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    It's your chance to brag... 2017 Clean Cities Annual Survey

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

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    2017 Clean Cities Annual Survey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers—As We Were Inspired

    Ten-year-old Leo worked in the Education Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), fitting together snap-on electrical circuits. The boy from a Denver community center was enthralled by the sheer joy of adding buzzers, lights, and switches to the device. Sitting at a desk nearby, Rhielle carefully colored a drawing of a solar panel. “I want to be everything: a singer, waitress, scientist, baker—because baking is a science,” the eight-year-old explained. Everywhere, the room buzzed with energy, as 16 grade schoolers performed experiments and talked to volunteer researchers as part of a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outreach connecting NREL with our local community.

    It reminded me of my own start on the pathway of scientific discovery. As a high school student in Regensburg, Germany, I wondered about this exotic world of test tubes and microscopes—and so visited the office of a distinguished biologist in my hometown university. I asked if he would talk to me—but he was busy at the moment. Instead, this scientist invited me into his laboratory, where I saw first-hand some of his experiments. Later, we chatted and he gave me a basic college text.

    He continued to follow me, and mentored me throughout my science studies. I’ve never forgotten that lesson about the importance of sharing science with younger minds. That is why I’m so enthusiastic about STEM learning, and support it passionately at NREL. Whenever we can engage younger students—especially those who may not have had a chance to consider science and engineering as careers—we are building our future.

    Throughout the year, NREL actively engages in a range of STEM events. Last May, we held NREL’s 27th annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) Battery Car Competitions on campus, attracting 53 teams from 18 Colorado middle schools. Maybe you’ve been to something like this. Some cars scoot, some fizzle—yet regardless of the finish, everyone gains hands-on experience. Likewise, we co-sponsored the 27th Colorado Science Bowl, giving kids a chance to test their knowledge against other aspiring young researchers. This year the Lambkins from Ft. Collins roared to victory, correctly answering a range of questions across the sciences. We were part of the first Energy Day Colorado this fall, giving academic awards to promising scholars.

    Whenever we can, we try to open our doors to prospects. Hannah, a high school sophomore from Boulder, won an NREL-sponsored award at the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair. Sure, she’d already gotten a plaque made from a recycled solar panel and a stipend of $100 for a building cooling project—but we wanted to give her something more. So we arranged a campus tour so that she could talk to researchers in her field. She chatted happily, and afterwards declared, “This place is cool.” Although she has a ways to go, she was clear: because both science and NREL are now positively linked in her mind, she hopes to one day work at the lab. Now that would be cool.

    Of course, we won’t know for years whether Hannah will come here, chose another national laboratory, or find a different path. Likewise, we can’t foresee whether Leo will become an electrical engineer or Rhielle seek a career as a chemist. But we do know that 3,688 students who have visited NREL this year, or gone to competitions we’ve run, have all gained exposure to STEM activities. We can’t tell immediately how much impact these encounters have had—although the smiles of students tell us a lot—but speaking from personal experience, we should be confident that this type of inspiration can last a lifetime and will build our future.

    Kids enjoying STEM activities at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

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    New Initiatives Will Use Supercomputers to Improve Transportation Energy Efficiency

    DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office commits $2.5M in FY2018 funds to Big Data and High Performance Computing Initiatives.

    Did you know, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are home to 32 of the fastest supercomputers on Earth? Scientists and researchers at the national labs use these supercomputers to accelerate research by creating models from complex data sets. Now, two new Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) initiatives - High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) and Big Data Solutions for Mobility – will utilize the computing capabilities of the national labs to find solutions to real-world transportation energy challenges.

    These initiatives are part of VTO’s Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) Program. The EEMS Program’s mission is to conduct early-stage research at the vehicle, traveler, and system levels to create knowledge, tools, and solutions that increase mobility for individuals and businesses while improving transportation energy efficiency.

