Clean Fuels Summit expands to include both Clean Cities Coalitions: Sponsor today!



    Increase your visibility and meet prospective project colaborators in Louisiana at the state's premier alternative fuels conference and expo: the 2019 Clean Fuels Summit!

    Co-hosted by two Clean Cities Coalitions – Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership – this event offers an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports track, updates on the latest innovative clean fleet technologies and products, and deserved recognition of leaders in the alternative fuel industry. The event will be held at NOLA Motorsports Park, a state of the art, full-service special events and racing venue located just 20 minutes from Downtown New Orleans. 

    SLCFP and LCF encourage your participation as a Clean Fuels Summit sponsor or exhibitor! Fill out the attached Sponsor / Exhibitor Application in order to apply. Contact Courtney Young at [email protected] for more information on sponsoring or exhibiting at the Summit. Please consider this exciting invitation for you and your team to present to our state’s top decision makers and influencers.

    Call for Presentation Proposals

    We are currently requesting presentation proposals in the following subject areas:

    • Future of Transportation and Mobility
    • OEMs and Major Fleets Embracing Fuel Diversity
    • Telematics / Data
    • Advances in Safety and Automation
    • Fleet Efficiency
    • Workforce Development: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Fleet Success Stories
    • Creative Funding and Group Purchasing Programs

    Please complete the RFP form in order to submit your presentation proposal for the Clean Fuels Summit. Submissions are due by July 31, 2019. Please email LCF's Executive Director, Ann Vail at [email protected], with any questions on presenting at the Summit.

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    New Electric Vehicle Resources

    For those interested in electric vehicles and charging, there is no shortage of information and resources available. With the help of companies like Tesla and a push for better EV infrastructure, EVs are becoming more and more popular as consumers choose a greener method of transportation.

    Though it seems nearly impossible to keep up with all of the news and resources surrounding EVs, we wanted to highlight a few more recent resources that we’ve heard about in order to spread the word about their usefulness and help make learning about EVs seem like a more accomplishable task.


    The Sierra Club just recently released an Electric Vehicle Guide for consumers interested in learning more about plug-in EVs. The guide breaks down information about a variety of different PEVs on the market to help users figure out which PEV might work best for their situation. In fact, the guide even offers a short quiz for users to offer users a list of PEVs that best match their needs. Just enter some basic information about driving habits and car requirements, such as total miles driven in a typical day, access to charging resources, and budget, and you’ll be presented with a suggested list of vehicles to meet your needs.

    A snapshot of the short EV guide quiz along with a glance at some of the results

    The guide offers estimates of fuel savings and incentive information based on zip code along with general information about each vehicle including descriptions of “who will drive it,” “how fun it is to drive,” “how much gear can you cart around in it,” and “will it be around in 10 years.” For those interested in an electric vehicle but overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, this could be a great resource to help narrow your choices and figure out what kind of EV could work best for you.'


    While the Sierra Club is helping individual consumers choose an EV, Entergy offers resources for both consumers and fleets looking into electrification. Through their Power Drive Initiative, Entergy “[provides] helpful resources and information on electric vehicle choices, economic considerations, and the many benefits of light duty electric transportation.”

    Image from Entergy's Power Drive website


    Their Power Drive website compiles useful resources and case studies from the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) along with helpful information such as EV Basics, resources for choosing a vehicle, fleet electrification resources, and charging considerations. It’s an excellent and easy-to-follow compilation of information for anyone who is interested in learning more about EVs but isn’t sure where to start.

    EV Charging Stations in Google Maps

    Google Maps, which has been showing charging locations since October 2018, has now added functionality to show whether or not chargers are currently available to use. The app already show “the number of chargers at each location as well as their wattage, pricing, and reviews from other drivers” (The Verge), and now EV owners will be able to know ahead of time where they should head for a charge. Currently, charger availability information is available for chargers from EVgo, SemaConnect, and Chargemaster, with plans to add Chargepoint chargers in the near future. Other chargers are still shown on the map but without the added availability functionality.

    A quick search around Baton Rouge on my own app turned up several locations in downtown Baton Rouge and around LSU campus. Though none of the chargers (a mix of Chargepoint and Tesla chargers) have the new availability functionality yet, most chargers included photos, reviews, and general information about the chargers that could be valuable to EV owners looking for a place to charge.

