June 2018 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Clean Fuel Stakeholders, Members, and Enthusiasts:

Last month I had the honor of teaching a new class of Coordinators at the Clean Cities Coordinator 101 training in Dallas, TX. Stephen Russel, the coordinator in Massachusetts (pictured above), and I, along with our Regional Managers from NETL, taught a group of 23 new Clean Cities Coordinators over a 2-day period and trained them in Fleet Outreach and Consulting, Leveraging Board Members and Stakeholder Resources, Strategic Planning and more. I was both humbled and honored to be invited to help train a new crop of clean fuel evangelists. The "new kids" even had a few things to teach an old-timer like me.

This fall, we have so many events scheduled or in the works that you may have difficulty choosing which ones to attend! There is the National Drive Electric Event at Tanger Outlet Mall on September 15th, our State & Municipal Fleet Expo on October 11-12th at JESTC in Zachary and the LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting /Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at BRCC on October 25th. No matter what your interests are, there is an event for you!

We are also working on a few specialized trainings and workshops. One of the events that we are working on bringing to Louisiana is a 3-Day Propane Mechanic course organized by NAFTC and PERC. Tentatively, we are working to get the class schedule for mid November in Baton Rouge.

LCF has organized a DC Fast Charging committee to assist us with the development of a statewide DC Fast Charging Corridor Master Plan that also satisfies the requirement of the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors program. If you are interested in joining the committee or supporting our efforts with a financial donation, please email me at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org. Once the analysis and modeling are complete, we will conduct regional outreach events to share the results of the study and to spur the development of the charging corridor. Our next committee meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2018. 

Ann Vail
Executive Director

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Welcome New Members

Welcome Cummins!

Cummins is a new member joining LCF at the Silver Level! Check out their website at www.cummins.com. Cummins offers conventional diesel engines as well as natural gas engines and has recently expanded into the electric market.

Recent article about Cummins: Cummins Acquires EDI, Increases Electrification Capabilities


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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

2018 Louisiana State and Municipal Fleet Expo / Ride & Drive

Sponsorships and Exhibit Space Available 

LCF will host state agency fleet managers and procurement officers along with municipal fleet operators, state police, transit agencies, fire marshals, and school districts from across the state at a very targeted expo and educational event. State procurement officials will present to attendees on how to procure alternative fuel vehicles from the state bid list and how to request a vehicle that is not on the state contract. We will also host targeted workshops for different vehicle and fueling types at this 2-day event. 

Keynote Speaker: Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration

October 11-12, 2018
Joint Emergency Services Training Center (JESTC)


Thursday, October 11th
3PM - 5PM   Opening General Session & Keynote (Jay Dardenne)
5-7PM   Welcome Reception (Casual)

Friday, October 12th
8AM - 3PM    Outdoor Vehicle Expo 
9AM - Noon   Breakout Educational Sessions & Roundtables  
1-3PM     Ride & Drive on the JESTC Training Track 
1-3PM     Trackside Refreshments & Entertainment

Sponsorships, table top exhibit space & vehicle display opportunities are available. Contact Stephanie at stephanie@louisianacleanfuels.org

Gold Sponsor | $1,000

  • Top tiered logo on program
  • Top tiered logo on registration page and all promotional materials
  • Free table-top booth
  • Opportunity to speak one breakout session

Vehicle Display with Ride & Drive | Free

  • Reservations required for both display and Ride & Drive
  • Vehicles of all sizes & fuel types requested
  • Call LCF for recommendations on what vehicles to bring

Silver Sponsor | $500 

  • Logo on event signage & event program
  • Free table-top booth

Table-Top Exhibits | $150

  • 3 Indoor spaces available
  • 10 Outdoor spaces available
  • A 10X10 tent is recommended for outdoor exhibits

Reception Sponsors | $250

  • Company logo on reception signage
  • Opportunity to address the guests at the reception

Lunch Sponsors |  $250 

  • Company logo on tables at lunch
  • Opportunity to address the guests at lunch 

LCF 2018 Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards & Fall Stakeholder Meeting

Call for Presentation Proposals and Sponsors

Don’t miss our biggest event of 2018! Join up to 100 of our stakeholders for lunch and networking at the new BRCC Automotive Technology Center to celebrate this year’s outstanding projects and individuals who have made significant contributions to alternative fuels in our state at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

Join us for lunch and networking for a look at how connected vehicle technologies can have a positive impact on fleet operations, from driver productivity to fuel savings for fleets of all sizes. At this meeting, we will also show attendees the latest in heavy and medium-duty technologies, discuss updates on coalition activities, state tax credits, and clean fuel projects statewide. 

