Press Releases & Announcements

     

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail Honored with Clean Cities' Benjamin Watson Leadership Award

    Clean Cities Coalition Network Honors Louisiana Leader with Benjamin Watson Leadership Award

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Coordinator Ann Vail Receives Benjamin Watson Leadership Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    August 12, 2020 - In the world of alternative fuels and vehicles, Ann Vail, Coordinator and Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels, is known for her energy and passion that animate her work in advancing affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies in the state of Louisiana., 

    On Tuesday, August 11, Vail’s admirable character was recognized by peers in the Clean Cities Coalition Network. During the network’s annual Training Workshop, the Coordinator Council presented Vail with the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award, given once a year in honor of a long-time coordinator who enriched the Clean Cities community with his/her spirit and engaging personality.

    “Ann is very deserving of this peer award,” said Stephen Russell, formerly of Massachusetts Clean Cities who won the award himself in 2019. “The energy she puts forth in her work with Clean Cities is remarkable.”

    By sharing opportunities for growth and collaboration outside her own coalition, Vail—who also holds a place in the Clean Cities Hall of Fame—excels at elevating the entire Clean Cities network, comprised of nearly 100 local coalitions that work in their communities to help fleets and drivers transition to economic, environmental transportation options.

    “Ann is the kind of person who is ready to help at a moment’s notice,” wrote one colleague who nominated Vail. “She is always ready with a warm smile and a genuine willingness
    to help.”

    To spread the word on learning opportunities to her peers in 2020, for example, Vail took the initiative to coordinate webinars among coalitions that keep stakeholders across the country informed and engaged. The effort has since been enthusiastically embraced by coalitions from around the nation, taking shape as what Vail calls a “master calendar” of Clean Cities webinars, a one-stop-shop to help fellow coordinators promote events covering topics ranging from electric vehicle charging infrastructure to propane school buses.

    It’s one example among many where Vail steps in to support others in their work, whether by offering a list of webinars or sharing insight with her peers during Coordinator 101, a training workshop for people new to Clean Cities.

    “I was so inspired by her energy, passion, and ability to achieve her goals despite any obstacles,” reflected another anonymous nominator on learning from Vail during Coordinator 101. “Ann is not only focused on building up her own coalition but also supports other coalitions by reaching out to share opportunities for growth and collaboration.”

    "This award means a lot to me as it is from my peers in Clean Cities. I’ve never worked with a more passionate, fun and knowledgeable group of people, and I am truly honored."

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann | Communicaitons, Louisiana Clean Fuels | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:   Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. Learn more at www.louisianacleanfuels.org. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Press Release: In Person CNG Technician Training for Louisiana Fleets Cancelled and Will Now be Offered in Virtual Format

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann
    [email protected]
    225-342-7972 

    Natural Gas Technician Training Moves Online in Response to COVID-19 Concerns

    Critical workforce development training for Louisiana fleets will now be offered in a virtual format 

    Baton Rouge, LA | August 5, 2020 - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) and the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) have partnered to offer online and virtual Natural Gas Vehicle technician training in lieu of the previously scheduled in-person classes at the BRCC Automotive Technology Center. These classes offer advanced training for skilled workers to help them qualify for high-paying jobs that are in high demand by dealers, OEMs and national fleets. Due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, LCF made the call to cancel the in-person training out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of its stakeholders. 

    Louisiana Clean Fuels has arranged to offer these essential courses that cover three levels of natural gas vehicle training: NGV Essentials and Safety Practices (Level 1), CNG Fuel System Inspector Training (Level 2), and Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training (Level 3) to support the growing need for qualified technicians. Students may also select to take the CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification exam with NGVi at the conclusion of their training. 

    Louisiana Clean Fuels and Cummins are sponsoring the Level 2 and Level 3 training classes, respectively, in order to offer discounted rates to Louisiana fleets. These discounts are available to the first five LCF stakeholders registering for either of these classes. Interested persons should contact Louisiana Clean Fuels at [email protected] to inquire about the discount codes and to see if they qualify for the discounted rates.

    For more information, visit www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org. Registration is available at https://www.ngvi.com/training-schedule/

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    About Natural Gas Vehicle Institute:  Established in 1989, NGVi has worked with hundreds of companies and government agencies throughout the U.S. and worldwide to help successfully integrate natural gas into their transportation mix. NGVi's clients span a vast number of refuse companies, transit fleets, truck operators, commercial fleets, government fleets, school bus fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, fleet leasing companies and NGV industry members. Learn more at www.ngvi.com

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:   Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. Learn more at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

     

    Your Monday Update: Upcoming Webinars

    During this time of social distancing, many organizations are using webinars in lieu of in-person events for the purposes of education and networking. Don't miss these upcoming educational webinars happening in the next few weeks!

    Clean Cities Webinars

    WEBINAR | Electrifying Fleets - Evaluate Total Cost of Ownership and streamline vehicle electrification with cloud-based solutions

    August 5, 2020 | 3:00 PM CDT

    Host: Denver Metro Clean Cities

    Vehicle electrification can provide multiple benefits to fleets, including cost reduction, but there are many challenges and variables that impact EV costs during their lifecycle.

    Join Denver Metro Clean Cities, Green Planet Lab and Greenshift to:

    • Discover a cloud-based technology solution that can help fleet operators, clean-tech professionals and government entities calculate the estimated Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for electric vehicles compared with fossil-fueled vehicles.
    • Discuss opportunities, ROI and challenges for fleets considering the transition to electric.

    Who should participate? Fleet managers, sustainability and transportation professionals, utilities, government entities, and EV OEMs interested in evaluating fleet electrification costs and benefits.


