Moonlight Companies Benefits from the LCFS Program

by Angela Quiterio

Moonlight Companies is in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley and specializes in sharing delicious fruits with the world. From peaches bursting with flavor to the juiciest mandarins we have ever tried and doing it all with sustainability in mind. Moonlight is constantly innovating on their operations, finding new ways to reduce cost and optimize production. This includes investing in energy, like solar and battery storage, as well as adopting new technologies to continually improve processes.

PineSpire wants to take this opportunity to highlight Moonlight Companies accomplishments as our March Client of the Month.

PineSpire recently had a chance to sit down with Moonlight to discuss the benefits of opting into California’s LCFS program (the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program). Here are the top uses of the revenue from the LCFS program:

  • Offsetting the cost of charging EVs
  • Funding new EV chargers for company cars as well as employees’ vehicles, a nice perk for the team.
  • Hastening the Return on Investment of new electric equipment for their fleet

In addition to taking part of the LCFS program, Moonlight Companies is developing an electrification plan that works for their fleet. Examples of how they are evaluating, funding, and rolling out new EVs include:

  • Participating in a pilot program with HummingbirdEV to test out fully Electric Refrigeration Trucks
  • Leveraging funding from PG&E to install a new service dedicated to Heavy-Duty EV Charging
  • Complying with current regulations for vehicles and material handling equipment
  • Getting ahead on future proposed Zero Emission Air Quality Regulations
  • Ty Tavlan, VP, is actively participating in industry workgroups to provide commercial perspective on both the Heavy-Duty Vehicle adoption and Regulatory fleet emission standards

To learn more about Moonlight Companies click here.

Reach out to PineSpire to talk about how your operation can benefit from the LCFS program and Fleet Planning today.

Goods Movement Program funds available for Electric Forklifts

by Angela Quiterio
Bay Area Goods Movement Program

The Bay Area Goods Movement Program has $20 million available in grant funding to replace diesel equipment with electric fueled equipment. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity for your equipment to be Zero-Emission Compliant before it is mandatory! The deadline to submit your application is Thursday, March 31st.

Eligible Applications include:

  • Entities located in the BAAQMD (see below)
  • Entities whose products or business are involved in Good Movement (manufacturing, warehousing, logistics)
  • Replacement of Diesel cargo-handling equipment, transport refrigeration units, and rail-yard equipment

The Goods Movement Program was created to reduce diesel emissions and health risk from freight movement along California trade corridors as quickly as possible. The program is a partnership between CARB (the California Air Resources Board) and the BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, western portion of Solano, southern portion of Sonoma counties.

The program can be used to convert to electric forklifts, transport refrigeration units, rubber-tired gantry cranes, and other equipment. In addition to funding the equipment, the program can cover costs for associated new charging infrastructure.

When you decide to covert to an electric fleet now, you have the opportunity to receive grant funding, as well as become eligible to enroll in the LCFS (low carbon fuel standard) program. The LCFS program allows you to generate revenue each time you charge your electric equipment.

Additionally, electric equipment helps your operations stay in compliance with current and future regulations (like the proposed Zero Emission Forklift rule). Your bottom line will also benefit right away in reduced fuel costs and reduced maintenance costs.

To find out if your equipment is eligible for the Goods Movement Program, visit the Good Movement Program’s application page. Reach out to PineSpire to talk about your fleet strategy and making the most of these funding opportunities: contact@pinespire.com.

Come to the electric side!

PineSpire’s Growing Team

by Nancy Brockman

PineSpire rounded out 2021 with significant growth in our team.  We are excited to share more information about our new members and their role in supporting customers and ensuring PineSpire continues to help more businesses benefit from electrification.

Desari Vallejos, Electrification Specialist: Desari goes the extra mile to ensures the job gets done and her customers receive the services they need. Using her expertise in electrification and battery technology, Desari finds energy solutions specifically tailored to each customer’s needs and opportunities.  Desari’s background includes establishing long-term successful customer relationships, managing teams, and teaching others the skills they need to succeed. 

Brennan Wiest, Regional Sales Manager: Brennan’s takes an advisory role with customers to help them navigate the complex world of energy credits. This includes providing education, carbon credit service, fleet inventory support, and planning opportunities. He has a diverse background in sales roles, as well as a bachelor’s in Marketing from California State University of San Bernardino.

Angela Quiterio, Sales Operations Analyst: Angela is responsible for ensuring PineSpire has clear communication with customers and reaches more businesses with carbon credit opportunities.  As Sales Ops Analyst, Angela supports our sales team by providing easy-to-digest updates for customers about evolving regulations and new services.  Angela has a background in marketing and a degree in Global Business and Marketing from Suffolk University.

