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    On GivingTuesday, Support a Cleaner, More Breathable Louisiana

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Celebrates GivingTuesday, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement on December 1, 2020.

    This GivingTuesday, Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) will inspire generosity by showcasing our 2021 initiatives to support lowering emissions and alternative fuel usage in Louisiana.

    GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

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    LCF works to help public and private fleets and consumers implement clean transportation projects. We build partnerships with local and statewide organizations in the public and private sectors to adopt:

    • Alternative and renewable fuels
    • Idle-reduction measures
    • Fuel economy improvements
    • New transportation technologies, as they emerge.


    This GivingTuesday, we are asking for donations of any kind to help us fund our efforts in 2021. Like most organizations, we have struggled in 2020 with funding, virtual events, and working from home. We need support now more than ever to keep working towards clean transportation in the state of Louisiana.

    In 2021, we plan to focus on certain initiatives in order to best help our state:

    Every donation, every membership goes towards funding our ability to work towards these initiatives and other clean transportation projects in Louisiana. Please consider donating or becoming an individual or organization member of LCF to show your generosity and commitment to keeping our beautiful state clean and breathable.

    GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

    People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 21 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities.

    "GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year." said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. "With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world."

    Those who are interested in learning about LCF’s 2021 Initiatives or becoming an  LCF member can visit www.louisianacleanfuels.org/join. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter.


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    FOTW# 1161: A Tool is Available for Estimating Charging Loads from Plug-In Electric Vehicles

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has recently upgraded their Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite tool to inform industry stakeholders about the electricity needed to charge plug-in vehicles. Within the tool, users can customize to their own specifications for:

    • Location (city and state)
    • Number of plug-in vehicles
    • Average daily miles per vehicle
    • Average ambient temperature
    • All-electric vehicle share
    • Vehicle type
    • Share of workplace/home charging
    • Charging levels
    • Charging time of day.

    Real-world travel data from consumers are used to model future requirements for residential, workplace, and public charging under different scenarios. The model results for the electric load profile for a fleet of 1,000 plug-in vehicles in Indianapolis, IN, are shown below as an example. EVI-Pro Lite is also useful for estimating the number of electric vehicle chargers needed in an area to sustain a certain number of plug-in vehicles.

    Example of EVI-Pro Lite Results

    Note: EVI-Pro Lite has been developed through a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the California Energy Commission, with additional support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office. Load profile analysis capabilities in EVI-Pro Lite have been developed through a collaborative effort between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University.

    Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite.

    Fact #1161 Dataset

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    It's the LCF Membership Dues Drive!

    Your membership supports our coalition's mission and 2021 programmatic goals.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a member-supported Clean Cities Coalition that values the contributions of its members and partners. We invite you to become part of our coalition and join or renew your membership with LCF today.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels depends on the support of our members for the work we do to foster Louisiana's economic, environmental, and energy security. This support is vital for us to continue our efforts to reduce emissions and promote fuel-efficient technologies and alternative fuel usage in our state.

    Become part of the solution! Join or renew your membership with us to help support our 2021 initiatives:

    Increase awareness of emerging mobility technologies and their potential impacts on climate and air quality goals.
    Through webinars, regional workshops and outreach events

    Increase the efficiency of public and private fleets
    Through our Green Fleets Certification program, demonstration projects, and alternative fuel suitability analysis

    Encourage investment in renewable through analysis and education
    With projects like our "Waste to Fuel" initiative to reduce methane emissions in Louisiana

    Support our alternative fuel fleets and early adopters
    By conducting Listening Sessions, hosting technical training, and collaborating with members on grant proposals and funding opportunities

    Improve our state’s fueling infrastructure
    By working with our stakeholders to both bring awareness to and improve our alternative fuel corridors.

    Support and empower our first responders
    By continuing to offer critical safety training to Louisiana first responders

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    Fourteen States combine efforts to “DRIVE Electric USA”

    Accelerating the Adoption of Electric Vehicles

    DRIVE Electric USA will fully develop 14 state-based “Drive Electric” programs that will engage individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use in our states.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is proud to be a part of the DRIVE Electric USA project funded by the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. The project is running from October 2020 through December 2023 and is comprised of a group of diverse stakeholders, including Clean Cities Coalitions from fourteen states, electric vehicle and EVSE OEMs, and other committed partners who are dedicated to raising awareness and adoption of EVs across the United States. We will use our states as great and dissimilar examples of how to successfully build statewide, successful EV efforts to drive the purchase and use of EVs of all sizes and by general citizens and fleets.

