Enroll in our Green Fleets Program by participating in our Annual Report!

    Annual Reporting is well underway as we collect information from our alternative fuels stakeholders to compile data on how Louisiana fleets used alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures to reduce their emissions in 2018. Dozens of progressive Louisiana fleets participate in our Annual Report each year. In order to reduce the reporting burden on our stakeholders, we have added the option to sign up for Green fleets from the Annual Report data collection survey.

    What is Green Fleet Certification?

    Through Green Fleets, Louisiana Clean Fuels conducts emissions analysis and quantification of on-road vehicles for fleets throughout the state of Louisiana. Becoming a certified LCF Green Fleet includes such benefits as educational opportunities, branding and promotional tools for fleet achievement, informational resources on technology options and incentives, funding assistance with grant opportunities, and more. Fleets may also promote their Certified Green Fleets status, showing their commitment to reducing emissions.

    How to Enroll

    Enrolling in our Green Fleets program is simple, free, and obligation-free; fleets who enroll are not obligated to make any changes in how they run their fleets. Once enrolled, LCF will provide your fleet with a report that you can use as a benchmark for future fuel consumption and emission reduction programs. We will work with you to track your progress over time and provide guidance to help your fleet achieve emissions-reduction goals.

    With just a few extra steps, fleets who participate in our Annual Report can enroll in Green Fleets. The Annual Report survey asks users to indicate whether or not they’d like the data they’ve provided in the survey to be used to enroll them in the Green Fleets program. Most of the information needed for Green Fleets enrollment is already being provided for the Annual Report, so we can use that information to start the enrollment for the Green Fleets program if a fleet is interested. Then we will contact that fleet for further informational requirements at a later date.

    Please note that the Annual Report is entirely separate from Green Fleets enrollment. For those uninterested in the Green Fleets program, it’s still important to fill out the Annual Report survey so LCF and the Department of Energy can have an accurate picture of alternative fuel and vehicle usage in Louisiana.

    Interested in learning more about LCF’s Green Fleets program? Visit our Green Fleets page for more information on eligibility, data requirements, and analysis and scoring methodology.

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    Entergy’s eTech Program: Plug Into the Benefits

    Did you know that Entergy has an incentive program that is designed to encourage its customers to electrify equipment that they own and operate? Entergy’s eTech program “promotes the adoption of electric-powered alternatives to many applications that traditionally require fossil fuels.” Part of this promotion involves offering some amazing financial incentives for those looking to take the next step in electrification.

    For those unfamiliar, this short video explains some of the benefits of the eTech program:

    Entergy customers who purchase select electric equipment may qualify for cash incentives when they purchase the following equipment:

    Incentives for Plugin and Electric Vehicle Owners

    Entergy is offering $250 per outlet for those who have a Level 2 EV Charger installed at their home or place of business for the purpose of charging electric or plugin vehicles. This is easy money to earn, especially for EV or hybrid owners who would benefit from having easy access to a Level 2 Charger at their homes or businesses that may already be considering having chargers installed for their employees or customers.

    Incentives for Fleets

    There are plenty of other projects that can qualify as well, including truck stop and fleet electrification. These electrified parking spaces allow truckers to stay comfortable in their vehicles with the engine turned off during mandatory rest periods, which reduces emissions and the loss of fuel (and therefore money) while the truckers take their rest. By installing electrified parking spaces, truck stops can help fleets save money, reduce harmful emissions, and earn incentives at the same time. Other options include: Truck refrigeration units, transit vehicles, and cranes.

    Don’t See an Incentive Listed for Your Project?

    Entergy may also be able to provide consultation and assistance with the purchase of Material Handling Equipment, Marine and Port Equipment, Locomotives, Mining Equipment, Auxiliary Power Units, battery-powered sprayers, ride-on sweepers and scrubbers, induction heating, and battery-electric switches, powder coating and industrial heat pumps.Though a project or technology may not be listed directly on the eTech website, many more electrification projects may apply and qualify for incentives as determined on a case-by-case basis.

