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    LCF Publishes 2018 Annual Report Data

    Each year, Louisiana Clean Fuels compiles information from alternative fuels stakeholders for our Annual Report. We’ve reached to fleets in Louisiana who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year. We use the information gathered for the Annual Report to compile data on how our stakeholders have used alternative fuels and reduced emissions throughout the previous year.

    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. We also use the data we collect for the Annual Report in the consideration of recipients for the 2019 Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

    After months of gathering, organizing, and studying data, the Annual Report is complete, and the aggregated data is ready to be shared.

    In 2018, LCF stakeholders reduced the usage of a total of 9,609,058 gallons of gasoline-equivalent (GGEs). Primarily, this was achieved through the usage of alternative fuel vehicles (66%) rather than vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel. Other methods of reduction worth mentioning are fuel economy improvements (17%) in vehicles and idle reduction measures (14%), both of which focus on decreasing fuel consumption in vehicles. Not only do our stakeholders use vehicle improvements to reduce fossil fuel consumption, but a large number of them are also diversifying their fuel options and switching to other fuels besides gasoline and diesel to power their fleets.

    • Members of LCF’s Green Fleets Certification Program used over three million gallons of alternative fuel, accounting for 34% of the state’s GGE reduction. 
    • From 2017 to 2018, East Baton Rouge School district increased their number of propane-fueled buses from 10 to 23 with a corresponding fuel use increase of over 800%.
    • Lafourche school district increased the usage of propane-fueled school buses, using 25% more propane than in 2017.


    In addition to reducing gasoline usage, LCF stakeholders also reduced 44,999 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018. Idle reduction (36%) and improvements in fuel economy (45%) were responsible for the majority of the reduction of GHG emissions. As these measures reduce overall fuel consumption for any vehicle, AFV or not, these kinds of measures have the largest impact on keeping emissions down in addition to the importance of diversifying fuel options through alternative fuel usage. Despite alternative fuel vehicles comprising less than 1% of vehicles in the state, AFVs accounted for 14% of GHG reductions. With increasing adoption rates, GHG emissions reduced by AFVs will increasingly account for a larger share of emissions reductions in Louisiana.

    This third chart shows a breakdown in the GGEs reduced and the GHG emissions reduced by fuel type. In 2018, LCF stakeholders reduced 6,549,458 GGE and 7,072 tons of GHG emissions specifically through alternative fuel usage. Louisiana is known for having a very strong natural gas industry, and this data illustrates that compressed natural gas (CNG) is indeed an incredibly popular alternative fuel for our stakeholders. CNG accounts for 80% of the GGEs reduced and 66% of the GHG emissions reduced in 2018. Also of note in GGE reduction is propane, which accounted for 12% of the 6.5 million total for 2018. Renewable natural gas (RNG) (11%) and electric vehicles (7.5%) played a notable role in our stakeholders’ reduction of GHG emissions in 2018.

    When compared to the data from previous years (2009-2018), 2018, at 9.6 million GGEs, marks the largest amount of GGEs our stakeholders have ever reduced, eclipsing the previous record of 8.5 million GGEs reduced in 2016. Though GHG emissions reduction in 2018 did not eclipse the 48.8k tons of GHG emissions reduced in 2018, emissions reduction did increase from 40.1k tons in 2017 to 45k tons in 2018*.

    *Between 2013 and 2014, LCF expanded its territory from 5 parishes to 57 parishes.

    LCF would like to thank our members and stakeholders for their participation in this reporting process.


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    Stress-Free Game Day Transportation Options

    August is ending, and Baton Rouge is feeling the warm purple and gold glow of the start of football season. LSU’s first game of the season kicks off at 6:30 tomorrow night, and while the excitement in the air is palpable, everyone knows that with the excitement of an LSU game comes the dread of something else: game day traffic.

    If you’re looking for a better way to get yourself to the tailgate party, look no further! There are several ways to get yourself to and from LSU campus on game day in one piece while helping to mitigate both traffic concerns and vehicle emissions.

    Touchdown Express

    Baton Rouge’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS) has announced that it will be running its Touchdown Express, offering a round trip to and from Tiger Stadium on game day. According to the Downtown Development District (DDD):

    “The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) will run its popular Touchdown Express service for LSU home games during the 2019 football season! It provides roundtrip service to Tiger Stadium from two convenient pick-up/drop-off downtown locations including; 1) Florida Street and I-110 Underpass and 2) Hotel Indigo at the corner of Convention and Lafayette Streets. Touchdown Express provides local transit to and from LSU home games starting three hours before the game. The last shuttle leaves campus around an hour after the end of the football game.

    Roundtrip tickets sell for $10 and are available on game day at the Hotel Indigo, the CATS terminal and online.”

    Learn more on the CATS website.

    Pastime Transit

    If the CATS routes don’t work out for you, transit to and from LSU campus is also available via Pastime, “downtown’s historic restaurant and institution located on South Boulevard” (DDD). Pastime offers parking under the I-10 Bridge and roundtrip transit for $12 or transit to the game only for $6.

    Learn more on the Pastime website.

    Biking

    Looking to avoid the traffic altogether? Try out Baton Rouge’s new Gotcha Bike Share to rent a “pedal-assisted bike” and take an exercise-rich and emissions-free ride to LSU campus! There are many station locations around Baton Rouge, and for $2 plus $0.10 a minute, you can take the scenic route to the game.