    WEBINAR | Propane Autogas Answers Virtual Event

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM

    Host: South Shore Clean Cities

    Join South Shore Clean Cities and the Propane Education & Research Council for the Propane Autogas Answers Virtual Event! Save travel time and reduce emissions by attending this virtual event without leaving your desk!

    • Learn the economic, environmental & energy security benefits of propane as a motor fuel!
    • Discover what on- & off-road products are available for your fleet!
    • Understand available financial incentives!
    • Gain valuable knowledge about installing propane fueling stations!
    • Hear from national industry leaders!



    WEBINAR | Spec & Tech: Heavy-duty EV - Drivetrains, Batteries, Controllers, Motors and the EVSE Charging Interface

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 1:00 PM

    Host: Sacramento Clean Cities

    Join Sacramento Clean Cities and Motiv Power Systems for an interactive hour covering what fleet managers, lead technicians and specification writers need to know about heavy-duty electric vehicle components and the interface between vehicle and charging station. This will be a technical training session with experts who can answer your heavy-duty EV questions.


    LCF WEBINAR | Propane Autogas Answers

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM

    Host: Louisiana Clean Fuels

    Join LCF and PERC to discuss propane as an alternative vehicle fuel in this webinar aimed at fleets and municipalities. Hear from PERC, LCF, with testimonials from a Louisiana Propane Fleet!


    Other Upcoming Webinars

    WEBINAR | Accelerate Your City: Advancing Fleet Electrification

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 2 PM CDT

    As the winner of the $10 million Smart City Challenge grant awarded to Columbus by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Columbus committed to adding hundreds of EVs to local public and private fleets. Discover innovative practices for public fleet procurement that led to the adoption of more than 300 public EVs, as well as challenges encountered in private fleet adoption and strategies to mitigate them moving forward.


    WEBINAR | Keeping It Real: Regional Haul, Zero-Emission, Heavy-Duty Tractors

    Thursday, August 6 | 12 PM CDT

    Real world data can predict future outcomes. After the Run on Less Regional event last October, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and other industry experts analyzed the data collected on the duty cycles from ten regional haul fleets. In two reports, these results were used to determine the suitability of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks for this essential and growing segment.

    Participants in this webinar will:

    • Hear the results from the Run on Less Regional event
    • Learn what is needed to adopt both battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell technologies for regional haul applications
    • Understand the opportunities and challenges in transitioning from a diesel truck to a zero-emission vehicle


    WEBINAR SERIES | State of Sustainable Fleets

    The State of Sustainable Fleets report will be released via a two-part complimentary virtual event.

    The State of Sustainable Fleets report gathers real-world data directly from early-adopter fleets across the U.S. to provide deep sector-specific insights into the adoption of natural gas, propane, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, against a baseline of diesel and gasoline vehicles. The analysis includes public, private, and for-hire fleets, including school, municipal/shuttle, urban delivery, refuse, utility, transit, short-haul, and long-haul sectors. This first-of-its-kind report includes unique insights into vehicle sale trends, anticipated vehicle development timelines, real-world infrastructure and fuel costs, and the growing adoption of renewable fuels.

    Part 1: State of Sustainable Fleets Executive Panel

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 12 PM CDT

    Join executives from GNA, Daimler, Shell, and Penske for a virtual launch event that provides attendees with an interactive deep dive into the report’s key findings.

    PART 2: STATE OF SUSTAINABLE FLEETS IN A COVID-19 WORLD

    Thursday, August 12, 2020 | 12 PM CDT

    Attend a timely panel discussion with leading fleets to examine how these industry leaders are adopting clean and sustainable vehicle technology in a COVID-19 world.


    WEBINAR | Accelerate Your City: Driving Consumer Adoption through Public/Private Partnerships

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 2 PM CDT

    In three years, Columbus increased electric vehicle adoption more than four-fold without supportive state policies or incentives, but through the collaboration of the public and private sectors under the $10 million Smart City Challenge grant awarded to Columbus by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Discover how more than 70 Columbus companies came together to educate tens of thousands of drivers on EVs, conduct more than 12,000 EV test drives, create new corporate incentive programs, and grow consideration for EVs by more than 20%.


    WEBINAR | EV Part #4 – Electrification of heavy-duty trucks

    Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 12 PM CDT

    This free 60 minute webinar is co-hosted by Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (energy research partnership between University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and National Renewable Energy Lab) and Colorado State University Systems Engineering

    Moderator: Tom Bradley, Woodward Professor & Dept. Head of Systems Engineering, Colorado State University

    Panelists:

    • Natalia Swalnick, Sr. Dir of EV Programs, Electrification Coalition
    • Bonnie Trowbridge, Exec Dir, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
    • Jessie Lund, Sr. Assoc, Rocky Mountain Institute
    • Diego Lopez, Exec Dir, Northern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition



    Learn from the comfort of your computer by joining in on these upcoming webinars! Have a webinar to add to the list? Email Victoria, LCF's Communications Coordinator, at [email protected].


    View Webinar Archive

     

    Ethanol Emergency Response Safety Training Webinar

    Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar – NEW & FREE

    The Renewable Fuels Association has conducted nearly 300 in-person Ethanol Safety Seminars across the country. Due to current COVID-19 circumstances and social distancing, the RFA will be offering 4-hour long Ethanol Safety Webinars. These webinars are instructed by a nationally accredited and professional instructor with an extensive background in emergency management/firefighting/hazardous materials response. The goal of these seminars is for attendees to gain a full ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel emergency response training experience that can be put to use immediately in the field. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.

    Who Should Attend?

