October 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Clean Fuel Members, Leaders, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts!

Fall is here, whether if feels like it or not. It may be 90+ degrees outside but there are many COOL things happening at LCF and around the state.

Louisiana Clean Fuels is working with the state on it's proposal to the Federal Highway Administration to have our alternative fuel corridors designated on our interstates and the LDEQ is preparing to announce their final mitigation plan for our share of the VW Settlement funding. Want updates on these initiatives? Makes sure you register to attend our Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards on November 2nd in Baton Rouge. Can't make it down to Baton Rouge? On November 7th in Shreveport, LA, I will be presenting on Zero-Emission technology and it's impact on infrastructure at the Louisiana Pubic Transport Association's Annual Conference. We plan to call on our northern Louisiana stakeholders that week while we are in the area. Please give us a ring if you wish to set up an appointment.

Conference season is about to kick off so there will be a plethora of events and workshops to attend all over the country, including our own Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards. As part of our commitment to you, our stakeholders, we strive to bring you quality training, events and programs FREE of charge whenever possible. It is through the support of our valued members and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources that we are able to continue to do so.

Many of you have heard the rumors about budget cuts and the future of Clean Cities and our funding through the Department of Energy's EERE and Vehicle Technology Office. We feel hopeful that Clean Cities will continue to be funded as we have broad support in the legislature. In the meantime, please do everything you can to support the Clean Cities Coalitions in your area as we all navigate through these uncertain times together.

Regards,

Ann Vail, Executive Director

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Legislative Update

Two new tax credits laws seem to contradict one another on amount of credit

Waiting on guidance documents from the Louisiana Department of Revenue

LCF has invited representatives of the LDR to speak on the tax credits at our Fall Stakeholder Meeting with hopes that they are able to comment on the two bills that were signed into law at the last regular session. At the time this article was published, no guidance documents from LDR have been published on these credits likey due to the complicated nature of the confilicting credit amounts. The discrepencies in the two laws are highlighted in RED.

ACT 325 (SB 243) 2017 Regular Session Peacock

Prior law provided refundable tax credits for the cost of qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property.

New law makes the credit nonrefundable for all purchases made on or after January 1, 2018.

Prior law provided for definitions of the cost of qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property:

  1. (1)  The cost of equipment necessary to convert a vehicle that operates on conventional fuel to operation using an alternative fuel and the installation cost of this equipment.

  2. (2)  For a new motor vehicle originally equipped to be propelled by an alternative fuel, the cost of that portion of the motor vehicle that is attributable to the storage of the alternative fuel and the delivery of the alternative fuel to the engine.

  3. (3)  The cost of equipment directly related to the delivery of an alternative fuel into the fuel tank of motor vehicles propelled by alternative fuel.

New law modifies the definitions of the cost of qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property:

  1. (1)  Adds the requirement that to be eligible for the credit for the cost of conversion equipment on commercial vehicles that are converted shall be registered and primarily operated in this state for four years after conversion.

  2. (2)  Changes the definition of the cost of a new motor vehicle originally equipped to be propelled by an alternative fuel to the full cost of the vehicle.

  3. (3)  Clarifies that fueling station infrastructure not directly related to delivering the fuel to the alternative fuel vehicle is not considered part of the "cost of qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property".

Prior law authorized a credit for 36% of the cost of vehicle conversion equipment and fueling equipment.

New law reduces the credit rate to 30% of the cost of vehicle conversion equipment and fueling equipment and makes the reduction permanent.

Prior law provided that the purchaser of a new vehicle originally equipped to be propelled by an alternative fuel may claim the credit either on 36% of the value of the equipment directly related to the alternative fuel or, if the purchaser cannot determine the value of the equipment, 7.2% of the total purchase price of the vehicle or $1,500, whichever is less.

New law eliminates the 36% credit for the value of the property directly related to the alternative fuel but retains the 7.2% credit and the $1,500 per vehicle cap.

Effective upon signature of the governor (June 22, 2017).

(Amends R.S. 47:6035(A), (B)(2), (C)(1), (D), and (E); repeals R.S. 47:6035(C)(1) and (D) as amended by Sec. 5 of Act 125 of 2015 RS) 

 

ACT 403 (SB 172) 2017 Regular Session Morrell

New law sunsets the following income and corporation franchise tax credits beginning January 1, 2022:

  1. (1)  R.S. 47:227 Offset against tax based on insurance premiums.

