Blog

2016 Annual Report Survey

Are you proud of your fleet's fuel reduction practices or use of alternative fuels?

Get the credit for your efforts to green your fleet and in return we will share with you valuable information on your emission reductions. 

Louisiana Clean Fuels is working with the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program to document activities from the 2016 calendar year, and want your organization to be included.  By providing this information, you help ensure the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program, and highlight the successes of fleets like yours in the LCF territory.  Example activities include alternative fuel stations, vehicles, idle reduction, biofuels, and other fleet technology.

The Louisiana Clean Fuels territory recently expanded and now includes 56 parishes. The territory covers all of Louisiana except for the parishes not encompassed by the purple region of the map. Parishes not included in LCF's territory are: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and Tangipahoa. Those parishes are covered by our sister organization, Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. If your fleet operates in one of those seven parishs, please contact Rebecca Otte at the SLCFP.

Here is a link this year’s survey: 2016 Annual Report Survey. The questionnaire is designed to take less than 10 minutes to complete.

 

 

Read More

Fact of the Week

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is establishing Alternative Fuel Corridors for vehicles that are fueled with compressed natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). These corridors have alternative refueling sites along a designated route on the National Highway System. The routes highlighted in green have been designated as signage ready and are eligible for highway signage, and the routes in orange are designated as signage pending meaning that additional facilities are needed to warrant highway signage. Other routes have been proposed to be added to the network which is expected to expand in the future. For additional information on these Alternative Fuel Corridors, go to the FHWA website.

CNG CORRIDOR MAP AS OF JANUARY 5, 2017

CNG Alternative Fuel Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING CORRIDOR MAP AS OF JANUARY 5, 2017

Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017

HYDROGEN CORRIDOR MAP AS OF JANUARY 5, 2017

Hydrogen Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017

LNG CORRIDOR MAP AS OF JANUARY 5, 2017

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017

LPG CORRIDOR MAP AS OF JANUARY 5, 2017

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Corridor Map as of January 5, 2017

Fact #961 Dataset

SUPPORTING INFORMATION:

Map of CNG Refueling Corridors. See FHWA website for interactive CNG Corridor map.

Map of Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors. See FHWA website for interactive Electric Charging Corridor map.

Map of Hydrogen Refueling Corridors. See FHWA website for interactive Hydrogen Corridor map.

Map of LNG Refueling Corridors. See FHWA website for interactive LNG Corridor map.

Map of LPG Refueling Corridors. See FHWA website for interactive LPG Corridor map.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Alternative Fuel Corridors website, accessed January 5, 2017.

Read More

Why Employers Are Hiring Industrial Assessment Center Graduates

Posted by: Michele Capots, via energy.gov

There are 28 primary Industrial Assessment Centers located at colleges and universities across the country.

When Mary McElhiney, vice president of business operations at ERS, is looking for new hires for her energy efficiency engineering firm she knows exactly where to look – the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program.

ERS, headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, was founded by an IAC graduate. Its core services of energy program evaluation, engineering assistance, planning and implementation, and sustainable development help utility, government, and large commercial and industrial clients solve energy and resource problems in cost effective ways. Thirteen of its 94 employees are IAC graduates.

INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTERS

Map of Industrial Assessment Centers

There are 28 primary IACs located at colleges and universities around the country. These centers send engineering students, supervised by faculty, to small and medium-sized manufacturers to provide energy assessments and recommendations for cost- and energy-savings solutions. With the professors’ guidance, these students analyze manufacturers’ facilities, energy bills, waste and water systems and more.

INDUSTRIAL ASSESSMENT CENTER IMPACT

To date, more than 17,000 manufacturers have benefited from IAC assessments. An average IAC assessment leads to a 5-7% implemented energy savings and energy productivity improvement. Through each assessment, IAC students apply their engineering knowledge and skills to analyze a unique set of circumstances. No two assessments are the same, instead students learn how to adapt and solve problems. 

THE PERFECT MATCH

When McElhiney came to the company 12 years ago, it was very difficult to find engineers who understood the energy management work that the company did. IACs became a recruiting ground because they already had the hands-on experience ERS seeks to provide its clients with the valuable skills needed to meet their business needs.

Satyen Moray, an engineer with ERS at the Rock Hill, Connecticut facility, has been with the company for 15 years. Moray, is also an IAC graduate from the University of Dayton and credits the program with getting him where he is today.

He said he could study textbooks and course materials all day long, but to actually see it is a whole different awareness. During the IAC program, he visited roughly 50 facilities.

“The hands-on nature is instrumental,” said Moray.

Marcus Wilcox couldn’t agree more.

Wilcox is CEO of Cascade Energy, which helps to provide technical services for energy efficiency programs. He co-founded the Portland, Oregon-based company in 1993 and has 120 employees, nine of which are IAC graduates. Wilcox was the first student to join and graduate from the Energy Analysis Diagnosis Center, now known as the Oregon State University IAC. He believes the IAC program changed his future.

 “It taught me how to be an engineer in the real world by mapping all the knowledge I had and put it in the context of experience,” he said.

Industrial Assessment Center infographic on graduates in the workforce

MOVING FORWARD

Today, Wilcox’s advice to students going through the IAC program is simple. He suggests students gain field work experience because there’s real value working with real processes, problems, and people.

He also notes that graduates will be working with people who have been doing their jobs for decades. Energy might not be a priority for some clients and graduates need to learn how to explain the value of energy management practices. Finally, he says skip using the smartphone, email, and social media because personal contact and building relationships will help graduates strengthen their professional skills and their work will be that much more enjoyable.

It was similar advice that has been priceless for Moray.

“It was the best learning [experience] I received in my whole life,” he said.

Moray is a perfect example of why McElhiney continues to rely on IAC graduates to help make the business a success.

“IACs have experience in exactly what we’re doing because they’ve done it before,” she said.  “They help these companies even before they come here. I’m a big advocate for the IAC program.”

 

 

Read More