    To learn more, visit Entergy’s eTech website. If you’d like to contact Entergy to find out if you qualify for their program, call 1-833-44ETECH or send an email to [email protected].

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    FOTW #1064: Median All-Electric Vehicle Range Grew from 73 Miles in Model Year 2011 to 125 Miles in Model Year 2018

    In model year 2011, there were just three different models of all-electric vehicles (AEV) available and their ranges on a full charge (according to the Environmental Protection Agency) spanned from 63 to 94 miles. By model year 2018, the number of AEV models increased to 14 and the available ranges expanded as well, from a minimum of 58 miles for the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe to a maximum of 335 miles for the Tesla Model S 100D. From 2011 to 2018, the median of the AEV ranges increased by 52 miles – from 73 to 125 miles.

    Note: Median is based on the models listed in the supporting data spreadsheet; some of these AEV models are available with different battery capacities/body styles, which have shorter ranges.

    Source: U. S. Department of Energy, FuelEconomy.Gov data, accessed December 4, 2018.

    View the supporting data for this Fact of the Week!

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    Annual Reporting for Alternative Fuels Begins

    LCF seeks information from alternative fuels stakeholders for Clean Cities’ Annual Metrics Report.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is once again collecting information from alternative fuels stakeholders for our Annual Report. We are reaching out to fleets who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year. This Report will help us compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in 2018.

    This year, we have shortened and simplified the survey for stakeholders to fill out regarding their usage and implementation of alternative fuels in 2018. This survey asks companies for information about the amount and type of alternative fuels they have used, how many and what type of alternative fuel vehicles they own, and any alternative fuels or emissions-reducing projects they were involved with throughout 2018.

    The data we collect is used as a benchmark to gain an accurate picture of alternative fuel and vehicle usage in Louisiana, which will help both LCF and the Department of Energy understand the alternative fuels market. This 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. All information provided in the survey will be anonymous and aggregated to show the overall usage of alternative fuels from all participants. Collected data for the Annual Report will also be used in considering recipients for the 2019 Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

    To begin the survey, you can find the Annual Report survey here. If you have questions about the Annual Report or the survey, please contact Tyler Herrmann at [email protected]. All survey responses are due by February 28th, 2019.

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    Clean Cities Coalitions Celebrates 25 Years

    The national network of Clean Cities coalitions is celebrating 25 years of success in shaping the transportation system of the future. Nearly 100 coalitions nationwide forge local partnerships among public and private sector stakeholders to bolster our nation’s energy and economic security by championing affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy designated the first Clean Cities coalition in 1993, and Louisiana Clean Fuels has been a key contributor in Louisiana since its designation in 2000.

    Through a combination of projects focused on increasing vehicle efficiency, shifting to domestic energy sources, and offering consumers additional transportation choices, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulativeimpact in energy use equal to nearly 8 million gasoline gallon equivalents and avoided more than 42 million tons of emissions. Louisiana Clean Fuels and its stakeholders have led the charge in Louisiana, resulting in an energy impact of 8 million gasoline gallon equivalents in 2017 alone.

    In the past year, LCF has expanded our services to include electric vehicle suitability analysis and a Green Fleet Certification program. We have also embarked on a DC Fast Charging Master Plan for our interstate corridors. Additionally, as a result of recognition of our programs, such as supporting the state's Volkswagen Mitigation plan and our work to support the St. Landry Parish Solid Waste's RNG facility, LCF Coordinator Ann Vail was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame.

    "Louisiana Clean Fuels have been a critical partner to PERC as they’re partnerships have allowed us to reach audiences that we would not be able to," Stuart Flatow, VP, Safety and Training for the Propane Education and Research Council said. "This includes training propane professionals and first responders on how to safely respond to propane incidents, as well as to provide autogas technician training to service technicians which helps to grow the propane autogas market.”

    Check out the following infographic to see how Clean Cities coalitions all over the US have helped to ensure our nation’s energy and economic security.

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