    DRIVE Electric Participating States

    In order to accomplish this goal, project leaders and implementers will educate consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials while engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders, conducting EV infrastructure planning, and developing local EV chapters. All of this will occur under the banner of each branded, statewide EV initiative which will be guided by that state’s stakeholders; Louisiana's branch of this project is called DRIVE Electric Louisiana. The project will create a replication playbook based on outputs and lessons learned and build successful long-term continuation through funding and partnerships. Additionally, a 28-member Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will provide input and guide the coalitions and their statewide efforts to break down barriers as quickly as we can towards accelerating EV adoption in our states.

    In order to accomplish this goal, project leaders and implementers will educate consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials while engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders, conducting EV infrastructure planning, and developing local EV chapters. All of this will occur under the banner of each branded, statewide EV initiative which will be guided by that state’s stakeholders. The project will create a replication playbook based on outputs and lessons learned and build successful long-term continuation through funding and partnerships. Additionally, a 28-member Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will provide input and guide the coalitions and their statewide efforts to break down barriers as quickly as we can towards accelerating EV adoption in our states.

    In addition to accelerating EV adoption, the project will advance state-of-the-art, innovative approaches to reduce interrelated EV market barriers and plans to create a “Replication Playbook” that other states can utilize to further their own initiatives. The activities, outputs and outcomes in the project are built on seven “Priority Areas” of focused work:

    1. Create and strengthen branded, statewide “Drive Electric” programs in each state, and build capacity into those programs through funded time
    2. Educate consumers by developing multiple, local EV “chapters” in all states
    3. Directly engage and educate all of our utilities and regulators
    4. Advance infrastructure in all states via statewide corridor, regional and community EVSE planning, including a focus on limited-income communities
    5. Educate state and local government officials about EV policy best practices
    6. Engage dealerships & OEMS to develop state-based, preferred EV dealer programs including light-duty and medium/heavy-duty OEMs
    7. Significantly increase fleet EV adoption across many types of fleets and sizes of vehicles

    The team’s goals are anchored in creating or strengthening state-based EV initiatives in the following 14 states (after each state, the Clean Cities Program that is leading that state’s efforts are listed):

    1. AlabamaAlabama Clean Fuels Coalition
    2. ColoradoDenver Metro Clean Cities Coalition
    3. FloridaCentral Florida Clean Cities Coalition
    4. GeorgiaClean Cities-Georgia
    5. KansasKansas City Regional Clean Cities
    6. LouisianaLouisiana Clean Fuels
    7. MissouriSt. Louis Clean Cities
    8. North CarolinaTriangle Clean Cities
    9. OhioClean Fuels Ohio
    10. PennsylvaniaEastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation
    11. TennesseeEast Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
    12. UtahUtah Clean Cities
    13. VirginiaVirginia Clean Cities
    14. WisconsinWisconsin Clean Cities

    Learn more at www.driveelectricusa.org. More information about DRIVE Electric Louisiana is coming soon.


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Announces 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Award Winners

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Clean Cities coalition honors Louisiana fleets and stakeholders for achievements in reducing transportation emissions

    November 6, 2020 | Baton Rouge, LA - Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of their annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards last Thursday night at a gala to celebrate the coalition’s 20th anniversary. LCF, a designated US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, awards outstanding alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year to recognize the exceptional achievements of stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to reduce their fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.

    The highest honor of Clean Fuel Champion was awarded to Republic Services (pictured left) for their reduction of nearly 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2019. The refuse company also offset 2.3 million gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of fuel through the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) with the fleet of 102 CNG trash trucks they operate within LCF’s territory. Republic Services further reduces their emissions and fuel usage through other methods, including idle reduction, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and fuel economy improvements.

    Louisiana Clean Fuels was proud to award the 2nd bi-annual Katry Martin Award to Scott Barrios of Entergy (pictured right) for “his enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge, and unlimited energy [which] he puts toward helping to pave the way for clean fuels for Louisiana, especially electric technologies.” The award recognizes one person whose positive attitude, dedication, and passion for alternative fuels sets them apart from their peers. The award's namesake, Katry Martin, served as the Executive Director of St. Landry Parish Solid Waste. The Katry Martin Award serves as a chance for LCF to honor his legacy and recognize his contributions to alternative fuels.