    Emergency responders, firefighters, EMTs, police officers, LEPC, emergency management professionals, railroad safety professionals, trainers, RFA Members, production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals

    The training program will include the following elements:

    • Ethanol and Ethanol-Blended Fuels
    • Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Ethanol and Hydrocarbon Fuels
    • Transportation and Transfer
    • Storage and Dispensing Locations
    • Fire Fighting Foam Principles
    • General Health and Safety Considerations
    • Storage and Pre-planning Considerations

    Sessions:

    • Thu, 06/25/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
    • Wed, 07/15/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
    • Thu, 07/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
    • Wed, 08/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
    • Thu, 08/13/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
    • Tue, 09/15/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
    • Wed, 09/16/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
    • Wed, 10/14/2020 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM CDT
    • Thu, 10/15/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
    • Thu, 11/05/2020 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT
    • Thu, 11/12/2020 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT


    Registration is limited to 100 attendees, so register today!

    Register

    Train the Trainer - Ethanol Emergency Response Webinar - FREE

    RFA also offers Ethanol Emergency Response - Train the Trainer webinars, which is a pay-it-forward type of program. A single webinar can train a group of individuals who can then turn around and pass that information forward, equipping entire communities with the knowledge necessary to respond to any potential ethanol-related emergency.  The Train the Trainer courses are intended to develop instructors to lead operations level training. The instructors are responders who have an awareness level of hazardous material storage, handling, and emergency response. The learning objectives established are relevant objectives that the instructors must understand. The webinars are open to all professional individuals above the technical level of training who are interested in learning how to teach ethanol emergency response. However, the instruction is tailored toward ethanol production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals, railroad safety professionals, emergency responders, firefighters, police officers, emergency management professionals, etc. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all registered attendees once the webinar has been completed.

    Who Should Attend?

    RFA Members, production facility employees, ethanol safety professionals, railroad safety professionals, trainers, emergency responders, firefighters, EMTs, police officers, LEPC, emergency management professionals

    Sessions:


    Registration is limited to 100 attendees, so register today!

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Selects Olivia Montgomery as the Recipient of the 2020 Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Summer Internship

    June 4, 2020 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels is pleased to announce that Olivia Montgomery has been selected for the 2020 Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Summer Internship. The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 300 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.

    The Clean Cities internship gives students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce emissions and help advance our nation's energy security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

    Olivia is pursuing a law degree at the Southern Univerisity Law Center in Baton Rouge, and she also has a passion for clean and renewable energy that led her to apply for the intern position with LCF. Long-term, Olivia hopes "to work in environmental law in a way that advances sustainability. I am driven to pursue a career that puts sustainability and public health first," she says. She thought the LCF internship would be a good fit for her because "I hope that LCF will give me a better understanding of the clean transportation sector so that I can work as an attorney in that field in the future." She hopes her experience working with the Lands and Environmental Division at the Louisiana Department of Justice in addition to her work on environmental policy research will aid her in helping LCF with communications, legislative education, and electric vehicle research and outreach.

    Olivia will join two additional interns, Jacob Holt, who interned with LCF last summer, and Samantha Breaux, to work on projects such as legislative education, data collection and trend analysis, EV research and outreach, workplace charging outreach, along with assisting LCF staff with events and other duties. These interns were selected from a field of many highly qualified candidates from all over the country who applied for the honor of being the recipient of this internship. 

    Jacob Holt was also a summer 2019 intern for LCF, and he is returning to the coalition to continue his work with various levels of data analysis and compilation. Jacob, a self-described "data nerd" and former Intelligence Analyst in the US Navy, is currently pursuing a BS in engineering from LSU. Last summer, Jacob was instrumental in helping LCF publish its DC Fast Charging Master Plan, which offers guidance for the best placement of DC Fast Chargers for electric vehicles along Louisiana's interstate corridors. "I'm honored and excited to be back working with LCF," Jacob says. "Even in the last year, it's amazing to see how much progress Louisiana has made building the infrastructure that will support the nationwide increase in electric vehicles. In the coming months, I hope to be able to amplify the success LCF has had facilitating that change."

    Samantha Breaux, an environmental science student at Rice University, says she was interested in working with Clean Cities because she wants to be "part of this movement to transition to clean transportation." Her passion for environmentalism, she says, stems from her childhood growing up near Louisiana's infamous "Cancer Alley." "I'm really grateful to have this opportunity to be back in my home state working with LCF," she says. "My internship this summer will show me even more ways that I can play a role in making positive changes to the environment, and I am excited to be a part of this change that is actively occurring in Louisiana."

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:   Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the Clean Cities Coordinator hall of fame. Learn more at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

     

    Local Non-Profit Celebrates 20 years of reducing Louisiana’s transportation emissions

    For Immediate Release

    April 22, 2020 | Baton Rouge, LA - This month marks the 20th anniversary of Louisiana Clean Fuels’ official designation as a Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition. Nearly 100 local coalitions serve as the foundation of the national Clean Cities program by working in communities across the country to advance affordable domestic alternative fuels such as natural gas, propane, electric vehicles, and biofuels; fuel-saving technologies and practices; and energy efficient mobility systems. 

    Over the past two decades, LCF has grown from a territory of 5 parishes to now cover 57 parishes, and alternative fuel usage of LCF stakeholders has grown from mere thousands in 2009 to nearly 9 million gallons in 2018. LCF has conducted over 275 hours of educational workshops in the past five years, and their stakeholders have cumulatively reduced over 165,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions since they began collecting data in 2009.

    LCF’s 2020 programmatic priorities include:

    • Encourage investment in renewables through education with ongoing projects like their “Waste to Fuel” Curriculum initiative
    • Increase the efficiency of public and private fleets through programs such as LCF’s Green Fleets Certification program and Light Duty EV Readiness Fleet Analysis
    • Support legacy alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleets by conducting Listening Sessions, hosting technical trainings for fleets and their technicians, and collaborating with members on funding proposals
    • Improve fueling infrastructure by hosting regional AFV infrastructure meetings and working with the state on its FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors signage program
    • Support and empower first responders by continuing to offer safety training to Louisiana firefighters, EMS and police as well as safety inspectors and fire marshalls.

