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    FOTW# 1179: All-Electric Vehicles Have the Lowest Estimated Annual Fuel Cost of All Light-Duty Vehicles

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2021 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the available vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $850 per year. The annual fuel costs for plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, which can fuel with gasoline and electricity, are the next lowest, and are heavily influenced by the vehicle’s electric range. Hybrid electric vehicles* generally use their technology for maximizing fuel economy. Some models use their hybrid systems to boost performance rather than to increase fuel economy so not all hybrid vehicles have low fuel costs. Conventional gasoline vehicles for MY 2021 have estimated annual fuel costs ranging from $1,050 to $4,900—the widest range, with the most vehicle models available.

    * Hybrid electric vehicles are refueled only with gasoline but a have larger capacity battery than a conventional gasoline vehicle.

    Notes: All annual vehicle fuel costs are rounded to the nearest $50. Annual fuel cost estimates are based on combined city/highway fuel economy, 15,000 annual miles, and the following fuel prices: $2.39 regular gasoline; $3.03 premium gasoline; $2.72 diesel; and $0.13 per kilowatt-hour electricity.

    Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fuel Economy Data, accessed January 29, 2021. 

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    Entergy, AEP, Four Other Utilities Team Up to Create a Multi-State Fast Charging Network

    Two LCF Members Join the Electric Highway Coalition

    On March 2, 2021, six utilities announced their participation in the Electric Highway Coalition, a group consisting of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority with the intent to create seamless electric vehicle charging "from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions."

    The plan involves these utilities working together to establish a DC Fast Charging network along major highways in their territories, which would allow EV drivers access to continuous fast charging throughout these states. With charging taking only 20-30 minutes, the hope is that this network will help to promote EV adoption for drivers concerned with vehicle range and travel possibilities.

    “At Entergy, we are taking an integrated approach toward a carbon-free future that includes working with industry peers and customers to electrify other sectors of the economy like transportation and the maritime industry,” said Leo Denault, chairman and CEO of Entergy Corporation. “Initiatives like this proposed regional EV charging corridor will help lower transportation emissions and provide community benefits for all our stakeholders.”

    “Throughout the ages, travelers have had to figure out how to get from point A to B. From feeding and watering horses, to filling gas tanks, and now recharging batteries, ensuring that there are convenient places to accomplish these tasks is critical,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “With this effort, we are working to help drivers see that EVs fit their lifestyle and their travel plans, wherever the road might take them.”

    Two participating Electric Highway Coalition utilities, Entergy and SWEPCO (a subsidiary of American Electric Power), are Louisiana Clean Fuels members with representatives on our Board of Directors. They are also supporting partners on our Drive Electric Louisiana project, which is dedicated to accelerating EV adoption and improving fueling infrastructure in Louisiana. Projects such as Drive Electric Louisiana - a participating state project in the Drive Electric USA initiative funded by the US Department of Energy - will be vital in working with the Electric Highway Coalition to accomplish their interstate charging network goals.

    "Entergy's partnership with Clean Cities Coalitions will be critical in this endeavor," said Scott Barrios. Barrios is a Senior Account Manager of Entergy eTech, the company's EV charging incentive program, in addition to being a member of the LCF Board of Directors.

    To learn more about this initiative and the utilities involved, please view the following press releases:

    READ ENTERGY'S PRESS RELEASE          READ AEP'S PRESS RELEASE


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Annual Meeting Gets Rave Reviews from Attendees

    The Future of Transportation is Now

    On Wednesday, February 10th, Louisiana Clean Fuels invited all stakeholders to gather virtually for our 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting. Even without the typical networking lunch and king cake break, this year’s meeting was as interesting as ever, covering topics such as upcoming funding opportunities, LCF’s 2021 programs and projects, how our state is working towards its goal of Net Zero by 2050, and the carbon intensity of renewable fuels. Attendees from the meeting shared their immediate impression of the day's presentations with enthusiastic requests for a link to the recording and copies of presentations. One attendee raved, "The webinar yesterday was one of the best yet. I have been quoting Dr Brown and RMI all day.” Another attendee told us, "That was one of most interesting 2+ hour meetings I have ever attended”.

