Friday, January 24, 2014

New Westport CNG Ford F-150

Think Green for your 2014 New Year’s Resolution with a Ford F-150 with the dedicated Westport™ CNG System

Westport is now offering a dedicated CNG system on 2014 Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks.  The dedicated CNG 3.7L V6 Ford F-150 with the Westport WiNG™ Power System offers a 17 GGE fuel tank providing approximately 250 miles of driving range.  EPA certified, the vehicles undergo the same testing required for all Ford OEM products and are available on a Super Cab short-bed with the choice of a 4x2 or 4x4 powertrain configuration. 

The Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks with the dedicated Westport CNG system are available for order at over200 Westport authorized Ford Dealer / Distributors.

Westport continues to work closely with Ford to make a wide range of CARB and EPA certified bi-fuel and dedicated vehicles available to our customers.  Sign-up here  to be the first to know future Westportvehicle programs as soon as it becomes available. Possible future vehicles may include the 2015 F-150, Transit, Transit Connect. 

Westport has the largest light duty natural gas vehicle market presence and product portfolio in North America.  For more information regarding our vast product offerings, including the new dedicated F-150, please visit us at or call 855-WPT-9464.

January Question of the Month

Question of the Month: What is the current status of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and how do the new 2014 proposed requirements differ from previous years’?

Answer: The national RFS program was developed to increase the volume of renewable fuel blended into transportation fuels. As required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized RFS1 program regulations, which became effective on Sept. 1, 2007. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 increased and expanded this standard through RFS2, mandating that by 2022, 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into transportation fuels. Though EISA set final volume requirements, EPA must determine renewable fuel percentage values annually to meet the requirements. Fuels are broken down as follows:

Total renewable fuel: The total amount of renewable fuel required to be blended into the fuel supply each year, which includes conventional and advanced biofuels (defined below). Conventional biofuel volume requirements are simply the total renewable fuel volume requirements minus the advanced biofuel volume requirements. While EISA specified volume requirements for most categories through 2022, the statute allows EPA to reduce these volumes under certain conditions (see below for further discussion).  Each renewable fuel category is described below.
    • Conventional biofuel: Any fuel derived from approved sources of renewable biomass that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 20% from baseline petroleum GHG emissions. Conventional biofuels are generally produced from starch-based feedstocks (e.g., corn, sorghum, wheat).
    • Advanced biofuel: Any fuel derived from approved renewable biomass, excluding corn starch-based ethanol. Biomass-based diesel and cellulosic biofuel volume requirements fall under this overarching advanced biofuel category. Note that remaining advanced biofuel volume requirements not met by cellulosic and biomass-based diesel can be met with other advanced biofuels, and cellulosic biofuel and biomass-based diesel volumes that exceed their volume requirements also may be used to meet the advanced biofuel quota. Other advanced biofuels may include sugarcane-based fuels, renewable diesel co-processed with petroleum, and other biofuels that may exist in the future. Advanced biofuels must reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% from baseline petroleum GHG emissions.
      • Cellulosic biofuel: Any fuel derived from cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin. These fuels must reduce GHG emissions by at least 60% from baseline petroleum GHG emissions.
      • Biomass-based diesel: A diesel fuel substitute made from renewable feedstocks, including biodiesel and nonester renewable diesel (diesel produced from animal- and plant-based fats, oils, and greases). It cannot be co-processed with petroleum; however, those fuels fall under the general advanced biofuels category. Biomass-based diesel must reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% from baseline petroleum GHG emissions.

For a list of fuel pathways that qualify under each renewable fuel category, see Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 80.1100-80.1167 (

Obligated Parties
Any party that produces gasoline or petroleum diesel for use as transportation fuel in the United States, including refiners, importers, and blenders (other than oxygenate blenders), is considered an obligated party under the RFS program. Each year, EPA determines the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for obligated parties. The RVO is calculated as a percentage, by dividing the amount of renewable fuel (gallons) required by the RFS2 for a given year by the amount of transportation fuel expected to be used during that year.

Volume Requirements and Percentage Standards
While EISA specified most volume requirements through 2022, the law did not address the biomass-based diesel requirement beyond 2012 and left some flexibility on the cellulosic biofuel requirement. The statute also allows EPA to change requirements under certain conditions, including when (1) the projected production of cellulosic biofuel in any year is less than the volume specified in EISA or (2) conditions are met under the general waiver authority provided by the Clean Air Act.

