Clean Fuels 101 Webinar Series

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Join Western Washington Clean Cities for a five-part webinar series on clean fuels in Washington State! 

November 15: Introduction To Washington's Clean Fuels

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We'll start off the series with an introduction to alternative fuels, the air quality impacts of using alternative fuels in comparison to petroleum-based fuels, and the greenhouse gas impacts of each fuel based on how they're produced and transported to Washington.

We'll also discuss current federal and state legislation and incentives, including the Renewable Fuels Standard and Washington's alternative fuel rule for local governments. 

Presenters: 

  • Erik Saganić, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency     [Slideshow]
  • Robin Gold, Western Washington Clean Cities     [Slideshow]
  • Alan Kwan, Washington State Department of Commerce     [Slideshow]


November 29: Fleet Efficiencies

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In this session, we'll discuss strategies, policies and technologies that can help maximize the fuel efficiency of your fleet.

A sustainable transportation policy framework called Avoid-Shift-Improve sets the stage for fleet managers, decision makers, first responders, and drivers to work together to get the most out of every gallon of fuel. Using case studies, we'll explain in detail several fleet efficiency tools such as idle reduction technologies and telematics to demonstrate return-on-investment and the amount of fuel that can be conserved. We'll even highlight how emergency vehicles can use fleet efficiency strategies to reduce fuel use and improve public health. After all, the cleanest, greenest and cheapest gallon of fuel is the one that is never burned!

Presenters:

  • Angela Song, Western Washington Clean Cities     [Slideshow]
  • Patricia Weikersheimer, Argonne National Laboratory     [Slideshow]
  • Robert Beidler, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office     [Slideshow]


December 13: Biomass Fuels -- Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel & Ethanol

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Our third webinar focuses on biodiesel, renewable diesel and ethanol -- the three main alternative fuels made from biomass feedstocks such as plants, animal tallow, used cooking oil, wood chips and other cellulosic fibers.

We will discuss the lifecycle greenhouse gas footprints for all of the most common feedstock sources for each type of fuel, along with the air quality impacts of their associated tailpipe emissions, relative benefits and limitations of each fuel type, and information about the best use cases and best practices for fleets in Western Washington.

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December 20: Electric Vehicles & Hydrogen Fuel Cells

10 - 10:45 AM PST

This session focuses on the rapidly-advancing technologies of electric, hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. We will give a technical overview of how each technology works inside a vehicle, and the current state of the art. Various sources of electricity and hydrogen will also be discussed, along with information about the carbon intensities associated with different pathways. This information can be used to inform decision-making to help our region drive into the electric future as cleanly and sustainably as possible!

Presenters:

  • Robin Gold, Western Washington Clean Cities
  • Tim Lipman, University of California - Berkeley

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January 10: Gaseous Fuels -- Natural Gas & Propane Autogas

10 - 10:45 AM PST

The final webinar in our series will delve into the gaseous alternative fuels world of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), propane autogas (LPG), and their lower-carbon counterparts renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable propane.

For each of these fuels, we will discuss its best use cases, tailpipe emissions profile, and its relative benefits as well as potential challenges or limitations. We will also talk about the various means of production of each fuel, and their relative carbon intensity scores -- a measure of the fuel’s overall greenhouse gas footprint.

Presenters: 

  • Robin Gold, Western Washington Clean Cities
  • Jim Jensen, Washington State University 

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