Monday, January 31, 2011

Utah Clean Cities Awarded 2011 Winter Initiative Outstanding Non-profit Award!

Care to Clear the Air awarded Utah Clean Cities with the Outstanding Non-Profit Winter Initiative Award! The award ceremony took place at the Gallivan Center, where families enjoyed free ice skating, pizza and hot chocolate. Care to Clear the Air has had numerous events this January promoting the use of public transportation. Thanks for this recognition!
UCCC Northern Director, Carrie Giles accepting the award.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Integrated Biorefinery and Infrastructure Technologies Peer Review Webinars, February 1-3, 2011

Taken from the U.S. Department of Energy's Website

The U.S Department of Energy's (DOE) Biomass Program is hosting a series of Webinars associated with its biennial Peer Review of Integrated Biorefinery (IBR) technology and Biofuels Distribution Infrastructure and End Use (Infrastructure) projects. This year’s meetings are available to provide interested stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about federally funded research, development, and deployment activities that are focused on bioenergy technologies.

During the meetings, project principal investigators will discuss their projects’ status, budgets, goals, accomplishments, challenges, and relevance to the Biomass Program, and answer questions from expert review panelists. External stakeholders will be able to hear the project presentations and participate in limited Q&A sessions. The results of Peer Review evaluations will form the basis for the overall Biomass Program Peer Review meeting, which will be held June 27-28, 2011 (see the Biomass website) and cover a large majority of Program projects. Peer Review results are also used to generate future work plans and develop Annual Operating Plans, Multiyear Program Plans, and potentially redirect individual projects (see results from the Program’s last two biennial reviews). Results of the Peer Review process will be publically available online.

Registering for the Webinar
The Biomass Program will host the proceedings of the IBR review using GoToWebinar from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on February 1–3, 2011, and the Infrastructure proceedings on February 3, 2011. Using the GoToWebinar software, participants can send in text-based questions, which, if not addressed through dialogue with expert reviewers, will be read aloud to the project presenter as time allows. Webinar registration will be broken into morning and afternoon sessions. Consult the review agendas to help determine which proceedings to participate in: IBR Platform Review and Infrastructure Platform Review.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Utah's First LNG Station Nears Completion

CH4 Energy Corporation (CH4 Energy) set the first bulk Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage tank on its permanent foundation this week, marking a significant milestone in the construction of the premier retail natural-gas fueling station in North America. The station, developed with funding support from a Utah Clean Cities Coalition administered, Department of Energy/Recovery Act grant, is co-located on the state-of-the-art Flying J/Pilot travel plaza at the intersection of Interstate 80and Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

CH4 Energy expects the station to be fully operational within five to six weeks. The station will dispense Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and LNG faster than any public Natural Gas fueling station in North America. Clean, domestic natural-gas vehicle fuels have the potential to have a significant positive impact on air quality in the state of Utah and the United States. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that North America has well over a 100 year supply of clean natural gas.

According to CH4 Energy CEO Merritt Norton: "This station will be the premier public natural-gas fueling station in North America and will be a great asset to the state of Utah, which is leading North America in the deployment of vehicles using clean, domestically produced natural gas. The station will also provide a critical interstate fueling infrastructure link for Class 7 and Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Utah is the only state in the country where a significant proportion of average citizens drive natural-gas vehicles, and this station—which is strategically located at the crossroads of the West, at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Interstate 15, as well as the major highway, Utah Highway 201—will provide public access to the fastest and most convenient fill up in North America for both CNG and LNG natural-gas vehicles."

The station will accept all major fleet fueling cards as well as consumer credit cards and the Utah state-fleet fueling card. The station will be open 365 days per year, 24 hours a day, with access to Class-8 truck parking, convenience store, restrooms, shower facilities, Denny's restaurant, diesel exhaust fluid, internet Wi-Fi access, drivers' lounge, and all the other amenities at this state-of-the-art Flying J/Pilot travel plaza. The station was designed from the ground up to provide ultra-fast freeway access to natural-gas vehicle fuels for every type of vehicle from the Honda Civic all the way up to the largest Class 8 tandem- and triple-trailer truck combinations. The station has separate ingress and egress lanes for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles.

About the Utah Clean Cities Coalition's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant

Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) is one of over 90 coalitions around the country that are part of the U.S. Department of Energy's strategy to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. In 2009, UCCC was the recipient of a $14.9 million Stimulus grant, for projects with 23 partners, valued at over $52 million. The projects will bring more CNG, LNG, Biodiesel, and electric vehicles (500+) and stations (20+) to Utah, along with over 300 jobs.

2011 Utah International Auto Expo

Many of the newest electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles were showcased last weekend at the 2011 Utah International Auto Expo. The event was held January 14-17th at the South Towne Expo Center, and featured over 20 different alternative vehicles.

Among the “must sees” was the 2011 Chevy Volt, named “Motor Trend Car of the Year,” “Green Car of the Year” and “North American Car of the year.” The Volt went on sale in December of 2010 and has been dubbed as the most fuel-efficient car in America.

The Nissan Leaf was another popular vehicle at the show. The Leaf, 100% electric, has no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the conditions, the Nissan Leaf can go anywhere from 138-162 miles before having to recharge.

The all-new Ford Fusion was among the many hybrids showcased, also named one of Car and Driver magazine’s "10 Best Cars for 2010." Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln and Toyota also displayed their 2011 hybrid models.

The T-3 motion, a zero gas emissions all-electric vehicle, was featured at the AAA booth. The vehicle was purchased through an AAA Greenlight Initiative Grant to Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Salt Lake City in 2009. Utah Clean Cities and AAA have enjoyed a partnership for the past several years, working together on grants, outreach events, and legislative issues.

To find out more about the 2011 Utah International Auto Expo, please visit

Clean Cities TRS Question of the Month: Federal Tax Incentive Updates

Question of the Month: Which federal tax incentives were extended as a result of the recently enacted Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010?

Answer: On December 17, 2010, President Obama signed H.R. 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Public Law No: 111-312). This Act extends and reinstates several alternative fuel tax credits through December 31, 2011. See the Federal Incentives & Laws Web page for additional information.

Extended tax credits include:

The Act also reinstates several tax credits that expired after December 31, 2009:

Special Rule for 2010 Excise Tax Credit Claims:

The Alternative Fuel, Alternative Fuel Mixture, and Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credits were reinstated retroactively, meaning taxpayers may submit a one-time claim for qualified fuel sold or used during the 2010 tax year. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued special guidance to allow a 180-day period for the submission of these claims. Please refer to the IRS Notice 2011-10 for additional information (

Expired Incentives:

Two vehicle purchase incentives expired after December 31, 2010, and were not extended:

  • Qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Tax Credit
  • Light-Duty Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Advanced Lean Burn Vehicle Tax Credit

The descriptions of these expired tax credits, including the expiration dates, will remain on the Federal Incentives & Laws Web site until the federal tax filing deadline.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mr. T. Boone Pickens commends Clean Cities coordinators

Mr. T. Boone Pickens commends the Clean Cities coordinators for their efforts in addressing the crucial task of reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Learn more about Mr. Pickens and the Pickens Plan by visiting