    LCF is committed to supporting the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) initiatives to improve air quality and incentivize the use of alternative fuels. Currently, LCF is collaborating with the state on two national programs: The VW Settlement and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Alternative Fuel Corridors program. The coalition provides assistance with NOx reduction analysis of potential projects, emissions tracking of approved projects, infrastructure planning for electric vehicles, as well as advising on other alternative fueling related issues.

    LCF kicked off their 20th anniversary celebration in March with the first ever Clean Fuels Classic, a golf tournament sponsored by the Paretti Family of Dealerships. As part of the year-long celebration, LCF will host a 20th Anniversary Gala this fall to honor outstanding fleets, local leaders and corporations who have shown vision and dedication to helping reduce vehicular emissions and advance the use of domestic alternative fuels. The invitation-only Gala will be held on November 5th at the Estuary at the Water Campus in Baton Rouge.

    LCF is proud to have served Louisiana for the past 20 years, helping to serve both public and private fleets, educate the public, reduce toxic emissions, reduce the nations’ dependence on foreign oil, and increase the use of domestically-produced alternative fuels. To view a summary of LCF’s achievements over the past two decades, please refer to the coalition’s 20th Anniversary Timeline highlighting their accomplishments over the last two decades. To learn more about Louisiana Clean Fuels’ projects, outreach events and services, visit www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann, Communications Coordinator | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:   Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the Clean Cities Coordinator hall of fame. Learn more at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

     

    FTA Funding Announcement: Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program FY2020

    Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone Program

    Note (3/20/2020):  FTA understands that many agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures and that potential applicants to FTA’s grant programs may not be able to submit all of ancillary information, such as letters of support, by the deadlines established in the Notice of Funding Opportunity to apply for HOPE Program funds to improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, technical studies, or financial plans. FTA does not intend to extend the deadlines for the receipt of applications, given the need to provide funding to the industry as quickly as possible. However, FTA is offering additional flexibility as follows:  

    • When evaluating projects, FTA will provide less weight to whether a recipient has included letters of support or Board resolutions. The applicant may instead describe the status of local support to the best of his or her ability.
    • When an agency has completed application preparation, but may not be able to get executive signoff before submitting through Grants.Gov, FTA will allow an applicant to submit his or her unofficial application directly to the point of contact listed in the NOFO before the deadline. The applicant will then be permitted to seek the necessary internal approval, and must submit that confirmation to the FTA point of contact within 5 business days of the deadline, no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

     

    Date Posted: 3/03/2020
    Date Closed: 5/04/2020

    Opportunity ID: 
    FTA-2020-011-TPE-HOPE


    Details: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program was established in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, for $8.5 million to provide funds to eligible applicants that are in areas of persistent poverty.  Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-011-TPE-HOPE.  Proposals must be submitted electronically through GRANTS.GOV website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 4, 2020.

    Summary: The FTA may award grants to eligible recipients for planning, engineering, or development of technical or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of Title 49 United States Code and located in areas of persistent poverty. In FY 2020, FTA is encouraging applicants to propose projects that may introduce innovative technologies or practices in support of FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative and, consistent with the R.O.U.T.E.S. Initiative, that address the challenges faced by rural areas of persistent poverty. 

    Eligible Applicants:

    The HOPE Program provides funds to eligible applicants defined as eligible recipients or sub-recipients under 49 U.S.C. 5307, 49 U.S.C. 5310 or 49 U.S.C. 5311 that are in areas of persistent poverty.  Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project.  An eligible project for the Notice of Funding Opportunity is defined as either a planning study, including a planning and environmental linkages study that advances the environmental analysis and review process as part of the metropolitan planning process, engineering study, technical study, or financing plan. The proposed projects must be in counties with 20% or more of the population living in poverty over the 30 years preceding the date of enactment of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, or December 20, 2019, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial census and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, or any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20% as measured by the 2013-2017, 5-year data series available from the American Community Survey (ACS) of the Census Bureau.

    • Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: All applicants must complete the attached supplemental form and attach it to their submission in Grants.gov.
    • Dates: An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on May 4, 2020. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.
    • For Further Information Contact: For information on this RFP for the HOPE Program, contact Charles Goodman, Office of Planning and Environment, 202-366-1944 or consult our FAQs.
    • FTA will host two webinars to provide information about FTA’s Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program. Join FTA program staff on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 2 p.m. ET, and on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET, to learn more about this competitive funding opportunity, including application eligibility, evaluation criteria, and the application submission process. Click here to register.

     

    Objectives

    The HOPE Program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits or other entities of their choosing to develop an eligible project (see Eligible Projects below).

    The HOPE Program is intended to help areas of persistent poverty:

    • Reduce fatality rates on rural transportation infrastructure
    • Increase access to jobs and healthcare through enhanced transit options and improved facilities

     

    Eligible Activities

    The HOPE program seeks to fund planning for projects that will improve transit service and facilities in areas of persistent poverty in the U.S. FTA is particularly interested in proposals that may introduce innovative technologies or practices in support of FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative and, consistent with the R.O.U.T.E.S. Initiative, projects that address the challenges faced by rural areas of persistent poverty. 

    Eligible activities for HOPE funds include planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of title 49 U.S.C. in areas of persistent poverty.

