November 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Members, Stakeholders and Clean Fuel Enthusiasts,

We are excited to announce that Shreveport has just rolled out the first Zero Emission Electric buses in Louisiana! Their 5 new Proterra Buses will reduce greenhouse gas emission by 18 million lbs over their 12 year lifespan as well as reducing NOx and other toxic emissions. Their fleet now runs on 100% alternative fuels with a bulk of their fleet still utilizing CNG.

In attendance for their grand opening ceremony was Dinero Washington with SporTran, Dale Hill with Proterra, many state, local and federal government officials including LDOT Secretary Sean Wilson and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Congratulations to the City of Shreveport and Sportran for once again being a trailblazer in alternative fuels adoption.

The Winners are...

Earlier this month we recognized the top performing fleets in the LCF territory and presented awards to three outstanding projects at our Fall Stakeholder Meeting. Check out the article in this newsletter for details on who won. Want to see your fleet honored? Its easy - just participate in our annual report. Email me  at Ann@louisianacleanfuels.com for more details.

Save the Date!

The date has been set for our Annual Stakeholder Meeting for January 11, 2018 from 11AM - 2:00PM. At this meeting you will get the chance to meet with newly elected board members and executive leadership. We will discuss new and emerging technologies including autonomous and connected vehicles. This is a meeting you won't want to miss!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed November 23rd-24th so that our staff can enjoy well earned time off to be with family.

Regards,

Ann Vail

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

November 27-30 RNG 2017  Dana Point, CA
December 6, 2017 Fueling Progress in Westlake: CNG Workshop for Fleets Westlake, LA 
January 11, 2018  LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting / Future of Transportation Baton Rouge, LA 
March 6-9, 2018  NTEA Work Truck Show Indianapolis, IN 

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Announcements

EBR Schools, GreenSeasons and UL Lafayette take away top honors at LCF Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

Each year, Louisiana Clean Fuels recognizes fleets in its territory for use of alternative fuels, emissions reduction and fuel saving measures and honors outstanding fleets and projects. To qualify for the awards, fleets need only to participate in the Clean Cities Annual Reporting process by sharing their fuel usage and fleet information with Louisiana Clea Fuels, a U.S. Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition since 2000.

On November 2, 2017, Louisiana Clean Fuels honored outstanding projects and fleets at a ceremony held during our Fall Stakeholder Meeting at the BRCC Automotive Training Center. The 2017 Awards are based on fuel statistics and data gathered for the 2016 Clean Cities Annual Report.

  • Rising Star
  • Innovative Project of the Year
  • Resilience Award
  • 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Various recognition awards for outstanding fleets

Rising Star: East Baton Rouge Parish School System

The 2017 Rising Star Award is for a fleet that has just begun its journey with alternative fuels. This particular fleet responded to the devastation of the great flood of August 2016 and decided to do something good for the children and their community by investing in cleaner burning, domestically produced alternative fuel buses for their district.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is the second largest school district in Louisiana serving over 42,000 students. The flood damaged homes and vehicles of its employees and students, the roads they use to travel, entire contents of school buildings, and the lives of its community. Thirty-five percent of employees and over 5,000 children were displaced by the flood. Over one hundred ten (110) school buses were destroyed and 189 school buses drivers displaced.  The Office of Transportation and the transportation shop were included in the seven administrative sites that flooded. Eight flooded schools were relocated to other school sites; and four non-flooded schools were relocated to make room for the displaced schools.

After the flood, the school system scraped together what funds they could and purchased 68 buses - 10 of which were propane. The school board also won DERA funding to offset the cost of more propane buses and has expressed their desire to purchase more.

Innovative Project of the Year: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

This year’s Innovative Project of the Year goes to a university that is conducting groundbreaking research into cyber security of Electric Vehicles. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s innovative program is funding by a grant titled,  “Diagnostics Security Modules for Electric Vehicles to Building Integration project” and is funded by Idaho National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.