    Riverfront Levee Multi-Use Path offers a great transportation alternative to the LSU Football games. The path, beginning from downtown, extends south past Skip Bertman Drive, and ends at Farr Park. LSU fans exiting at Skip Bertman Drive can find bike racks on campus located next to Lockett Hall on Field House Drive. (Florida St. Trailhead to Skip Bertman Dr. - 2.5 miles)” (DDD).

    Learn more about Baton Rouge’s Bike Share program.

    Commuter Krewe

    If transit and biking don’t interest you, you can still help with traffic and emissions mitigation in your game day transportation! The Commuter Krewe offers a FREE ride-share program to help you get where you're going with fewer cars on the road. Commuter Krewe is dedicated to helping “reduce congestion on our roads by reducing the number of vehicles with only one occupant.” Whether you gather some friends to carpool to campus, find a ride on the Commuter Krewe website, or offer up your own vehicle to other LSU fans who need a ride, you can help keep the traffic lighter and the air cleaner through your participation with the Commuter Krewe.

    Learn more about Commuter Krewe.


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    Energy Department Launches Revamped Co-Optima Website

    We have liftoff! The relaunch of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) website features revamped and expanded content on this breakthrough research designed to dramatically boost vehicle fuel economy and performance. Find more details on scientific discoveries that will lead to efficient, clean, affordable, and scalable high-performance fuels and engines, as well as potentially increase U.S. economic productivity, national energy security, and the use of domestic fuel resources.

    New website features include:

    • Updated information about light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle research activities
    • Links to a wealth of online tools and data
    • A searchable and sortable publications database

    Co-Optima brings together DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s (EERE's) Bioenergy Technologies and Vehicle Technologies Offices, nine National Laboratories, 13 universities, and numerous industry and government stakeholders to explore the potential for near-term improvements in the types of fuels and engines found in most vehicles currently on the road, as well as innovative new engine technologies.

    Learn more on the Co-Optima website.

    Learn more about EERE on Facebook and follow Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons on Twitter.


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    FOTW #1094: The Transportation Sector Consumes More Petroleum than All Other Sectors Combined

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    The transportation sector consumes more petroleum than any other sector, and that share has increased over time from about 50% in 1950 to about 70% in 2018. U.S. petroleum consumption increased threefold between 1950 and 2018, from 6.5 million to 20.5 million barrels per day. The industrial sector has remained the second-largest consumer of petroleum, accounting for about one quarter of all petroleum use, and that share has remained nearly the same over time. Electric utilities have consumed less than 1% of petroleum for the last 10 years.

    Source: Energy Information Administration, May 2019 Monthly Energy Review, Washington, DC, May 2019, Tables 3.7a–3.7c.

    Fact #1094 Dataset


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    FOTW #1093: For Model Year 2018, Electric-Drive Vehicle Models Were Available in Nine Different Size Classes

    Source: EERE Fact of the Week

    Fifty-six models of electric-drive vehicles were available in model year (MY) 2018. One quarter of the models were midsize cars, followed by large cars at 16% and compact cars at 14%. Together, small sport utility vehicles (SUV), standard SUVs and minivans accounted for another quarter. Electric-drive vehicles include battery-electric, plug-in-hybrid electric, and fuel-cell vehicles.

    Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book: Edition 37, ORNL/TM-2018/987, January 2019. Original source: FuelEconomy.Gov website.

    Fact #1093 Dataset


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    VW Funding Third Proposal Period NOW OPEN!

    FUNDING FOR ALTERNATIVE FUELS PROJECTS

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) third round of applications for projects and funding from the Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust is NOW OPEN.

    "Application submittal for project funding will be available through the LDEQ’s VW webpage online form (the form will open on Aug. 1st). The deadline to submit Environmental Mitigation Action applications for the third round is Oct. 1, 2019. If you have any questions concerning the application, please send them to [email protected]

    In 2017, Volkswagen AG (VW) agreed to plead guilty to charges that it installed software in its model year 2009-2015 2.0-liter diesel cars and 3.0-liter diesel cars that circumvented EPA emissions standards using a “defeat device.” These vehicles emit up to 40 times more pollution than emissions standards allow in the form of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a pollutant that harms public health and contributes to ozone or smog formation.

    As part of a settlement, states are eligible to receive funds to pay all or part of the cost of projects to reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and to install electric vehicle charging stations.

    LOUISIANA'S MITIGATION PLAN

    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.

    SCHOOL BUSES

    The agencies, with public input, have pooled 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. Other projects allowable under the mitigation plan will also be considered. See Appendix D-2 for a complete list of project types allowed under the Volkswagen Settlement (beginning on page 53 of the document).

    The state's 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 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 CNG, propane, or Electric.

    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 Tyler Herrmann at Louisiana Clean Fuels at [email protected].

    FUNDING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE (EVSE)

    The state's 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.

    Under National VW Settlement Guidelines, level 2 and DC Fast Chargers can be funded at the following levels:

    • Up to 100% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Government-Owned Property.
    • Up to 80% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that will be available to the public at a Non-Government Owned Property.
    • Up to 60% of the cost to purchase, install and maintain eligible light duty electric vehicle supply equipment that is available at a workplace but not to the general public.

     

    The lead agency has put a priority on Public EVSE infrastructure applications from state agencies and other government entities. Proposals from private entities will also be considered. Application guidance has been issued by the LDEQ and can be found on their website. If you would like assistance with preparing your proposal, please email Tyler Herrmann with Louisiana Clean Fuels [email protected]. To view the state's plan and for more information, visit LDEQ's Volkswagen page. For more information or to comment on the state's plan, please email [email protected].

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