    Eligible Recipients

    Applicants for the HOPE program must be eligible recipients or sub-recipients under section 5307, 5310, or 5311 of title 49, United States Code. An application must clearly identify the eligible lead applicant and all project partners on the team. Eligible project partners and sub-recipients may include, but are not limited to:

    • Public transportation systems
    • Operators of transportation, such as employee shuttle services or airport connector services or university transportation systems
    • State or local government entities
    • Other organizations that may contribute to the success of the project team including consultants, research consortia or nonprofit industry organizations, and institutions of higher education

     

    Match

    The minimum federal share for projects selected under the HOPE Program should be not less than 90 percent of the total project cost (i.e., the local amount should be no more than 10 percent of the total project cost, not 10 percent of the requested grant amount). The applicant must provide the local share of the net project cost in cash, or in-kind, and must document in its application the source of the local match.

    Deadline

    Project applications are due by 11:59 p.m. May 4, 2020.

    The contents of this page do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way.  This page is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding the existing requirements under the law or agency policies.  

    For more information: https://www.transit.dot.gov/HOPE

     

    Publication of Self-Driving Car Rule Anticipated

    Via NAFA's March 20th Mobility Insights + Innovations Newsletter

    Publication of Self-Driving Car Rule Anticipated

    On March 13, the Administration has finished its review of a forthcoming proposed rule on how to regulate cars without human controls from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA rule is expected to amend crashworthiness regulations that may be necessary to facilitate the certification of motor vehicles equipped without driver controls.

    NAFA is closely monitoring developments related to federal standards for AV technology. Hopefully, NHTSA’s proposal will impact AV development in a way that positively advances the safe testing and deployment of these technologies that have the potential to create a shift in the future of mobility.

    Visit NAFA's website

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    Press Release: Friday the 13th may be a lucky day for one Clean Fuels Classic golfer!

     

    NEW JAGUAR I-PACE OFFERED FOR HOLE-IN-ONE

    Friday the 13th may be a lucky day for one Clean Fuels Classic golfer

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 2, 2020 | Baton Rouge, LA – Instead of finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, one lucky golfer at the Clean Fuels Classic may find themselves driving home in a new Jaguar I-PACE. Baton Rouge’s Paretti Family of Dealerships is offering a brand new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE SUV to a golfer who gets a hole-in-one at their sponsored hole at the Clean Fuels Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, March 13th at Pelican Point Golf & Country Club in Gonzales. The charity golf scramble kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and raises money for Louisiana Clean Fuels, a non-profit U.S. Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition that promotes cutting air pollution through clean and sustainable transportation. 

    The Clean Fuels Classic is a golf scramble open to the public, celebrating Louisiana Clean Fuels’ 20th Anniversary as a Clean Cities Coalition. Funds raised will help the non-profit offer much-needed technical training to support Louisiana’s natural gas fleets, promote the installation of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state, provide free safety training to first responders, and work with local school districts and public transit companies to find funding for new and cleaner buses.

    The tournament will feature excellent food, a Bloody Mary bar, and, for players, a shot at driving away in a new Jaguar SUV! The event also features a raffle that includes a cuff bracelet from local artist Mimosa Handcrafted and a 60” flat-screen TV donated by Covington Orthopedics. Registered golfers wearing green to the Clean Fuels Classic will be given a free raffle entry at check-in.

    Team and player tickets are available online at www.CleanFuelsClassic.com as well as at the door between 7:00-7:30 AM on March 13, 2020.

    To learn more about the golf tournament, purchase tickets and see the schedule, visit www.CleanFuelsClassic.com.

    Contact: Stephanie Keen | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition nonprofit agency supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. Learn more at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.  In 2018, LCF Executive Director Ann Vail received the national group’s highest honor by being inducted into the Clean Cities Coordinator Hall of Fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Welcomes Two New Board Members

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Stuart McAvoy and Scott Barrios join the Louisiana Clean Fuels 2020 Board of Directors

    February [DATE], Baton Rouge, LA -  Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), a US Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition, announced today the addition of two new board members: Stuart McAvoy of UPS and Scott Barrios of Entergy. The new board members are filling vacancies from two retiring board members: Nick D’Andre of UPS and Matt Dearman of Entergy, former LCF Board Treasurer. 

    Additionally, LCF has also announced the new 2020 Board Executive Committee. Randy Hayden of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association and Fred Skal of Premier CNG Enterprise return to their roles of Board President and Vice President respectively. They are joined by Vivian Aucoin of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as Treasurer and new board member Scott Barrios as Secretary.

    Meet the Newest Board Members:

    Stuart McAvoy is the Global Director of Supply Chain Optimization and Sustainability within the Global Customer Solutions Group at UPS. His team, of over 50 resources globally, models UPS customer supply chains and measures the carbon emissions of their supply chains. Stuart has over 40 years of experience in supply chain and logistics.

    McAvoy is active in his community by serving on several boards, including the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana’s Industrial Advisory Board, the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences Board, past member of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation Board, and also serves on the Deposco Board of Directors. Deposco is a cloud-based supply chain inventory management software.

    McAvoy holds an MS in Management, Organizational Development, Troy University, a BA in Business Administration and an AOS in Computer Science. McAvoy also earned the Professional Logistics Certification from The Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech.

    A native of Thibodaux, Scott Barrios is the lead advocate and account manager for Entergy’s Electric Technology Program in Louisiana. Entergy’s eTech program promotes the adoption of electric-powered alternatives to many applications that traditionally require fossil fuels. The program provides customer support by dedicated field representatives and financial incentives to Entergy customers who purchase select electric equipment.

    Prior to joining Entergy, Barrios was a consultant for Wexford Group International where he advised clients within the federal government on national security policy and technology issues. Barrios is also a 20-year veteran of the US Marine Corps.