PineSpire Joins CA Grocers

by pinespire

PineSpire is honored to become a member of the California Grocers Association. CAGrocers.com

CA Grocers supports a grocery industry that nourishes the nation’s most populous state. CA Grocers membership program connects the grocery industry to each other and to resources, like PineSpire, available to assist in creating a thriving industry. Through networking, education, and outreach, PineSpire is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the California Grocers Association’s sustainability efforts through Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) management and revenue generation, alerting members to grant opportunities and providing consulting on EV Fleet, Equipment and Charging initiatives.

The Future of Transportation In California

by Ryan Huggins

The Future of Transportation in California: Zero Emission Vehicles, Truck Refrigeration Units and LCFS Credits
Free Webinar: Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 10am – 11:30 am PST. Register Now!

Join Ryan Huggins, PineSpire Co-Founder, along with panelists from the California Air Resources Board and SoCalGas to get comprehensive expertise about the many aspects of Electrification. CARB will focus on Zero-Emission Truck Refrigeration Units while SoCalGas will provide insights based on their first-hand experience of converting their vehicle fleet to electric and hydrogen. PineSpire will provide information on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program and how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. The webinar is hosted by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council on Thursday, October 21st, 10am-11:30am (PST)CLICK HERE to REGISTER for this free educational webinar.

Learn how to create and monetize LCFS credits; Explore the value of LCFS credits for different vehicle classes and use-cases; learn how to use fleet data to benefit regulatory compliance, LCFS revenue, and budgeting decisions; ask questions with experts on Air Quality regulations; and hear how one large company has implemented zero-emissions in their fleet.

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FREE WEBINAR: Sept. 2210-11:30am (PST)

by Ryan Huggins

Center for Sustainable Energy: Turn EV Charging into Dollars with LCFS

Join Ryan Huggins, PineSpire Co-Founder, for an educational presentation on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program on Wednesday, September 22nd, 10am-11:30am (PST). PineSpire, The City of Santa Cruz, and The San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition have partnered to present this webinar to teach attendees how to select LCFS service providers, create and monetize LCFS credits, and share information about grants and funding. CLICK HERE to REGISTER for this free educational webinar.

Learn how to create and monetize LCFS credits; learn the importance of real-time data to assist in present and future decisions; learn how

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The Latest On CARB’s Zero Emission Forklift Requirements

by Ryan Huggins

You know about California’s policies to phase out gasoline powered cars and trucks, but did you know forklifts are also included in this plan?  As part of Executive Order N-79-20 to transition California to zero emission vehicles, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is tasked with creating rules to transition all California forklifts to Zero Emission Forklifts

While we know regulations are no one’s favorite topic, we want to be sure our partners aren’t caught off-guard when the new rules come into place.  And more importantly that our partners are getting the LCFS revenue that comes with converting more of your fleet to Zero-Emission (i.e. Electric) Forklifts.

To help you stay current, PineSpire has boiled down the most recent updates from CARB’s August 17th webinar on the draft Zero-Emission Forklift rule.

What counts as Zero-Emission: 

This regulation is targeting zero tailpipe emissions, which in practical terms requires using an electric forklift powered by a battery or a fuel-cell.

The Regulation is phasing out Internal Combustion (IC) forklifts that run off of diesel, gasoline or propane

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Alan Parry New Sales Director

by Ryan Huggins

PINESPIRE NAMES ALAN PARRY AS SALES DIRECTOR

PineSpire, a North American firm that creates revenue for their customers by managing the complexities of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Carbon Fuels Program (CFP), has named Alan Parry to lead its national sales program. As Sales Director, Parry will be responsible for implementing and leading a successful sales process to achieve PineSpire’s aggressive revenue growth initiatives in both the California and Oregon Markets.

Alan Parry, PineSpire’s New Sales Director
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Electrify Your Yard Goat – Funding Available!

by pinespire

Yard Goats can eat up a lot of time and resources keeping old diesel engines in compliance with tightening air quality regulations.  Valley Air has grant funding currently available to solve that problem.  With Valley Air’s current Truck Replacement Grant, you can apply for grant funding of up to $200,000 for a new all-electric yard goat. 

Moving to a zero-emission all-electric yard goat will get you out of the cycle of air quality mitigation and reporting and back to focusing on your operations. The all-electric vehicles, available from several manufacturers, are easy to operate, lower fuel and maintenance cost, and most importantly create revenue from vehicle charging credits in CARB’s LCFS program every time you use them. PineSpire has many customers already operating these heavy-duty EVs and earning LCFS credits.  

Things to know:

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Monetize Your EV Fleet: Learn How

by Ryan Huggins

Monetizing Your EV Fleet with LCFS Credits! 15 Minute Webinar Presentation

PineSpire presented at this March, 2021 virtual meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization

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After watching this video available on our RESOURCES page, if you would like us to conduct a workshop, speak at an association event, or present at a board or senior leadership venue, we would be happy to discuss your needs and create a customized presentation for you.

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