    LCF was joined by Britta Gross (Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute), Dr. Terrence Chambers (Director of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Center at University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Dr. Chuck Carr Brown (Secretary of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality), Sam Lehr (Manager of Sustainability and Markets Policy at Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas), and Troy Shoen (Senior Marketing Manager for Renewable Energy Group). If you missed out on the live webinar, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel

    Meeting Summary

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director, Ann Vail, kicked off the meeting on February 12, 2021, by giving a summary of LCF’s plans for 2021. Some of these include new and ongoing educational projects such as: the expansion of our Green Fleets program, Ann’s participation in the Transportation Committee for the Climate Initiative Task Force, the official launch of our Drive Electric Louisiana program (funded through a Department of Energy grant), our 2nd Annual Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament to be held in October 2021, a 2-day Virtual Clean Fuels Summit scheduled for June 15-15, 2021, and finally, the continuation of our focus on providing safety training for Louisiana first responders. Ann emphasized that, much like 2020, this year holds uncertainty as to when we can hold in-person networking events again. The valuable experience LCF staff have gained by hosting virtual events and webinars has put the coalition in a strong position to maintain their high standards of supporting its partners and stakeholders.

    Following our LCF update, Britta Gross kicked off the guest speaker presentations with a discussion on carbon emissions and EV implementation. As
    she explained, the United States is the top emitter of carbon from transportation, and “... for the U.S., what this means is that we can’t address carbon emissions unless we address transportation.” This seems like a daunting task, but it is exactly what Louisiana Clean Fuels, and other Clean Cities Coalitions, are working on every day. To contain global warming to 1.5 degrees, we must reduce 45% of transportation emissions by 2030, Britta explained during her presentation. For Louisiana, this means a total of 625,000 EVs operating in the next 10 years, a considerable increase from the 3,000 EVs registered in the state as of last year. As Britta discussed, many sectors are pushing for EVs, including government, banking, and car industries, but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

    Dr. Terrence Chambers and Dr. Chuck Carr Brown also joined LCF for the Stakeholder Meeting to talk about the Louisiana Governor’s Climate Task Force. Both Mr. Chambers and Dr. Brown sit on the task force, working to identify ways to achieve the climate goals of Net Zero by 2050 set by Governor Edwards. Dr. Chambers provided a detailed overview of how the task force is set up, gave a timeline for the group’s activities, and shared information on how the public can participate by sharing detailed project ideas on how our state can attain Net Zero through an online survey portal that opened on February 24th and closes on April 30, 2021. 

    While the goals are ambitious, the state of Louisiana is prepared to achieve them. As Dr. Brown pointed out, Louisiana is in a very unique position to address emissions while remaining successful. The road to renewable energy is a long one, and in the meantime, we will need a cleaner energy source to bridge the gap from fossil fuels to renewable energy. “Natural gas will be that gap, and it gives all the oil and gas producers in the state of Louisiana an opportunity to remain economically viable until they can bring their pieces of the puzzle to the plate,” said Dr. Brown. Other factors that can contribute to reducing Louisiana’s emissions include carbon capture and storage, cap and trade policies, and transitioning away from coal use. To read more about the Climate Initiatives Task Force, see our recent blog here

    Finally, Troy Shoen and Sam Lehr wrapped up our speaker presentations with discussions on renewable energy. Renewable fuels are a great way to reduce carbon emissions with little additional cost to a fleet. Many renewable fuels are used as ‘drop-in fuels,’ or fuels that can be used with existing petroleum infrastructure. These fuels can help diesel fleets reduce their emissions without having to replace all their vehicles. Shoen is a Senior Marketing Manager for Renewable Energy Group (REG), which owns and operates a biodiesel facility in Geismar, Louisiana. As Shoen explained during his presentation, biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from biological fats and oils such as used cooking oil. Louisiana is a large producer of renewable biodiesel and also a top 10 consumer. The state legislature’s support is a major part of this, with a Louisiana mandate requiring 2% of all diesel sold in the state to contain biodiesel. As Shoen mentioned, this likely all led to REG’s recent announcement to expand the Geismar facility production capacity by 250 million gallons of biodiesel per year. Our second speaker on renewable fuel was Sam Lehr, a Manager of Sustainability and Markets Policy at the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas. Renewable natural gas is a gas derived from renewable resources such as food waste, wastewater, agricultural waste, and landfill gas. Lehr’s discussion on feedstock availability in the US and West South Central region informed us that  RNG from within the region can supply 10% of current natural gas demand in Louisiana. This is a significant amount that can help Louisiana achieve some of the emission reduction goals set by the Governor’s Climate Initiative Task Force.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels would like to thank all of our stakeholders for attending and our guest speakers for participating in our 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting. This year, we are looking forward to the new technologies and programs that will shape the future of transportation. If you missed the meeting, a recording is available on LCF’s YouTube channel. After you watch the recording (or if you attended the meeting live), please let us know what you think of the presentations by participating in a short survey.