    Big Data Solutions for Mobility

    VTO’s EEMS program has launched a $2M multi-lab research initiative to develop new algorithms and big data tools that can model urban-scale transportation networks using real-world, near real-time data. The initiative will develop the data science approaches and HPC-supported framework for next-generation mobility systems modeling and operational analytics. This will deliver an understanding of transportation system efficiency opportunities that is not attainable with current approaches. Modeling informed by real-time data will allow transportation systems to respond to events such as accidents, weather, and congestion in such a way that optimizes the overall energy use of the system.

    The Big Data initiative includes researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as well as partners from academia and industry.

    HPC4Mobility

    HPC4Mobility will provide cities, companies, transportation system operators, and others that qualify, access to national laboratory resources, including supercomputing facilities, data-science expertise, and machine-learning capabilities. These partnerships aim to discover opportunities for energy efficiency increases in mobility systems.

    This investment supports innovative and scalable HPC4Mobility projects. These projects will uncover opportunities for energy efficiency gains by applying high-performance computing resources to emerging transportation data sets. Initial VTO funding of $500K has been provided to the participating laboratories. Each selected external partner will provide in-kind cost-share contributions.

    The first year “seed” projects for HPC4Mobility include:

    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will work with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on HPC-enabled computation of demand models at scale to predict the energy impacts of emerging mobility solutions. Possible applications include modeling the impact of autonomous vehicles on transportation energy use and the hour-by-hour impact of ride hailing services on traffic congestion.
    • Oak Ridge National Laboratory will work with GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. on reinforcement learning-based traffic control approaches to optimize energy usage and traffic efficiency.

    Sponsored by DOE’s the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the High Performance Computing for Mobility (HPC4Mobility) Program is part of the larger HPC4 Energy Innovation Initiative, a Department-wide effort comprised of, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Fossil Energy, and the Office of Nuclear Energy.

    To learn more about the Department's work with industry, academia, and community partners on advanced vehicle technologies, please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office website


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    Together we can accomplish more than we ever could apart.

    2018 Membership Dues Drive

    With the support of our 2017 members, we were able to expand our presence across the state and work on projects that will have far reaching effects on adoption of clean fuels in our 56-parish territory.

    For example, here are some of our biggest accomplishments for 2017:

    • Hosted 72+ hours of clean fuel education
    • Reduced Green House Gas emissions by 48,000 tons
    • Conducted outreach in nearly 10 cities across the state
    • Successfully submitted a proposal to the FHWA for Alternative Fuel Corridors signage with our state LDEQ
    • Analyzed the NOx emissions for projects proposed to the LDEQ for VW funding
    • Received funding from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to analyzed a state agency's sedans for potential EV implementation 
    • Supported a new automotive training center to become a NAFTC National AFV Training Center
    • Assisted the East Baton Rouge School system to rebuild their fleet by adding propane buses after the August 2016 flood destroyed 110 of their buses
    • Created 2 Motorweek videos highlighting Louisiana AFV fleets 
    • and more!

    In 2018, we have ambitious goals to continue to support the adoption of alternative fuels and fuel reduction practices. With support from valued stakeholders like you, LCF will:

    • Launch a Green Fleets Certification program in January 2018
    • Add new fleet analysis benefits for qualified 2018 members
    • Continue to work closely with the state office of procurement to get more AFVs on the state bid list
    • Continue to work with the state's lead agency for the VW Settlement to facilitate communication by conducting outreach and assisting fleets and applicants with the process
    • Work with LDOT and LDEQ to install signage for any Alternative Fuel CNG and LPG corridors that get approved under the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors signage program.
    • Create an RNG curriculum to help landfills learn how they can produce high quality renewable natural gas

    There is still a lot more that needs to be done in 2018. Together we can accomplish more than we ever could apart. We invite you to join with us to support the growth of domestically produced, cleaner and affordable alternative fuels in Louisiana by joining our coalition as a 2018 member.

    Can we count on you?


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