December 2017 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Happy Holidays to all of our Clean Fuel Leaders, Members and Enthusiasts!

November and December were busy months! Right on the heels of the 2nd FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors round-table meetings with state MPOs and Clean Fuel leaders and the Louisiana Transit Association's Annual Conference in Shreveport, we held a successful CNG Workshop in Westlake for Mayor Bob Hardey. He is working with area fleets to open a public CNG fueling station along the interstate in his city. Having a CNG station in this location is key to opening up the I-10 corridor for long-haul trucking customers. Want more information on this future station? We are happy to connect you to the Mayor's office.

With the New Year just around the corner its time to thank all of our 2017 Members. These companies donated their time and funds to help our coalition conduct outreach in 9 cities across our state from Houma to Shreveport and many more in between. As a result of their support we have been able to expand our services to members and fleets through the development and launch of a Green Fleets Certification program and new membership benefits for fleets. Want to help us keep the momentum going? Then participate in our Membership Dues Drive! Clean Cities needs your support more than ever. Please renew or join today!

Starting in January, we will begin sending out a link to our online survey that will ask you specific questions about your fuel usage, miles driven, types of vehicles and fuels used as well as any other fuel saving measures your fleet undertook (such as idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled reductions or right sizing). So keep an eye out for it in your inbox! Want to get a head start? We can send you a spreadsheet form that will help you organize your fleet data for the survey.

Make sure you register for our Annual Stakeholder Meeting on January 11th at the BRCC Automotive Training Center. We have a great line-up of speakers who will share their thoughts on the future of transportation. We will also have a hearty hot lunch for you all, so come out and network with us!

Lastly, the LCF Office will be closed for the Holidays starting Friday, December 22nd returning to work on the 27th and again we will close for New Years on the 29th and reopen on January 2nd.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Cheers!
Ann Vail
Executive Director, LCF

 

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

January 11, 2018  LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting / Future of Transportation Baton Rouge, LA 
February 8, 2018 LCF Biodiesel Webinar / Featuring Troy Shoen of REG (Details coming soon) Webinar
March 6-9, 2018  NTEA Work Truck Show Indianapolis, IN 
March 7-9, 2018 LASTO School Transportation Conference Paragon Casino Resort

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Welcome New Members

Thank you to our newest members!

Cleco, joining at the Gold level

City of Weslake, joining at the Bronze level 

(Mayor Bob Hardey pictured below)

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

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. 

Sponsorship and vehicle display options available. 


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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Upcoming Webinars

December 20: Electric Vehicles & Hydrogen Fuel Cells

10 - 10:45 AM PST

This session focuses on the rapidly-advancing technologies of electric, hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. We will give a technical overview of how each technology works inside a vehicle, and the current state of the art. Various sources of electricity and hydrogen will also be discussed, along with information about the carbon intensities associated with different pathways. This information can be used to inform decision-making to help our region drive into the electric future as cleanly and sustainably as possible!

Register Here


January 10: Gaseous Fuels -- Natural Gas & Propane Autogas

10 - 10:45 AM PST

The final webinar in our series will delve into the gaseous alternative fuels world of compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane autogas (LPG), and their lower-carbon counterparts renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable propane.

For each of these fuels, we will discuss its best use cases, tailpipe emissions profile, and its relative benefits as well as potential challenges or limitations. We will also talk about the various means of production of each fuel, and their relative carbon intensity scores -- a measure of the fuel’s overall greenhouse gas footprint.

Guest speaker: 

  • Jim Jensen, Washington State University 

Register Here

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Industry News

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

Facility to supply LNG and all support services to customers in the Southern/Gulf region

Via Globenewswire.com

PORT ALLEN, La., Oct. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NuBlu Energy is pleased to announce that it has begun the construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant in Port Allen, LA.  Strategically located along the Mississippi River, 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 facility is slated to be operational and producing high-quality liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the second quarter of 2017.  Total planned capacity of the facility is 90,000 gallons per day with an initial start-up capacity of 30,000 GPD.

“This project represents the inauguration of a new direction for the LNG energy market. By “Making LNG Local”, NuBlu will foster the growth of LNG consumption for all current and future consumers of this clean energy fuel.  Our patented process allows the production of LNG at a fraction of the cost per gallon of other existing liquefaction technologies and our modular design allows the facilities to be deployed at a relatively low capital outlay.” ----- Cory Duck, General Partner, NuBlu Energy. 

Utilizing NuBlu’s patented technology, the first phase of the Port Allen facility will be capable of producing 30,000 gallons per day of LNG and will feature a storage capacity of 100,000 gallons.  The facility will also employ an industry leading transfer system that will allow the loading of both LNG transport trailers as well as ISO containers to meet the requirements of our regional customer base.

“Our site selection process was intense. We wanted to be positioned to meet the demands of the emerging marine market for both brown water and blue water fueling and we absolutely believe we have achieved that goal.” ----- Josh Payne, General Partner, NuBlu Energy. 