  2. (2)  R.S. 47:6019 Tax credit; rehabilitation of historic structures.

  3. (3)  R.S. 47:6035 Credit for conversion of vehicles to alternative fuel usage.

Prior law provided that the purchaser of a new vehicle originally equipped to be propelled by an alternative fuel may claim the credit either on 36% of the value of the equipment directly related to the alternative fuel or, if the purchaser cannot determine the value of the equipment, 7.2% of the total purchase price of the vehicle or $1,500, whichever is less.

New law eliminates the 36% credit for the value of the property directly related to the alternative fuel and changes the value of the credit from 7.2% to 10 % and changes the vehicle cap from $1,500 to $2,500.

Effective upon signature of the governor (June 26, 2017). 

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LCF in the News

Mayor Broome talks to EV Car owners at #NDEW2107WAFB: Electric car owners face parking challenges in Baton Rouge

Story by Cheryl Mercedes, Anchor WAFB

Electric cars are getting some major marketing as automakers drive new models onto the market. But the cost and lack of convenience remain major hurdles for owners.

They are cool, quiet, and gaining ground with local drivers. “This is probably the nicest cars I've driven,” local owner electric car owner Jeffrey Dubinsky told 9News.

People who are passionate about the environment are investing in electric cars for many reasons. Zack Reddocks says they do come with a few perks. “The main advantages are never having to go to a gas station, the performance on the car is incredible.”

Electric cars are equipped with mapping systems that tell the driver, based on their destination, where to find charging ports along the way. Ann Vail, the Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, says there are just over a thousand electric cars on the road in Louisiana, 120 in Baton Rouge.

However, finding a place to pull up and plug in can be tough. “The problem is often there will be non-electric vehicle parking in these places which can be very frustrating. There is a city ordinance that says you may not park in these spots until you have an electric vehicle but there not always ticketed and it's just a frustration for them,” said Vail.

Of the ten plug-in spots in downtown Baton Rouge, 9News visited two locations with four charging ports. There were two cars parked in the spots that were not electric.

Vail says she is talking to the mayor's office about enforcing the $50 fine for motorists who illegally park in those spots. She is also visiting local businesses to talk about supplying charging ports to help make life a little easier for drivers who go green.

To watch the video and read the entire story, visit WAFB.com 

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

October 11-13 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Raleigh, NC
November 2 Fall Stakeholder Meeting & Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards Baton Rouge, LA
November 7-8 2017 LMTA Fall Transportation Conference Baton Rouge, LA
November 6-8 Louisiana Public Transport Association Annual Conference Shreveport, LA
November 27-30 RNG 2017  Dana Point, CA

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Clean Fuel Leader Awards

November 2, 2017 | 11:00 am-2:00pm | BRCC

Join us for lunch and networking at the new BRCC Automotive Technology Center to celebrate this year's outstanding projects and individuals who have made significant contributions to alternative fuels in our state at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards. At this meeting we will also discuss updates on coalition activities, state tax credits and clean fuel projects statewide. 

We continue our tradition of free to almost free events through the generous support of our sponsors and supporters. Want to help us to bring quality workshops and events to Louisiana? Show your commitment to alternative fuels by becoming a supporting member today!

 

Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, LDEQ Secretary to preside as Master of Ceremonies

As Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Dr. Brown is responsible for facilitating the Department’s Mission of providing service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies regarding employment and economic development, with a vision of being a respected steward of the State's environment.  

LDEQ is the lead agency for the state's share of the VW Settlement funding.


Don't miss this great opportunity network with other members and clean fuel stakeholders over lunch!
 

Tentative Agenda:

10:30 - 11AM       Registration, Networking & Exhibits

11AM - 11:30

 

 

 

 

Clean Fuels Update

  • VW Settlement
  • FHWA Alt Fuel Corridors
  • Changes to the state tax credits
  • New Membership Benefits
11:30 - Noon   Sponsor or Keynote Presentation (TBD)
Noon - 12:30PM   Lunch, Networking & Exhibits
12:30 - 1:30PM   Clean Fuel Leader Awards
LDEQ Secretary, Chuck Carr Brown
1:30 - 2:00PM   Networking & Exhibits

 

Sponsorship, 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. 


