PineSpire Speaking on CFP at Food Northwest

by Angela Quiterio
Food NW Expo where PineSpire will speak on the Clean Fuels Program in Oregon
Please email contact@pinespire.com for complimentary passes to the event!

“Clean fuels programs”, “lower emissions”, and “electric vehicles” are all terms floating around, but those terms might not mean much to you yet.  A sure way to get informed is to attend the Food Northwest Tradeshow in Portland on February 3rd and 4th where PineSpire’s Ryan Huggins, an expert in the electrification industry, will be covering Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP) as well as answering your questions around it.

To get ready for the event, here’s an overview of what CFP is and how you can benefit while operating in Oregon:

What is CFP:  A clean fuels program instated by the state of Oregon in which those with electric vehicles get awarded for operating them and those who haven’t yet switched from propane to electric, are helped to do so. What’s the reward? A new revenue stream for your business.

Revenue Stream: CFP Credits are how the revenue you get back is measured. Every time you charge your electric fleet, credits are generated and at the end of every month or quarter, conventional fuel companies buy those credits from PineSpire and you get paid! Here at PineSpire, we give you two choices: either enroll and get paid based on market rates or a guaranteed rate, both are good choices; however, it all boils down to which one is best for you and your operations.

Eligible vehicles: The most common electric vehicles that are also eligible for the CFP program include: electric pallet jacks, electric forklifts, truck refrigeration units, cargo-handling equipment, and electric vehicle chargers. Vehicles powered by renewable fuels like biomethane and renewable hydrogen qualify as well

Beyond CFP: Although the CFP is a program for those who already have electric vehicles, PineSpire will also help you in the process of electrifying your fleet, which includes a comprehensive inventory, tailored review of your payback factors, and ongoing data and analytics to measure performance. Reach out to us and find out more about the Return on Investment for EVs and determining if this is the right choice for your operations.

Join us in Portland on February 3rd and 4th to learn more about EV Charging Revenue and how you can get enrolled in CFP today!

Come See Us…2022 Trade Shows

by Ryan Huggins

2022 was here before we knew it, and it goes without saying that the past few years have made in person connections and networking a challenge. Working from home, wondering if people you see on Zoom are shorter than they appear and asking ourselves when things will go back to normal have all been constants during this time.

We don’t know if we’ll work in person any time soon or that video calls will go away, but what we do know is that here at PineSpire we want to see you again… in person! To make that happen, we will be attending some of the biggest conferences the West Coast has to offer, and we want you to join us.

Wrapping up January, we will be at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California from the 26-27th. Unified Wine and Grape will have an exposition including a wide range of products related to the wine and grape industry and includes international representation.

Following that, we will also be attending the Food Northwest Process & Packaging Expo on February 3-4th in Portland, Oregon– the expo is one of the largest in the United States and happens to be celebrating their 50th annual show by featuring world- recognized keynote speaker, John Manzella.

Lastly, we will be at the California League of Food Producer’s Food Processing Expo on February 15-16th in Sacramento and it is California’s largest food processing expo.

All these events will be great opportunities to:

  1. Learn about new industries
  2. Network with other businesses and potential clients
  3. Get caught up on trends coming up this year

Future of the LCFS Program

by Nancy Brockman

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard begins public input process to define the Future of the LCFS program.Portion of Credits created by Alternative Fuel Types

Proposed Updates to the LCFS Program

CARB has initiated the public input process to evaluate proposed updates to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) regulation.  The process kicked off with a public input workshop in December, attended by nearly 500 participants. The event provided a forum for CARB to present potential updates to the future LCFS program across a wide range of policy aspects that would go into effect in 2024 (at the earliest)

Some of the key proposed future changes to the LCFS program include:

  • Tightening the permitted carbon levels in transportation fuels (called the Carbon-Intensity Score) beyond 2030.  This widely anticipated update would continue to drive incentives for low carbon fuels, like electricity and green-hydrogen.
  • Consider addition of new eligible vehicle classes (like agricultural equipment and off-road heavy equipment).
  • Expanding the types of fuels subject to the program to include jet fuel for intra-state flights
  • Increasing verification and validation methods for fuel producers and credit generators to ensure all participants are receiving appropriate carbon scores.

PineSpire Advocates for Inclusion of Agriculture and Off-Road Equipment

PineSpire has submitted comments to CARB on the proposed rule changes to advocate for the inclusion of agricultural vehicles, improve the efficiency of reporting, and to strive to create a level playing field across vehicle and fuel types.  You can see PineSpire’s comments here.

We want to amplify the voices of our food and agricultural community for inclusion in this revenue-generating opportunity.  As available alternative fuel equipment (i.e. hydrogen and electric) becomes more readily available for the field and farm, it is important to advocate for the equipment to be eligible to generate LCFS credits.  Being eligible in the future LCFS program would help reduce the cost of owning and operating alternative fuel equipment and staying in compliance with evolving air quality regulations. 

What’s Next?

The rulemaking process is just at the beginning.  PineSpire will continue to participate and keep our customers informed on the direction the new policy measures take and how that can create additional LCFS revenue opportunities.  To receive regular updates, you can ask to subscribe here. If you have unique story or business perspective to share with CARB, reach out to us and we can help ensure your comments and business needs are considered in the rulemaking process.

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.

PineSpire Featured in MHN

by pinespire

PineSpire and our own Patrick Dawson were featured in an online article published by the Material Handling Network….

Here’s a snippet of the full article below:

One company providing a nontraditional, but vital kind of support to industrial and commercial companies and municipalities is Durango, Colo.-based PineSpire. They may not provide the forklifts that move massive amounts of product, but they will help you find revenue streams to purchase electric forklifts, yard goats, and yard semis.

PineSpire Co-Founder Patrick Dawson said they specifically provide turnkey services to California companies navigating the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) standards and Oregon firms required to comply with the Clean Fuels Program (CFP).

“It’s a way for them to gain efficiency by letting us take care of what we say is the process from registration to revenue,” Dawson said.

Patrick Dawson, Co-Founder

The California and Oregon programs are designed to decrease the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used there and provide an increasing range of low-carbon and renewable alternatives. That applies to everything from city plows to company forklifts.

Among the many layers of the programs are grants and incentives provided to those who meet the standards. Yet many materials-handling firms and other companies likely don’t have the time or staff to undertake what can amount to a full-time job just understanding the nuances of the laws, Dawson said.

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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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