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Louisiana Clean Fuels, please check out our website: www.louisianacleanfuels.org

    Thank you to REG and RNG Coalition for participating in this year’s meeting as well as for their continued support to Louisiana Clean Fuels as members.


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    FOTW# 1174: Over 20,000 New Electric Vehicle Charging Outlets Were Installed in the United States in 2019

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    In 2009, there were 245 new electric vehicle (EV) charging outlets installed nationwide, but by 2019 that number had risen to more than 20,000 new installations. From 2017 to 2019, about 5,000 new charging outlets were installed each year. The majority of new charging outlets are Level 2, but the number of DC Fast Charging outlets has been expanding, which helps reduce refueling times. In 2019, there were 4,482 DC Fast Charging outlets installed, representing just over 20% of all new installations. Cumulatively, by 2019 there were more than 78,000 charging outlets at about 26,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

    Note: Includes public and private EV charging outlets.

    Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
    Trends from the Alternative Fueling Station Locator: Second Quarter 2020
    , October 2020.

    Fact #1174 Dataset

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    Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force Established: Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Appointed to Transportation Committee

    By Emily Devereaux & Samantha Breaux, LCF Interns

    In November 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called to order the Climate Initiatives Task Force, first established with Executive Order 2020-18 earlier that year. The goals of the Task Force are threefold:  (1) review current efforts to update the state’s greenhouse gas inventory, (2) to investigate and make recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Louisiana, and (3) develop policies and strategies to achieve net emissions reduction targets while improving the health and welfare of the people of Louisiana. With a diverse group of experts from areas such as transportation, manufacturing, power production, and land use, the task force aims to work alongside and build upon other state efforts to produce better outcomes for the people. This includes working with the state government, colleges, universities, the private sector, and all Louisianians to promote an inclusive environment.

    About the Taskforce

    The establishment of the Climate Initiatives Task Force is a response to an accumulation of data and science sourced from Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2018 Special Report Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius. These reports include information on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change that will directly impact Coastal Louisiana through sea level rise. According to the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, sea level rise and subsidence could result in the loss of 2,250 to 4,120 square miles of Louisiana land over the next 50 years. This loss threatens Louisiana residents, wildlife, and the economy through increased flood risk and loss of habitat. As Governor Edwards put it, global temperature rises and sea level changes along with other impacts of climate change will “harm the state’s natural and cultural heritage.” 

    To help avoid the worst impacts of climate change and sustain the Louisiana coast, the Task Force will be working to help the state achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This long-term goal is supported by specific emissions reduction goals set for 2025 and 2030 which are outlined in the image below retrieved from the presentation at the Task Force’s first meeting in November.

    The first at-large meeting outlined the climate crisis and its implications for the Gulf Coast Region, the structure and next steps of the Task Force, and the decision-making process that will be used to achieve the defined goals. To start, the Task Force recognized the potential risks for urban infrastructure, health risks, and increased flooding in coastal and low-lying regions as a consequence of the climate crisis. Decisions will be supported by an analysis of various solutions, desired outcomes, and responses to legal mandates and the integration of science and policy. The first meeting also outlined the advisory groups and committees that will provide support, including the Transportation Committee.