NuBlu Energy is poised to lead the LNG market into a new direction by “Making LNG Local” and more available to all emerging energy markets. NuBlu supplies Liquefied Natural Gas for high horsepower, commercial, industrial, rail and marine applications. NuBlu is different from other energy providers because we have the ability to invest in the entire supply chain – from LNG conversions to fueling solutions.

Contact Josh Payne or Cory Duck at 800-616-4671 or email at solutions@nubluenergy.com for additional information.


 

CES Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Center for Energy Studies is now accepting applications for its four energy-related scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. All four scholarships--LMOGA/Robert R. Brooksher Scholarship, F. Malcom Hood Scholarship, GCPA/David Olver Memorial Scholarship and the GCPA emPOWERing Women Scholarship--support the educational goals of LSU students interested in energy-related fields. 
For application information, visit the Center's Scholarships webpage.
Application deadlineMarch 23, 2018.

How to Minimize Costly ($42,000?) Oil Carryover Problems in Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Engines

By Annalloyd Thomason, Vice President/General Manager, NGVi 

Via NGVi

They are the most common performance complaints for heavy-duty natural gas vehicles: 

  • Hard to start
  • Idles rough
  • Hesitates under acceleration
  • Low power
  • Sometimes stalls 


The most common culprit? Oil contamination in the fuel.  

Oil contamination in heavy-duty NGVs can be hard to diagnose and even harder to remedy—especially if the vehicle technician is unfamiliar with compressed natural gas and natural gas engines.  If the quantity of oil is significant enough to pass through coalescing filters onboard vehicles, it contaminates the pressure regulator and engine sensors, clogs filters, causes premature spark plug failures, and even causes pistons or rings to fail…the list goes on.  

None of these components is inexpensive to replace, and if the technician doesn’t know what to look for or how to identify oil as the problem, thousands of dollars in parts can be replaced while the real problem remains unsolved: oil contamination in the fuel. NGVi recently worked with one small refuse fleet of 11 vehicles that has purchased just over $42,000 in coils, plugs and sensors in 15 months…all because of oil contamination in the fuel...

See entire article on NGVi's website...


 

Nestle Waters Adds 400 Propane-Powered Trucks

Nestle Waters North America, a large beverage company based in Stamford, Conn., has announced the deployment of more than 400 additional medium-duty ReadyRefresh by Nestle beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The company now operates nearly 600 of these alternatively fueled trucks, which make up about 30% of its total North American fleet.

“Becoming a better steward of our environment is a priority for Nestle Waters,” says Bill Ardis, national fleet manager for its ReadyRefresh business unit. “We’ve been running propane autogas vehicles since 2014, beginning with five Class 5 vehicles. Based on the proven emissions reduction compared with our older diesel units, and lower fuel and total cost of ownership, we knew this was the right application for us within the alternative fuel space. With propane being domestically produced, it’s proven to have a more stable cost per gallon, while the fueling and maintenance infrastructures are much more cost-effective than other alternative fuel options.”

See entire article on NGT News website...


Cummins Westport Secures 2018 Certifications for L9N, B6.7N Engines

Via NGT News: Posted by Joseph Bebon - December 13, 2017

Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) has  received certifications from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) for its 2018 L9N and B6.7N natural gas engines. According to the company, both engines now meet CARB optional Low NOx standards, as well as 2017 EPA greenhouse gas emission (GHG) requirements.

The L9N is certified to CARB optional Low NOx standard of 0.02 g/bhp-hr – a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current EPA NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhp-hr. The L9N offers ratings from 250 hp to 320 hp and 1,000 lb-ft peak torque, making it ideal for transit, shuttle, school bus, medium-duty truck and refuse applications, according to CWI.

The B6.7N is certified to CARB optional Low NOx standard of 0.1 g/bhp-hr – a 50% reduction from current EPA levels. Available with ratings from 200 hp to 240 hp and 560 lb-ft peak torque, the B6.7N is a great fit for school bus, shuttle, and medium-duty truck applications, CWI adds.

Based on the ISL G and ISB6.7 G natural gas engines, the 2018 L9N and B6.7N build on the experience gained from over 80,000 CWI engines currently in service. In addition to ultra-low emissions, the company says, the L9N and B6.7N feature a new engine control module with improved durability, on-board diagnostic (OBD) capability, an enhanced maintenance-free three-way catalyst, and a closed crankcase ventilation system.

See entire article on NGT News website...


Over 50 Companies Urge Congress to Save EV Tax Credit

Via NGT News: Posted by Joseph Bebon - December 13, 2017

More than 50 CALSTART member companies have signed a letter urging the congressional conference committee on the tax overhaul bill to maintain the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. According to CALSTART, a national nonprofit organization, the signatories believe that the federal tax credit continues to be vital for U.S. competitiveness and the growth of the domestic electric vehicle and component industry.

Current law provides a $7,500 tax credit that can be applied toward the purchase or lease of an EV. Unlike many existing subsidies for oil and gas drilling, the EV tax credit has a de facto sunset, as there is a cap on the number of credits which any manufacturer may claim. The House of Representatives version of the pending tax bill called for the elimination of the federal EV tax credit, while the more recent Senate version did not.

See entire article on NGT News website...

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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.

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