 

North Carolina to Host Fleet Sustainability Expo 

Register now for the Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo 2017! Discounts are available for Clean Cities stakeholders, and student tickets are only $99*.
 
The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies - including data driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.
 
October 11 - 13, 2017
Raleigh Convention Center, North Carolina
 
Three tracks and 12 total breakout sessions will highlight 50+ experts who will share the techniques and tools that support their operations.
 
TN Clean Fuels' own Jonathan Overly will be hosting a session featuring representatives from CumminsROUSH CleanTechProterraXL Hybrids, and Plug Power. Come and hear how they are actively working to reduce emissions in their transportation technology!
 
Speakers include:
Dr. Eric Warren, Vice President of Competition, Richard Childress Racing
Jon Ells, Director of Fleet Operations, City of New York
James Trogdon, North Carolina Secretary of Transportation
Bill Boyce, Cummins Westport, Inc.
David Dunn, City of Orlando
Ed Lovelace, XL Hybrids
Keith Leech, Sacramento County
Ewan Pritchard, NCSU FREEDM Systems Center
Mike Scarpino, DOT Volpe Center
and many more!
 
Register Now and learn more at www.sustainablefleetexpo.comDiscount pricing for Clean Cities Stakeholders is available. Contact Allison Carr (akcarr@ncsu.edu) at the NC Clean Energy Technology Center for additional information.

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Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinar: Learn About Exclusive Deals on Alt-Fuel Vehicles Through Fleets for the Future

Calling all fleet managers and fleet procurement officers at public agencies!

Fleets for the Future (F4F) is excited to present to you exclusive offers on the most popular alternative fuel vehicle models for public sector fleets. Please join us with National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), Zenith Motors, and National Auto Fleet Group (NAFG) to learn about our available clean vehicles provided through NJPA, a leading national purchasing cooperative with over 50,000 members. Vehicles range from plug-in hybrid sedans to propane and natural gas trucks to full electric shuttle buses and cargo vans. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure and associated services are also newly available.

In October only, Zenith and NAFG will be offering an additional discount on vehicles through F4F. Join the webinar to learn more about how you can transform your fleet while saving thousands of dollars in the process. There will be a live Q&A session following the presentations where participants can ask all of the vendors questions directly.

We are broadcasting this webinar on two different dates. The content will remain the same in both webinars. Please follow one of the links below to register:

Learn more about F4F here: http://www.fleetsforthefuture.org/

Note: these opportunities are available to public sector entities only. 

 

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Industry News

LCF Member in the News: Blue Bird Holds Electric School Bus Ride and Drive

Blue Bird Holds Electric School Bus Ride and Drive

Blue Bird said feedback was “overwhelmingly positive” during an event this month that allowed energy company representatives to get behind the wheel of its new line of electric school buses.

The Sept. 1 event invited Duke Energy, Santee Cooper, Southern Company, and Florida Power & Lights to test drive a Type D transit-style All American prototype.

A Blue Bird spokeswoman said NAPT Summit attendees can test drive the All American on Nov. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.

First announced over the summer at the STN EXPO, the electric versions of the Type D All American, the Type C Vision and the Type A Micro Bird G5 Electric will be available in late 2018. While Micro Bird has yet to release specifics on the G5 electric powertrain, Blue Bird is partnering with ADOMANI, Inc. on the chassis and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. on the drivetrain.

The Vision and All American electric models feature battery capacities of 100-150 kWh with an expected 80-100 miles range from a single charge, depending on driving habits. Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology is also under development for this bus, which allows the bus to deliver electricity back into the grid, allowing contractors and school districts to “sell back” energy to power companies.

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University Study Finds NatGas Beats Diesel in Low-duty Nox

University Study Finds NatGas Beats Diesel in Low-Duty NOxA study performed by the University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering and Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) examines the benefits of a low-emissions Cummins natural gas engine versus a standard diesel engine.

