primary third-party safety certification labora­tory that has developed standards for listing fueling equipment.

As stated above, stations must meet federal compatibility requirements for underground equipment, which includes a letter stating compatibility from a manufacturer with specific biofuel blends or listing from a third party laboratory, such as UL. The majority of existing tanks and pipes are compatible with all ethanol blends. Some associated underground storage equipment, such as leak detection and prevention or fill equipment, may need to be replaced.

Above-ground equipment must be listed for the fuel blend being dispensed. UL listed above-ground equipment is available for E10, E25, and E85 blends. A complete list of compatible equipment is available in the appendices of the Handbook.

Note that some stations have UL-listed E85 blender pumps capable of legally dispensing ethanol blends between E0 and E85, including mid-level blends like E25 or E30, for FFV owners.

Labeling

Federal law requires dispenser labels for ethanol blends above E10 to follow Federal Trade Commission specifications (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/8060). Labels must be placed on the front panel of the dispenser in a position that is clearly visible. Approved labels are available free of charge from the Blend Your Own website (http://byoethanol.com/dispenser-labels-available.html). Some states have additional labeling requirements; check here to see if your state does: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws/state.

Safety

When handling ethanol, it is important to keep safety procedures in mind. Like gasoline, ethanol is flammable, poisonous, and may contain addi­tives that can be harmful even with casual contact. To avoid risk, personal exposure to ethanol should be minimized. To fight an ethanol fire, specific equipment, materials, and training is required. Before offering blends above E10, consult your local fire marshal to determine regula­tions governing safe ethanol handling procedures. It is also important to be familiar with specifications detailed in the E85 material safety data sheet (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/uploads/publication/SSA_MSDS.pdf).

For additional information on installing ethanol equipment at a station, such as a full list of codes and regulations, as well as a checklist for installing and dispensing ethanol blends, refer to the Handbook.

In addition, check out the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) ethanol pages for general information, on ethanol fueling stations:

Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
technicalresponse@icfi.com
800-254-6735

 

New and Improved! AFLEET Tool 2016

May 31, 2016 by Clean Cities

What is the AFLEET Tool, how can I use it to make decisions about alternative fuels, and what are the recent improvements?

Argonne National Laboratory’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environment and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool allows you to examine both the environmental and economic costs and benefits of alternative fuel and advanced vehicles. By entering data about your light- or heavy-duty vehicle(s), you can estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership.

AFLEET uses data from Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model to estimate life cycle (well-to-wheel) GHG and tailpipe air pollutant emissions. Users can either use the model’s default values or get even more accurate results by customizing the tool with their real life vehicle or fleet data. By using AFLEET’s simple input mechanism, users can answer questions such as:

  • What are the emissions savings of replacing a conventionally fueled fleet with alternative fuel vehicles?
  • What is the incremental cost, and potential return on investment, of buying a flexible fuel vehicle?
  • How many passenger vehicles will be “taken off the road” by using natural gas refuse trucks?

Fleets and others that have been using AFLEET since its original release in 2013 will be pleased to hear that AFLEET has been updated to reflect more recent emissions data. In addition, Argonne added new features to help users formulate a more complete picture of the costs and benefits of alternative fuels.

Updates include:

  • Fuel Prices: AFLEET uses public and private station pricing based on the 2015 average Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report data. In addition, fuel pricing is now state-based rather than based on a national average. Users may also input a range of fuel prices to determine effects on simple payback models.
  • Infrastructure Costs: The updated version of AFLEET features data on fueling station and electric vehicle supply equipment infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance costs. Users may also calculate other infrastructure-related costs, such as public station out-of-route mileage and fueling labor costs.
  • Latest Vehicle and Emission Data: AFLEET uses the latest GREET 2015 air pollutant emissions data, which includes updated heavy-duty fuel economy and emissions data, data for fuel cell electric vehicles, and updated life cycle data for renewable natural gas. AFLEET has also been updated to use the most recent version of EPA’s MOVES data, 2014a.
  • Externality Costs: AFLEET output data now includes externality costs of national petroleum use and GHG emissions. Externality costs are the indirect damages associated with fuels that are not explicitly captured by the marketplace (e.g., property damages from increased flood risk as a result of climate change). Externality cost estimates will be useful in putting local vehicle and fleet decisions in a national perspective.

For information about and instructions for using AFLEET, refer to Argonne’s AFLEET User Guide.

In addition, check out the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) fuel-specific emissions pages for general information on the emissions impacts of the various alternative fuels:

For more information, contact:

 

 

Central Florida Clean Cities November Recap

December 14, 2015 by Clean Cities

2015-Protec_3 On Thursday, Nov. 5, Central Florida Clean Cities welcomed its newest sponsor and member, Protec Fuels, as they sponsored a luncheon and workshop on Green Fleet Solutions. Speakers included Orlando City Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Jim Gray, Robert White of the Renewable Fuels Association, Bruce Chesson of NASA/KSC Transportation and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs, 100 Best Fleets’ Tom Johnson, David L. Dunn from City of Orlando Fleet and Facilities Management, and Protec Fuel’s Andrew Greenberg to discuss the benefits of adding E85 Flex Fuel to your fleet.