    A few photos showing a quick Baton Rouge search for EV Charging Stations and that the results currently look like for a Chargepoint charger, which will soon be compatible with the availability feature.

    According to
    The Verge, there seems to be some doubt as to whether the chargers listed in Google Maps is a comprehensive list, but even if not, the ability to check the availability of nearby chargers before making a stop could be a game-changer for some EV owners, particularly in areas lacking the charging infrastructure needed to meet higher charging demand.

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    LCF Member Spotlight: Cummins Inc.

    Cummins turns 100 this year, so we celebrate their achievements over the last century!

    Cummins was first founded in February 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, and the company first began with only four employees. Today, the company has grown to more than 58,000 employees working across five different divisions, and Cummins is renewing its commitment to the message: “Challenge the impossible.”

    Cummins is organized into five “distinct but complementary business segments.” The Engine Segment specializes in designing and producing engines, particularly diesel and natural gas engines. The Power Systems Segment is “a global provider of high-speed high-horsepower engines and power generation equipment, including standby and prime power generator sets, alternators, switchgear and other components.” The Components Segment is further split into several businesses: Filtration, Turbo Technologies, Emission Solutions, and Electronics and Fuel Systems. The Distribution Segment deals with sales and distribution all over the world. The newest Cummins business segment, the Electrified Power Segment, is “positioned to provide fully electric and hybrid powertrain solutions along with technology leading components and subsystems to serve all our markets as they adopt electrification.” Within this segment, Cummins is working on the Cummins Battery Electric System and the Cummins Power Hybrid Plug-In systems for buses.

    Cummins’ mission of “making people’s lives better by powering a more prosperous world” is certainly shown through their efforts in the last hundred years. Not only is Cummins committed to creating a better world through cleaner technology such as their emissions software, electrification projects, and natural gas engines, they are also committed to improving their company for Cummins employees. Just this year, Cummins was given a perfect score “as part of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI).” In addition, Cummins was also recognized this year by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), “which awarded Cummins its We Award for Outstanding Professional Development.” The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) also presented Cummins with its Chairman’s Award at their 45th Annual Convention this year. To add to the long list of honors Cummins has recently received, this past March Cummins was “named to Ethisphere’s list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for a 12th consecutive year as well as to the FTSE4Good’s index, which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices.”

    Here’s a quick look back at some important highlights in Cummins’ storied history:

    • 1999: Cummins Powers Asia’s First Alternative Fuel Fleet
      • “To help improve the city’s air quality, a fleet of 300 B5.9 natural-gas-powered Beijing Public Transit buses take to the streets of Beijing, China.
    • 2001: Cummins Emission Solutions Established
      • “Cummins Emission Solutions brings the design, development and manufacturing of exhaust aftertreatment systems in-house, demonstrating that the company could be green and profitable at the same time.”
    • 2005: Diesel-Electric Hybrid Heavy Truck
      • “The Oshkosh HEMITT A3 becomes the first production-ready diesel-electric hybrid heavy truck. The ProPulse drive system features a Cummins 9-liter ISL 400-horsepower engine that runs at constant revolutions per minute (rpm), and an electrical generator that drives four-wheel motors. The 30-ton tactical truck has a 65 mile per hour speed with 20 percent improved fuel efficiency and delivers 200 kilowatt (kW) power for external use.”
    • 2006: Advancing into Electrification
      • “With the introduction of more than 1,000 diesel-electric hybrid buses in North America, 2006 is a breakthrough year for Cummins. The company’s move into early electrification would impact both fuel economy and environmental progress.”
    • 2014: Cummins Unveils First Comprehensive Sustainability Plan
      • “Cummins releases its most extensive environmental sustainability plan to date, establishing public goals seeking to reduce water and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas and waste production.”
    • 2017: AEOS: The World’s First Electric Heavy-Duty Truck
      • “Surging ahead of Tesla, Cummins unveils AEOS, a fully electrified heavy-duty truck. The Class 7 demonstration tractor is capable of hauling a 22-ton trailer and leaving the impossible in the past.”
    • 2018: Doubling Down on Electrified Power
      • “Launched in February, Cummins adds Electrified Power to its lineup of business segments. The move solidifies the company's commitment to electrification and its long-term possibilities. With acquisitions of Brammo, Johnson Matthey Battery Systems and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc., Cummins continues to turn challenges into opportunities.”
    • 2019: Cummins Celebrates 100 Years

    We at LCF would like to wish Cummins a happy centennial anniversary, and we look forward to seeing how they “challenge the impossible” for the next century!

