Press Releases & Announcements

2019 Louisiana Revolving Loan Fund Program Solicitations Open

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has announced that solicitations are open for the 2019 Louisiana Revolving Loan Fund Program.

Public entities may utilize low-interest financing, originally provided by the US Department of Energy, for implementing qualified energy efficient upgrades and improvements, and the term of the loan may be for up to 10 years at 2% interest.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019. For more information, access the LDNR website.

 

Webinar: DERA Clean Diesel National Grants

WEBINAR | 2019 DERA Clean Diesel National Grants

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RESCHEDULED | Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 2-4 PM CT | Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1-3 PM CT | FREE

Request for Applications Open

Deadline to Apply - March 6, 2019 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Informational webinars on National DERA Request for Applications have been rescheduled due to the government shutdown earlier this month; however, the deadline for submitting applications has not changed. EPA is anticipating approximately $40 million of Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines to be available under this competition. Between 40 and 80 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

Join the Webinar: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 3 to 5 p.m. ET

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Press Release: Louisiana Clean Fuels Welcomes Two New Board Members

Dinero’ Washington and Kent Meadows join the Louisiana Clean Fuels 2019 Board of Directors

Contact:

Ann Vail, Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-281-7353 Mobile
ann@louisianacleanfuels.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BATON ROUGE, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), the states largest Clean Cities Coalition, serving 56 parishes in Louisiana, announced today the addition of two new board members:  Dinero Washington of Sportran and Kent Meadowns of NGV Solutions. Per LCF bylaws, 2 of the 11 seats were open for election due to two long-time board members retiring from the LCF board. Mr. Washington and Mr. Meadows have filled the seats previously held by Paula Ridgeway (formerly of LDNR) and Curstis Donaldson of Agility Fuel Systems. LCF is pleased to welcome Mr. Washington and Mr. Meadows to the board.

  Mr. Washington is a native of Shreveport and serves as the president/chief executive officer for Shreveport Transit Management (SporTran) and Metro Management Inc. SporTran serves as the public transit system for the Shreveport and Bossier urbanized area. Washington earned two degrees from Northwestern State University and later earned his MBA from Stayer University. He believes in the power of hard work, and under his leadership, SporTran has designed, built, and opened the doors to three new transit passenger terminals and introduced the first new bus routing and scheduling network in the Shreveport-Bossier area in more than 25 years. The new bus routing and scheduling network introduced by Washington and his team his increased monthly ridership by more than 40,000. He also recently lead the efforts to introduce the first all battery electric buses and bus electric charging stations in Louisiana. He currently serves as president for Louisiana Public Transportation Association and a board member for South West Transit Association. Washington has received numerous awards during his tenure at SporTran. A few of the awards he holds closely are South West Transit Association President’s Award for his outstanding service to the public transit industry, the Urban Transit System of the year award from Route Match, 2018 Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Top Business Professional, and Shreveport-Bossier Top 40 under 40.
     
  Mr. Meadows is a frequent speaker at LCF Events and First Responder Safety Classes and is a Bronze Member of LCF. As Vice-President of NGV Solutions in 2011, Meadows established a Mississippi-based company to provide private companies, municipalities, counties/parishes, and other government agencies with turn-key solutions for their Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) needs. From small time-fill compression to Fast-fill public stations along with CNG conversions on vehicles, Meadows’ consulting, problem solving, and specialized solutions allow him to design options to meet each client’s needs. NGV Solutions supports and maintains compressors stations across the Southeast. Currently, NGV Solutions maintains four private CNG stations for clients in Louisiana. In addition to NGV Solutions, Meadows has worked with alliances to promote alternative fuel legislation. He has served on Boards of private schools, civic organizations, churches, and ministry-based charities. Prior to NGV Solutions, Meadows' background includes Automotive Dealership operations, Project Management, and business consulting.

 

Consisting of 11 members, the Board of Directors 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. For a complete list of board members, visit the Louisiana Clean Fuels Board of Directions 2019 page.

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LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. 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.