 

2015-Third-Annual-Emerald-Coast-Transportation-Symposium-The Third Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium took place over Nov. 12-13 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL.  Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator Colleen Kettles spoke at the symposium in a panel event on renewable and alternative fuels.  Learn more about the event at http://www.wfrpc.org/events/transportation-symposium.

 

 

 

 
2014-Auto-Show_Volt-Test-DrivesFinally, we capped off the month at the Central Florida International Auto Show, which took place over Nov. 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center.  We were able to check out many new, exciting, and game-changing alternative fuel vehicles.  Go to http://autoshoworlando.com/ to check out pictures and more information on the event.

We hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season.  We look forward to reporting back in the new year!

 

 

E15 Fuel Now Available in Orlando Area

June 1, 2015 by Clean Cities

Kissimmee Citgo, Protec Fuel, Expand E15 Availability in Fla.

KISSIMMEE, Fla.–May 20, 2015 –Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel fuel, which makes it important in the growth of emissions-reducing, renewable fuels.

This location is the first in the Greater Orlando area and is located at:
Kissimmee Citgo
3297 S. John Young Pkwy,
Kissimmee, FL 34746.

“We are extremely excited to be the first in Central Florida to offer this additional grade of ethanol fuel,” said Ken Allen, president of Mid-State Energy, Inc., “and offer our customers more choices as it comes to fueling. This tourist destination area is especially prime with all the rental cars that can run on E15, and even E85.” Mid-State Energy, Inc., www.midstateenergy.com, owns, and provides fuel at, this station.

These are part of Protec Fuel’s station rollout of dozens of E15 sites to metropolitan areas that include various cities in the South and Southeast. This is the fourth location under Protec to open in Florida.

Ethanol“The growth of alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure required to support their expansion is flourishing in Central Florida,” said Colleen Kettles, Central Fla. Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator. “The CFCCC is proud to partner with Protec Fuel as they introduce this ethanol fuel blend to our region. This option provides our public and private fleets, as well as the general public, with yet another option to reduce the use of petroleum to power their vehicles,” she said.

Protec Fuel, based in Boca Raton, Fla., has partnered to help manage the ethanol blends installation and provide fuel for the locations’ new cleaner-burning fuels. “I’d like to thank Citgo and Protec’s longtime partner Mid-State Energy for giving choices at retail stations,” said Todd Garner, CEO of Protec Fuel. “These choices fuel the spirit of the American driver, with freedom to choose a fuel that meets their needs – such as environmental benefits, or helping the U.S. become more energy independent.”

The fuel pumps are open 6 am – 12 am, and the location can be reached at 407- 932-4443. Currently, and typically, both E15 and E85 are selling for less than regular gasoline. A grand opening celebration will be held at the start of summer.

E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline, is the most widely tested fuel ever sold to consumers. The ethanol portion of these fuels is 100% U.S.-made and supports jobs and keeps our money in local communities. Ethanol burns cleaner and cooler in engines, which helps the performance level of the vehicle. It also can extend the life of the engine. Since E15 can run in any 2001 or newer gasoline engine, that equates to 80% of vehicles in the U.S.

E85 is an alternative fuel blend that can be used in over 18.5 million vehicles across the U.S. E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline that can be used in flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). There are over 100 FFV models on the market today that can run on E85. Visit www.flexfinder.org to see if you have an FFV.

Click here for further E85 station locations (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations). This alternative has been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign petroleum.

About Protec Fuel: Protec Fuel is a fuel distribution and management company based in Boca Raton, Fla., specializing in turnkey ethanol programs for retailers, fleets and fuel distributors throughout the U.S. Its comprehensive approach includes ethanol supply; financial risk management programs; site selection and pump installation; and RINS management. Protec supplies fuel for, either directly or through distribution partners, or conducts installation for over 200 E85 stations. www.protecfuel.com

CONTACT: Amber Thurlo Pearson
(512) 686-8532
amber@protecfuel.com

About Clean Cities Coalitions: Clean Cities coalitions throughout the nation are charged with reducing the nation’s petroleum usage by the U.S. DOE. See more at http://centralfloridacleancities.com.

Odyssey Day: Nov 7th at Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach, FL

October 31, 2014 by Clean Cities

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Hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Sponsored by the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition

Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Presentations

Lunch (on your own, on site)

Ride and Drive

Vehicle Expo, of which includes:

302 ECOPOWER CAR

Ecopower Technologies Inc.’s World Record Society’s 2013

Propane /Natural gas powered  car of the year.

The car holds seven world records,

three of which are on propane three on natural gas

and one on liquified natural gas.

 

 Located at:

Henderson Welcome Center

600 South Clyde Morris Blvd.

Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900

 

 

Governors Ask for Higher Biodiesel, Ethanol Mandates

October 3, 2014 by Clean Cities

A group representing 33 state governors asked the administration to increase the blending mandates for biodiesel and a certain kind of ethanol.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the leaders of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, said potential decreases in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol could hurt the nascent waste biofuel industry.

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