    Other awards were given out as follows:

    • Capital Area Transit System (CATS) (pictured left) was recognized with the Rising Star Award. The Baton Rouge transit fleet added three all-electric BYD transit buses to their fleet late in 2019 and offset 40 tons of GHGs in just a few months.
    • The Media Award for Outstanding AFV Publication was awarded to Fuels Fix (pictured below right). The site, which features stories about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies successes in the United States, promotes news from the US DOE Clean Cities Program as well as working partners in the alternative fuels industry.
    • United Parcel Service (UPS) was honored with the Gangbusters Award for Largest Growth by Volume and Percentage for increasing their petroleum reductions by 400,000 GGEs in 2019. UPS saw a 35% increase in the use of alternative fuels across their Louisiana fleet, including a 65.8% increase in their use of Propane.
    • The Progress Award for Most Improved Municipality went to the City of Lake Charles for their 43% increase in Propane usage since 2019 across their fleet of paratransit buses, trucks, and off-road equipment.

    The following were also recognized for their efforts in reducing emissions and conserving fuel:

    • Climate MVP: Most GHG Emissions Reduced by Municipality: St. Landry Parish Solid Waste
    • Best Performing Municipality (With Transit): City of Shreveport / SporTran
    • Best Performing School District: East Baton Rouge Parish School System
    • Top VMT Reductions: Entergy
    • Top Reductions through Fuel Economy Improvements: Republic Services
    • Top Idle Reduction: Amerigas
    • Top Reductions through a Diverse Portfolio: Entergy
    • Most Compressed Natural Gas Used: Republic Services
    • Most Propane Used: UPS
    • Most Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Used: Waste Connections
    • Most Electricity Used: Entergy

    LCF Executive Director Ann Vail presented the awards to a small group of stakeholders, sponsored by the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), and announced the winners. The entire event was filmed and edited into a virtual gala and awards ceremony and posted on our YouTube channel. LCF is proud to honor these outstanding organizations and to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals. See more photos in our Gala Photo Gallery.

    For more information:
    Victoria Herrmann, Communications Coordinator | [email protected] | 225.342.7972

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    About Louisiana Clean Fuels:   Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. The mission of LCF is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. More information is available at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.


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    VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review Report Released

    Vehicle Technologies Office | November 10, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO’s) 2020 Annual Merit Review Report is now available. VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review (AMR) was held virtually from June 1–4, 2020, where VTO’s portfolio was reviewed by panels of experts from industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The report details reviewer text responses and scores, including numeric scores for each technical session as well as text and graphical summaries of reviewer responses for each individual reviewed project, based on project presentations and posters presented by the principal investigators.

    The objective of the VTO AMR is to review VTO’s accomplishments from previous months and its plans for the future, and gather stakeholder input with a structured and formal methodology. The meeting also provided attendees a forum for technology information transfer.

    VTO will hold its 2021 AMR from June 21–24, 2021, in Washington, DC. For more information, please see https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-annual-merit-review.

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    FOTW# 1159: Shared Micromobility Trips Grew by 62% in 2019

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    The number of micromobility trips grew 62% from 2018 to 2019 due to the large increase in scooter trips. Shared micromobility refers to small fleets of fully or partially human-powered vehicles including bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Trips on scooters more than doubled from 2018 to 2019 while bike trips increased by 3% and e-bike trips increased 54%. Data collection by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) began in 2010 and included only bike trips until 2018.

    Note: Data includes systems with over 150 bikes or scooters and includes only data reported by large cities. Data does not include private or closed campus systems like those operating on university campuses. For more detail, see the source report.

    Source: National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2019, Summer 2020.

    Fact #1159 Dataset

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    Energy Department Request for Information in Support of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Truck Research and Development

    Originally posted by the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is announcing a request for information (RFI) from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to medium- and heavy-duty freight trucking. Affordable freight movement is essential for the nation’s economy. Trucks carry over 70% of the nation’s freight on a tonnage basis and 73% of freight on a value basis.[1] There are new opportunities in all commercial vehicle classes to increase efficiency and to introduce alternative fuel sources such as electricity, natural gas, biofuels, and hydrogen.

