August 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuel Leaders, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:

We hope you are having a restful yet productive summer! Our team is spending the summer in training and getting ready for the last round of AFV classes for first responders and mechanics under the grant we won back in 2014. These last three classes will be in Houma, Chauvin and Baton Rouge. This will be the last chance you get to take advantage of this training for free. Make sure you check out these training classes below in the Upcoming Events and Calendar sections of this newsletter.

We recently send out our Annual Stakeholder Survey and ask that you each take a few minutes out of your day to answer the questions to help us better serve you and continue to improve our events and programs. The first 25 people who respond will get a free mobile phone holder for your automobile's air vent! If you didn't see the email, you can access the survey here.

We are excited to announce that we have a new staff member, Tyler Herrmann. Tyler is a recent LSU graduate with a degree in Physics. He has joined the LCF team to help us grow our Green Fleets program and to aid us with future studies and emission analysis. Please join me in welcoming Tyler to Clean Cities!

Regards,

Ann Vail
Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels

 

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

August 15 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Class for First Responders Houma, LA
August 16 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Class for First Responders Chauvin, LA
August 30-31 CNG Fueling System Inspection Class Baton Rouge, LA
September 14 National Drive Electric Week Event Baton Rouge, LA
September 20-21 Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2017 State Conference Baton Rouge, LA
September 26-27 NGVAmerica Annual Summit Atlanta, GA
October 11-13 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Raleigh, NC
November 7-8 2017 LMTA Fall Transportation Conference Baton Rouge, LA
November 27-30 RNG 2017  Dana Point, CA

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Technical AFV Training

LAST CHANCE to take advantage of these FREE classes! The grant is ending and we do not have any more planned for the foreseeable future. Space is limited!

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Class for 1st Responders 

 
  • Location:  Bayou Cane Fire Department, Houma, LA 
  • Time: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
  • Date: August 15, 2017
 
  • Location: Little Calliou Fire Department, Chauvin, LA
  • Time: 8:30AM – 4:30PM
  • Date: August 16, 2017

Fire fighers, emergency medical services (EMS) & law enforcement personnel need to be trained on the differences between these vehicles and their conventional counterparts and on the proper procedures for safely addressing incidents involving natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen, electric drive, and biofuel powered vehicles. This course is designed to educate EMS and law enforcement personnel on the properties and procedures to follow when dealing with alternative fuel vehicles. Anyone can attend these classes as a participant, however only a fire fighter, EMS or law enforcement officer with a training background can participate in a train-the-trainer specific course.

Learn more and register here: 


 CNG Fueling System Inspection

  • Location: BRCC McKay Automotive Training Center 
  • Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM
  • Date: August 30-31, 2017

Who should attend?

  • Automotive mechanics
  • BRCC automotive students
  • CNG Fleet Operators
  • Fuel system inspectors
  • CNG Professionals
  • Anyone preparing for the CSA exam

This two-day course helps participants learn how to safely install CNG component to NFPA 52 code, provides information to help pass the CSA Fuel System Inspector exam, and learn to recognize unsafe vehicles that are maintained in your fleet.

Participants will gain an understanding of regulations needed to install CNG components on a conversion, learn what documents to study to be compliant. Understanding the different types of issues that can occur in regards to pressure relief devices. It is best to take this course after taking Light Duty Compressed Natural Gas or Heavy Duty Compressed Natural Gas trainings. Participants who have taken this training have an excellent record of passing the CSA exam.

Learn more and register here.

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Industry News

Texas Law Mandates State Fleet Greening

Photo via Flickr/KOMUnewsA new bill signed into law in Texas is expected to reduce emissions from the state fleet.

Under the Texas Fuels bill, state agencies with 15 or more state-owned vehicles will need to purchase vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol or methanol blends, biodiesel, hydrogen fuel cells, or electricity. Law enforcement and emergency vehicles are exempt from the law.

