Frequently Asked Questions

2016

Energy Vision: Rethinking Waste & Fuels

What is Energy Vision (EV)?

A national non-profit organization founded in 2007 to promote the use of clean renewable energy sources and petroleum-free fuels in the transportation sector. EV explores the most promising commercial and emerging technologies and strategies, and promotes the adoption of these solutions through reports, articles, partnerships, testimony and public education/outreach.

What are Energy Vision’s Goals?

  • To tackle the U.S. reliance on petroleum-based vehicle fuels that threatens our public health, the country’s economic strength, our national security, and the stability of our global climate.
  • To shift transportation, where the vast majority of our oil is consumed, from gasoline and diesel fuels to the sustainable, low-carbon fuels of the future.
  • To report on emerging alternative fuel initiatives, to educate Americans about the best options for change, and to collabo- rate with government and business leaders in putting these to work “on-the-ground.”

What is EV’s Agenda?

  • To promote the shift away from gasoline/diesel fuel use in transportation, especially the 10 million heavy-duty buses and trucks in the US. While these vehicles make up only 4% of all vehicles, they consume a whopping 23% of highway fuel, they are also major air polluters of cities coast to coast, and contributors to climate change.
  • To educate Americans about an exciting new fuel option for the transportation sector: a renewable form of natural gas (called “RNG”) that is made from organic wastes. Its production and use involves no drilling, is virtually soot-free and is closest to carbon neutral by far of any diesel substitute. Best of all, it is commercially viable TODAY. This fuel, using current technologies, could displace up to 10 billion gallons of diesel fuel.
  • To facilitate a movement for turning the vast organic waste stream in this country into renewable natural gas by coordinating workshops introducing this strategy to key regions. All aim at generating a level of enthusiasm that will spawn action, putting waste-to-fuel initiatives in place that can serve as models for other communities to follow.

What Impact has EV Had in its First Ten Years?

  • Worked with the U.S. Department of Energy in planning the first national workshop for communities from 32 states, introducing emerging renewable natural gas technologies and fuel.
  • Empowered grassroots action through the publication of a new report, funded and promoted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Turning Wastes into Vehicle Fuel: A Step by Step Guide for Communities. The Guide is being used, first and foremost, to train the local “Clean Cities” affiliates of the U.S. DOE, and as a key resource in all EV outreach/education.
  • Launched our waste-to-fuel workshops in 2013 with events in Seattle and Rochester, followed by events in Vermont, Washington, DC and on Long Island in 2014, and in Ohio in 2015. In the Seattle region, where we co-hosted our July 2013 event, great progress is already being made. Shortly following our workshop, the Pierce Transit Authority announced that they would begin fueling 143 (of 155) public transit buses on locally-produced RNG, the first bus transit fleet to make the switch.
  • Published three groundbreaking studies on RNG: Waste to Wheels (2010), the first public report on technologies for producing RNG that has been publicized on the U.S. Department of Energy’s website; Renewable Natural Gas: The Solution to a Major Transportation Problem (2012), which introduces community, regional, and state leaders to the broad economic and environmental benefits of converting organic waste into vehicle fuel; and Turning Waste into Vehicle Fuel: A Step-by-Step Guide for Communities (2013), a comprehensive look at how best to pursue an RNG project locally, funded in part by DOE.
  • Published a new study on the immense positive environmental and health impacts of a reconceptualized food cart, powered by a hybrid solar, battery-electric and natural gas system developed by MOVE Systems. The report, The Food Cart of the 21st Century, generated press in more than 200 publications worldwide.

What are EV’s Specific Aims for 2016?

  • To expand coverage on — through EV’s website, online mailing list, quarterly EV News and other media outlets — the innovative strategies, technologies and companies advancing the organic waste-to-fuel industry in the U.S. and elsewhere.
  • To perform analyses (and subsequent outreach) on regional/state organic waste generation, with a specific focus on the potential to utilize this resource for energy/fuel production, and the associated environmental and economic benefits of doing so. Plans are underway already for targeted research and outreach in Colorado, California and New York.
  • To make New York (City & State) a leader in extracting maximum value from its vast stream of organic wastes, through collaboration with business, government and environmental leaders.

Who Supports Energy Vision?

EV is supported by government and foundation grants, advisory services revenue, corporate member contributions and individual donors.

For information on opportunities to participate in these programs: please contact EV Media & Communications Associate Kyle Jeremiah, at jeremiah@energy-vision.org or call (212) 228-0225.

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