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    Louisiana Publishes Volkswagen Mitigation Plan

    Louisiana's Mitigation plan has been published and is now open for comment. To view the plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen web page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email [email protected].

    Alert: LDEQ has extended the comment period on their proposed Mitigation Plan until July 11, 2018. Please send your comments to [email protected]

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) was designated the lead agency (beneficiary) by the Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Three Louisiana state agencies were designated to receive equal shares of the fund: LDEQ, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD). These agencies were tasked to allocate the VW Mitigation Trust funds. The agencies, with public input, are proposing to pool their funds to target replacement of eligible diesel school buses. The bus replacement program will offer partial funding primarily to school districts to replace their buses with electric, alternative fuel, or high-efficiency diesel vehicles. LDOTD is proposing to use its share of the funds to replace eligible diesel vehicles and heavy equipment with new, less polluting engines.

    The plan gives first consideration "to replacement or repowering of school buses owned or used by Louisiana school districts with newer, cleaner vehicles, and/or new cleaner burning engines". These funds will not be used for fleet expansion. The goal is to get older, polluting vehicles off the road and to replace them with new, cleaner options. The amount of funding that the state is proposing for school bus replacements are as follows:

    1. 25% matching funds will be given for the replacement or repowering of eligible buses with newer cleaner burning diesel.
    2. 50% matching funds will be given for the replacement of eligible buses with eligible alternate fuels powered buses, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), propane, etc.

    The plan states specifically:

    The Louisiana DOTD owns and operates more than 5,500 pieces of equipment with an estimated replacement cost of more than $200 million. Approximately 60% of the equipment is currently beyond its estimated ideal replacement cycle established by the DOTD. The DOTD’ s main goal is to reduce overall emissions by replacing some of its fleet with new diesel technology equipment with use of the available funds, resulting in improved operational efficiency of its fleet with increased reliability and reduced downtime of equipment.

    By concentrating first on school buses, Louisiana will provide significant emission reduction both for NOX and Toxic Air Pollutants (TAPs). Since these emissions occur at or near ground level, there is relatively little dispersion with maximum impact on the passengers and school children. Addressing school buses first provides the greatest improvement in local air quality for one of the most sensitive populations.

    Funding for EVSE

    The plan also includes language which allows the state to utilize "up to 15% of its allocation of Mitigation Trust funds on the costs necessary for, and directly connected to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new, light duty, zero emission vehicle supply equipment for projects..." Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is the only type of fueling infrastructure allowed under the VW Settlement.

    Assistance for School Districts

    School Districts wishing to take advantage of this funding should bookmark the state's VW webpage and watch for any requests for proposal (RFP) by the state. Louisiana Clean Fuels is working closely with the LDEQ on outreach for the state's bus replacement program. If your school district would like to learn more about the different fueling options available under the plan or would like assistance with their proposals to the state, please email Ann Vail at Louisiana Clean Fuels [email protected].

    To view the plan and for more information, visit the LDEQ's Volkswagen web page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email [email protected].

    Helpful Links

    Appendix D-2 which lists eligible mitigation actions and expenditures under the program (which kind of vehicles can be replaced).

    Settlement timeline graphic

    Details of Louisiana’s Mitigation Plan


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    Alternative Fueling Station Locator Overhaul Boasts Improved User Interface

    A screenshot showing the updated Station Locator tool interface, featuring a map of the U.S. with multiple colored circles representing various types of alternative fueling station locations.

    It’s official—The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Station Locator has undergone a major makeover. Constant improvement is at the site’s core, which is why the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology Office is always striving to make the AFDC’s tools easier to use and the data more accessible. The updated Station Locator offers new features and an improved user interface built on the same reliable, comprehensive, and fuel-neutral data that our partners have come to trust.

    Some of the notable new features include a sleek look and feel, simplifying the user experience, as well as a bigger map populated with consistent circle icons for each station location and updated colors representing each fuel type. Users will also notice a larger and more detailed view of specific station information.

    On the Station Locator home page, there are now two tabs at the top of the map: Find Public Stations and Analyze and Download Data.

    The Find Public Stations tab allows users to search for public stations at a specific location, with the option to search for all fuels or just one. The total number of stations that fit the search criteria can be found in the upper right.

    The search defaults to public stations and the following fuel-specific criteria:

    • Level 2 and DC fast charging electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)
    • Propane stations with vehicle-specific fueling services (i.e., “primary” stations)
    • Hydrogen stations with full public access (i.e., “retail” stations)

    The Map a Route feature, also available on the Find Public Station tab, shows specified fuel types available along a route between two locations. It also displays search results on the right, sorted by distance from the search location.

    The Analyze and Download Data tab allows users to refine their search using filters, broken out into three categories: Location, Fuel, and Station.

    To search by Location, users can enter a state or a specific address and limit results within a certain mile radius. To search by Fuel, users can filter by a single fuel or multiple fuel types, and conduct fuel-specific searches, including the following:

    • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG): fill type, vehicle accessibility, and fill pressure
    • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): vehicle accessibility
    • EVSE: charging levels, connector types, and networks
    • Ethanol (E85): stations that also offer mid-level ethanol blends
    • Propane: stations with limited vehicle-specific fueling capabilities (i.e., “secondary” stations)
    • Hydrogen: stations with limited public access (i.e., “nonretail” stations)

    The Station options allow users to filter for public and/or private stations, planned stations, and by owner type and payment methods. All results display on the right, including counts, filters, and options to download the results or see the results on a map.

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collects and confirms alternative fueling station data through a number of industry sources. To submit a new station for inclusion in the Station Locator, visit the online webform. For multiple station additions or updates, email [email protected].

    The new Station Locator still includes an embed functionality so users can include the tool within their own websites. If you already have the Station Locator embedded on your website, replacing the code with the new version of the embed code is recommended.

    Continue to monitor the U.S. Station Locator for new features, including an alternative fuel corridor planning tool.


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