April 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:

Its Spring! And that means the Louisiana Legislature is in session. While our organization does not lobby, we do work hard to educate our elected officials on the benefits of alternative fuels and share with them information on projects in their districts.

LCF Day at the Capitol
Each year we spend a day at the capitol sharing information with the legislators on all the great projects we have going on in the state. Tomorrow we will be at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge tomorrow (Wednesday, April 26th) from 9AM -2PM in the Rotunda. Please join us at our table and share your enthusiasm for alternative fuels! Also consider making an appointment to visit with your representatives! 

Odyssey Day
LCF had another successful Odyssey Day with a agenda full of fantastic speakers and topics. Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, the LDEQ Secretary gave a VW settlement update, Dean Stapleton with PENSKE explained a great program where fleets can lease a CNG truck for less than the cost of a Diesel, NGV America's new president, Matt Godlewski gave a legislative update and we had a cookout sponsored by Westport! We also had many ther great speakers who talked about CNG, Propane and BioFuels. We were also Stop #3 on the BlueBird School Bus tour! Thanks also go out to our other event sponsors, Amerigas & EV Safe Charge and our exhibitors: BYD, Amerigas, and the Louisiana Propane Gas Association. 

Webinar
At the Odyssey Day event, the Bio Fuels presentation by Troy Shoen with REG was so popular that we are bringing him back in a webinar! Look for details coming soon.

LCF Membership Drive
Thank you all for a very successful Membership dues drive! If you have not yet renewed for 2017, Stephanie will reach out to you over the next week to make sure you don't let you membership lapse. Membership kits will be sent out to all who renewed some time this summer. Thank you again for all of your support!

Regards,

Ann Vail
Executive Director

Louisiana Clean Fuels

 

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Welcome New Members

Thank you to the latest companies to send in their renewal for 2017!

Bronze Level

Renew your membership by mailing a check payable to Louisiana Clean Fuels at PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or online at http://louisianacleanfuels.org/join.php. Not a member yet? Show your support for Clean Cities and JOIN today! Contact Stephanie for more information on the many benefits of being a member!

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Industry News

U.S. Biofuel Facility to Expand Renewable Diesel Production

Posted By Lauren Tyler
Via ngtnews.com

Honeywell UOP, an international supplier of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents and equipment to the petroleum refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries, has announced that the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco, La., will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 barrels per day, using Honeywell’s Ecofining process technology.

Diamond Green Diesel, which is owned by Valero Energy Corp. and Darling Ingredients Inc., is the largest commercial advanced biofuel facility in the U.S. According to the company, the facility produces its Honeywell Green Diesel, which can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no engine modifications.

As reported, the company plans to complete the expansion in the second quarter of 2018.

“The expansion of the Diamond Green Diesel facility is a testament to the viability and growth potential of renewable fuels,” says Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell’s renewable energy and chemicals business. “The technology and commercial potential of the Ecofining process have been proven, and the best evidence is the company’s decision to invest in expanded production capacity.”

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NuBlu Energy Begins Construction of LNG Plant in Port Allen, LA

NuBlu Energy is pleased to announce the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA.  NuBlu’s flagship facility will support the region’s high-horsepower fueling applications such as rail, marine, long haul transportation, power generation, gas interruption, asphalt and other energy markets.

The first phase of the Port Allen facility will produce 30,000 gallons per day of LNG and have a storage capacity of 100,000 gallons. Future phases will increase production to 90,000 GPD and LNG storage to 280,000 gallons.  The facility is slated to be operational and producing high-quality liquefied natural gas (LNG) in late 2017.

This project represents the inauguration of a new direction for the LNG energy Market by “Making LNG Local”, and more available to all energy markets.  NuBlu will foster the growth of LNG consumption for all current and future consumers of this clean energy fuel. NuBlu supplies Liquefied Natural Gas for high horsepower, commercial, industrial, rail and marine applications.


