PS2, PineSpire and You

by Nancy Brockman

Your PS2 Dashboard Aligns With PineSpire Values

Our values as a company include being fully transparent to our customers in our mission to provide the very best revenue stream possible, the most accurate data and reporting, and presentation of opportunities to grow your program and fleet inventory. The PS2 Platform fits perfectly with our mission and perfectly with our clients’ operations!

FULL TRANSPARENCY WITH PS2
• Know how much you will get paid and when
• Detailed revenue statements in easy to review format
• Share financial data with accounting and finance easily
• Historical data helps to justify decisions on fleet growth
• Track your PineSpire ONTIME payments
• Pinespire has build PS2 to provide useful reports for operating managers throughout the organization.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT ON PS2
• Your eligible fleet inventory lives on your PS2 Dashboard (sort by location, type, etc)
• The electric fleet inventory creates carbon credit revenue
• Know how your credits are calculated
• Fully exportable data base
• See all inputs on energy usage by your fleet
• 24/7 access to grants and funding oppportunities
• PineSpire generated reminders to review inventory
• And soon, you’ll be able to manage your ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Fleet on PS2
• With PineSpire’s quarterly notifications and 24/7 access to your inventory, we work with you to make sure your fleet reporting is accurate and there are no program risks.


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Welcome to the PS2 Dashboard

by Nancy Brockman

Your PS2 Dashboard is Your Customized Portal for LCFS/CFP Management

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform may not be as fun as “Play Station”…but it is the most revolutionary way to access, understand, and manage all things LCFS/CFP and EV Fleet efficacy.  PineSpire has always provided our customers with reliable information and payments, and now with the new PS2 Platform, our customers have their own 24/7 access to their information.

Our Revolutionary PS2 Platform Brings Data to Your Customized Dashboard – 24/7

Imagine having 24/7 access to one easy-to-use platform from your desktop (or tablet) to:

• your entire eligible electric fleet inventory

• total energy usage

• average credit price

• carbon credit revenue and reliable payment information

• get updates on grants and funding opportunities

• and full transparency on how PineSpire manages your credit generation

Your customized dashboard will give you the ability to pull custom reports (from executive summary to intricate detail) on data that will provide you with ROI information; help you track inventory; pull financial reports to aid in decisions on fleet management; provide a valuable story for marketing and communications outreach; and more.

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Oregon Strengthens the Clean Fuels Program

by Ryan Huggins

The State of Oregon recently adopted updated to the Clean Fuels Program (CFP) which set the most ambitious Carbon Intensity reduction targets of any clean fuel standard in the U.S. or Canada.

These updates will drive demand for CFP credits and continue to foster innovation and fuel switching in the State.

The new CFP Standard

The new CFP Standard extends the program to at least 2035 and sets goals of 37% reduction in Carbon Intensity of Transportation Fuels

Key Clean Fuels Program Updates

PineSpire has participated in the Rulemaking process for the updates to the program since day one, advocating on behalf of our customers and commercial businesses.   To help you digest the changes, we’ve summarized the key updates to the program below:

  • Carbon-Intensity Standard: First and foremost, the extension of the program through at least 2035, and setting more ambitious carbon reduction targets will bolster long-term certainty in the market, support ongoing demand for Credits, and bring consistency to the marketplace
  • Forklift Credit Generation: The new rule updates language regarding the claim of credits for fleet owners and operators as shown below.  If you have questions about what these terms mean for your fleet – contact us and we can talk through the specifics of your fleet
    • “For electricity used to power forklifts, the forklift owner may generate the credits. If the forklift is being operated by a person other than the owner, the owner may generate the credits if they have detailed data that enables them to accurately report the electricity used to operate the forklift as required by OAR 340-253-1000(2), otherwise the operator of the forklift may generate the credits.”

  • Credit Generation for non-residential EV chargers: There is further clarification of priority of claim to credits for EV chargers at businesses or for public use.  These updates make it even more important to verify the rights to CFP credits when working with any hardware installer or charger operating services.
  • General Updates: Other updates to the program include changes to promote hydrogen and fast charging infrastructure, as improved rules for monitoring and enforcing violations, adding category for airport ground support equipment, and adding ocean-going vessels as eligible to participate.

What’s next for the CFP Market?

As part of the multi-year rulemaking process, the DEQ commissioned several studies on transportation fuels and the market adoption in Oregon.  These studies conclude that the recent updates will drive an increase of renewable fuel options like renewable diesel and biogas as well as further adoption of EVs.  All of these incentives are aligned with the regulatory requirements in Oregon, such as the Oregon Low Emission Vehicle Rule.  PineSpire is here to help you put the incentive and regulatory pieces together.  Reach out to us to discuss your fleet and electrification options.

 

 

Introducing the Revolutionary PS2 Customer Platform

by pinespire

Access Your Information 24/7 – Full Transparency For The PineSpire Customer

The most significant pain point we have heard from potential customers in the commercial, industrial, and municipal sectors who are looking to participate in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) or Clean Fuels Program (CFP) is that they do not have transparency into their carbon credits. PineSpire has always provided our customers with reliable information and payments, and now with the new PS2 Platform, our customers have their own 24/7 access to their information.

PineSpire was founded to bring a refreshing level of partnership for their Carbon Credits. We took this to the next level with the launch of our PS2 Platform which allows our customers to view their revenue from Carbon Credits, their fleet inventory, and valuable data on a customized dashboard 24/7.

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform unlocks a new level of transparency in Carbon Credits – 24/7 Access from your dashboard

What does this mean for our customers?