The majority of heavy-duty commercial vehicles on the road run on diesel fuels, the report states. Federal clean air standards adopted in 2010 reduced oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions by 90 percent from the previous levels, but by 2023 the aim is to achieve another 90 percent decrease. That, the researchers add, is going to be a difficult task to achieve as today's diesel vehicles regularly exceed the 2010 EPA standards of 0.20 g/bhp-hr of NOx as their duty cycles progress. The study recommended another look at newly available natural gas engine options.

The research sponsored in part by the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Southern California Gas Company, found that NOx levels emitted by a Cummins ISL G NG (near zero) 8.9 liter engine remained below the proposed standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr even during increased duty cycles in driving conditions typical of the South Coast Air Basin near Los Angeles. Notably, “the NOx emissions (g/bhp-hr) decreased as the duty cycle was decreased, which was the opposite trend for the diesel vehicles (where emissions increased as duty cycle decreased),” researchers wrote. They concluded that it “is expected NG vehicles could play a role in the reduction of the South Coast NOx inventory problem given their near zero emission factors demonstrated.”

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VW's Electric-drive Van Could Haul Freight

Volkswagen has unveiled an electric-drive concept van that's part of the automaker's strategy to sell a million EVs by 2025. It's also geared toward more autonomous driving by the time it's to arrive in production, and could offer a method of automated freight delivery.

There's been a spate of news recently surrounding vans and electric drive options, with the vehicle category apparently lending itself well to the configuration both in larger and small bodies. Volkswagen's I.D. Buzz concept vehicle is aimed first at rekindling a cultural icon — the classic VW Microbus that once wielded plentiful flower power, if not nearly as much in horses — but the intent with this concept van is more futuristic than throwback.

To that end, the I.D. Buzz van will, by all appearances, be all-electric and electronic. The concept vehicle envisions "interactive connectivity and highly automated driving," with a retracting steering wheel, if one could call it that, and few other outward controls; a center console and vehicle buttons and dials found once upon a time in the dash are pretty much replaced by an iPad or plugged-in tablet computer.

More importantly in terms of freight accommodation, the I.D. Buzz concept van has electric motors situated over each axle delivering all-wheel drive and a total of 369 hp, with battery packs situated beneath the floor. That allows a stretched wheelbase and "near-zero body overhangs" beyond the front and rear wheels, with lots of flexible cargo or passenger area in between.

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Diesel Giant Cummins Unveils Class 7 Electric Truck Prototype

Cummins Inc., one of the world’s major truck engine developers and a giant in the heavy-duty diesel arena, is looking to electric power as it plans strategy for the future.

Cummins Class 7 Electric Truck Prototype side angleCummins unveiled its electric drive system – with an optional for a clean diesel engine serving as a range-extending generator – during a “next-generation” technologies showcase at its Columbus, Ind., technical center Tuesday.

The powertrain was installed in prototype Class 7 “urban hauler” electric tractor built by Roush Enterprises. The electric truck would be aimed at the local freight delivery and drayage markets.

Because of its size and standing in the trucking industry, Cummins’ venture into electrification is “very significant,” said John Boesel, chief executive of Pasadena-based clean transportation incubator Calstart.

The company’s effort underscores growing industry acceptance of electric power.

“Cummins is making a smart move by diversifying its powertrain portfolio,” Boesel said.

While the truck is a prototype, Cummins said in June that by 2019 it will be building electric powertrains for the transit bus market. And buses will just be the start. The company intends to bring electrified powertrains into all of its product lines as market conditions dictate, said Julie Ferber, chief of Cummins’ electrification program.

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U.S. House Unanimously Approves Sweeping Self-driving Car Measure

The U.S. House unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls by putting federal regulators in the driver’s seat and barring states from blocking autonomous vehicles.

The House measure, the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year. The cap would rise over three years to 100,000 vehicles annually.

Representative Doris Matsui said the bill “puts us on a path towards innovation which, up until recently, seemed unimaginable.”

Automakers, business groups, and advocates for the blind praised the House measure. But one consumer group said the House bill did not do enough to ensure self-driving cars would be safe.

Under the bill, manufacturers seeking exemptions must demonstrate self-driving cars are at least as safe as existing vehicles. States could still set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance and safety inspections, but not performance standards.