    The RFI is being issued by EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), and Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). Through this RFI, DOE is soliciting input in five categories:  

    1. Freight Operational Efficiency and Systems
    2. Internal Combustion Engine, Powertrain, Fuels and Emssions Control
    3. Batteries, Electrification, and Charging of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks
    4. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Trucks
    5. Other Important Considerations

    DOE is planning a public workshop in the December 2020 timeframe to share the key findings of the request for information with outside stakeholders. The request for information and workshop discussions will help identify gaps and barriers to commercializing new technologies, and help inform DOE’s R&D and competitive funding strategy into the next ten years.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications. Responses to this RFI must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) on November 9, 2020. Learn more about RFI response guidelines.

    [1]U.S. Department of Transportation, 2015. 2012 Commodity Flow Survey, table 1b, https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2015/econ/ec12tcf-us.pdf.


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    Masks On, EVs Out: Louisiana Clean Fuels Hosts Safe and Fun Celebration for National Drive Electric Week 2020!

    COVID-19 couldn’t put a damper on our EV enthusiasm! Despite continued pandemic concerns, this year’s National Drive Electric Week event on October 3rd at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales had an excellent turn-out with masks, social distancing, and a noticeable lack of vehicle emissions. It was our first in-person event since the Clean Fuels Golf Classic in March -- which took place just as pandemic closures hit Louisiana -- and the Louisiana Clean Fuels staff stepped up to the plate with enthusiasm. With beautiful weather and lots of friendly (masked) faces, the event was a great success. 

    There were over a dozen vehicles lined up in an EV Alley in front of Tanger, including all four Tesla models, both the Chevy Bolt and Volt, a Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, and a Jaguar IPACE, and the owners of these vehicles reported over 326,000 collective electric miles driven. We were happy to see our friends from the Tesla Louisiana Owners and Dreamers Facebook Group turn out in droves once again to support our EV outreach efforts for NDEW! These fabulous Tesla owners love driving electric and are always happy to show off their EVs and discuss all the fun benefits of owning a Tesla.

    One of the highlights of the event was seeing several Tesla Model Ys - Tesla’s newest EV - on display, including one set up in camping mode; attendees were able to see the Model Y with the tent hitched up to the back of the vehicle, showing off the shady sitting area for any enthusiastic campers or tailgaters. After seeing the display, Tyler, LCF’s Co-Coordinator whose love for Tesla is well-known, said wistfully, “Okay, now I definitely want a Model Y.” There was also a splendid Jaguar IPACE on display courtesy of the Paretti Family of Dealerships, a big supporter of LCF and our EV outreach efforts. A big thanks to all of the EV owners who brought out their vehicles and their enthusiasm for conversation!

    We had a great time speaking with attendees about electric vehicles, with many attendees asking questions about NDEW, the benefits of EVs, and Louisiana Clean Fuels. Many expressed appreciation for the vehicles on display and spent time mingling with the volunteer EV owners. One attendee approached LCF staff to compliment a talkative EV owner, saying, “He knows everything about all the Tesla models! He had a ton of great information for us!”

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s NDEW event was packed full of EV newbies and enthusiasts alike. After a mostly event-less, quarantined summer down here in Louisiana and across the world, it almost seemed as if everyone was particularly happy to get out and participate in a safe social event to celebrate sustainability and cleaner driving.

    We at LCF had a fantastic time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2020, and we can’t wait to make next year’s National Drive Electric Week even better! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on the event or who came out to show their support!

    Check out our photo gallery to see some pictures from our 2020 NDEW event:

    NDEW 2020 PHOTO Gallery


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    Assistant Secretary Simmons to Host Facebook Live Broadcast on National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day

    Originally posted by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | October 5, 2020

    On October 8, 2020, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Assistant Secretary, Daniel R Simmons, will host a Facebook Live broadcast at 2 p.m. ET. October 8, chosen to represent the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), is National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, an opportunity to celebrate all the progress that has been made in the field. As part of that celebration, Assistant Secretary Simmons' broadcast will discuss contributions by EERE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office and the [email protected] initiative, and will include a special announcement. Be sure to tune in via EERE's Facebook page.


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