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 Angela Quiterio

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.

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.

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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