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 NGVAmerica Appoints Daniel Gage as President

Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) today announced that Daniel Gage has been named its new president. Gage succeeds Matthew Godlewski, who recently joined Ford Motor Company. Gage takes over leadership of NGVAmerica at an important time in the organization’s 30-year history as the nation’s leading organization driving the use of natural gas as a clean, domestic, safe and abundant transportation fuel.

“Dan’s deep experience in moving positive initiatives through a variety of channels will be critical as NGVAmerica continues to push for policies that make natural gas fuel more available to the transportation market,” said Mitchell Pratt, chairman of NGVAmerica. “As alternative fuels grab more and more headlines about their potential, it is imperative that our industry communicates the many ways natural gas is the superior choice for fleets that are looking to make a positive impact on the environment and to save money today and into the future.” 

“It’s a defining moment for natural gas in transportation,” added Gage, “and I am honored to lead a talented group of professionals dedicated to advancing cleaner air through the expanded use of natural gas innovation.”

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Kansas City Groups Outline Big Alt-Fuel Plans

kansas cityMetropolitan Energy Center (MEC) and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities are outlining their plans to roll out a number of clean transportation projects, funded recently by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Last month, the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office announced funding of $13.4 million in support of five new cost-shared, community-based projects focused on energy-efficient mobility systems. MEC, a Kansas City, Mo.-based nonprofit, and its partners received $3.8 million to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as supporting infrastructure.

According to MEC, the funding will help build projects in both Missouri and Kansas. Private- and public-sector partners will cover just over half of the total costs, the organization notes.

The grant covers the following projects:

  • Propane fleet fueling for buses operated by the Grain Valley, Mo., R-5 School District;
  • An expanded time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility for the City of Garden City, Kan., and new CNG-powered heavy trash haulers;
  • Publicly accessible CNG fueling at the Sapp Brothers Travel Center in Harrisonville, Mo.;
  • Additional CNG and electric vehicles for Kansas City, Mo.’s municipal fleet;
  • Expanded public CNG fueling for the City of El Dorado, Kan.;
  • Biodiesel blending facilities for on-campus vehicle use at the University of Kansas in Lawrence;
  • Expanded time-fill CNG fueling infrastructure for the Blue Springs, Mo., R-IV School District;
  • Deployment of EV shuttle buses at Kansas City International Airport, along with construction of high-speed charging systems; and
  • New public CNG stations along I-70 in Salina, Kan., and Wakeeney, Kan. Though designed for access by any CNG vehicle, these stations are planned with heavy freight traffic in mind; construction will close a natural gas fueling gap that stretches from Topeka to Denver and will encourage CNG adoption by additional freight fleets.

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Clemson Area Transit Brings on Board More Proterra Electric Buses

proterraSouth Carolina-based Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) has purchased ten 40-foot Proterra Catalyst E2 buses and related charging infrastructure, representing the transit agency’s second fleet of battery-electric Proterra buses.

Serving 1.9 million riders annually in three upstate South Carolina counties, including the cities of Clemson and Seneca, the towns of Central and Pendleton, and four universities, the fare-free CATbus system will have the largest zero-emission fleet in the Carolinas, says Proterra.

The CATbus transit vehicles will be manufactured in Proterra’s East Coast manufacturing facility, located in nearby Greenville, S.C.

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Biodiesel Improves Air Quality at Great Smoky Mtns. Nat'l Park

The last thing a hiker wants to encounter is a haze of smog that diminishes the view from atop a picturesque vista. With more than 11 million visitors annually, Great Smoky Mountains National Park strives to maintain its pristine natural beauty by adopting practices that reduce the park’s environmental footprint.

“At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we have implemented a comprehensive strategy to limit our environmental impact and reduce carbon emissions,” said Brian Bergsma, deputy chief of facility management. “Biodiesel and Bioheat are front and center in that effort.”

In 2016, the park used 43,085 gallons of biodiesel (B20) resulting in the following estimated emissions reductions: 15 percent reduction in carbon dioxide; 12 percent reduction in carbon monoxide; 20 percent reduction in both hydrocarbon and sulfur dioxide and 12 percent reduction in particulate matter.*

In keeping with its history of preservation, Great Smoky Mountains National Park first began using biodiesel blends to power park-owned diesel vehicles and equipment in 2003. The cleaner-burning fuel has been used park-wide since 2006. Today, numerous locations in the park use B20 to power 40 pieces of heavy equipment such as dump trucks, graders, front-end loaders, a bucket truck and more. Additionally, Bioheat is used to heat the park’s headquarters building.