The goal of the project is to evaluate the cybersecurity of electric vehicle charging stations and Plug in electric vehicles, strengthen cyber security of the connected systems (such as smart buildings and other vehicles) and determine the effect that the increasing amount of electric vehicles may have on the grid.

The team at University of Louisiana at Lafayette consists of graduate students, undergraduate students, and professors. Dr. Raju Gottukkumala and Dr. Paul Darby lead the team. Dr. Gottukkamala is the Director of Research for the Informatics Research Institute at UL Lafayette, he is also an assistant professor at the university. Dr. Darby is an assistant professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at UL Lafayette. Six students compose the remainder of the team - Andrew Roche, Rizwan Merchant, Adam Tauzin, Camille Charnews, Kaleb Leon, and Benjamin Armentor. They are also working with Kenneth Rohde at Idaho National Laboratory. 

Resilience Award: GreenSeasons

The 2017 Resilience award goes to a Louisiana fleet whose commitment to alternative fuels was put to the ultimate test. Back in early 2016, they converted twenty-three of their trucks to CNG and started construction of a private, onsite slow-fill natural gas station. Everything seemed to be on track and going smoothly. Then, in August of 2016, the worst natural disaster to hit our country since Hurricane Sandy dumped nearly 7.1 trillion gallons of water on the southern half of our state. Every one of their vehicles was underwater as was their new private CNG station.

When asked why he wanted to stick with alternative fuels after everything was damaged, Chris CasseIberry said that reducing GreenSeason’s carbon footprint was just that important to him. He also needed to have a constant and reliable source of fuel, ensure that his trucks were properly fueled every night, and wanted to reduce his overall cost of fuel for his fleet. In addition to utilizing CNG in their fleet, GreenSeasons has eight commercial propane mowers. But he doesn’t plan to stop there. This company has big plans to eventually operate on 100% alternative and renewable energy sources.

Lifetime Achievement Awards:

The 2017 Lifetime Achievement awards go to two individuals who have worked tirelessly for much of their careers to promote the use of cleaner, domestically produced alternative fuels in our state.

  • Robert Borne, Entergy
  • Jean Kelly, LDEQ

Top Performing Private Fleets

Republic Services             

  • 14,174.20 tons of GHG reduced
  • Achieved this through CNG usage plus fuel economy improvements & idle reduction

UPS                                                   

  • 3,532.5 tons of GHG reduced
  • Top User of Alt Fuels – Over 1 Million Gallons in 2016
  • Achieved this through CNG, Propane and Renewable Diesel

Waste Management                     

  • 245.80 tons GHG reduced
  • Achieved this through CNG fleet reduced petroleum use by 294,291 gallons in 2017

Continue reading the full article on our blog

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Legislative Update

U.S. Rep Dingell Reintroduces Vehicle Innovation Act

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., has reintroduced the Vehicle Innovation Act to promote investments in research and development of clean vehicle technologies that will help create more fuel-efficient vehicles, reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and support American auto manufacturers and suppliers. U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., joined as original cosponsors of the legislation.

“Michigan’s auto industry has made major advancements in cutting-edge fuel efficiency technologies in the last decade,” says Dingell in a press release. “This legislation builds on the progress made by investing in successful research programs that will help improve vehicle efficiency – saving consumers money at the pump, improving energy security and keeping the U.S. and southeast Michigan at the forefront of vehicle innovation. I’m proud to introduce this legislation that will support jobs and ensure the cars and trucks of the future continue to built in Michigan.”

Notably, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and others reintroduced the Senate version of the Vehicle Innovation Act earlier this year. In the previous 114th Congress, similar legislation passed as part of a broader package known as the Energy Policy Modernization Act. However, the energy package ultimately failed to pass after the House of Representatives and Senate couldn’t reach a settlement regarding different versions of it.

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Industry News

LCF Member in the News: Lightning Systems Taps William Kelley as Chief Technology Officer

Lightning Systems, a Colorado-based developer of efficiency and emissions improvement solutions for fleets of medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, has appointed William R. (Bill) Kelley its new chief technology officer.

