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!

Dragonberry Produce: Sustainability is Smart

by Ryan Huggins

At Dragonberry Produce, everything is done with intention and purpose. As President, Amy Nguyen brings her passion to all aspects of the business and facilities, guided by the principle that each element should “Be Beautiful, Intelligently Designed, and Meaningful”. That attention to detail and focus on quality has driven Dragonberry’s success as a leading produce company specializing in unique fruits.

Dragonfruit, one of the unique fruits packaged at Dragonberry's sustainable facility
Dragonfruit

Partnering with PineSpire in the Clean Fuels Program (CFP) in Oregon has allowed Dragonberry to create revenue from operating electric material handling equipment and will increase with new EV chargers and e-TRU chargers. This program aligns with their guiding principles on sustainability:

“Sustainability is Smart”

Amy Nguyen, President, Dragonberry Produce

Located in Canby, Oregon, Dragonberry’s facility was the first LEED-Certified building for produce distribution in Oregon! The Dragonberry facilities incorporate all of the following elements:

  • Zen Garden Landscaping to provide a beautiful space for all employees and the community to enjoy while also conserving water and fostering native plant species
  • Meticulously designed Air Quality throughout all working spaces to ensure employees in offices and on the floor benefit from natural light and clean air. This also optimizes lighting efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Using an Electric Fleet of lift trucks, moving to electric Transport Refrigeration Units and providing EV Charging for employees. This reduces operating costs, dramatically cuts fuel costs, and adds a benefit for employees looking to fuel their own EVs.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry's Facility in Canby.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry’s Facility in Canby

The smart investments are contributing to Dragonberry’s growth: a second facility will be done in 2022 and a third in following years. This expansion will house Dragonberry’s sweet nut production line and will use the same principles of creating a happy and healthy work environment.

Expansion of Dragonberry's Produce Distribution Center
Expansion of Dragonberry’s Produce Distribution Center

To get a taste of the beautiful premium specialty fruit designed by Dragonberry, join the Dragonberry Fruit Club, a boutique fruit delivery services delivering high quality, unique fruit to the finest fruit connisseur.

PineSpire is pleased to have this opportunity to feature Dragonberry Produce as our June Customer of the month. To learn more about how your company can benefit from smart planning and participating in the Clean Fuels Program like Dragonberry has, contact PineSpire: Contact@PineSpire.com

Funding for EV Chargers: eVIP

by Ryan Huggins

California’s e-Voucher Incentive Program (eVIP) still has funds available for Level 2 chargers! With today’s gas prices, there has never been a better time to go Electric. If you are installing an EV charger for commercial or public use, this simple program available to reduce your costs.

e-VIP funds 75% of Project Costs or up to $3,500 per EV Charger

www.calevip.org

Project Costs eligible for funding include:

  • Hardware (i.e. the Charger Equipment)
  • Installation (such as electrician services)
  • Permitting from your local government agency

Funds are allocated on a first-come-first served basis and are still available in the following Counties for Level 2 chargers. Funding for DC Fast Chargers is expected to re-open state-wide in 2023.

Counties with funding available as of June 2022: Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito , San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Reach out to PineSpire if you’d like assistance in pursuing funding or understanding how EV charging can add to your bottom line. Contact@PineSpire.com

Electric Fleet Grant Opportunities

by Ryan Huggins

Now is a great time to look for Electric Vehicle, EV Charger, and Electric Forklift Incentives!

PineSpire recommends following these steps to identify the best opportunities for you:

  1. Equipment Type: Identify what equipment is on your ‘wishlist’ and find the right funding.
  2. Evaluate Eligibility: What Air Quality District or Utility Territory are you located in? Do you have old internal-combustion equipment to retire in exchange for new electric equipment? Is your current fleet in compliance with Air Quality Regulations?
  3. Timing: What is the Grant deadline? Does the lead time for new equipment work for your operations?

Here is a look at some great current opportunities to get funding towards your future electric fleet

HVIP: Hybrid and Zero Emissions Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program

Types of vehicles: Trucks, Buses, other specialized Heavy-Duty Vehicles

HVIP is open to entities across California and uses a ‘voucher’ system to simplify the paperwork and reporting. Funding is available until all vouchers are claimed, so don’t delay in looking at eligible vehicles and applying!

Goods Movement Program

Types of Vehicles: Diesel Trucks, Cargo handling equipment, transport refrigeration unit and forkflits

The Goods Movement Program is open to entities involved in Goods Movement (such as logistics companies) and aims to retire internal combustion equipment by funding a portion of the purchase price of new zero emission (i.e. electric) equipment. Each Air Quality District manages the Goods Movement Program in their region; check your Air District for application dates.

Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE)

Types of Vehicles: Terminal Tractors, Forklifts, and other freight-handling equipment that replaces diesel models

The CORE program is set to open July 18, 2022 with a total of $125M. This program is available state-wide and uses a Voucher model. Prepare for the opportunity by evaluating eligible equipment and contacting an approved dealer to be ready for program opening.

PineSpire is here to help our customers make the most of these opportunities and meet their fleet financial goals through lowering fuel costs and O&M over the long-run.

