February 2018 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuels Members, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts, 

This week, LCF and a few of our stakeholders will join dozens of other coalitions across the country at the Energy Independence Summit (EIS) in DC. The EIS is the nation's premier clean transportation policy summit where attendees meet with their elected officials to make sure the nation's policymakers understand the importance of clean transportation. While at this summit, we will share your success stories with the Louisiana delegation.

Annual Report time: The Clean Cities Annual Report is one of the most important tasks we undertake each year. This information helps us to to quantify the air quality benefits of alternative fuels and to show growth in our industry from year to year. The only way we can get this fantastic and useful data is with your participation.

The questionnaire is designed to take less than 10 minutes to complete. You may save your information and resume entering data at any time. BEGIN SURVEY. Survey closes: March 15, 2018

We also recently launch our Green Fleets Certification Program. If your organization's data for the Annual Report shows that you may qualify for certification, one of us will reach out to you to see if you would like to take part in this exciting new program.

Fleets who participate in this survey for our Annual Report will automatically be entered into our Clean Fuel Leader Awards that recognizes fleets for their dedication to alternative fuels and technologies. 

Regards,

Ann Vail
Executive Director, LCF

Pictured below: LCF 2016 Annual Report Results

 

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Announcements

It's your time to brag... Submit your data for the 2018 Clean Cities Annual Survey! 

It's time to send us your 2017 Alternative Fuel usage data for your Plug In Hybrid, EV, CNG and Propane vehicles. Also, we can report on your idle reduction and route optimization practices for the year!

Each year we ask our stakeholders and area fleets to answer questions about their alternative fuel vehicles and equipment as well as their petroleum reduction activities. I am emailing to encourage your participation in this important program and make myself available for any questions you have regarding the survey. 

Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) is working with the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Program to document activities from the 2017 calendar year, and want your organization to be included. By providing this information, you help ensure the effectiveness of the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program, and highlight the successes of Louisiana fleets in the LCF territory like yours. Example activities include alternative fuel stations, vehicles, idle reduction, biofuels, and other fleet technology.

This year we are also launching our Green Fleets Certification Program. If your organization's data shows that you may qualify for certification, one of us will reach out to you to see if you would like to take part in this exciting new program.

The questionnaire is designed to take less than 10 minutes to complete. You may save your information and resume entering data at any time. BEGIN SURVEY

If you are not the appropriate contact, please forward this email to the best person to complete this survey. Please feel free to also forward this email to other organizations that you may know of who have also taken steps to reduce petroleum consumption. You are more than welcome to contact LCF if you have any questions or need assistance.

If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this email, or call our office us at 225-342-7972 or contact me directly via email.

Deadline: Please complete the survey by Friday, March 9, 2018.

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Clean Fuels Funding Announcements

What's new for Louisiana 2017 Individual Income Tax?

Guidance from LDR for Individual Tax returns for 2017

Alternative Fuel Credit – Code 71F – Acts 325 and 403 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session made several changes to the credit. (R.S. 47:6035) See Revenue Information Bulletin 17-016 for details of the changes including the calculation as explained below.

Credit for the purchase of a qualifying new vehicle:

  • If purchased prior to June 22, 2017, the credit is 36 percent of the cost of the qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property that is installed. If the taxpayer is unable to determine the exact cost attributable to the qualified clean-burning property, the credit is equal to 7.2 percent of the cost of the vehicle or $1,500, whichever is less.
  • If purchased on or after June 22, 2017 but before June 26, 2017, the credit is equal to 7.2 percent of the cost of the qualified vehicle or $1,500, whichever is less.
  • If purchased on or after June 26, 2017, the credit is equal to 10 percent of the cost of the qualified vehicle or $2,500, whichever is less.

Credit for vehicle conversions or building of fueling stations: If the purchase and installation was completed prior to June 22, 2017, the credit is 36 percent of the cost of the qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property. If it was completed after June 21, 2017, the credit is 30 percent.

