Alternative fuels has received a lot of support recently. The United States Department of Agriculture awarded funding to support biofuel production, and the Department of Energy awarded a grant for drop-in biofuels and launched H2USA, a program to support hydrogen infrastructure. In addition, the Domestic Alternative Fuels Act, which would expand the types of feedstocks that are eligible under the Renewable Fuels Standard, was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Electric drive vehicles had an encouraging several weeks. Volvo nearly doubled production of V60 hybrid plug-ins, and Ford boasted record-setting sales for hybrid vehicles for the first five months of 2013.
A report released by European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has revealed that the total European renewable energy sources will continue to grow, and by the end of the decade, will exceed generation capacities of fossil fuels for the first time.
Many exciting developments were happening in the United States as well. A solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, completed its longest ever flight. An Arizona State University team developed a website and online game to gather information on fossil fuel power plants—and their carbon dioxide emissions—in countries outside of the United States. Finally, Anthony Foxx was nominated as the new Secretary of Transportation.
The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) has spent a lot of time with first responders in the past several weeks. First, the NAFTC helped conduct a Federal Emergency Management Agency funded First Responder Safety Train-the-Trainer Course at the South Bend Fire Department in South Bend, IN. Then, representatives from the NAFTC attended both the Fire-Rescue Med and the Fire Department Instructors Conference.
At the national headquarters, the NAFTC conducted the Overview of Biodiesel and Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training courses.
Finally, the NAFTC traveled to Charleston, WV to attend the first Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Vehicle Expo. The event was co-hosted by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Alliance.