The new law will go into effect in the next few months, and some vehicle purchases will be funded through the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, reports News West 9. The State of Texas produces and consumes the most natural gas in the country, and this law is expected to create jobs in natural gas drilling and production.


 

Cummins Westport 'Playbook' Offers Guidance on Natural Gas for Fleets

Cummins Westport's new Natural Gas Playbook is a website to give new and existing natural gas customers guidance on evaluating and operating CWI-powered natural gas vehicles.

Located at www.cwiplaybook.com, the five-step Natural Gas Playbook features information and tips on how to assess, specify, prepare, implement, and operate/maintain a CWI-powered natural gas fleet. The website provides answers for fleets that have questions about operating natural gas vehicles.

Screenshot of Natural Gas Playbook website

The Natural Gas Playbook answers questions such as:

- What is natural gas and how does it reduce fleet emissions?

- Can I calculate the emission reductions with natural gas?

- What are zero carbon renewable fuels?

- How do natural gas engines operate, and what about my application and the operational costs and maintenance requirements?

The site also features two new calculators.

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Edwards meets with Elon Musk to craft deal for Tesla sales in Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk over the weekend in an effort to strike a deal to allow the U.S. electric automaker to sell its vehicles in the state.

The meeting comes a little over a month after the governor signed legislation restricting Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model, firming up the long-standing industry practice of requiring third-party dealerships to sell vehicles. Tesla at the time chastised the law, which was the latest setback in the Palo Alto, California-based firm’s efforts to push through favorable state-level legislation throughout the country.  

The governor sought out the private meeting with Musk, the billionaire behind SpaceX and other tech firms, while at the National Governors Association’s meeting in Rhode Island, says Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo. Edwards hopes to craft a compromise that allows Tesla sales but also appeases the Louisiana Automobile Association—which ushered through the previous law earlier this summer—before the regular legislative session next spring.

“Tesla has worked with other states to implement plans that are supportive of local auto dealers,” Carbo says in an email. “The governor’s goal is to have these conversations sooner, so when the next regular session begins, there can hopefully be an agreement in place.”

What exactly a compromise would look like is unclear. Carbo says the governor hopes to meet again with Musk “very soon” to take the next steps. 

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New Orleans Environmental Advisory Committee Releases EV Plan for City

On July 7th, the New Orleans City Council Environmental Advisory Committee, operating under Councilmember Ramsey’s Public Works Committee, issued its final Electric Vehicle Report for the City. The report outlines ten critical steps the city is urged to take to immediately prepare for a surge of electric vehicle ownership in coming years. EVLA representative Vlad Ghelase noted, “With such a compact footprint and progressive culture, New Orleans has an amazing chance to lead the South in clean transportation for all residents. Electric vehicles (EV) should be a technology that is accessible to all, and the leadership of the council on this issue has been remarkable. ”

Among the major suggestions in the report are a curbside EV charging initiative, EV Ready new construction guidelines, “charge to charge” rights for EV charger owners, public city hall EV chargers, and educational outreach funding for residents and low income communities. An affordability and equity initiative also seeks to ensure that the benefits of electric transportation are available to residents of all backgrounds and income levels.

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NREL Partners with California Valley Transportation Authority on Electric Bus Grid Integration

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on an Advanced Transit Bus Vehicle Grid Integration project to inform state-wide opportunities for transit agencies. 

VTA will deploy 35 electric buses along with an innovative charging system that aims to reduce charging costs, minimize the impact of bus charging on the grid, and integrate increased renewables into the electricity mix. NREL will evaluate the performance of the buses and help VTA optimize their use.

For more information see the full news release.


Benefits and Opportunities of Natural Gas Use, Transportation, and Production

This new study, conducted by ICF, examined the economic benefits and opportunities from the entire natural gas value chain including the production of natural gas, its transportation and end uses. A unique feature of this report is that it defines the natural gas value chain as going “all the way through consumption” to include the economic activity from natural gas as a feed stock for other products and useful energy services.