In 2013, EPA requires obligated parties to meet the following volume requirements collectively. Also included are the associated RVO percentages.

Final Volume Requirements for 2013
Cellulosic biofuel
14 million gallons
Biomass-based diesel
1.28 billion gallons
Advanced biofuel
2.75 billion gallons
Total renewable fuel
16.55 billion gallons

On Nov. 15, 2013, EPA published a proposed rule to establish new volume requirements and associated percentage standards for 2014. For the first time, EPA is requesting comments on a range of volumes for each renewable fuel category to determine a final requirement (see table below). Also for the first time, the proposed total renewable fuel volume requirement is lower than statutory levels mandated in EISA to resolve compliance concerns related to the ethanol consumption "blend wall" (discussed below) and renewable fuel production constraints. The table below outlines the proposed new volume requirements and the associated RVO percentages.

Proposed Volume Requirements for 2014
Cellulosic biofuel
17 million gallons
8–30 million gallons
Biomass-based diesel
1.28 billion gallons
1.28 billion gallons
Advanced biofuel
2.20 billion gallons
2–2.51 billion gallons
Total renewable fuel
15.21 billion gallons
15–15.52 billion gallons

Ethanol Blend Wall
The ethanol “blend wall” refers to the difficulty of incorporating an increasing amount of ethanol into the transportation fuel supply at percentages exceeding 10%. Almost all gasoline sold in the United States is E10 (10% ethanol, 90% gasoline). While blends as high as E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) can be used in some conventional vehicles, these blends are difficult to market on a widespread basis because they can be used only in flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) and model year 2001 and newer vehicles due to equipment compatibility issues. Additionally, “E85” (51%83% ethanol blended with gasoline) and other mid-level ethanol blends can be used only in FFVs. EPA has proposed the lower advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volume requirements above for 2014 due to the anticipated inability of the market to supply the Congressionally mandated volume of renewable fuels to consumers in 2014.

In conjunction with the 2014 volume requirements and percentage standards, EPA is also considering a joint petition from the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, as well as individual petitions from several refining companies, requesting a partial waiver of the 2014 applicable volumes under RFS2. EPA is collecting comments on both issues through Jan. 28, 2014.

Additional information can be found on the EPA RFS2 ( and Alternative Fuels Data Center RFS Program ( websites.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2nd Annual Idle Free Fleets Conference AGENDA

Don't forget to register for our 2nd Annual Idle Free Fleets Conference on Tuesday January 14, 2014! Registration ends Sunday January 12th

Register here:

Idle Free Conference
Join the Office of Energy Development, Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Rio Tinto for the second annual Idle Free Conference. Learn how leading organizations have implemented Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free.
When: January 14th
Where: Hale Theater, 3333 Decker Lake Drive West Valley City, UT
Time: 9am  – 4 pm
The conference will include a keynote address from Alan Matheson, Senior Environmental Advisor from the Governor’s Office, and a special presentation by Ted Wilson, Director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR). There will also be panel discussions with representatives from business, industry, government and education who have embraced anti-idling in their fleets.
Registration is FREE. Please register early as space is limited
 9 AM:  Registration & Networking
10 Welcome:  Utah Clean Cities Coalition
10:15 Introductions: Samantha Mary Julian, Director, Office of Energy Development
10:30 Keynote Address: Alan Matheson. Senior Environmental Advisor, Governor’s Office
11:00 Special Guest Speaker: Ted Wilson, Director, Utah Clean Air Partnership
11:30 Networking Break – Technology Expo
11:45 Lunch Buffet
1: 30PM Break Out Sessions:  
Government & Municipalities

Business & Industry

3:30 Networking & Anti-Idling Technology Expo (A tour of Hale Centre Theatre will be available to interested parties)
Transportation to the Conference: Hale Centre Theatre is conveniently located off the Trax Green Line. To find the best route for you go to

If you have any questions please contact:
Sophia Jackson, Communications & Northern Coordinator, Utah Clean Cities
Office:  801-535-7736 Cell: 801-824-8380