    Barrios holds an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, BS in Psychology from Excelsior College, and a Certificate in Project Management from Cornell. He is also an active member of the Environmental Affairs Committee with the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

    The 2020 Louisiana Clean Fuels Board of Directors consists of 11 members: Randy Hayden, Fred Skal, Vivian Aucoin, Scott Barrios, Tokesha Collins-Wright, Calvin Ray, James Setze, Stuart McAvoy, Jim Tilley, Dinero Washington, and Kent Meadows. The board serves in an advisory and oversight capacity in order to support the organization's goals and mission. The board, which meets on a quarterly basis, is comprised of representatives from government agencies, national, regional and local fleets as well as various stakeholder organizations. To learn more about Louisiana Clean Fuels' Board of Directors, please visit the LCF website at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for nearly 20 years. The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Press Release: Louisiana Clean Fuels Calls for Entries for 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Awards

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Ann Vail | [email protected] | 225-281-7353


    Louisiana Clean Fuels Calls for Entries for 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Public and private fleets in Louisiana are encouraged to share their 2019 fuel-saving measures and alternative fuel usage


    February 10, 2020 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), a US Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition, is requesting information on 2019 fleet efficiency updates and alternative fuel use from public and private fleets in Louisiana to be included in LCF’s 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Awards. The awards ceremony, held each fall, honors top-performing fleets in Louisiana for their efforts to reduce both their fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions which contribute to poor local air quality and climate change. 

    “The data we collect is used as a benchmark to gain an accurate picture of alternative fuel and vehicle usage in Louisiana,” explains LCF Executive Director, Ann Vail, “which will help both LCF and the Department of Energy understand the current alternative fuels market.” Louisiana Clean Fuels has been collecting data from fleets in their territory since 2009. “Our Annual Report helps to show our progress and the progress of stakeholders in Louisiana in shifting to domestic energy sources, eliminating harmful emissions and improving fuel efficiency,” says Vail. 


    LCF and its stakeholders have cumulatively reduced over 165,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions since the organization began collecting data in 2009. Fleets in the LCF territory recently reported reducing their NOx emissions (which contributes to the production of ground-level ozone), by 262,000 lbs in 2018 alone. The coalition assures participating fleets that all information provided in the survey will be aggregated to show the overall usage of alternative fuels from all participants. Fleets or fuel providers wishing their data to be kept confidential may opt-out of consideration for an award.

    Previous award categories include Clean Fuels Champion and Runner-Up, Best Performing Municipality, “Top in Class” Awards, Most Improved Fleet, Dealership of the Year, and Corporate Leadership Award. The 2019 Clean Fuel Champion was Republic Services for reducing more than 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 through the use of compressed natural gas and other fuel- and emissions-reducing methods. Other 2019 award winners include UPS, SWEPCO, the Paretti Family of Dealerships, Stone Oil, Entergy eTech, Amerigas, Ferrel Gas, Waste Management, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. View photos from the 2019 Clean Fuel Leader Awards in our photo gallery.

    Who should enter?

    Any on-road or off-road, light or heavy-duty fleet that uses alternative fuels such as: 

    • natural gas (CNG & LNG)
    • propane
    • electric vehicles
    • hybrid vehicles
    • other alternative fuels such as biodiesel, RNG, E85, etc.

     

    Public or private fleets that are employing fuel reduction practices such as: 

    • fewer miles traveled by employees utilizing carpooling, telecommuting, compressed workweek, mass transit or bicycles
    • shorter routes
    • driver education on fuel reduction driving
    • idle reductions
    • cylinder deactivation
    • tire auto air inflation
    • low rolling resistance tires
    • trailer aerodynamic packages
    • Replacing older vehicles with more fuel efficient ones

     

    What information do fleets need to provide?

    • Fleets that are utilizing alternative fuels are asked for the type and number of vehicles, annual miles driven, and the actual or estimated amount of fuel used.
    • Fleets utilizing fuel economy improvements are asked for the previous miles per gallon, current fuel economy, number of vehicles and vehicle miles traveled.
    • Fleets that have reduced vehicle miles traveled are asked for the method of reduction and further details on the effects of the method.

     

    How to Enter:

     

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. For information on how the Department of Energy uses data collected by Clean Cities coalitions, see their 2018 Clean Cities Coalition Activity Report. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for 20 years. Our mission is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

     

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels’ Clean Fuel Leader Award Winners Announced

    October 14, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of the Clean Fuel Leader Awards on Wednesday evening, October 9, 2019, at a welcome reception held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit. LCF, a designated US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, awards outstanding alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year. These awards recognize the exceptional achievements of Louisiana Clean Fuels stakeholders who have been working tirelessly to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions. 

    Ann Vail, Executive Director of LCF said, “This year I was overwhelmed by the level of cooperation and leadership we saw from our stakeholders. We are honored and humbled by their achievements to preserve our natural resources, reduce harmful emissions, and protect our nation’s energy security through the use of domestically produced alternative fuels and advanced technologies.”

    Steven Carville (Republic Services) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Republic Services received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, for reducing more than 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. Republic Services utilizes compressed natural gas (CNG) in LCF’s territory to fuel their refuse trucks. In addition, Republic Services reduces their emissions and fuel usage through other methods, including idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and fuel economy improvements. The award was accepted by Steven Carville on behalf of Republic Services (pictured left).

    “We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Sharon Mann, General Manager for Republic Services. “Our company is dedicated to the environment, and we are very proud of this accomplishment. We are dedicated to continuing to help our environment and looking forward to continuing our commitment along with saving the planet.”