This report describes how natural gas and its associated liquids (lease condensate and natural gas plant liquids) contribute to the U.S. economy both at a national level and in terms of the economies of individual states. The economic contribution is estimated for the historical year of 2015 and is projected to 2040 under three scenarios drawn from EIA’s AEO.

Shown below are the job counts, wages and value added by three segments of the natural gas value chain: “end use,” “infrastructure,” and “production.” The end use segment is made up of the industries that convert natural gas and its associated liquids to electricity, petrochemical and other products and the industries that manufacture, sell, install and maintain gas-fired appliances and equipment used in the residential, commercial, vehicle and industrial sectors.

Read the full report here.


Volvo: Gas-only cars are history after 2019

Volvo electric hybrid vehicleVolvo is going all in on the electric car.

The Swedish automaker is slamming on the brakes on vehicles powered solely by internal combustion engines, announcing that every car it makes from 2019 onward will have an electric motor.

The move makes Chinese-owned Volvo the first traditional carmaker to fully embrace electric and hybrid production.

"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car," Volvo's president Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement Wednesday.

Volvo said it would launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. Three of them will carry the Volvo brand, and the other two will come from the company's high-performance unit Polestar.

The rest of Volvo's fleet will consist of either plug-in hybrid cars or mild hybrid cars, which combine a gas engine with a battery.

Starting in 2019, Volvo will only produce cars that have some form of electric motor -- and no cars running purely on an internal combustion engine.

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Outreach Activities

This annual two-day conference is a fantastic opportunity for environmentally-minded individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together for networking, training, and sharing big ideas. This year, we'll learn how to develop a successful wildflower trail program, find ways to reduce - or even eliminate! - waste in our homes and workplaces, discover methods for effectively marketing to millennials, hear about a successful Christmas tree recycling/mulching program, and discuss how to overcome "Nature Deficit Disorder" and get kids to love (and eventually, protect) the great Sportsman's Paradise.

Attending this conference? Make sure you stop by and visit the LCF exhibit booth!

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National Clean Fuels Events

National Drive Electric Week Celebration returns to Town Square!

Where: North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge, LA

When: September 14, 2017 | 11AM - 2PM

Join us in downtown Baton Rouge to learn more about electric cars (EVs) and talk to the people who own and love to drive them! There will be lots of different electric vehicles on display and a video playing on the media beacon by the town lawn. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

 

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LCF in the News

Louisiana is expecting to get $18 million from the Volkwagen settlement and East Baton Rouge school officals hope to use a portion of that money to purchase alternative fuel school buses. The deadline to apply for a share of the money was Thursday, July 27th. The Department of Environmental Quality will now start selecting emissions reducing projects to fund with the settlement money.  

East Baton Rouge already purchased several propane-powered buses to replace diesel buses that were lost in the 2016 flood. LCF Chairman Randy Hayden said that some of the settlment money could be used to purchase more propane-powered school buses for EBR. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will also spend $6 million transitioning its fleet to either newer clean diesel or alternative fuels. The rest of the settlement money ($12 million) will be allocated to approved projects throughout the state. 

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ENERGY.GOV

They’re Here! Station Locator Android App and Mobile Trip Calculator

A photo of a person holding a smart phone with a map pulled up.

What's new for Clean Cities mobile tools and resources?

Two new mobile tools have recently become available:

  • Station Locator app for Android: Android users can now access the Station Locator app through the Google Play store. As with the original iPhone app version, users can access the Station Locator from their mobile device and find the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius. Results display either on a map or in a list with station addresses, phone numbers, and hours of operation. Also available for iPhone from the iTunes store.
  • Trip Calculator mobile page: FuelEconomy.gov recently launched a mobile web page version of their popular Trip Calculator tool. This page allows users to easily calculate fuel economy for a trip while on the go.

Find other mobile resources here.

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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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