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The Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG) Supports Public Fleets

Public Fleets – Please join the AFV-TAG

The Washington State Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Technical Advisory Group (AFV-TAG) is a joint program of the Washington Department of Commerce and the WSU Green Transportation Program. The AFV-TAG convenes fleet and facility managers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders to discuss the latest technology and policy trends and to exchange experiences about alternative fuels and vehicles. AFV-TAG meetings are typically held on the third Friday of every odd-numbered month from 9 am to 12 noon, with remote participation options available. Announcements about AFV-TAG meetings are sent during the weeks prior to the next meeting. Subscribe here for all future AFV-TAG announcements.

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The AFV-TAG developed in response to RCW 43.19.648, which requires state agencies and local governments to fuel publicly owned vehicles, vessels and construction equipment with electricity or biofuels to the extent practicable. The definition of practicable can be found in Chapter 194-28 WAC for state agencies and Chapter 194-29 WAC for local governments.

The guides for local governments took effect June 1, 2018. The Washington Department of Commerce regularly collects reports from local governments using more than 200,000 gallons of fuel a year. These reports provide a record of fuel use and fleet developments by government entities around the state. This helps decision makers at all levels develop action plans and react to opportunities to further their transition to clean fuels.

Next AFV-TAG Meeting

Nov 2020 - Challenges as Small Cities Plan and Implement Alt Fuel and Electrification Strategies
Join us for the next AFV-TAG webinar on Nov 20, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon PST.

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We will hear about the challenges small cities face as they plan and implement alt fuel and electrification strategies to meet local and state goals. We will get legislative updates, including a report about the Joint Transportation Committee study on the benefits and costs of electrifying public fleets in Washington. Also, we will continue our conversation about social justice in transportation.

Past AFV-TAG Meeting Summaries

Sept 2020 – On the Road – Vancouver
In keeping with our “On the Road” theme this year, Michael and Jim will use the magic of the internet to travel down Interstate 5 to visit with green transportation leaders in SW Washington, especially in the City of Vancouver and Clark County. In addition to electrification efforts in light-duty vehicles, the county will be home to electric school and transit buses in the near future. Also, don’t miss the chance to learn how neighboring fleets have joined together to get renewable diesel fuel at reasonable prices.
[Meeting Recording]
link: http://energy.wsu.edu/videos/afv-tag_september-2020/

July 2020 – Cancelled
In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s furlough directive to help the state reduce costs and weather the economic fallout of the pandemic, the Department of Commerce will be closed on July 17th. We anticipate many other state agencies who regularly participate in our bimonthly AFV-TAGs will be unable to participate as well. As a result, the July 2020 AFV-TAG meeting is cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

May 2020 – On the Road – Spokane
In May we visited with green transportation heroes in the Spokane region, including a review with Rendall Farley of Avista’s report on their EVSE pilot program (here). It’s a wealth of valuable lessons learned about planning and installing EV infrastructure. He also shared their well-crafted plan to make a big difference toward expanding EV adoption and EV infrastructure. We also heard about green fleet progress from Nathan Groh, City of Spokane, and Steve Blaska, Spokane Transit. We finished with a deep discussion about serving communities through electrification, featuring Breean Beggs, President, Spokane City Council President; Lars Gilberts, CEO of University District; and Sabrina Minshall, Executive Director of Spokane Regional Transportation Council.
[Meeting Recording]
link: http://energy.wsu.edu/videos/alt-fuels-vehicles-technical-assistance-group-meeting_may-2020/

Mar 2020 – On the Road – Tri-Cities
Representatives from several public fleets and organizations in the Tri-Cities shared experiences with alt fuels and electrification successes from their region of Washington. Jennifer Harper, Energy Northwest, presented on Tri-City Transportation Electrification. Representatives from city, transit, and utility fleets discussed their experiences and obstacles about using electricity and renewable natural gas as fuels. Michael Kintner-Meyer, Pacific NW Nat’l Lab, gave results from their research about the impacts of EVs on electrical grids.
[Meeting Recording]
link: http://www.energy.wsu.edu/videos/afv-tag_march-2020/

Jan 2020 – Progress at the state and local levels
In addition to legislative and policy updates, this meeting featured presentations by Andrea Pratt, manager of the Drive Clean Seattle Program. She shared a report and photos about electric transportation from a recent visit to Norway. Philip Saunders, manager of Seattle’s Green Fleet Program, presented the latest about Seattle’s Green Fleet Action Plan and their pioneering use of renewable diesel and renewable gasoline in Washington.

Nov 2019 – School buses
This meeting focused on electric school buses, in part because of a grant opportunity from the Department of Ecology. Grant applications were due in December. We heard about the grant program from an Ecology representative. We also heard about the experience of the Franklin-Pierce School District, the first in the state to receive and demonstrate an electric school bus. This was followed by technical presentations from several OEMs, including Blue Bird, Lion, and Proterra-Thomas.

Sept 2019 – Transit buses
This meeting focused on zero-emission transit buses, in part because of the Green Transportation Grant program being developed by WSDOT for transit agencies. First applications were due in the fall. A WSDOT representative discussed the grant program. We learned about a variety of electric and fuel-cell transit buses through presentations from several OEMs, including BYD, Gillig, New Flyer, and Proterra.

 

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