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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Launches DC Fast Charger Crowdsourcing Website

    Organization seeks input from potential site hosts and electric vehicle owners in the creation of a DC Fast Charger network along interstate corridors.

    As the popularity of electric vehicles rises, so too does the need for fast, convenient charging locations along well-traveled interstates throughout the state. Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), along with a team of experts and collaborators, is working to create a Master Plan for a DC Fast Charger corridor that will meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines and create a wide range of benefits for local drivers and business owners.

    With this end in mind, LCF recently launched a crowdsourcing website to gather input from electric vehicle owners and potential site hosts. This project allows these stakeholders the opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process on where to place DC Fast Chargers along Louisiana’s interstate corridors.

    Currently, driving long-distance with an electric vehicle in Louisiana can be a challenge, and drivers can often be left searching for level 2 chargers that take a long time to use. The creation of this DC Fast Charging network will give electric vehicle owners of all makes more freedom to take their EVs on longer trips.

    The DC Fast Charger crowdsourcing website offers electric vehicle owners most impacted by the project the chance to have their recharging needs considered in the planning of the charging network. Ideally, this will enable the project to move forward in such a way that will benefit the maximum number of electric vehicle owners. As LCF and its assembled data experts work to create the Master Plan, we wish to consider the most convenient and vital locations for hosting a DC Fast Charger, locations that will be most beneficial to the drivers that will use them.

    LCF is asking electric vehicle owners to think about their commute along the interstate where they normally stop for rest breaks and drop a “pin” where they know their car could benefit from a charging station. If someone has already nominated a site that they agree with, then participants can "like" that item and leave a comment about that location.

    Local business owners and government entities also have the opportunity to have their voices heard by nominating their location to be a potential site host for these proposed charging stations. Hosting a charging station can offer a wide range of benefits; not only would hosting a charging station support the environmentally-friendly use of alternative fuels, help to meet corporate emissions standards and goals, and increase property value, hosting will also serve to attract new customers who drive electric vehicles. These customers, drawn in by the charging stations, will visit more frequently and stay on property longer as their vehicles charge.

    The data collected in the crowd sourcing website will be combined with highway data, economic data of potential sites, and vehicle data from multiple sources along with existing infrastructure that will reveal optimal charging sites along the corridor. When the plan is complete, we will work with our stakeholders to find funding to get chargers installed at the best sites.

    With the input of local stakeholders in mind, LCF is working to create a DC Fast Charger network that will benefit Louisiana residents and businesses and advance the viability of electricity as an alternative fuel.

    Visist the site at https://louisianacleanfuels.mysocialpinpoint.com/cleanfuels#/


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    Clean Diesel National Grant | Open

    2019 Request For Applications Open

    EPA anticipates awarding approximately  $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

     

    Activity

    Date
    Request for Applications (RFA) OPENS

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    Information Session Webinar

    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 414-9804#

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET
    Information Session Webinar

    Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
    Access Code: 414-9804#

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET
    (13 pp, 357 K, December 19, 2018, About PDF):
    Deadline for Submittal of Questions

    February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET
    Deadline for Applications

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)

    Notification of Selected Applicants

    April 2019

    Funding of Awards May-October, 2019

     

    Eligible Applicants

    The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for Clean Diesel National Grants:

    • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
    • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.

    School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

    Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

    Eligible Uses of Funding

    Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

    • School buses
    • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
    • Locomotive engines
    • Marine engines
    • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

    Need assistance with your applications? We can help! Email Ann at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org 


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    Clean Cities Seeks Video Testimonials for 25th Anniversary Celebration

    The National Clean Cities program turned 25 this year, and the celebration will continue throughout 2019. Louisiana Clean Fuels is part of the nearly 100 local Clean Cities organizations across the
    US. Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.

    As part of the festivities, the Department of Energy is collecting 30-second video testimonials from stakeholders across the country. We would love to collect testimonials from you, our stakeholders, to submit and to show locally.  

    Videos should be around 30 seconds long and focus on a particularly successful project or accomplishment. If you’re interested in putting together a video, brush up on your skills with the following tips:

    • If you’re using a cell phone to shoot the video, remember to always hold it sideways
    • Use a tripod. Whether you’re using a professional camera or a phone, a tripod ensures a steady video. If you can’t get a tripod, stabilize the camera on a flat surface.
    • Use a microphone. If you can access one, even a simple microphone that runs off your phone can make a big difference in sound quality.
    • Consider the location. You want somewhere well lit, without too much background noise. Alternative fuel vehicles and fueling stations would make great backdrops.
    • Record for a few seconds before and after anything you say to ensure a clean shot.
    • Videos should be about Clean Cities as a whole - not Louisiana Clean Fuels in specific.
    • Please plan to have your video testimonial to us, by January 25.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

     


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