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    Proposals for Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program FY 2019 Due Tuesday

    FTA'S LOW OR NO EMISSION (LOW-NO) BUS PROGRAM

    PROPOSAL DEADLINE: NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

    On March 19th, The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity for eligible applicants to apply for up to $85 million in competitive grant funds through FTA's Low or No Emission (Low-No) Bus Program. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.  Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    Eligible projects include:

    • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
    • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
    • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
    • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
    • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses

    Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the grants.gov “APPLY” function by next Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

    For help applying for this grant, see the National RTAP Webinar on FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing.

    For more information, see the 2019 Notice of Funding.

    Source: Federal Transit Administration


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    Fiscal Year 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

    DE-FOA-0002014 FY19 VTO FOA

    Earlier this month, the US Department of Energy announced a funding opportunity of up to $59 million for "new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research." The opportunity is being funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the funding prioritizes research in the following areas:

    • Advanced batteries and electric drive systems
    • Energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS)
    • Materials for more efficient powertrains
    • Co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies
    • Alternative fuels and new mobility options

     

    FOA Issue Date:

    4/3/2019

    Submission Deadline for Concept Papers:

    5/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

    Anticipated Date of Concept Paper Notifications:

    5/20/2019

    Submission Deadline for Full Applications:

    6/19/2019 5:00 PM ET

    Anticipated Date for EERE Selection Notifications:

    August 2019

    Anticipated Timeframe for Award Negotiations

    September 2019

     

    The teaming arrangements specified in the FOA for the Technology Integration areas of interest highly encourage or require partnering with Clean Cities coalitions. Please see the Clean Cities Coalition Network for contact information for your local coalition.

    AOI 6 may be of particular interest to Clean Cities coalitions and their stakeholders: 

    1. AOI 6a: Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) and Infrastructure for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness
    2. AOI 6b: New Mobility Services in Rural America
    3. AOI 6c: Alternative Fuel (e.g. natural gas) Proof-of-Concept in New Communities and Fleets
    4. AOI 6d: EV Data Collection
    5. AOI 6e: Open Topic

    Download the full FOA document for details on all of the areas of interest in this funding opportunity. For Louisiana, see the coalition contact information for Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southwest Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (New Orleans coalition) below.

    For more information, including application requirements and deadlines, please visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov

     

     

    Louisiana Clean Fuels

    Coordinator: Ann Vail
    [email protected]
    225-342-7972
    Contact Us

    Parish Territory: All of Louisiana except for those parishes covered SLCFP

    Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership

    Coordinator: Courtney Young
    504-483-8519
    [email protected]

    Parish Territory: Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and Tangipahoa

     

     


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    Alternative Fuel Corridor Signage on the Horizon for Louisiana

    Drivers heading down Louisiana's interstate corridors will soon see signs advertising fueling stations with alternative fuels along their commute.

    In 2018, Louisiana submitted a proposal to the FHWA to have Alternative Fuels Corridor signage installed along our interstate highways. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says in their March 2019 newsletter, "LDEQ worked closely with Louisiana Clean Fuels and Capitol Region Planning Commission to complete the states’ proposal to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). LDEQ is proud to announce Louisiana now joins 34 other states where the FHWA has approved Alternative Fuels Corridors. FHWA and participating states hope the Alternative Fuel Corridors will bring together stakeholders like state agencies, utilities, alternative fuel providers and car manufacturers to promote the advancement and use of alternative fuels." Multiple corridors have been approved for signage for the following fuels in Louisiana: compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), and liquified propane gas (LPG).

    On March 18, 2019, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards posed with several cabinet members in front of one of the new Alternative Fuel Corridor signs to celebrate their coming installation. The signs will be installed along interstates I-10, I-20, and I-49 to mark fueling locations for propane, LNG, and CNG. Having signs along Louisiana's interstates will enable drivers to quickly and easily locate fueling stations for alternative fuels.

    DEQ quoted comments from Gov. John Bel Edwards: “These signs will provide vital information to drivers of alternative fuels vehicles who are traveling Louisiana interstates...In the future, we will look back on this as one of Louisiana’s first steps toward a cleaner more energy efficient transportation infrastructure.'”

    Though Louisiana has not yet been approved for electric vehicle charging signage, LCF is currently working on a DC Fast Charger Master Plan to propose locations for DC Fast Chargers along Louisiana's interstates with the aim of establishing an EV charging corridor and adding EV signage to our alternative fuel corridor signage. Currently, there are only 3 DC Fast Charger in the state of Louisiana that are not Tesla-exclusive. Under the FHWA guidelines, DC Fast Chargers must be spaced a maximum of 50 miles apart, each within 5 miles of the interstate in order for the corridor to be eligible for signage.

    Moving forward, LCF is excited to see the progress Louisiana has made in recognizing and encouraging the use of cleaner fuel options in our state's transportation. LCF's mission includes a commitment to supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options in the name of advancing the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security, and the establishment of an alternative fuels corridor with corresponding signage is a major step in the direction of that diversification.

    For more information, see DEQ's March 2019 newsletter write-up of the corridor signage.

    To learn more about the establishment of the alternative fuels corridors, see our FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors page.

    To take part in the decision-making process on where to place DC Fast Chargers along Louisiana’s interstate corridors, see our DC Fast Charging Corridor page


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2019 Annual Meeting was a success!

    Last Thursday, LCF held our Annual Stakeholder Meeting at the BRCC Automotive Technology Center in Baton Rouge. With an attendance of around 50 people, the meeting was a great opportunity for LCF to update stakeholders on our plans and projects and discuss current developments of EV transportation in Louisiana.

    As attendees arrived, they were greeted by the sight of 4 beautiful vehicles parked outside of BRCC. On display were Teslas Model 3 and Model S EVs, the Jaguar I-Pace EV, and a Honda Clarity PHEV for guests to observe and explore. Vehicle owners were nearby to show off each vehicle’s features and answer questions.

    The meeting began with LCF Executive Director Ann Vail offering a status report on the latest trends and sales numbers for EVs as well as details on how Louisiana is working to prepare for an electrified future. She also offered a summary of LCF’s 2019 Strategic Plan, including DOE initiatives, projects and programs for the year, and information on joining an LCF committee. Vivian Aucoin of the LA Department of Environmental Quality also spoke at the Annual Meeting about the Volkswagon Funding proposal period which is currently open. Vivian offered important tips and information on the funding and how to apply.

    Following these informational talks was a member recognition luncheon sponsored by Solar Alternatives and Ferrell Gas where LCF recognized and thanked our new and renewing members for 2019.

    After the luncheon, Solar Alternatives owner Jeff Cantin gave a short and informative talk about the varying levels of EV chargers and their charging power. He explained the differences between level 1, level 2, and level 3 chargers and touched on where each charger type is generally installed.

    Among the meeting attendees was Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) Executive Director Courtney Young who, along with LCF Executive Director Ann Vail, ended the meeting with the exciting announcement that LCF and SLCFP will be teaming up to host a statewide EV Roadshow this summer and a combined 2019 Clean Fuels Summit in New Orleans this October.

    LCF would like to thank everyone who attended our Annual Stakeholder meeting! To be notified about our events and other projects, sign up for the LCF Newsletter. You can learn more about our 2019 Clean Fuels Summit this fall by checking our event page.

    For more photos of the event, check out our Photo Gallery!

    Thank you to our event sponsors, Solar Alternatives and Ferrell Gas!

       

     


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