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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.

Question of the Month: What were the trends related to state laws and incentives enacted in 2014?

March 3, 2015 by Clean Cities

Answer: In 2014, state legislatures and agencies developed a variety of incentives, laws, and regulations that support the use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other strategies that align with Clean Cities’ mission to cut the amount of petroleum used in transportation. As compared to 2013, however, the number of newly adopted state laws and incentives decreased, possibly indicating the effectiveness of existing state programs and a maturing alternative fuels market. In addition, several states worked to fine-tune existing programs this past year, in an effort to find the best market penetration strategy.

The majority of state actions across all alternative fuel types in 2014 involved new tax-related incentives and fuel tax regulations. Specific alternative fuels displayed their own trends as well. Laws and incentives related to the following vehicle categories showed particularly notable trends:

Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), including both all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the associated charging infrastructure were the most popular alternative fuel technologies that received attention in the form of new state laws and incentives in 2014. States worked to streamline many aspects of PEV ownership, including allowing direct purchase of PEVs from a manufacturer, modifying rebates and incentives for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), and allowing EVSE at previously restricted locations, such as state facilities and leased properties. A few states initiated studies to determine how to assess PEV owners a supplemental fee in lieu of the gasoline tax they would no longer be paying. Utilities continued to provide new incentives in 2014, including electricity rate discounts for customers using EVSE.

Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) continued to draw significant consideration in 2014, particularly in those states following the national trend of basing a compressed natural gas (CNG) motor fuel tax on the favorable gasoline gallon equivalent conversion. The NGV market and consumers will also benefit from grants, weight exemptions, fuel-training programs, and fleet requirements enacted in the last year.

Clean car exhaustThe Alternative Fuels Data Center’s (AFDC) State Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Laws and Incentives: 2014 Year in Review provides a further synopsis of incentives and laws enacted in 2014 and is available at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/bulletins/2014_01_15_Year_In_Review.html.

In addition, the AFDC Laws & Incentives website provides a searchable database to identify and view relevant state laws and incentives by fuel type, as well as by variety of incentive or regulation. As legislative and gubernatorial actions occur, follow the AFDC website for updates at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws. This database may be particularly useful in the states in which the 2014 elections changed control of the legislative or executive branches. In addition, as the 2014 tax filing deadline approaches, the Laws & Incentives website is a valuable resource for basic information regarding new or expiring state and federal tax credits.

As new trends and issues emerge from legislation, policy bulletins are posted to the AFDC Technology and Policy Bulletins page at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/technology_bulletins.html. You may submit new or updated state laws and incentives, and suggestions for policy bulletin topics, by emailing the TRS directly at technicalresponse@icfi.com.

 

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

Port Canaveral Adding EV Charging Stations

December 31, 2014 by Clean Cities
Quick Charge

Electric vehicles on display in Melbourne part of week-long international campaign.

(Photo: CRAIG BAILEY/FILE PHOTO)

Port commissioners voted 4-1 to install a fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the parking lot near the Exploration Tower in the port’s Cove area. Nissan will pay the $31,000 cost of the equipment, and Port Canaveral will pay the $18,376 for engineering, design and installation work.

Fast-charge stations can provide an electric vehicle with a full charge in less that 30 minutes, according to Carol Noble, the port’s director of environmental plans and programs.

Separately, the port plans to install slow-charging stations for electric vehicles in the Disney Cruise Line long-term parking garage, which port Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said was a suggestion of Disney officials, stemming from requests of Disney customers.

That project will cost less than $10,000 for engineering, design and equipment, Noble said.

 

Dave Berman, FLORIDA TODAY 10:15 a.m. EST December 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

Tax Extenders Legislation Clears Congress: Key Tax Credits Reinstated Through 2014

December 18, 2014 by Clean Cities

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On Tuesday night, December 16, the Senate approved legislation sent from the House that extends the life of a number of tax breaks through tax year 2014. Included in the package are a number of credits important to fleets, of which are outlined below.

Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit – $.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit for compressed natural gas and propane when used as a vehicle fuel.
Biodiesel Production and Blending Tax Credit – Qualified biodiesel producers or blenders are eligible for an income tax credit of $1.00 per gallon of pure biodiesel or renewable diesel produced or used in the blending process.
Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – A 30 percent credit for installing vehicle refueling property for alternative fuel, such as pumps for ethanol or liquefied natural gas.
Bonus Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), commonly referred to as Bonus Depreciation – allows extra depreciation to be taken for 50 percent of a truck’s purchase price, with an extra bonus depreciation deduction of up to $8,000 for automobiles, light trucks, vans, and SUVs.
President Obama is expected to sign the tax extenders legislation within days. As mentioned, the measure is only applicable to the 2014 tax year, which means the credits will not be renewed for tax year 2015 unless the new Congress takes the matter up again.

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U.S. House Extends Alternative-Fuel Tax Credits

December 9, 2014 by Clean Cities

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which includes an amendment extending the federal 50-cent per gallon alternative fuels excise tax credits through the remainder of 2014, even though the credits had previously expired at the end of 2013.

These tax credits were made available to individuals, businesses, and other entities that use transportation fuel products such as compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), and propane autogas.

The alternative fuels excise tax credits are part of many business, individual, and energy tax incentives covered in H.R. 5771, which will next be reviewed by the Senate.

From Green Fleet Magazine

Should you charge customers for EV charging stations?

November 20, 2014 by Clean Cities

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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.

Georgia Power Incentivises Consumers and Fleets with $12M EV Pilot

November 14, 2014 by Clean Cities
Tesla and Charger

Photo: Byron Small

The utility will invest $12 million in a pilot program that will boost the number of electric vehicle chargers in Georgia. One of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle, according to IHS Automotive.

About 1,000 new plug-in vehicles (which include all-electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF) are registered in Georgia every month, according to Don Francis, executive director of Clean Cities-Georgia. Eighty percent of those cars are registered in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta is the No. 2 market nationwide for electric and plug-in hybrids and the No. 1 market for the Nissan LEAF, Georgia Power spokeswoman Amy Fink said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition Designation Ceremony

November 12, 2014 by Clean Cities

Central Florida Clean Cities is proud to welcome a new Chapter into the Clean Cities Coalitions.

Come and be a part of the celebration!

TBCCC Designation Ceremony

Nov 12th WORKSHOP: Central FL Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEFA)

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

Self-Balancing All-Electric Motorcycle On The Road

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities
Lit Motors C1

Stock photography by izmo, Inc.

The C-1–which may get a different name for production–is controlled by a steering wheel, but it does lean into corners like a traditional motorcycle, with gyroscopes reportedly capable of 6,000 pound-feet of torque keeping it upright.

In production trim, that stability is expected to come with 200 miles of driving range per charge, from just 8 kilowatt-hours of battery-pack capacity.

The first 500 are already spoken for, but $2,500 will get you one of the next 500, while $1,000 buys a spot further down the line.

 

 

 

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