For the past four years, Kelley has served as an expert consultant to the company on technical matters. Prior to his time as a consultant, Kelley was the corporate vice president of advanced engineering for Borg Warner. His positions included overseeing the operation of Borg Warner’s Powertrain Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., and managing the company’s internal investment fund for research and development. Kelley also was directly responsible for design, development and implementation of advanced powertrain products for fuel economy improvement and emissions reductions across the globe, according to Lightning Systems.

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Global Plug-In Electric Bus Orders Have ‘Boomed,’ Says New Report

Global orders for plug-in electric buses have boomed in the past 18 months, with a 40% increase in sales from 2016 to 2017, as the technology on offer from bus companies has improved in performance and in price, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

In the medium- and heavy-duty electric drive bus market, the report says, costs of key components such as batteries, motors, and power electronics are declining, thanks to increasing volume. These improvements are helping plug-in hybrid and battery electric buses become more viable for fleets, and sales are poised to grow across all geographic markets through 2027.

“Transit agencies are interested in battery electric buses, thanks to their potential for lower operating costs in addition to having zero emissions and reduced noise,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “New orders for electric buses are growing rapidly, although the transition to battery electric buses will take many years, as agencies test the technology and bus manufacturers ramp up production.”

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Drive Electric Chicago Program Gets $15 Million Boost 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced that the city’s Drive Electric Chicago program received a major boost from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) approval of a $15.5 million federal grant for new charging stations and almost 200 electric vehicles (EVs), including six electric buses to serve passengers at the city’s two airports.

“The City of Chicago is committed to leading by example toward a more sustainable future by increasing the size of our electric vehicle fleet and reducing the emission of greenhouse gases,” said Emanuel. “Chicago is rejecting the Trump Administration’s denial of settled science and redoubling our commitment to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.”

According to a city press release, last week’s decision by CMAP provides $15.5 million in funding from the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program that will allow for the investment in 182 EVs that will be added to the city’s vehicle fleet, plus nine DC fast-charging stations and 182 Level 2 charging stations. The release says these investments put the City of Chicago on track to attain the goal of a passenger fleet that is 25% EVs by 2023.

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Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding Aims to Spur Faster Electric Vehicle Charging

Not long after announcing funding for natural gas engine research, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. As the DOE explains, its Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.

VTO is seeking research projects to develop plug-in electric vehicle systems that can recharge rapidly at high power levels, decreasing charge time to 15 minutes or less. Advanced battery projects will focus on early-stage research of battery cells that can enable extreme fast charging, while electrification projects will support the development and verification of electric drive systems and infrastructure for extreme fast charging (400 kW).

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

Fueling Progress in Westlake: A CNG Workshop for Fleets

Meet us for coffee and a hearty breakfast at City Hall to learn about how fueling your fleet with compressed natural gas can help you get control over your fueling costs.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
8AM-11AM

Westlake City Hall
1001 Mulberry Street 
Westlake, LA 70669

Mayor Bob Hardey has a vision for Westlake that includes building of a compressed natural gas (CNG) station along the interstate corridor that will be able to fuel local and national fleets with domestically produced, cleaner burning CNG.

Experienced fleet managers know that volatility in fuel prices are the enemy of proper long-term planning. By diversifying your fleet's fueling sources to include CNG - you can help stabilize your fuel costs - and even save money over time!

Hear tips and success stories from industry experts on how to convert your fleet to natural gas, learn about the changes to the Louisiana AFV tax credits and CNG excise taxes while networking and viewing CNG Vehicles outside the workshop. 

Tentative Agenda

8:00-8:30: Networking and hearty breakfast

8:30-8:45: Welcome Address from Mayor of Westlake, Bob Hardey

8:45-9:00: Working with Clean Cities - Ann Vail, Louisiana Clean Fuels. Your Clean Cities Coalition will update you on the CNG industry in Louisiana, funding availability and how Clean Cities can help your fleet with navigating the alternative fuel landscape.