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    May is Air Quality Awareness Month

    Governor John Bel Edwards has declared May to be Air Quality Awareness month in Louisiana. Recently, Governor Edwards announced that “the entire state is in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, according to the EPA. Louisiana gained compliance thanks to improved ozone levels in the greater Baton Rouge area, which comprises East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension and Livingston parishes,” according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). In order to continue this improvement and increase awareness and education about air quality and its importance, we will be promoting air quality awareness throughout the month of May.

    According to LDEQ, “May is traditionally the start of ozone season, and the proclamation encourages citizens to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, to understand what causes ozone formation and to take voluntary steps to help prevent ozone formation and improve air quality.” The task of improving air quality can seem much too overwhelming for individual people or organizations to make a difference on their own, but it’s “a cooperative effort,” says LDEQ. One easy way that anyone who operates a vehicle in Louisiana can do their part is through idle reduction.

    Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time vehicles idle their engines. When the engine of a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle runs, it releases harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants. Not only are these tailpipe emissions damaging to the environment, they are also harmful to human health. Vehicle idling releases these emissions without the benefit of even moving the vehicle - in short, the driver goes nowhere and sits in one spot wasting fuel and releasing harmful emissions.

    According to the AFDC, "each year, U.S. passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline—without even moving. Roughly half of that fuel is wasted by passenger vehicles.” The AFDC also states that one gallon of fuel creates roughly 20 lbs of greenhouse gases. Doing the math shows that idling vehicles are releasing about 120 billion lbs of greenhouse gases each year. These gases can contribute to poor air quality both through immediate exposure (someone standing near a vehicle’s tailpipe and breathing in the emissions) and over time.

    For everyday drivers, the best way to reduce idling is to simply turn the key when stopped for 10 seconds or more, except in traffic. When going through a long drive-through line, consider turning off your engine or, even better, parking and going inside the building. When waiting for passengers, keep the engine off while you wait. According to the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), "It’s especially important for caregivers waiting to pick up schoolchildren to minimize idling because vehicle emissions are more concentrated near the ground, where children breathe. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma and other ailments, and children’s lungs are more susceptible to damage than adults’ lungs are."

    In honor of Air Quality Awareness month this May, consider taking a pledge to reduce idling and keep our Louisiana air cleaner and safer. We would love to see how you are doing your part for air quality improvement in Louisiana: share the image below to show your dedication to air quality awareness and tag Louisiana Clean Fuels on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Use the hashtag #IdleLess to promote your efforts and encourage others to follow your lead! We will be sharing posts throughout the month of May to show how Louisianians are leading the charge to reduce idling and improve air quality.

    For more information about the benefits of idle reduction and how you can implement idle reduction strategies for yourself or your organization, check out the resources on our Idle Reduction page. You can also see the air quality forecast for various locations in Louisiana on LDEQ’s website.

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    Earth Day Celebrations 2019

    With April showers comes Earth Day, a time to celebrate our environment and re-examine our effect on the world around us. Though Earth Day itself fell on April 22nd, environmental celebrations span the entirety of April and showcase a commitment to a cleaner and healthier planet.

    This April, LCF was once again a part of LSU’s Louisiana Earth Day festivities on Sunday, April 28th. The event, held at the Parker Colosseum, featured over 70 exhibitors offering various activities and exhibits relating to studying or taking care of the environment. LCF hosted an EV Alley right outside of Parker Colosseum for visitors to get a firsthand look at some popular electric vehicles and learn more about EVs. EV Alley 2019 featured Tesla models S, 3, and X along with a Honda Clarity, a Chevy Volt, and a new Jaguar iPace loaned to us by LCF member the Paretti Family of Dealerships! Visitors were able to check out the vehicles’ features and chat with the owners to learn more about what owning an EV or hybrid is like.

    The event was a success, with many coming out to visit the booths inside Parker Colosseum and take a stroll down EV Alley. Many curious visitors had questions about EVs and the realities of owning one that LCF staff and the vehicle owners were able to answer. Some had never seen what’s under the hood of an EV or hybrid and were curious about how they worked compared to a traditional gasoline-running vehicle. LCF’s Executive Director, Ann Vail, even did an interview with WBRZ about EV Alley and the Earth Day festivities.