    Transportation Committee 

    The Transportation Committee of the Climate Initiatives Task Force held their first meeting on December 1, 2020, to discuss the foundational steps of the committee, which will help to propel the work that has just begun. Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Ann Vail was appointed a member of this committee and is excited to help shape a greener future for Louisiana. “I am thrilled to be part of this esteemed committee,” Ann said of the appointment. “My two main goals are to keep our stakeholders informed of and involved in the process and to ensure that the task force has the most up-to-date, relevant, and comprehensive information on the many means by which we can reduce GHG emissions in the transportation sector.” The primary objectives of this committee will be: (1) reduce emissions specifically in the transportation sector, (2) maintain the viability of transportation providers, and (3) increase access to reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation options. Additionally, the committee recognizes the necessity to move away from oil-based fuels and will consider how to prepare the EV grid for these industry shifts. The committee will also promote education about emissions and transportation efficacy as well as other strategies mentioned in the discussion of the fundamental objectives. A recording of the meeting can be found here

    Progress and Call for Ideas

    Since last year, the Task Force has published their first Interim Report, detailing the purpose and members of each advisory group and committee, establishing a project timeline and goals, and describing the mission and values of the Climate Initiatives Task Force. The deliverable timeline, found below, is expanded upon in the last page of the report. 

    As shown above, the Task Force is currently calling on the public to comment on the process, materials published by the task force and committees, and on items discussed at the meetings. All public comments and thoughts should be sent to [email protected]. In the subject line of your email, please include reference to the Climate Initiatives Task Force and any specific agenda item # from the meeting you are commenting on. The body of your message should include your name and address before your comment. 

    The task force will also request project ideas from the public and AFV stakeholders on specific ways that Louisiana can reach its goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050. For more information, view the recording of LCF’s 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting where Task Force members Terrence Chambers and Dr. Chuck Carr Brown were invited to discuss the state’s goals and share information on an upcoming online form for stakeholders to submit their GHG-reducing project ideas.

    The Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force aims to identify strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the Louisiana economy and society that will be included in the Task Force’s Final Climate Report. To develop comprehensive strategies that reflect the needs and expertise of all Louisianans, the Task Force has crafted an Action Template to solicit input from the public and members of the Climate Initiative groups. The Template provides background and instructions on how to complete an action proposal to the best of your ability during the solicitation period, which opens on February 24, 2021, and closes April 30, 2021.

    Please utilize the Action Template below to submit completed action proposals to clima[email protected] by April 30, 2021. You may also mail a physical copy to the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, 1051 N 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802. Alternatively, you may complete an action proposal using the online Google Form below.

    ACTION TEMPLATE     GOOGLE FORM

    For more information on the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force, please visit https://gov.louisiana.gov/page/climate-initiatives-task-force


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    Fleet Electrification: First Steps for Fleets Transitioning to Electric Vehicles

    By Juliane Ding & Samantha Breaux, LCF Interns

    There are many reasons why a business or government agency may be interested in adding EVs to their fleets, such as reaching sustainability goals, lowering maintenance costs, or reducing fueling costs. Fleet electrification, however, takes a lot of thought, and details of the planning process are often overlooked when fleets look to transition. From planning and constructing the charging infrastructure to operating impacts and vehicle replacements, this article will share advice from experts on how to take your first steps towards fleet electrification. 

    For more tips on planning, check out Louisiana Clean Fuels’ online webinar First Steps for Fleets Interested in EVs (Fleet Electrification Pt. 2) featuring guest speakers Mary Till, Director of Business Development at Sawatch Labs, and Robert Mowat, Transportation Mobility Electrified Lead at HDR. Some of their advice will be shared throughout this article.

    The Basics

    With rising greenhouse gas emissions becoming a local, national, and global issue, electrification of fleets is one of the most direct methods that a fleet can adopt to help lower their company emissions, reach sustainability goals, and lower costs. Apart from these benefits, less maintenance and quiet operation can also improve driver quality of life. 

    However, adding one or two light duty vehicles to your fleet is a lot easier than adding a dozen medium or heavy-duty EVs or transitioning the entire fleet. According to Mowat, challenges may include operation feasibility, construction requirements, power demand, charging strategy, and capital costs. Fleets should consider these and other potential obstacles as they begin to research and plan for fleet electrification. 

    Planning Ahead

    As a Clean Cities Coalition, Louisiana Clean Fuels is here to help you get started as you look to tackle your own sustainability and clean transportation goals. Learning what questions to ask, how to engage with utility partners, and how telematics data can help your fleet are just the first steps in planning for fleet electrification. Our webinar series on fleet electrification is a great place to get even more information after reading this article. 