9:00-10:30 

  • CNG Fleet Success Story: David Dollar, Lott Oil
  • Technical Advice from the Experts:  Kent Meadows, NGV Solutions & Jim Tilley, Centerpoint Energy
  • CNG Vehicle Options

10:30 - 11:00AM: Questions and Answers | Networking | Vehicle Expo 


The Future of Transportation: Connected and Automated Vehicles

LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting
January 11, 2018 | 11:00 am-2:00pm | BRCC

Join us for lunch and networking at the new BRCC Automotive Technology Center for a look into the not-so-distant future of transportation and hear from experts who will share what is technologically possible now and what is coming. At the meeting LCF will also discuss our plans for 2018 and give you the opportunity to weigh in on our 2018 activities. 

Agenda coming soon.

Sponsorships, LIMITED table top exhibit space & vehicle display opportunities are available. Contact Stephanie at stephanie@louisianacleanfuels.org

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a non-profit, US Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost. 


Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Maintenance Facility Modifications Webinar

Webinar:  December 7, 2017; 12pm ET

The recently released Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Facility Modifications Handbook covers primary considerations for developing a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle maintenance facility. This first-of-its-kind document can greatly improve understanding and safety surrounding CNG maintenance facility design. This webinar will cover topics included in the Handbook, as well as how you might put this guidance to use. It will also include a question-and-answer session.
 
Speakers will include Dennis Smith, U.S. Department of Energy; Myra Blaylock and Brian Ehrhart from Sandia National Laboratory; Bob Coale and Jarrod Kohout from Gladstein, Neandross and Associates; and John Gonzales and Kay Kelly from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The webinar is open to all, so please share the details with other interested parties!

Register here. 


National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

January 22-25, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas

The National Biodiesel Board is hosting the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. With federal policy questions remaining under a new Administration, new diesel vehicles on the market, changing dynamics with the petroleum industry, and state policies like the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, you’ll leave with the very latest on this evolving industry to help your constituents make informed decisions.

Contact Jenna Higgins Rose with questions.

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ENERGY.GOV

New Tools in Transportation: AFLEET Update

Propane School Bus FuelingA newly updated version of the AFLEET Tool from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is now available. AFLEET — short for Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation Tool — is a free publicly available tool that calculates and compares the costs and environmental benefits of a broad range of alternative fuel technologies.

The AFLEET Tool is ideally suited to aid those who make purchasing decisions for fleets as they compare vehicle technologies for emission reductions and air quality gains. This new version adds the ability to look at air pollutant emissions from well-to-wheel as it lets users evaluate not just “at-the-tailpipe” air pollutants, but also those arising from fuel production.

New AFLEET Features:

  • Idle Reduction Calculator 
  • Low-NOx engine option for CNG and LNG heavy-duty vehicles
  • Diesel in-use emissions multiplier sensitivity case
  • Well-to-pump air pollutants
  • Vehicle cycle petroleum use, GHGs, and air pollutants
  • Renewable diesel vehicles
  • Electric commercial trucks
  • Updated biofuel and RNG feedstocks

Learn more about AFLEET here.


Fact #998: Highway Vehicles Responsible for a Declining Share of Pollutants

Over half of all carbon monoxide (CO) emissions in 2002 were from highway vehicles; by 2016 that fell to 30%. The share of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from highway vehicles declined from 43% of all NOx emissions in 2002 to 34% in 2016. The highway share of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions declined by 9% during this same period. Highway vehicles contributed less than 3% of all particulate matter (PM) emissions.

Highway Share of All Pollutant Emissions, 2002-2016

Graphics showing highway share of all pollutant emissions (CO, NOx, PM, and VOC) from 2001 to 2016

Note: Particulate matter emissions include both fine particle matter less than 10 microns (PM-10) and fine particle matter less than 2.5 microns (PM-2.5). 

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Emissions Inventory and Air Pollutant Emissions Trends Data.Fact #998 Dataset

 

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About LCF

LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost.

The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. 

As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

225-342-7972  |  www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org  |  info@louisianacleanfuels.org

 

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