Source:  Louisiana Department of Revenue - http://revenue.louisiana.gov/TaxForms/IT540Bi(2017).pdf


DNR Loan Program for Energy Efficiency Projects

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has announced guidelines for participation in its energy efficiency loan program, called the "Louisiana Revolving Loan Fund Program." Qualified proposals will be eligible for a loan with a fixed interest rate of 2%  not to exceed a term of ten years. Copies of the application along with the Guidelines and Regulations may be obtained online at LARLF, or email,  larlf@la.gov.

For program details and questions on the Louisiana Revolving Loan Fund, contact the state Dept. of Natural Resources, Technology Assessment Division, 617 North 3rd Street - 12th Floor, Suite 1272E, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Applications must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. CSTon April 27, 2018 after which time and date no applications will be accepted.

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Welcome New Members

Thank you to our new and renewing members for 2018!

Haven't joined or renewed yet? There is still time. Visit the JOIN page for benefits of membership and payment options.

 

 

Platinum Members

 
 
 

Gold Members

 
     
 

Silver Members

 
     
 

Bronze Members

 
Town of Hornbeck City of Westlake Amerigas
Telifonix Solar Alternatives  

 

 

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Industry News

LCF Member in the News: Conrad LNG Announces First LNG Bunkering Barge Built in North America

LCF Member, Conrad LNG is pleased to announce that the Clean Jacksonville – the first LNG bunkering barge ever built in North America – will be delivered to TOTE Maritime in spring of this year. As the first of its kind, this 2,200m3 capacity LNG barge will operate out of the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, supplying TOTE’s two Marlin-class gas-powered container vessels currently running on clean burning natural gas on its Puerto Rican trade route. Conrad was fortunate to work with multiple esteemed industry leaders on this historic endeavor - including TOTE Maritime, Clean Marine Energy (CME), GTT NA, and Bristol Harbor Group.  For more information on the barge project, visit our blog


LCF Member in the News: Sparq and Partners Cut Ribbon on City CNG Station

On Tuesday, Sparq Natural Gas; the City of Moore, Okla.; Dericks Leasing & Financial Co.; and Bauer Compressors celebrated the opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the city’s Public Works Department truck yard.

Sparq-Moore-Station-2 Sparq and Partners Cut Ribbon on City CNG Station

The Moore station – Sparq’s 10th CNG station across its multi-state network and its fifth in Oklahoma – began operation in late December 2017 and will be used to refuel the city’s fleet of CNG-powered refuse trucks. According to Sparq, the station comprises 12 time-fill hoses, 15 fueling spaces, two 50HP C23.10 Bauer compressors, and a Wilco natural gas storage sphere. The company says the station also features Bauer Compressors’ proprietary metering technology to allow for increased site reporting and data sophistication.

“Sparq is committed to providing Oklahoma natural gas vehicle operators a regional network of high-performing, attractive, and conveniently located CNG stations. Oklahoma’s public sector can benefit from private investment in CNG infrastructure, allowing for their entry – and cost savings – into CNG fueling to be seamless,” stated Sparq CEO Norman Herrera.

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LCF Member in the News: Proterra is Named in the 2018 Global Cleantech 100 and as Winner of the "North American Company of the Year" Award

Proterra has announced it was named in the 2018 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries, according to players in the market. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential today to make significant market impact within a 5-10-year timeframe.

In addition to being one of the top 100 private companies in cleantech, Proterra was also the recipient of the “North American Company of the Year” Award. The North American Company of the Year is awarded to thehighest ranked company in North America.

The Global Cleantech 100 list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data, with weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 86-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

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Baton Rouge school bus fleet finally replenished after August 2016 floods

Posted by Charles Lussier - January 2, 2018
Via The Advocate

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Nine new diesel-powered public school buses are set to arrive in Baton Rouge on Wednesday with the goal of hitting the road the next day when schools reopen after the Christmas break. Nine more buses, more eco-friendly vehicles powered by propane, are on order and scheduled to arrive 60 to 90 days later.