Six new electric cars coming for 2018 and 2019

Posted By Stephen Edelstein
Via www.greencarreports.com

The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars. A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors.

The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan Leaf, and the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3. It also includes the first production long-range battery-electric cars from Audi, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Finally, the BMW i5 could prove to be a crucial model for the German automaker's "i" sub-brand, which has been in a holding pattern. Here is a quick look at each of these models, and a summary of what we know so far.

2018 Nissan Leaf

Nissan IDS concept, 2015 Tokyo Motor ShowAlong with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is one of three affordable electric cars with 200 miles of range or more that's expected to go into production this year.

The second-generation Leaf has big tire tracks to fill: the version it replaces was a major part of the first wave of modern electric cars, as well as the best-selling electric car in history.

The 2018 Leaf is expected to offer at least two battery-pack options, though only the largest is likely to provide the marquee value of 200-plus miles of range.

The new Leaf will also be offered with Nissan's ProPilot technology, which the automaker says will offer limited self-driving capability. Styling will likely be inspired by the Nissan IDS concept that first appeared at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and will bring the Leaf more in line with other current Nissan models. Expect the 2018 Nissan Leaf to be revealed this summer or fall, while retail sales will likely start at the very end of 2017 or perhaps early next year.

2018 Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

With almost 400,000 reservations as of last August, the Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most anticipated upcoming new-car launches—electric or otherwise.

Those legions of reservation holders expect a car with at least some of the Model S's style, performance, and technology at a more affordable price.

Tesla has released relatively little information about the Model 3 since unveiling prototypes last year, but it has confirmed that the new sedan will have a range of at least 215 miles, and a base price of $35,000.

Differing from electric compact hatchbacks in its price range, the Model 3 is expected to target German luxury sports sedans like the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. Tesla will likely offer a "P" performance version to drive that point home, as well as multiple battery-pack options and dual-motor all-wheel drive, as does the Model S.

In its most recent shareholder letter, Tesla said that it plans to start Model 3 production in July, and that it hopes to be building 5,000 per week by the end of this year.

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

April 26 LCF Day at the Capitol Baton Rouge, LA
April 25-28 NAFA 2017 Institute & Expo Tampa, FL
May 1-4 ACT Expo 2017 - Alternative Clean Transportation Long Beach, CA
May 18 2017 Green Drive$ Conference & Expo Naperville, IL
June 20-21 EV Roadmap 10 Portland, OR

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Legislative Update

Bills aim to remove Louisiana's AFV tax credits

The 2017 Louisiana legislature has put forth no less than a dozen bills that affect the alternative fuels industry in Louisiana. NGV America has been tracking many of these bills as well as vendors and Louisiana AFV fleets. We have attached their spreadsheet for your reference.

LCF Day at the Capitol | April 26th

On April 26th, LCF and its stakeholders will host a "Day at the Capitol". We encourage all AFV fleets to come out and share their experiences with alternative fuels with the legislators. If you wish to participate, simply come to the capitol and report to the LCF table in the Rotunda between 9AM and 2PM. Email info@louisianacleanfuels.org for more information.

LCF will be there to educate legislators about the benefits of alternative fuels but will not comment on any bills - for or against. We provide this list to you as a service so that you may stay informed.

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Question of the Month

What factors do employers need to consider when establishing a workplace charging program?

Answer: While there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for workplace charging, there are a number of resources available to help employers design, implement, and manage the right program for their organization.

Assess Demand
Employers considering whether workplace charging is right for their organization will want to start by assessing employee demand with an employee survey (https://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/downloads/sample-employee-survey-workplace-charging-planning). Once this assessment is complete, employers may set goals for meeting workplace charging demand, either by planning to meet the entire need (i.e., all drivers that have expressed or will express interest in PEV charging) or by dedicating a percentage of parking spaces to PEV charging. For example, Google has a goal to dedicate 5% of all parking spaces to workplace charging.  

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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

LOUISIANA CLEAN FUEL'S MISSION

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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