Presentation proposals requested for the following topics: 

  • Heavy & medium duty alternative fuel and advanced/low emission vehicles
  • Case studies & fleet success stories
  • Telematics
  • Efficiency & best practices

Send presentation proposals to Ann at: ann@louisianacleanfuels.org 

Sponsorships, LIMITED table top exhibit space & vehicle display opportunities are available. Contact Stephanie at stephanie@louisianacleanfuels.org

Table-Top Exhibits: $150 (Limit 8) 

Vehicle Display: Free 

  • First come-first served 
  • Space is limited 
  • No more than 4 light duty vehicles allowed on front circle 
  • Medium/Heavy Duty Vehicles must park on the side of the training center 

Platinum Awards Ceremony Sponsorship: $1000 

  • Sponsors at the Platinum level get the opportunity to speak at the event or give out an award of their choice
  • Headline sponsorship of event on award program
  • Logo on event signage for the awards
  • Free table top exhibit space 

Lunch Sponsorships: $300 (Unlimited) 

  • Logo displayed on event page
  • Logo displayed in the lunch area
  • Recognition of sponsors at the welcome presentation 

Gold Awards Ceremony Sponsorship: $500 

  • Sponsors at the Gold level get their logo on the award program and the event page
  • Free table top exhibit space

Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo

Aug. 22, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. – Aug. 23, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.

Durham, N.C. | Add to calendar

The Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo showcases the latest and greatest in advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies including data driven solutions. This conference is a source of on-the-ground experience to increase fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.

Come learn from your peers, and experts. Discover tools and techniques that can drive and improve efficiencies in your fleet operations.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference

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. 
KAB is pleased to announce that their conference keynote speaker will be Mark C. Benfield, LSU Professor at the College of the Coast and Environment, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences. Dr. Benfield's study on the high level of microplastics in the Gulf of Mexico devles into where these plastics are coming from, how we can curb their entry into our waterways, and what he anticipates the impact will be on wildlife and humans.  
Additional topics to be covered during the conference include: educating businesses on green practices; Leave No Trace and the role of watersheds and swamps in cleaning water and preventing flooding; the challenges of waste tires, and much more. There will also be a special motivational speaker from the New Orleans Saints!

For more information, visit the KLB website.

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Funding Opportunities

Volkswagen Settlement

The Louisiana VW Mitigation Plan public notice (PN) and comment period has been extended to July 11, 2018, due to a major server failure that occurred during the time that the Mitigation Plan was on the LDEQ's PN.  The server failure has been resolved; and this extension of the PN ensures that any resources that may not have been available to the public during the time the LDEQ server was unavailable, are now available (to the public).

Please send your comments on the plan to vwsettlement@la.gov. To view the plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen web page

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Calendar of Events




August 22-23 Sustainable Fleet Expo Durham, NC
September 15 National Drive Electric Week at Tanger Mall Gonzales, LA
October 11-12 LCF State and Municipal Fleet Expo at JESTC Zackary, LA
October 24 Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership: Clean Fuel Summit Avondale, LA
October 25 LCF Fall Stakeholder Meeting and Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards Baton Rouge, LA

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Industry News

Nearly 1 Million U.S. Students Ride Propane Autogas Buses

via NGT News

According to a new report by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), propane autogas school bus registrations in the U.S. have increased by a whopping 700% in the last five years.

The report says school buses powered by propane autogas are transporting approximately 928,000 students every day at more than 840 public and private school districts in 48 states. For the report, PERC used vehicle registration data from IHS Polk...

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The Very Good Math of Electric Buses

Via Route Fifty | 

They’re cheaper to run compared to ones with internal combustion engines thanks to the economics of fuel and maintenance.

As more and more transit agencies around the world, from London to Los Angeles, convert to electric-powered bus fleets, the industry has been able to move past stubborn design uncertainties that a few years ago clouded its future.

Large, onboard batteries and questions over range capability were seen as major challenges to overcome. But new design improvements—and cheaper batteries—are making them an increasingly affordable option.

By the year 2025, Bloomberg New Energy Finance expects that half of the world’s municipal bus fleet will be electric, a turnover rate far quicker than what is being predicted for passenger cars. Unlike in that market, the purchasing power of public transit agencies and unique economics of electric vehicle running costs make bus fleets easier to convert...

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Kenworth and UPS to Collaborate on DOE Super Truck II Program

Via Fleet Equipement Magazine

Kenworth announced that it is working together with UPS under the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck II program, utilizing the Kenworth T680 tractor (seen above) and the PACCAR MX engine.

Goals for the SuperTruck II program include the demonstration of greater than 100% improvement in freight efficiency over 2009 equivalent products, and a 55% engine increase in brake thermal efficiency performance.

“UPS deploys advanced technology to efficiently manage the transportation of packages and freight. For the SuperTruck II project, UPS will provide guidance on their drive and duty cycles to drive SuperTruck II performance. UPS will also offer advice on the commercial feasibility and driver acceptance of technologies developed under SuperTruck II,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “This important program is designed to produce advancements that will benefit fleets and truck operators with future reductions in fuel usage and emissions.”

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LCF Member in the News: Agility Fuel Systems

CNG Solutions Company McNeilus Expands U.S. Service Network

Via NGT News | Posted by Betsy Lillian

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of refuse truck bodies and a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling solutions for heavy-duty fleets, has expanded its service and support network...

...“Expanding our network is part of an overall strategy to provide our customers with more options to best meet their needs after the sale. This initiative with TEC helps us accomplish that,” says Brad Nelson, president of Oshkosh Corp.’s commercial segment and McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.

McNeilus will provide technician training to ensure that TEC Equipment personnel have extensive working knowledge of all McNeilus products. Two years ago, McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing teamed up with Agility Fuel Systems to deliver a comprehensive natural gas solution for North American heavy-duty fleets.

Continue reading | CNG McNeilus

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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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