    There are various ways to begin electrifying your fleet, with various possible approaches to development, testing, and research. Mowat suggests taking a phased approach in which more advanced technologies and opportunities over time allow your fleet to gradually become more electric. Trying to jump right into electrification can lead to common industry problems such as lack of space for charging infrastructure, purchasing the wrong equipment, or vehicles being unable to meet route requirements. Thus, he recommends three guiding principles: ‘Idea to Implementation’, ‘First Things First’, and ‘Data-Driven Decisions’. 

    • Idea to Implementation: Emphasizes finding partnerships and experts to help guide your electrification project from start to finish. Lay out your scope and stay focused on the overall solution with each step you take. 
    • First Things First: Part of the planning process. Laying out a solid foundation and clear roadmap is vital to successful electrification projects. “The key for us is to do the first things first: really look at what’s going on and where you need to be,” Robert says. 
    • Data-Driven Decisions: Can help you understand your operational fleet data and make the most sustainable decisions for your company. One way to do this is using telematics data.



    Using Telematics to Plan

    An important planning tool for the project to be executed properly is telematics data. A fleet can use telematics data from their existing fleet to help them decide which vehicles and routes will be best for electrification. Some of the data available from telematics includes vehicle location, fuel consumption, and much more (see Table 1). “We can do sensitivity analysis for fleets,” says Till. “For example, if we’re talking about an eight-year life span on vehicles, there are many other variables that can change. Total cost of ownership can be impacted by vehicle purchase price and gas prices.” The chart below contains more detailed information on what data telematics and Sawatch Analytics can provide for your fleet.

    Table 1 includes examples of the type of vehicle information from telematics that can be used to help you plan your EV fleet project. Sawatch Labs takes telematics to the next level; providing a deeper analysis of your fleet.

    There are many other considerations when planning to add EVs to your fleet. Average charge time and power requirements of your vehicles must be considered along with the importance of identifying charging and infrastructure needs. Addressing these needs may include multiple things, including the consideration of the energy requirements for various types of vehicles within the fleet. However, analyses from telematics data provide a great starting point for companies looking to go electric or optimize current operations.

    Partnerships

    Types of partners to consider in your process should include third-party specialty groups, internal resources, technology suppliers, advocacy groups, peer groups, utility groups, government entities, and your local Clean Cities Coalition. “Again, these are pieces of the puzzle: getting those eight or nine essential partner groups,” Mowat explains. “An example of a partner group’s service is...where someone looks at your whole operation and does an analysis of what your fleet will need including power demand, utilities, facilities, and what can be done to improve your EVSE.”

    To get the most out of your partnerships, you’ll need to define clear goals, whether they are financial or sustainability goals. Each partner will be able to assist your process in different ways. For instance, external and internal funding can be looked at from governmental, municipal, and third-party sources. Peer organizations are a great place to start for lessons learned or personal recommendations. Louisiana Clean Fuels or your local Clean Cities coalition will be there every step of the way to assist in planning, finding funds, educating employees, and ensuring your transition will help you reach your company goals. 

    As you start thinking about your electrification goals, be sure to reach out and continue learning about the process. Adding EVs to your fleet can be a daunting task, but it can easily be tackled by addressing the challenges, planning ahead, and reaching out for information. As Till says, “There are people who have started to clear the forest and start[ed] looking for what needs to be done as we go forward. Start the conversation, engage partners, and start building your network.”

    Hear more from Mary Till and Robert Mowat about fleet electrification in our recorded webinar, First Steps for Fleets Interested in EVs. This webinar covers the things to consider when making the decision to try EVs, fleet analysis and EV Suitability of your fleet, utilizing data and telematics to inform your EV procurement decisions, along with understanding the new networks and types of partnerships you will need.

    Learn more about EV implementation here: https://afdc.energy.gov/files/pdfs/pev_handbook.pdf


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    FTA Announces $180 Million Available through the Low or No Emission Grant Program

    PROPOSALS DUE 4/12/2021

    Priority will be given to projects that help improve air quality and advance environmental justice; a portion of the funds can be used to help transportation workers learn technical skills to operate and maintain new clean vehicles

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced the availability of up to $180 million in competitive grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FTA's Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program.