Quady Winery: PineSpire’s Customer of the Month

by Ryan Huggins

The San Joaquin Valley, known for its rich agriculture, is the home of the interationally renowned Quady Winery, a gem that keeps you coming back for more. Quady specializes in sweet wines and have mastered the use of rare muscat grape varieties since 1975. In addition to making great wine, Quady has made sustainable practices an integrated part of their operations. Enrolling with PineSpire to create LCFS credits has boosted their sustainable operations, and revenue, even further.

“The decision to enroll in LCFS program was common sense.”

Allie Quady, Safety and Sustainability Officer at Quady Winery

Currently, Quady has 5 electric forklifts and is looking to acquire more. The revenue coming from LCFS Credits contributes to the budget for new electric forklifts and infrastructure. Another added benefit of electric forklifts: Operators prefer them to propane!

Electric Forklift being used to handle Quady Wines with no emissions
Forklift Operators report preferring Electric Lift Trucks to propane. And with no emissions, the wine does too.

In addition to electrifying their material-handling equipment, Quady Winery has made strides in sustainable operations that are also improving their bottom line:

  • Going solar! Over 80% of Quady’s energy usage is met by on-site solar generation
  • Finding ways to reduce water use while capturing more nutrients, including a planned microbe-driven filtration and recycling system
  • Sourcing lighter weight, more sustainable glass bottles and integrating sustainability into packaging and purchasing decisions. All steps we at PineSpire appreciate as wine consumers.
  • Pursuing a Certified Sustainable status for the entire winery (beyond their already certified sustainable grapes) and achieving carbon neutrality
Solar Array powering Quady Wines Operations
Solar at Quady Winery lowers operating costs while boosting sustainability.

Choosing to invest in forward-thinking, sustainable operational upgrades is a no-brainer. The hard part is deciding which of these wines to have first! Electra? Vya? Starboard? You can sign up for the Wine Club to here to enjoy them all.

Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind
Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind.

April Client of the Month: Ramar Foods

by pinespire

Ramar Foods began as a small, family-owned company who wanted to share their delicious recipes from the Philippines with North America. With more than 50 years of success, Ramar has expanded into the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets and has plans to go beyond. PineSpire is thrilled to highlight the vibrant business as our Customer of the Month.

While Ramar is all about delicious food and doing it well, they are also passionate about sustainability. Currently, the following investments lower their carbon footprint while making smart financial sense:

  • Investing in Electric Equipment for Operations
  • Electric Car Chargers for Employees
  • Solar PV system generating energy on all available rooftops
  • On-site fuel cell generator

With core values of excellence, innovation, community, and nourishing culture, it comes as no surprise that Ramar is participating in the LCFS program. Ramar has hybrid truck refrigeration units, EV car chargers, and a range of electric lift trucks all generating carbon credit revenue.

Some of the additional benefits they are reaping thought being involved are:

  • Air quality improvements for employees who are not exposed to idling vehicles or exhaust
  • Providing charging for staff vehicles as a great employee ‘perk’
  • Reducing Green House Gas Emissions from their operations by 175 MT of Carbon per year, compared to using conventional fueled equipment
  • Fuel cost predictability: On-site Solar energy generation helps stabilize energy cost, including the cost of forklift charging
Hybrid Electric Truck RefrigerationUnits
Hybrid Electric Truck Refrigeration Units ready to deliver delicious ice cream and frozen foods, without the carbon emissions

The company that started in 1969 with 3 employees and now has over 300! They are also expanding facilities to keep up with growing demand for their food. Headquartered in Pittsburg, California, Ramar produces everything from staple Filipino foods to our personal favorite ice cream flavor “Mais y Queso” (Corn and Cheese)! We highly recommend visiting their website to find out where and how to purchase their products.

Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream!
Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream! A Filipino classic.

Operations Manager: PineSpire Team Continues to Grow

by pinespire

PineSpire is thrilled to announce Jen Colomb has joined our team as our new Operations Manager.

Operations Manager
Jen Colomb Joins PineSpire’s Team as Operations Manager

Creating Carbon Credits for our customers requires managing immense data sets using Pinespire’s proprietary data platform. Jen will assume responsibility for accurate and efficient data processes from the first customer interaction through to credit monetization. PineSpire also ensures our data is current by providing Customers ongoing access to their fleet inventories through a Customer Dashboard. Additionally, we are integrating fleet data with air quality regulations and EV grants so we can provide valuable guidance and funding opportunities to our customers. All of these services start with a thorough understanding of fleet data and excellent quality control of large data sets. Jen’s experience and attention to detail will ensure smooth data operations for PineSpire and our Customers as we continue to grow and expand our services, including to Washington.

Jen brings a broad set of skills to the Operations Manager role.  Before joining PineSpire, Jen was Billing Manager at an Electric Utility, leading the team who ensured accurate billing and accounting for over 40,000 meters.  She also partnered with and supported the Finance and Member Services teams in her utility role.  Jen honed her research, analysis, and reporting skills during her prior experience as a Forensic Mortgage Analyst and Team Lead with First American Financial, auditing subprime mortgage loans.   A naturally curious person, she is a lifelong learner who takes pride in organization, efficiency, problem-solving, adaptability, and integrity.  She earned a BA in Psychology from Trinity University and a BS in Accounting from Colorado State University Global, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

To Learn more about how PineSpire’s Customer Dashboard, Data and Analytics services, or our Awesome Team, can help your business, please contact us! contact@pinespire.com

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!