Press Release: Electric Vehicles and Owners Converge on Tanger Outlet Mall for National Drive Electric Week Event 


PRESS RELEASE

Electric Vehicles and Owners Converge on Tanger Outlet Mall for National Drive Electric Week Event 

Contact:

Ann Vail, Executive Director, Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-281-7353 | ann@louisianacleanfuels.org

Gonzales, LA | September 15, 2018 -Dozens of electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts converged on Tanger Outlet Mall today to show off their electric vehicles and to talk to shoppers about how much they love their cars and to highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars. The event is part of the fifth annual National Drive Electric Week.

There were many different electric models on display near the Tanger Outlet Mall’s Level 2 electric vehicle chargers: the Tesla Model S, X and 3 were all well represented with multiple examples of each car at the event as well as a couple of BMWi3s, an electric bicycle, a handful of Nissan Leafs and even a prototype of the Jaguar I-Pace.

Ann Vail, LCF's Executive Director said about today's event, "We spoke to dozens of people today that didn't realize how many different makes and models of electric cars (EVs) are available at dealership these days. Many of the people we talked to had no idea that most newer EV models can go more than 250 miles on a single charge! Once they realized how much money they would save by never having to buy gasoline again or go in for an oil change, nearly everyone got excited and said that they would have to look into purchasing an EV the next time they go buy a car!"

Gonzales’s 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 leaderspromoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.

Louisiana Clean Fuels organized the Gonzales event. 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 Gonzales Electric Drive Electric Week, visit our photo gallery online: https://louisianacleanfuels.org/gallery.php?id=44

About Louisiana Clean Fuels: LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. 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. 

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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Press Release: Louisiana Clean Fuels Announces 2018 Board Members and Officers

Louisiana Clean Fuels Welcomes Two New Board Members

Contact:

Ann Vail, Executive Director
Louisiana Clean Fuels
225-281-7353 mobile
ann@louisianacleanfuels.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2018 |Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announces the non-profit coalition’s 2018-2019 board members and officers. Per LCF bylaws, 2 of the 11 seats were open for election due to two long-time board members retiring from the LCF board. The remaining 9 incumbent board members ran unopposed and were reinstalled for another term on the board.

The board members who retired from their seats on the LCF board are Robert Borne, Entergy and Jean Kelly, LDEQ. Both were honored at the LCF 2017 Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards for their many years of dedicated service to the organization. The two new board members elected to fill the vacant seats are Vivian Aucoin, LDEQ and Tokesha Collins-Wright, Kean Miller:

Vivan Aucoin has been has been with LDEQ for over 25 years, the last 17 in Air Quality. She works as the Senior Scientist Manager in the Office of Environmental Assessment, Air Planning and Assessment Division.  She is the treasurer of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) and is on the Board of Directors for the Central States Air Resource Agencies.  Vivian is a graduate of LSU; she two degrees.  One is a BA in History; the other is a BS in Physical Geography, with a concentration in Meteorology and Climatology. 
Tokesha Collins-Wright is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2008 and practices in the environmental law group. Tokesha's practice involves most aspects of environmental regulatory law, including permitting, compliance, enforcement and transactional issues, as well as litigation matters. She is a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and is the Chair of the Junior League’s Diaper Bank. She is a long-time former board member for the Iris Domestic Violence Center. She is a 2017 Recipient of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 40 Under Forty.

The LCF Board also selected its officers that make up the LCF Board’s executive committee for 2018 and 2019:

  • Board Chair: Randy Hayden, Creative Communications (2nd term as Chair)
  • Vice-Chair: Fred Skal, Premier CNG Enterprise
  • Treasurer: Matt Dearmon, Entergy (2nd term as Treasurer)
  • Secretary: Tokesha Collins-Wright, Kean Miller

“We are excited to continue moving forward and to serve the state of Louisiana with these phenomenal leaders at our side,” said Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels. “A strong board is the lifeline to a successful organization, and I believe we have both.”

For a complete list of board members, visit the Louisiana Clean Fuels website at: http://louisianacleanfuels.org/board.php

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About LCF

Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) was established in 1997 as an affiliate of the United States Department of Energy Clean Cities program and received designation April 11, 2000. Formerly the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, LCF operates as an independent non-profit association supported through its partnership with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and its stakeholders.