    While LCF has been celebrating Earth Day at LSU, our member organizations have been mounting their own Earth Day celebrations and promotions this month.

    SWEPCO hosted an Earth Day event at Eagle Watch Nature Trail in Gentry, Arkansas, focused on wildlife. The event included presentations on raptors, moths, butterflies, and other pollinators by various wildlife experts along with activities for groups focused on gardens that help promote butterflies and other pollinators.

    Republic Services pledged this year to make #EarthDayEveryDay by offering helpful Earth Day tips and encouraging consumers to think about their recycling choices:

    Step 1: Know what to throw. Keep it simple and focus on the basics – 1) cardboard and paper, 2) metal and aluminum cans and 3) plastic bottles and jugs. With bottles and jugs, leave the caps on or throw them away – they’re too small to recycle by themselves.

    Step 2: Empty. Clean. Dry.™ Keep all recyclables free of food and liquid to avoid contaminating the recyclables around them. Don’t allow more than one teaspoon of liquid to remain in a recyclable container.

    Step 3: Keep it loose. Never bag or bundle recyclables – items should be placed in the container individually. Plastic bags do not belong in household recycling, however many stores collect them for commercial processing. (Republic Services)

    To celebrate its efforts to reduce emissions, Chargepoint promoted the importance of EVs in reducing emissions by releasing an infographic detailing how drivers using the Chargepoint network of chargers reduced emissions in 2018:

    Earth Day is a great time of year to reflect on how we affect the environment throughout the year and focus on what we can do to be more environmentally conscious. Whether it’s learning about local wildlife, changing your recycling habits, or driving an EV to reduce emissions, there are many ways we can all be kinder to our world and take better care of the place we live.

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    LCF Member Spotlight: The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

    The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (aka the RNG Coalition) is a non-profit, member-led organization that advocates for the advancement of renewable natural gas (RNG), also called biogas or biomethane. Renewable natural gas is a natural, gaseous byproduct of decomposing organic matter, and it is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and can be used in natural gas vehicles. Their website offers RNG industry news, a map of RNG production facilities in North America, RNG events, and resources for learning about RNG and its use and production.  According to their website, the mission of the RNG Coalition is to “[advocate] for increased renewable natural gas development and deployment so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy supply.”

    To that end, the RNG Coalition offers an RNG ACADEMY, The RNG ACADEMY is an innovative, full-day continuing education program all about Renewable Natural Gas. The program is designed for executive and nonexecutive employees of Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) and Natural Gas Pipeline Utility Companies operating in North America. Companies can register for a date and time for the academy and bring the RNG Coalition directly to their company headquarters to teach on-site. A webinar feature is now available with the RNG Academy; interested companies can now schedule the same full-day RNG Academy program and participate via webinar vs. scheduling a program on-site. The purpose of the program is to offer an introduction to “the public policies and related markets driving RNG production - and increased LDC engagement with the RNG industry - across North America.” The program also boasts RNG industry experts who will be on hand to answer questions during the event or the accompanying lunch or breakfast.

    As part of their commitment to renewable and clean fuel, the RNG Coalition, along with NGV America, recently released an on-road RNG use report explaining increased RNG usage and how RNG use is lowering emissions. The RNG Coalition reports in a news release that “32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG),” which, according to the title, is a “historic high” for RNG usage.  The news release goes on to say that “[over] the last five years, RNG use as a transportation fuel has increased 577 percent, displacing over seven million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).” This educational infographic, shown below, illustrates the importance of RNG as a clean, renewable fuel and shows how its growing usage is benefitting the environment.

    The RNG Coalition is also hosting their annual RNG SUMMIT from May 14-15 in Washington, DC. The RNG SUMMIT "features a federal Legislative & Regulatory Policy Forum, strategic Capitol Hill meetings and multiple mid-year Networking Events - including two adjoining suites during the Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets baseball game." The event looks to provide RNG industry representatives with updates on the RNG industry and federal policy and provide a forum for education and advocacy.

    RNG Coalition Website

    RNG Academy Page and Informational Pamphlet

    RNG Coalition natural gas usage news release

    RNG SUMMIT Information

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