Our customers now unlock the ability to view revenue through:

  • Revenue Statements by Quarter or Month
  • Breakout all revenue values by facility and equipment type
  • Drill down to see the value per vehicle
  • Value of their Carbon Credits
  • Cost of their Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that boost credit generation
  • Access to every piece of how revenue is calculated
PineSpire Online Platform, PS2, Provides Total Transparency for Customer generating Carbon Credits

Transparency brings a refreshing touch to your fleet

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform is just the beginning of how we plan to provide our customers with new data and transparency for their fleet.  No need to question how much money is my fleet making? How do we know what percentage we are getting? How has my fleet performed long-term?

Instead, you will now be asking us how your company can leverage other PineSpire offerings like Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or Electrification Planning!

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California’s Zero Emission Forklift Rule Updates

by Nancy Brockman

The Zero Emission Forklift Rule is currently in development, with CARB approval expected in 2023. This rule is phasing out the use of propane forklifts in California and requiring the use of Zero Emission engines (such as electric or hydrogen) instead. PineSpire is following the rulemaking closely and keeping our partners up-to-date on the latest changes. In July, CARB released the latest draft Rule. We’ve summarized major updates for you below.

PineSpire offers our Customers a fleet-specific review of the impacts of the proposed Zero Emission Forklift Rule.

Changes to Propane Lift Phase-Out Schedule

There are 3 major changes to how the phase-out of propane combustion forklifts is proposed:

  • Phase Out Requirements will begin Jan 1st, 2026 and are based on the forklift model year.
  • The Phase-out timeline is now different for Class IV (cushion tire) forklifts than Class V (pneumatic tire) forklifts. Class IV cushion tire forklifts are typically used indoors only, whereas Class V pneumatic lifts are capable of outdoor operations.
  • There is a maximum percent of fleet required to be turned over each year. This change helps spread out the cost to fleet owners over more years. This revised timeline and fleet cap is shown in the table below.
Phase Out of Propane Forklifts with Model Year and Fleet Caps.

Rentals, Reporting, Exemption Updates

CARB has changed direction on addressing rental forklifts in the Zero Emission Forklift rule, and is now proposing that all rental fleets must meet the phase-out requirements (with no percent of fleet cap). This puts the burden on rental fleet owners rather than the originally proposed fleet operator requirements. Expect this to have a significant effect on forklift rentals in California.

The updated draft Rule also has further clarifications on exemptions, such as for low-use forklifts (operated <200 hrs per year), rough-terrain forklifts, and forklifts greater than 12,000 lbs capacity.

The reporting and compliance with the rule will be done in the DOORS system. The draft Rule simplifies many of the fleet operators reporting requirements.

Give CARB Feedback

CARB is holding meetings with stakeholders that want to provide comment, or you can submit them via email. The next public meeting on the proposed rule is expected late this summer. If you want to make your voice heard, you can reach out to CARB directly at zeforklifts@arb.ca.gov. Or reach out to PineSpire about collaborating on the issues.

The Upside of Electric

When evaluating your fleets compliance and the return on investment by switching to electric fleets, there are a lot of upsides. Instead of buying propane, LCFS credits give you revenue every time you fuel your e-forklift. There are upsides in O&M and safety as well. Reach out if you’d like an evaluation of your potential LCFS revenue and fuel savings: contact@PineSpire.com

CARB Proposes Updates to the LCFS Regulation

by Nancy Brockman

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently held a workshop for stakeholders in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. The presentation included the much-anticipated proposed updates to the Carbon Intensity standards in the program as well as a few new concepts. PineSpire has summarized two key proposed changes for you below.

1. Increasing the Demand for LCFS Credits by tightening the Carbon-Intensity Standard.

The Carbon Intensity Standard (i.e. how much Carbon is permitted in transportation fuels) is the key factor in the amount of deficits oil and gas companies have, and the amount of credits generated by low/no carbon fuel sources. Currently, the LCFS program is set at a 20% reduction target by 2030; based on the fact the LCFS program is already exceeding current reduction goals, CARB proposed to increase this target to 25% or 30% by 2030. The higher targets would help ensure that the supply side of LCFS credits does not outstrip the deficit-holder’s demand for credits and keep the marketplace in balance.

2. Potentially introduce Phase-Out of Vehicle Types, such as e-forklifts.

CARB also introduced the concept of ‘phase-out’ for discussion in the workshop. The stated intent is that low carbon-fueled vehicles that are widely adopted would phase out of eligibility in the LCFS program. While CARB’s intent is to focus LCFS values on more emergent vehicle types, this proposal is problematic and inconsistent with overall CARB goals. Most importantly, this proposal is at odds with the goals of CARB’s own proposed Zero-Emission Forklift regulation. Additionally it sends the wrong market signal to other low-carbon vehicle and fuel technology developers. The proposed phase-out in conjunction with the Zero Emission and Advanced Clean Fleet rules would essentially remove the carrot and only leave the stick.


Where do the proposed changes to the LCFS Program go from here?

We are in the middle of a multi-year process for California to update its overall Green House Gas reduction goals and the LCFS goals specifically. At this time, CARB is focusing on workshops, public comment, and feedback to refine its proposals before drafting changes to the regulation.

LCFS Rulemaking Timeline
CARB’s graphic showing the LCFS Rulemaking Timeline and the California Scoping Plan timeline

PineSpire is actively participating in all of CARB’s processes on behalf of our customers. If you would like to submit comments directly to CARB, you can do so here. You can also reach out to PineSpire to learn more and join voices in influencing the future of the LCFS program!

Moonlight Companies Benefits from the LCFS Program

by pinespire

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 pinespire
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.