Reports

Baton Rouge Clean Air Coalition: Employing "Off Property Projects" to Earn Emission Reduction Credits as a Strategy for Helping Permit New Industrial Projects and Expansions in the Baton Rouge Area. 

BRCAC Executive Director, Dr. Mike McDaniel, presents his concept paper explaining an innovative strategy for attaining emission reduction credits (ERCs) to help with permitting new industrial projects and expansions in the Baton Rouge area.  Dr. McDaniel explains how his strategy might be implemented and the potential benefits for industries and organizations seeking ERCs and seeking funding for their emission reduction projects.

The purpose of the paper is to encourage discussion on strategies to acknowledge an environmental regulatory constraint looming for industrial permitting and economic development in the Baton Rouge area.

EPA Issues Final Rule for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Pathways II and Modifications to the RFS Program, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Requirements, and E15 Misfueling Mitigation Requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking the final steps to qualify additional fuel pathways that meet the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for cellulosic biofuel under the National Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The final rule also provides guidance regarding the feedstocks that the EPA considers to be crop residues, including clarification that EPA considers corn kernel fiber to be a crop residue. 

EPA is also finalizing other amendments related to survey requirements associated with the ultra-low sulphur diesel program and misfueling mitigation regulations for 15 volume percent ethanol blends (E15). 

Transportation Technical Reference Manual

As alternative fuel vehicles spread nationwide, the energy and transportation sectors have an increasing number of shared interests and an opportunity to learn from one another. One opportunity for knowledge transfer involves assessing the financial and environmental benefits of transportation measures, such as alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure, in the same way that energy utilities characterize efficiency measures and inform program development-namely, through a tool called the Technical Reference Manual.

Inspired by this model, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), with support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program, have developed a Transportation Technical Reference Manual to characterize energy savings, environmental benefits, and financial costs of selected transportation efficiency measures and establish a framework for comprehensive and informed decision-making. The new publication, which focuses on electric vehicles, is now available for download at http://naseo.org/publications.

Baton Rouge Area Clean Air Action Plan - EPA Advance Path Forward

The Baton Rouge Area Clean Air Action Report characterizes the area with respect to its air quality.  It also documents progress the area has made in air quality improvements, and presents a plan for future efforts to further improve the Baton Rouge area air quality to meet EPA’s requirement for a “Path Forward” plan within its Advance Program.  


CNG Infrastructure Guide - ANGA, AGA

The CNG Infrastructure Guide was prepared by the Drive Natural Gas Initiative for prospective CNG developers.  This guide’s purpose is to assist interested parties in determining if the development of a CNG fueling facility is viable to their interests.  Prospective station owner/ operators, fleet managers, and those involved in the conversion and maintenance of natural gas vehicles will benefit from this document. 


Betting on Science - Disruptive Technologies in Transport Fuels - Study Overview

This study covers the ways that various technologies in transport fuels have the potential to “disrupt” current views of supply, demand and GHG emissions over the next 10 years.  The purpose of this study is to demystify these technologies by providing data on when and what the trajectory might be for commercial viability, and by highlighting the key challenges in economically bringing these technologies to market. 


Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets

This technical report’s purpose is to assist fleets and businesses in evaluating the profitability of potential CNG projects.  By using the CNG Vehicle Infrastructure Cash-Flow Evaluation model, covering base-case scenarios for fleets that commonly use CNG, and by examining project parameters, fleets and businesses can receive guidance for making decisions about using CNG.  


Complete Streets Final Report

The Complete Streets Policy purpose is to serve bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and motorists by improving roadway safety and convenience by implementing bicycle lanes and other pedestrian facilities.  This final report, by request of the 2009 Louisiana State Legislative, states that by implementing a complete streets policy reduced emissions, fewer bicycle and pedestrian injury and fatality rates, and increase active transportation may occur among other benefits.  


DOE Clean Cities Overview

This overview provides information concerning Clean Cities, a government-industry partner designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.  This report provides information as to how Clean Cities functions, which technologies are included, what kind of assistance Clean Cities can offer, information on the effort to reduce petroleum consumption, and ways of contacting the organization.  


Electric Vehicle Markets

Electric vehicles are designed by carmakers to attract almost all customers, but targeting a more specific audience via market segmentation may actually be more beneficial.  To satisfy the concern for good monetary value, electric vehicle companies should tailor their product to match specific consumer’s varying driving missions.  


Guidance for Federal Agencies on E.O. 13514 Section 12, Federal Fleet Management

Executive Order 13514, Section 12's goal for fleets is to reduce GHG emissions through petroleum reduction.  This document is intended to provide a framework of GHG and petroleum reduction planning requirements and strategies for senior officials and headquarters-level fleet managers.


GAO Biofuels - Ethanol

The United States Government Accountability Office conducted ten studies on the effects of intermediate ethanol blends on automobiles and non-road engines—such as weed trimmers, generators, marine engines, and snowmobiles—including effects on performance, emissions, and durability.  The study also covers the many challenges that come with the transportation, sale, and use of intermediate ethanol blends.  

Honda's Green Dealer Guide

To help auto dealers adopt more environmentally responsible business practices while also reducing costs, Honda has released the Honda "Green Dealer" Guide.  This comprehensive, 93-page energy efficiency roadmap was developed specifically for dealerships and similar commercial buildings with high energy loads.  The company is encouraging auto dealers -across all brands - to download the Guide and reduce their environmental footprint.                                

LNG Infrastructure

This assessment examines the key technical, economic, regulatory, social, and political drivers and challenges that shape the U.S. and Canadian Natural Gas vehicle market.  By examining the market and ways of understanding implementation options, a successful infrastructure business model can be obtained and used to encourage the use of natural gas vehicles.  


RFS2 Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing revisions to the National Renewable Fuel Standard program to increase the required usage of renewable fuels.  Fuel users must demonstrate that they meet certain minimum greenhouse gas reduction standards, based on a lifecycle assessment, in comparison to the petroleum fuels they displace.  The regulatory requirements for the National Renewable Fuel Standard program will apply to domestic and foreign producers and importers of renewable fuel used in the U.S.