    The Low-No Program helps eligible project sponsors purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles and supports facilities that use advanced technologies to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit operations in communities across the country. This year's NOFO will prioritize applications with an environmental justice component as well as those that will support workforce development activities to help America’s transit workers succeed.

    "The Biden Administration is committed to investing in clean transportation, and the Low or No Emission Program will put more American-made, energy-efficient buses into service across the country," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. "This is an important step forward in ensuring that communities have access to high-quality, zero-emission transportation options." 

    In support of the President's January 20, 2021, Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis, FTA is placing a priority on projects that will help improve air quality in non-attainment and maintenance areas for certain criteria pollutants under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. This consideration will further the goals of the Executive Order, including the goal to prioritize environmental justice.

    "Through the Low-No grant program, transit operators nationwide have the ability to replace aging buses near the end of their lifecycle with newer, cleaner models that are more efficient to operate and maintain," said FTA Acting Administrator Nuria I. Fernandez.

    To support American industry, FTA requires that all capital procurements meet FTA's Buy America requirements (49 U.S.C. 5323(j)), which require that all iron, steel, and manufactured products be produced in the United States and that the cost of components and subcomponents of rolling stock produced in the United States must be more than 70 percent of the cost of all components. 

    To further support America’s recovery from COVID-19, all providers of public transportation that are awarded funding through the Low-No Program must have fair and equitable labor protections in place as required by Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5333(b)), which help preserve the rights and benefits of transit employees.

    As part of FTA's commitment to helping transit professionals keep up-to-date on technological advancements, Low-No recipients are permitted and encouraged to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under Federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. 

    Eligible applicants for Low-No funding include public transit agencies, state transportation departments and Indian Tribes. Projects will be evaluated by criteria defined in Federal law and in the (NOFO), including the applicant’s demonstration of need, the project's benefits, project implementation strategy, and capacity for implementing the project.

    Complete proposals must be submitted electronically (funding opportunity FTA-2021-001-LowNo) through the GRANTS.GOV "APPLY" function by April 12, 2021.

    Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s NOFO page and in GRANTS.GOV (funding opportunity FTA-2021-001-LowNo). Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by April 12, 2021.

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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2020 Year in Review

    The last year has been a challenging one, at best. We had originally planned to celebrate our 20th Anniversary all year long with fun and innovative networking events that highlighted the accomplishments of our stakeholders. Then in March, just days after our Clean Fuels Classic, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to shift our priorities and adapt. But amidst the chaos, 2020 brought new lessons and experiences, many of which have given us the tools and skills to improve and grow with the coming year. So it is with renewed hope for the future that we look back over our many experiences and accomplishments of the last year.

    First-Ever Clean Fuels Classic Golf Tournament

    On March 13, 2020, LCF held our inaugural Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament. Stakeholders and guests gathered for drinks, lunch, and a fun time at Pelican Point Golf & Country Club in Gonzales, LA, playing for various prizes, including the chance to drive home in an all-electric Jaguar I-PACE from presenting sponsor Paretti Family of Dealerships. Players participated in a scramble-style tournament, enjoying excellent on-course food and Bloody Marys provided by our sponsors. The day ended with an awards ceremony sponsored by ROUSH CleanTech, during which LCF raffled off fun prizes for attendees to win. The tournament kicked off LCF’s yearlong celebration of our 20th anniversary, and it was also our last in-person event before Louisiana’s stay-at-home orders shut down the state on March 16th. The course at Pelican Point was a hit with all of our golfers and we are proud to announce that the second Clean Fuels Classic will be held on October 11, 2021.

    LCF 20th Anniversary

    In April 2000, Louisiana Clean Fuels - then known as the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition - was designated as a Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition. In celebration of our 20th anniversary, LCF planned for 2020 to be a year of exciting alternative fuel events, educational outreach, and promotion, but everything changed when the pandemic struck. Despite this significant roadblock, we managed to pivot our anniversary plans and work toward a year that was both safe and celebratory. Throughout the latter half of the summer, our Executive Director worked with a film crew to produce promotional videos and a PSA for the coalition. They interviewed alternative fuel stakeholders from across the state and local leaders to show off LCF’s myriad alternative fuel and emissions reduction contributions in Louisiana over the past two decades.