    United Parcel Service (UPS) received the Clean Fuel Champion Runner-Up award for the second-highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with over 800 tons reduced. UPS operates biodiesel, propane and natural gas vehicles within LCF’s territory, and the company has a major focus on corporate sustainability efforts. According to their sustainability report, their sustainability goals include sourcing 40% of their ground fuel from “low carbon or alternative fuels by 2025” and having 25% of their annual vehicle purchases be alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

    Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) was honored for their Corporate Leadership in recognition of their efforts to support the development of an electric vehicle charging Chelsea Adcock (SWEPCO) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)corridor along our interstate highways. Their support of the Louisiana Clean Fuels DC Fast Charging Master Plan, Louisiana Electric Vehicle Road Show, and their efforts to rally their community leaders and the major utilities in the state to submit proposals for funding for chargers from the state’s Volkswagen Settlement plan.

    “We’re proud to partner with Louisiana Clean Fuels and honored to receive the 2019 Corporate Leadership Award,” said Chelsea Adcock, Consumer Programs Marketing Coordinator for SWEPCO, who accepted the award on SWEPCO’s behalf (pictured right). “LCF has been a valuable resource as we determine the most effective and efficient way to bring electric vehicle infrastructure and hopefully, Electric Vehicle Alternative Fuels Corridors to Northwest Louisiana and its residents.”

    The Paretti Family of Dealerships was recognized with the Dealership of the Year award for their continued work in promoting electric vehicles and their active participation in LCF’s events throughout the year. The Paretti Family of Dealerships has been a prominent sponsor of LCF’s Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow in addition to showing their Jaguar I-PACE at several Road Show and National Drive Electric Week events.

    “The Paretti Family of Dealerships is committed to the sustainability and the future of electrification transportation,” said Mike Rase, Vice President of the Paretti Family of Dealerships.” As we look at Jaguar and Land Rover’s long range production forecasts it’s easy to see that EV’s are here to stay.  In fact, we have invested over $100,000 in EV infrastructure alone not to mention the training of multiple EV Specialists as well as technicians. It’s an honor to be receiving this special award.”

    Waste Management’s Fleet was recognized as having the Largest Growth by Volume of alternative fuel usage. They grew their natural gas usage by more than 300,000 GGEs in 2018. The Most Improved Fleet Award went to Eagle Distributing of Shreveport for growing their alternative fuel usage by in 2018 by ten times over the previous year.

    Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (LDEQ) and Ann Vail (Louisiana Clean Fuels)Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown was recognized for his Leadership in Public Service, with special recognition of LDEQ’s diligent work on the Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement as well as their efforts with alternative fuel corridors. Louisiana has been one of the first states in the country to both implement and fund diesel emission reduction projects under the VW Settlement and to successfully work with their DOTD to get the major interstates approved for signage and get that signage installed under the FHWA’s Alternative Fuel Corridors program. Ann Vail presented the award to Dr. Brown (pictured left) at the reception.

    “LDEQ supports the work Louisiana Clean Fuels does to promote the use of alternative fuels and zero emissions vehicles in our state,” Dr. Brown said. “We are all working toward a cleaner environment, and we have made great progress in Louisiana. LCF’s efforts have been key to achieving those gains.”

    Other awards were given out as follows:

    • Both Stone Oil and AmeriGas were awarded the “Top in Class” award for their Idle Reduction programs. Stone Oil reduces the emissions of marine vessels while they are docked in their ports by allowing the vessels to plug in to “shore power” and turn off their diesel engines. AmeriGas’s own idle reduction policies and equipment reduced the amount of fuel they wasted when the vehicles were parked, resulting in the largest fuel savings for any on-road fleet in our territory.
    • Ferrel Gas was honored for reducing the most Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by simply optimizing their routes. This resulted in a massive reduction of fuel use for the company, not only reducing their fuel cost but also reducing the emissions that would have been emitted by driving the longer routes.
    • Commuter Krewe was honored for their work to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles driving in the Baton Rouge area. Carpooling reduces the number of vehicles on the road and consequently helps reduce traffic congestion and vehicular emissions.
    • The Entergy E-Tech program was awarded “Most Innovative Incentive Program” for their electrification rebate program for their utility customers. Entergy customers can easily apply for a rebate by simply replacing large gaseous equipment with electric ones (ex: electric forklifts) or by installing electric vehicle charging stations (level 2 or 3).

    The following were also recognized for their efforts in reducing emissions and conserving fuel:

    • Best Performing Municipality without Transit: St. Landry Parish
    • Best Performing Municipality with Transit: Shreveport (SporTran)
    • Best Performing School District: East Baton Rouge Parish
    • Most CNG Used: Republic Services
    • Most Propane Used: UPS
    • Most E85 Used: LDEQ
    • Most Renewable Natural Gas Used: Waste Connections
    • Most Electric Used: SporTran
    • Above and Beyond Award: Jeff Cantin, President of Solar Alternatives
    • Community Spirit Award: Louisiana Tesla Owners and Dreamers Facebook Group

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail presented the awards and announced the winners at the event, which was sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech. LCF is proud to honor these outstanding organizations and to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals.

    For more information, please visit www.louisianacleanfuels.orgSee all photos from the event here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hD8Z-aXHEg6NfwkJzq0siKZtDfxnFW_V?usp=sharing

    Contact: Victoria Herrmann | [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

     

    Tickets on Sale for Louisiana’s Top-Rated Clean Fuels & Technologies Conference, October 10th at NOLA Motorsports Park

       

    For Immediate Release

    October 2, 2019 | Baton Rouge, LA -  The Clean Fuels Summit is the state’s premier alternative fuels conference and expo hosted by both Clean Cities coalitions in Louisiana – Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership. The event, which is being held on October 10th at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, will feature an exclusive Ride & Drive on the racetrack, updates on the latest sustainable fleet technologies, and an impressive speaker lineup of clean fuel leaders from throughout the transportation industry.

