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Garabedian H.,Energy and Environmental Analytics | Skelton E.,Northeast Diesel Collaborative | Miller P.,NESCAUM | Balon T.,M.J. Bradley and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2010

The NEDC now has a successful track record of demonstrating first-in-the-nation pilot projects and innovative policies and programs leading to cleaner diesel technologies and practices. With the combined experience of EPA, state air quality agencies, and private-sector participants, the NEDC is now pursuing new opportunities to demonstrate cleaner technologies in a variety of marine vessel applications, such as tugboats, ferries, and excursion vessels. Notable among these is a demonstration project that will repower a vessel older than the Titanic. By openly taking on these engineering challenges, the NEDC is demonstrating not only the viability of cleaner engines and fuels on every-day workhorses like tugboats and ferries, but also that repowering works for older vessels from a bygone era. With newer, cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines, these projects are reducing air pollution and lowering fuel costs while extending the operating lifetime of these ships for years to come. Copyright 2010 Air & Waste Management Association.

Allen G.A.,NESCAUM | Miller P.J.,NESCAUM | Rector L.J.,NESCAUM | Brauer M.,University of British Columbia | Su J.G.,University of California at Berkeley
Aerosol and Air Quality Research | Year: 2011

The increasing popularity of wood fired heating appliances in cold winter climates has focused attention on assessment of woodsmoke exposures. Pollution from residential wood combustion (RWC) is a major concern in areas with valley topography where nighttime inversions limit the dispersion of pollutants from ground-level sources. An intensive characterization of ambient particulate mater (PM) from RWC was performed in northern New York State during winter 2008-2009 in an area where the 2005 U.S. EPA National Emissions Inventory shows RWC to be the largest source of PM2.5. Measurements of woodsmoke PM were made using optical scattering and absorption techniques during repeated night-time mobile monitoring to provide data with high spatial and temporal resolution; measurements were also made at six fixed sites for the study period to provide temporal context for the mobile measurements. The difference in optical absorption at near-infrared and near-ultraviolet wavelengths was used as a specific marker for wood smoke PM. Wood smoke was the only significant contributor to elevated night-time valley PM concentrations during mobile run nights; short-term (3 minute) PM concentrations frequently exceeded 100 μg/m3. Concentrations observed with mobile monitoring were consistently elevated at valley bottoms where the majority of the population lives, and approached zero outside of valleys. Data from fixed sites indicated that woodsmoke levels peaked near midnight, with a secondary peak around 7 AM and a mid-day minimum. These patterns are consistent with RWC use and diurnal patterns of atmospheric dispersion. © Taiwan Association for Aerosol Research.

News Article | December 27, 2016

Major auto manufacturers are doing practically nothing to advertise the plug-in electric vehicles that they sell, whether in California (as compliance vehicles) or elsewhere, according to a new study commissioned by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM). The study was performed by CompetiTrack and Motor Intelligence, both respected firms involved in auto industry advertising analysis, it should be noted. It should also be noted here that the study relates to calendar year 2015, the most recent year in which detailed data was available at the time of the research. As the graph above shows, BMW seems to be something of an outlier, though the sums involved are still chump change for the company and compared to the advertising budgets for BMW’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. It’s still interesting, though, and likely means that the company is making a fair margin on their electric offerings. It also helps to explain BMW’s clear EV sales split leadership among big automakers (see: “BMW & Ford Electric Car Sales = 6% Of BMW & Ford US Car Sales In November“). Update: Via Loren McDonald (prompted by Matt), note how BMW’s EV/PHEV advertising relates to overall advertising: “BMW spent $314.1 million on advertising in the U.S. in 2015.  In 2015, BMW group sold 346,023 total vehicles in the US. They sold 14,181 EVs/PHEVs, or 4.1% of total sales. The $25 million ad dollars spent on EVs is 7.96% of the $314.1 million ad spend. So they are actually spending more ad dollars on EVs comparatively.” Also see Loren’s comments regarding how $25 million fits into the grand scheme of auto company advertising (key stat: it’s 0.34% of ad spending) and a few bright spots. Our sister site Gas 2 provides more: “Overall, the industry has adopted a head in the sand approach to electric cars. Carmakers spend billions every year to advertise their products, but in 2015, the total spent nationwide on EV advertising was under $25 million. According to my trusty Radio Shack calculator, that is a little more than 1% of the total budget. And you want us to believe you are doing everything in your power to promote electric cars? Please. You people lie almost as much as Donald Trump. “People marvel at how Elon Musk and Tesla Motors are disrupting the automotive industry, but it’s really no secret. The industry is doing everything it can to help Tesla succeed. It’s not that Tesla is so good — although their products are superior — it’s that the rest of the industry is so bad at recognizing the changes that are staring them right in the face.” This is also a gem of a comment from Steve: “Instead of recognizing what Tesla is doing and adapting to it, the American car companies are trying their hardest to block Tesla’s direct-to-customer sales model and whining to anyone who will listen that nobody wants to buy electric cars except a few wealthy tech geeks. When the dust from the revolution settles, it may turn out that one or more of the Big Three car companies is already dead and just doesn’t know it yet.” To be fair, though, that sounds like a description of the vast majority of what goes on in the modern world — across countries, industries, and political parties. It’s a lot easier to come up with excuses, to oversimplify, and to live in an echo chamber (aided by flashing lights on screens and drugs, prescription ones included) than it is to change one’s behavior and actually fundamentally change things in the real world. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.

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