These twin purchases are the latest in an ongoing effort to replenish an East Baton Rouge Parish school system bus fleet badly damaged by the August 2016 floods. A total of 114 buses were sidelined during those rains. These 18 new buses will bring to 106 the number the parish school system has purchased since then. And the purchases will bring the size of the fleet overall to almost 600 buses.

Gary Reese, the chief of Student Support Services, said he’s placing the 18 new buses in his spare fleet, which “is basically nothing” at present. He said having so few spares has had an impact on the rest of the fleet.

“Some of the buses we’re having to use are not as reliable as I’d like,” Reese said.

Reese said he hopes to purchase 40 to 50 more buses in July, when the 2018-19 fiscal year starts, to bring the size of the fleet back to pre-flood levels as well as take some older buses off the road.

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Calendar of Events

Date

Event

Location

February 8, 2018 LCF Biodiesel Webinar / Featuring Troy Shoen of REG 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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ENERGY.GOV

New Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator Launched

Most Complete Online Resource Determines Best Cost-Effective Emissions Reduction
Options for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Under VW Settlement Funds

Argonne National Laboratory launched the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC) at a presentation at FedFleet 2018 in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest gathering of public fleet managers sponsored by the U.S. General Services Administration.

This online resource was created to provide state officials and fleet managers with an accurate tool to gauge emissions reductions across various medium- and heavy-duty vehicle project options affiliated with the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Settlement. NGVAmerica welcomes the HDVEC tool as reflecting current vehicle availability and emissions performance data and congratulates Argonne on its success.

“As public officials begin to evaluate how best to clean their state’s air with their allotted VW Trust funding, this resource will prove vital in evaluating cost-effectiveness of real world vehicle options,” said Andrew Burnham of Argonne’s Center for Transportation Research. “The Vehicle Emissions Calculator is a valuable tool for policymakers, fleet managers and procurement administrators alike as they look to compare vehicle technologies for emissions reductions associated with fleet operations.”

Access the the calculator and learn more here


2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money

A photo of a person working at a laptop with the FY18 fuel economy guide showing on the screen.

Just in time for the New Year, the 2018 Fuel Economy GuidePDF is now available at FuelEconomy.gov. The guide is published annually by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and offers data on current model year (MY) vehicles.

This year’s guide provides fuel economy ratings for more than 1,000 light-duty vehicles, along with projected annual fuel costs and other information for prospective purchasers. The guide, available in an electronic-only formatPDF this year, is designed to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles that fit their needs.

The MY 2018 Fuel Economy Guide includes fuel economy information for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and details fuel economy leaders across several vehicle classes. Data is updated regularly as manufacturers provide additional information about MY 2018 vehicles.

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Platooning Trucks to Cut Cost and Improve Efficiency

Photo Credit: Department of Transportation

Article Via: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 - At first glance, platooning doesn’t look like much – just a few tractor-trailers driving down the highway a bit closer together than we’re used to. But, what is actually happening is much more complex and presents the opportunity for significant safety, energy efficiency, and cost benefits. Early studies have shown that 65% of current long-haul truck miles could potentially be platooned, reducing total truck fuel consumption by 4%.

What is Platooning?

So, what is truck platooning? Platooning involves the use of vehicle-to-vehicle communications and sensors, such as cameras and radar, to virtually connect two or more trucks together in a convoy. The virtual link enables all of the vehicles in the platoon to communicate with each other, allowing them to automatically accelerate together, brake together, and enables them to follow each other at a closer distance than is typically possible with unlinked trucks.

The technology detects and reacts to stopped or slow vehicles ahead of the platoon and adjusts as needed when a vehicle cuts in between the trucks in the platoon. With current platooning technology, each truck in the platoon has a human driver responsible for steering and taking over the speed and braking as needed. The driver of the first truck leads the platoon and navigates the route. As the technology improves, there may only be the need for a lead driver, or no human drivers at all.

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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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