    Featured Presentations: 

    • Future of Transportation: Bobby Hill, Vice President of North American Sales for Build Your Dreams (BYD), and Tom Hopkins, Regional Business Development Manager at ROUSH CleanTech, will discuss their respective companies’ visions of how technology is shaping and changing the industry. Attendees will get a sneak peek into what is coming in the not-so-distant future.
    • Dave Schaller of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) presentation “Plugging into Trucking Trends” will cover advancements in medium and heavy duty electric trucks, NACFE’s work to double freight efficiency, and their “Run on Less” truck demonstration this October.
    • A Workforce Development panel featuring Jared Schnader of CalStart and Bobby Hill of BYD, moderated by Chance McNeely, Executive Director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), will address the shortage of technicians in the automotive industry as well as innovative solutions to fill this critical workforce gap in the ever-increasing alternative fuel vehicle market.

    Additional Distinguished Speakers:

    • Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) will give an update on Louisiana’s Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement funding and projects.
    • The Keynote Presentation “Campus Community: Sustainability at Scale” will be delivered by Gretchen Vanicor and Terrence Chambers of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 
    • Tom Stephens of Argonne National Laboratory and Josh Schwartz of GPS Insight will explain the hidden value of Telematics data in “Gathering the Right Fleet Data & Choosing the Right Partner”.
    • Joe Annotti of GNA Clean Transportation & Energy Consultants will present on the latest fleet funding opportunities in “Finding the Funds: The Role of Incentives in Clean Transportation Projects”.


    Registration, information about speakers, as well as the full agenda for the Clean Fuels Summit are available at
    www.CleanFuelsSummit.com. General admission tickets are $30 online and $45 at the door. Discounts are available for students with a valid ID.   

    Who Should Attend?

    Business owners with sustainability goals, public and private fleet managers, elected officials, planners, corporate and university sustainability managers, transportation officials, LMTA members, students, freight stakeholders, and anyone interested in learning more about efforts to reduce emissions and conserve fuel.

    The Clean Fuels Summit is sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), the Paretti Family of Dealerships, Ingevity, GNA Clean Transportation & Energy Consultants, South Coast Solar, the Louisiana Motor Transport Association (LMTA), GPS Insight, Stone Oil, Atmos Energy, and the Louisiana Chemical Association.

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    About Clean Cities: As part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. Since beginning in 1993, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 billion gasoline gallon equivalents through the implementation of diverse transportation projects. More information is available at www.cleancities.energy.gov.

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:  Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. In 2018, Executive Director Ann Vail was inducted into the hall of fame. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    About Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership: The Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership is a coalition of vehicle fleet managers and operators; alternative fuel vehicle and technology providers; local, state and federal government agencies; and other organizations interested in promoting policies and practices that diversify our transportation fuel options, improve our environment, and reduce fleet operational costs. As part of the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities national network, the Clean Fuel Partnership provides education, technical assistance, funding information and other services to help fleets incorporate cleaner transportation options into their operations. The Clean Fuel Partnership is supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and is housed at the Regional Planning Commission serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa parishes. More information is available at www.cleanfuelpartnership.org

    CONTACT: Ann Vail | [email protected] | (225) 281-7353 

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    Media Alert: "Louisiana Electric Vehicle Road Show" stops in Gonzales during National Drive Electric Week

    Media Alert 

    September 17, 2019

    CONTACT: Ann Vail | [email protected] | (225) 281-7353 

    WHAT: Over 20 local electric vehicle (EV) drivers and enthusiasts will be lining up at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales to show off their electric vehicles to highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars on September 21, 2019. The event is part of both the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week and the Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow hosted by Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, Louisiana’s two U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalitions.

    Attendees can view and learn about plug-in vehicles by Tesla, Chevrolet, Honda, Jaguar, Audi and Nissan. The staff of Louisiana Clean Fuels, a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss EV information with attendees. Representatives from Entergy eTech, Tesla, Solar Alternatives, Paretti Jaguar, and the Commuter Krewe of Louisiana will be present to offer more information on EVs, charging, and sustainable driving practices.

    This Gonzales event is one of more than 280 across the country (and around the world) where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.

    WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 10AM-1PM

    WHERE: Tanger Outlet Mall, 2410 Tanger Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737

    VISUALS: A showcase of over 20 EVs of various makes and models along with Tanger Outlet Mall’s EV charging stations.

    WHO: Louisiana Clean Fuels is organizing the Gonzales National Drive Electric Week event in conjunction with their Louisiana EV Roadshow. Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), Entergy eTech, Chargepoint, and the Commuter Krewe of Louisiana are local sponsors. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers. The Nissan LEAF® is the exclusive national automotive sponsor.

    For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit: driveelectricweek.org

    For more information about Louisiana’s Drive Electric Week, visit: https://louisianacleanfuels.org/meetinginfo.php 

    About Louisiana Clean Fuels: Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving both public and private fleets for over 19 years. Our mission is to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Louisiana’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    About Plug In America: Plug In America is the nation’s leading independent consumer voice for accelerating the use of plug-in electric vehicles in the United States. Formed as a non-profit in 2008, Plug In America provides practical, objective information collected from our coalition of plug-in vehicle drivers, through public outreach and education, policy work and a range of technical advisory services. Our expertise represents the world’s deepest pool of experience of driving and living with plug-in vehicles. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. We drive electric. You can too. pluginamerica.org

    About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with more than 2.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states. The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles initiative advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut oil consumption. Sierra Club is proud to have been one of the three national groups organizing National Drive Electric Week since its inception in 2011. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide. 

    About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.

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