June 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Clean Fuel Stakeholders, Members and Enthusiasts:

Our Annual Report results are finally in! After months of research, calling and working with all of our fleets, we are proud to announce that 2016 was LCF's best year to date in terms of growth. The report illuminated some of the biggest increases in petroleum offsets and greenhouse gas emission reductions we have ever seen in our territory. Due in part to our improved reporting process, our report also shows an increase in the number of idle reduction and fuel economy programs by many of our stakeholders as well as a big increase in the diversity of alternative fuel usage. Renewable Diesel and Bio Diesel were the biggest winners this year with a huge jump in on-road transportation fuel sales. 

LCF 2016 Annual Report Results

Now for the fun part - analysis of the results and the calculation of this year's Annual Clean Fuel Leader award winners! But hold on... we are making changes there too! We will keep you posted on the details as we finalize the new award categories and scoring methodology. Speaking of scoring methodology....

Green Fleets Certification BETA

LCF has nearly completed "Round 1" of our Green Fleets BETA analysis of 3 volunteer fleets and will be tweaking the program just a bit more before we roll it out to all fleets in our territory. Thank you to our BETA fleets and we look forward to opening up this program to more fleets soon!

Idling Gets You Nowhere

Idling your vehicle—running your engine when you’re not driving it—truly gets you nowhere. We know that Louisiana summers get hot. But did you know that idling reduces your vehicle’s fuel economy, costs you money, and creates pollution? Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more emissions that contribute to smog and climate change than stopping and restarting your engine does. 

Researchers estimate that idling from heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles combined wastes about 6 billion gallons of fuel annually. About half of that is attributable to personal vehicles, which generate around 30 million tons of CO2 every year just by idling. While the impact of idling may be small on a per-car basis, the impact of the 250 million personal vehicles in the U.S. adds up. For saving fuel and reducing emissions, eliminating the unnecessary idling of personal vehicles would be the same as taking 5 million vehicles off the roads. 

Give it a try! The next time you find yourself idling unnecessarily, turn off your engine for a few minutes (If you are able to safely do so of course). It may not seem like much, but it all add us!

Regards,

Ann Vail, Executive Director

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

June 20-21 EV Roadmap 10 Portland, OR
September 26-27 NGVAmerica Annual Summit Atlanta, GA
November 27-30 RNG 2017  Dana Point, CA

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Legislative Update

State Senate Unanimously Approves New Legislation for Large NGVs

A bill introduced by Pennsylvania State Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-35, to promote the use of cleaner-burning natural gas in larger vehicles was unanimously approved by the State Senate last week.

Langerholc’s S.B.589 increases the maximum allowable weight for motor carrier vehicles that are powered by natural gas from 80,000 pounds to 82,000 pounds to accommodate the heavier equipment needed for natural gas-burning vehicles.

“This legislation is a win-win for Pennsylvania,” Langerholc says. “It both encourages the use of natural gas to power our larger trucks and updates our laws to ensure that federal transportation funds continue to flow to our commonwealth, which is the hub of interstate commerce for the entire East Coast.”

When the U.S. Congress passed the FAST Act in 2015, it included a provision that permitted states to increase their allowable weights for natural gas-powered vehicles not only to promote the use of this cleaner-burning fuel, but also for practical reasons. Vehicles powered by natural gas weigh more than gasoline- or diesel-powered trucks because of natural gas’ heavier fuel tanks and related equipment.

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Louisiana Legislature passes bills that lower the alternative fuel tax credits 

SB 243 / Peacock:  Amends the tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles so that effective Jan. 1, 2018 the credit is not refundable; lowers the allowable cost from 36% to 30% for conversions and makes the reduction permanent; amends the credit to eliminate the 36% credit for new OEM AFVs and replaces it with 7.2% of total cost or $1,500 credit.  Status: Sent to Governor for signature. Not yet signed.

SB 172 / Morrell: Changes the tax credit for a new vehicle originally equipped to be propelled by an alternative fuel to  10% of the total cost or $2,500, which ever is less and sun-sets the tax credit on January 1, 2022. Status: Sent to the Governor by the Secretary of the Senate on 6/12/2017. Not yet signed.

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Funding Opportunities

Deadline Approaching: PERC Touts Quick-Connect Nozzle Incentive Program

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has announced that private fleets and public refueling stations have until June 30 to apply for the Quick-Connect Nozzle Incentive Program, which provides $100 per tank-side connector and $1,000 per hose-end connector.

“We’ve seen a positive response from owners and operators since we expanded the program to include fleets in March,” says Greg Kerr, director of research and development for PERC.

“Fleets have used the nozzle incentive to improve their refueling experience while significantly reducing emissions compared to older nozzles,” he says. “The good news is there’s still time for fleet managers considering a nozzle upgrade to receive some financial assistance if they apply soon before the program sunsets at the end of June.”

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DERA Funding Update

2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program

New Deadline: July 5, 2017
$23M in Additional Funding

The 2017 Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Request for Proposals (RFP) has been amended and extended until July 5, 2017.  The changes to the RFP include:

- Increasing total funding available from $11M to $34M
- Modification of funding limits by region
- Addition of Clean Alternative Fuel Conversions to the list of eligible diesel emission     reduction solutions

The amended RFP, including a summary of the changes, is available at www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants#rfp and at www.grants.gov.


