Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
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
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.
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 http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/saltlake.
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:
- Qualifed Alterntive Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit: http:///www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/351
- Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC): http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/399
- Small Ethanol Producer Tax Credit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/law/law/US/342
The Act also reinstates several tax credits that expired after December 31, 2009:
- Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/319
- Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/417
- Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/395
- Biodiesel Income Tax Credit: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/laws/law/US/396
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 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-11-10.pdf).
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
Learn more about Mr. Pickens and the Pickens Plan by visiting pickensplan.com.