    Clean Fuel Leader Awards & Virtual Gala

    November saw the culmination of LCF’s anniversary celebration with our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at a 20th Anniversary Gala sponsored by the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). A small group of award winners and representatives gathered for a masked and distanced ceremony at The Estuary at the Water Campus in Baton Rouge. Republic Services took home the highest award, Clean Fuel Champion, for the third year in a row for their continued hard work toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. LCF awarded the second-ever Katry Martin Award to Scott Barrios of Entergy for “his enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge, and unlimited energy [which] he puts toward helping to pave the way for clean fuels for Louisiana, especially electric technologies.” Awards were also presented to Capital Area Transit System (CATS), Fuels Fix, United Parcel Service (UPS), and the City of Lake Charles, among others. Sponsored by Atmos Energy, the event also featured recorded performances by Louisiana singer, songwriter, and fiddler Amanda Shaw and a special supportive message from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. A recording of the event premiered on our YouTube channel the following evening to more than 100 virtual viewers. LCF was delighted to recognize these amazing fleets for their invaluable work towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for transportation in Louisiana.

    Alternative Fuel Corridors

    Towards the end of 2019, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality applied for Alternative Fuel Corridor designation for several sections of highway in Louisiana to be recognized as EV charging corridors. Utilizing our DC Fast Charging Master Plan, LCF worked with LDEQ throughout 2019 to help the department decide on the most beneficial locations for DC Fast Chargers in the state with the goal of spurring the creation of our interstate EV charging network. In July 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officially designated a section of I-10 as “corridor-ready” for EV charging, with another section of I-10 and a section of I-12 marked “corridor-pending.” We anticipate that the remaining VW Settlement awards will result in our state having nearly complete electric vehicle corridors on I-10, I-20 and I-49.

    Webinar Wednesdays

    With the onset of the pandemic and its accompanying regulations in Louisiana, we had to pivot our outreach plans for the year from in-person to virtual. Thus, LCF’s Webinar Wednesdays series was born, an educational webinar series dedicated to providing information about alternative fuels to various audiences. Alternative fuel experts, fleets, and Clean Cities personnel gathered virtually to present on such topics as First Steps for Fleets Interested in EVs, Preparing Utilities for EVs, Work Trucks Market Watch, and Pro Tips for CNG Fleets. This webinar series saw over 450 attendees and has accrued over 200 views on our YouTube channel, and continues to serve as a convenient way for viewers to learn more about alternative energy in the transportation sector.

    Executive Director appointed to Climate Task Force Transportation Committee & Awarded Benjamin Watson Leadership Award

    Throughout 2020, LCF’s staff worked diligently to cope with the pandemic while we continued our normal outreach and fleet support. Amidst all of this hard work, our Executive Director, Ann Vail, received recognition for her efforts to go above and beyond in the name of Clean Cities. In August, Ann was presented the Benjamin Watson Leadership Award by the Clean Cities Coordinator Council, an award given once a year in honor of a long-time coordinator who enriched the Clean Cities community with their spirit and engaging personality. “Ann Vail’s inspirational energy, passion, and skill at overcoming challenges led her fellow Clean Cities coordinators to select her for the Benjamin Watson Inspirational Award, which recognizes coordinators who embody the heart and attitude of Benjamin Watson,” said a Clean Cities press release. Ann, who is also a member of the Clean Cities Hall of Fame, was delighted to be honored by her peers in appreciation of her efforts to promote the mission of Clean Cities and assist fellow coalitions in their clean fuel efforts. That same month, Ann was also appointed to the Transportation Committee of the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force established by Governor John Bel Edwards. The primary objectives of this committee will be to reduce emissions specifically in the transportation sector, maintain the viability of transportation providers, and increase access to reliable, efficient, and affordable transportation options. Ann is incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to have a larger role in moving Louisiana toward a climate-positive future.