VW Settlement Update

The state has announced that it will distribute the Mitigation Trust Fund dollars among lasting, sustainable solutions. To this end, the state will give preference to projects proposed by public agencies that offer long-term benefits to the community at large and show a significant reduction in NOx.

The state is considering the replacement of or repowering of publicly owned school buses as provided in the Consent Decree and the replacement of or repowering of aging state-owned heavy equipment fleet vehicles that are eligible under the mitigation trust. The vehicles will be replaced with new cleaner vehicles and or new cleaner burning engines. Proposals from both public or private entities will also be considered as long as they meet the criteria outlined in Appendix D.

How to Apply

Proposals may be submitted by email to Perry Theriot at perry.theriot@la.gov; faxed to 225-219-0000; mailed to the Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Perry Theriot, P.O. Box 4303, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4303; or it may be hand delivered to 602 N. Fifth Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.   

Deadline: Initially, the deadline for proposals to the LDEQ was June 27, 2017. However, the LDEQ has shared with us that they plan to continue accepting proposals after this date. 

Proposal should contain the following information:

  • What you want to do
  • How much it will cost
  • The associated NOx benefits of your project

Helpful, but not required:

  • Any additional matching funds for your project
  • Whether or not your parish is in attainment or close to being in non-attainment
  • Any other benefits that this funding would bring to your region

If you have any questions about qualifying projects or what type of information to include in your letter, please refer back to Appendix D. Even though the LDEQ will continue to accept applications after the deadline, we urge you to send in your proposals sooner rather than later.

Continue reading about the VW Settlement...

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Industry News

Cummins Approves Renewable Diesel Fuels for Medium-Duty Platforms

Cummins Inc. has announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.

As reported, both on-highway and off-highway versions of the B6.7 and L9 platforms and all vintages are approved to use paraffinic renewable diesel fuels in North America, meeting the EN 15940 specification.

Compared with conventional diesel fuels, paraffinic diesel fuels can potentially reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 40% to 90% over the total life of the vehicles, according to Cummins.

Cummins says it led an 18-month field trial running 100% paraffinic diesel fuel in order to understand changes in engine performance, aftertreatment effects and fuel system durability. Engine performance remained stable and consistent while using the paraffinic fuel, and customers should not expect to see any differences.

Depending on the application and the engine duty cycle, a fuel economy detriment of 0% to 6% is expected due to the lower density of paraffinic fuels compared with regular diesel fuel.

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CSA Group publishes new edition of NGV 1 standard

CSA Group has published a new edition of CSA/ANSI NGV 1 – Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Connection Devices. This standard is ANSI-accredited and is developed for North America for testing and certification of CNG vehicle fueling nozzles and receptacles. The initial impetus for the development of CSA NGV 1 was to develop requirements for compatibility of vehicle fueling connection devices, as well as requirements for the development of components specific for use with CNG.

“CSA NGV 1 was recently updated to include additions and provisions for both the larger diameter heavy duty vehicle refueling nozzles and receptacles and geometry for lower pressure nozzles and receptacles that may be used for Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG),” said Brandon Grote, Global Market Manager, Alternative Fuels at Swagelok and Chair of CSA Group’s NGV 1 Technical Subcommittee. “These improvements help the global natural gas vehicle market meet industry needs for standardized CNG filling connections.”

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U.S. Market Saw Clean Diesel Vehicle Registrations Grow by 280,000

The U.S. added more than 280,000 new clean diesel passenger vehicles across the country last year, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest vehicles in operation data compiled by IHS Automotive.

“This level of increase in registrations of new diesel cars, SUVs and light pickup trucks in the U.S. in 2016 is impressive, particularly when you consider there were 25 percent fewer choices in the market compared to 2015,” says Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “It demonstrates the American consumer’s confidence in clean diesel vehicles and what they have to offer – the combination of a proven technology with high fuel efficiency, great driving range and no sacrifices in vehicle capabilities or performance.”

Texas continued to be No. 1 in the nation in total number of registered diesel vehicles ahead of California, Florida, Washington and Pennsylvania.

“The 2016 increase in diesel registrations was due to the expanding popularity and increasing number of choices in the light-duty pickup market,” Schaeffer says. “This more than offset the slight decrease in diesel car registrations due to the drop in number of choices available.”

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Member Spotlight

Republic Services reduces carbon emissions through increased usage of RNG in its fleet

Republic Services, Inc. announced that the Company will increase its usage of renewable natural gas (RNG) by three times what it used in 2016 through an expanded agreement with Clean Energy. This enables Republic to reduce its fleet emissions by approximately 110,000 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) over a three-year period, which is equal to planting 2.8 million trees or removing 23,200 cars from the road1. RNG has the lowest carbon intensity of all commercially available transportation fuels2.

"As the operator of the eighth largest vocational fleet in the country, we have a number of initiatives to reduce overall fuel usage, including our continued commitment to operating compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered trucks," said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. "We are committed to keeping our planet clean, and work hard every day to decrease vehicle emissions across our fleet through intelligent routing, our One Fleet maintenance initiative, and the use of renewable fuels. Together, these initiatives will help us to reach our goals of reducing fleet greenhouse gas emissions."

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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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