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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.

    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.

    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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    Enroll in our Green Fleets Program by participating in our Annual Report!

    Dozens of progressive Louisiana fleets participate in our Annual Report each year. In order to reduce the reporting burden on our stakeholders, we have added the option to sign up for Green fleets from the Annual Report data collection survey.

    Annual Reporting is well underway as we collect information from our alternative fuels stakeholders to compile data on how Louisiana fleets used alternative fuels and fuel-saving measures to reduce their emissions in 2018. Dozens of progressive Louisiana fleets participate in our Annual Report each year. In order to reduce the reporting burden on our stakeholders, we have added the option to sign up for Green fleets from the Annual Report data collection survey.

    What is Green Fleet Certification?

    Through Green Fleets, Louisiana Clean Fuels conducts emissions analysis and quantification of on-road vehicles for fleets throughout the state of Louisiana. Becoming a certified LCF Green Fleet includes such benefits as educational opportunities, branding and promotional tools for fleet achievement, informational resources on technology options and incentives, funding assistance with grant opportunities, and more. Fleets may also promote their Certified Green Fleets status, showing their commitment to reducing emissions.

    How to Enroll

    Enrolling in our Green Fleets program is simple, free, and obligation-free; fleets who enroll are not obligated to make any changes in how they run their fleets. Once enrolled, LCF will provide your fleet with a report that you can use as a benchmark for future fuel consumption and emission reduction programs. We will work with you to track your progress over time and provide guidance to help your fleet achieve emissions-reduction goals.

    With just a few extra steps, fleets who participate in our Annual Report can enroll in Green Fleets. The Annual Report survey asks users to indicate whether or not they’d like the data they’ve provided in the survey to be used to enroll them in the Green Fleets program. Most of the information needed for Green Fleets enrollment is already being provided for the Annual Report, so we can use that information to start the enrollment for the Green Fleets program if a fleet is interested. Then we will contact that fleet for further informational requirements at a later date.

    Please note that the Annual Report is entirely separate from Green Fleets enrollment. For those uninterested in the Green Fleets program, it’s still important to fill out the Annual Report survey so LCF and the Department of Energy can have an accurate picture of alternative fuel and vehicle usage in Louisiana.

    Interested in learning more about LCF’s Green Fleets program? Visit our Green Fleets page for more information on eligibility, data requirements, and analysis and scoring methodology.

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