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California Legislature Passes California Clean Air Initiative Providing $895 Million for Reducing Emissions from Mobile Sources

Dedicates Cap & Trade Funds to Incentivize Purchase of Low-NOx Natural Gas Engines

The California state legislature passed a landmark series of bills Friday that provides $895 million towards programs that will reduce air pollution from mobile sources which are responsible for 40 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically the legislation allocates $250 million toward the Carl Moyer program, $140 million toward incentivizing cleaner emissions vehicles at the ports, and another $180 million towards the Clean Bus and Truck program which underwrites Low-NOx natural gas engines.

Titled the ‘California Clean Air Initiative’ the bills will use cap and trade funds to replace harmful diesel engines in heavy-duty trucks and buses. According to the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, trucks, like the thousands that move goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, account for 33 percent of the state’s NOx emissions, and 26 percent of diesel particulate matter that contributes to lung disease and other respiratory ailments.

“This is the largest investment to clean air in our state’s history, and will provide incentives to replace dirty diesel engines with cleaner-burning natural gas engines that will directly result in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the reduction of smog-forming pollutants,” said Thomas Lawson, president of the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition.

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Funding Opportunities

USDOT Announces 2017 TIGER Funding

Funding for Local Transportation Priorities
Deadline: October 16th   

Bike Lane StreetsThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced the 2017 TIGER grant applications. TIGER funding directly supports local infrastructure projects that promote safety, accessibility, mobility, and economic redevelopment. Multi-million dollar awards will be available for community-scale transportation initiatives that create jobs, enhance mobility, and improve quality of life. This is one of the best and most competitively sources of funding for transportation projects in local communities. In keeping with prior years, the minimum request for communities in an urbanized area is $5 million and a 20% match is officially required. Rural projects can request a minimum of $1 million.

On July 25, Sustainable Strategies DC organized a call between senior DOT leaders and a dozen mayors from across America to recommend improvements that will create new opportunities for small- and medium-size localities. The newly released solicitation reflects changes based upon numerous concerns that these mayors expressed, and it emphasizes projects in rural communities more than in previous years.

Sustainable Strategies DC is already working with communities nationwide to pursue these competitive funds. Based on our previous experience in winning TIGER grants and knowledge of how the program will likely change, we are helping localities develop strategies now to be most competitive for TIGER funds. Contact President Andrew Seth at (202) 261-9881 to discuss how we can assist you with your application. The deadline to apply is October 16th, 2017

More about TIGER funding here.


2017 School Bus Rebate Program
Now Accepting Applications

Over $7 Million Available | Up to $1 Million for Retrofits

Need help paying for that new school bus or upgrade? EPA is offering an opportunity to receive up to $20,000 per vehicle to replace your older school buses, and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Older school buses without emission reduction retrofits emit significant amounts of harmful exhaust, so participating in this program will help improve the health of students and other members of your community.

The 2017 School Bus Rebate Program is now open and applications will be accepted untilNovember 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates for the Program Guide with all the details as well as FAQs and the application form.

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Notice of intent issued on Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine Research and Development  

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “FY 2017 Vehicle Technologies Office Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement”.

The Vehicle Technologies Office 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.

As the world’s leading natural gas producer, the United States could benefit from using low-cost natural gas as an alternative to other energy sources for transporting goods. Opportunities exist to improve performance, reliability, durability, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of natural gas vehicles through research and development.

A public workshop on natural gas vehicles was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on July 25, 2017 to identify early-stage research needs for natural gas engines. A summary of the key observations can be found here.

VTO is seeking to address barriers to adoption of natural gas vehicles through early-stage research on medium- and heavy-duty on-road engine technologies. The goal is to enable natural gas engines that can cost-effectively achieve diesel-like efficiency while meeting current and future emissions standards.

Through this notice, VTO is making interested parties aware of plans to release a funding opportunity announcement in the near-term. 

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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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