    While 2020 certainly provided a myriad of challenges for us as a coalition, it took a lot of work and dedication from LCF staff to achieve our goals and maximize our potential. The year was an excellent time for us to revise our online platforms and improve our virtual content as we worked from our separate home desks and held meetings via Zoom. Though it wasn’t the yearlong celebration we initially hoped for, we made the best of 2020 and our 20th Anniversary, keeping safe while still recognizing our two decades of clean fuel achievements. This pandemic may not be ending anytime soon, but LCF is ready to spring right into 2021 and continue our dedication to serving our fleets and promoting clean air and fuels for our state.


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    Louisiana Green Fleets Program to recognize fleets on emissions reduction efforts

    Louisiana’s two Clean Cities coalitions combine programs to create one statewide Green Fleets Certification.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

         

    February 1, 2021 - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) and Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) are partnering on a single, statewide Green Fleets Certification Program, which will recognize Louisiana fleets on their environmental efforts toward reducing transportation emissions. Previously, each coalition had its own fleet certification program. The combined effort will simplify the certification process for fleets that operate in both regions of the state.

    The Louisiana Green Fleets Program is designed to assist fleets in deploying solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of vehicle operations. This free program provides enrolled fleets with emissions analysis for their on-road and some off-road vehicles used throughout Louisiana. The analysis evaluates a fleet’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, pollutant emissions, and percentage of petroleum use along with their percentage of alternative fuel vehicles. Participating fleets are certified on a 5-star scale based on their efforts. Following certification, fleets also receive a report including custom solutions on how to further their environmental efforts

    Certified Green Fleets receive unique education opportunities, grant funding assistance, and vendors offering advanced fuel and vehicle technologies. Additionally, fleets also receive a custom public relations kit to help promote their fleet's environmental achievements.

    Enrolling is simple, free, and has no obligations. Any Louisiana fleet that wishes to apply must submit certain baseline data as well as data on specific efficiency and alternative fuel technologies deployed in their fleet operations. The Louisiana Green Fleets program utilizes its own variation of the U.S. Department of Energy and Argonne National Laboratory’s Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool.  The AFLEET-based model is used to subtract the “actual” emissions of the candidate fleet’s conventional- and alternative-fuel fleet from the “expected” emissions of the candidate’s fleet if it were only composed of conventional-fuel vehicles to calculate net emissions savings.

    The 2021 enrollment period for Louisiana Green Fleets is open now and will close on March 1, 2021. To enroll, please email [email protected] to get started. Visit louisianagreenfleets.weebly.com for more information.

    For more information:

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

    SLCFP: Stephanie Steele, Communications & Outreach | [email protected] | 504-483-8522

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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. LCF provides technical support, education, and funding assistance to both public and private fleets who wish to implement clean transportation projects.The LCF territory covers all of Louisiana with the exception of the 8 parishes in the SLCFP territory. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.

    About Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership: SLCFP provides education, technical assistance, funding information and other services to help vehicle fleet managers and personnel incorporate cleaner transportation options into their operations. SLCFP is supported by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources’ Technology Assessment Division 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.


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    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Now Open: 2021 Request for Applications

    Deadline to Apply - March 16, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 40 and 70 awards are anticipated.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    Visit the DERA web page for more information

    Important Dates

    Information Webinars: Join Webinars

    • January 26, 2021; 1:00 p.m. (ET)
    • February 3, 2021; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
    • February 11, 2021; 2:00 p.m. (ET)

    Deadline for Submittal of Questions:
    March 5, 2021; 4:00 p.m. (ET)

    Application Deadline:
    March 16, 2021; 11:59 p.m. (ET)

    Notification of Chosen Applicants:
    April-May, 2021

    Eligible Applicants

    The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA National Grants:

    • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
    • Nonprofit organizations (Like Louisiana Clean Fuels) or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.


    School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.


    Eligible Uses of Funding

    Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

    • School buses
    • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
    • Locomotive engines
    • Marine engines
    • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).


    Grant funds may be used for diesel emission reduction projects including:


    Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emission reductions mandated by federal law. Equipment for testing emissions or fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

    Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

    Informational Webinars

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST
    Join the Webinar
    Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
    Participant Code: 863 530 573#

    Wednesday, Feburary 3, 2021 | 2:00 PM CST
    Join the Webinar
    Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
    Participant Code: 609 539 899#
     
    Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 1:00 PM CST
    Join the Webinar
    Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
    Participant Code: 451 189 144#

     

    Visit the DERA web page for more information


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