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    Clean fuels experts meet for Clean Cities event in Baton Rouge

    Advanced Transportation Technologies, Funding Opportunities and US Department of Energy’s VTO Research Discussed at Local Clean Cities Meeting

    Louisiana Clean Fuels hosted its Annual Stakeholder Meeting on January 31st at the acclaimed BRCC Automotive Technology Center in Baton Rouge.

    February 10, 2020 - by LCF staff writers: Ann Vail & Victoria Herrmann

    Over 50 clean fuels experts from industry, state and federal government, metro planning commissions and utilities gathered together on Friday, January 31, 2020, for updates from their Clean Cities coalition, Louisiana Clean Fuels, on new mobility challenges, heavy duty electric vehicles, air quality issues, and technological advances that are changing the way we think about how we move people and products across our roadways and through our towns.

    The meeting kicked off with LCF Executive Director and Coordinator Ann Vail giving an overview of LCF’s 2019 accomplishments along with a look ahead at LCF’s 2020 Strategic Plan, including DOE initiatives, projects and programs for the year. Over the past year, the coalition was involved in advancing the adoption of alternative fuels across the state and the installation of critical fueling infrastructure. LCF worked with various organizations across the state to help them apply for the final two rounds of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding this past year. Additionally, the coalition published its DC Fast Charging Master Plan with the goal of establishing a DC Fast Charging network that meets the Federal Highway Administration’s guidelines for alternative fuel corridors. LCF worked throughout 2019 with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and electric utilities across the state to utilize this Master Plan to help inform decisions on the optimal placement of DC Fast Chargers along our interstate corridors. The coalition was also instrumental in assisting the LDEQ to purchase an EV for their fleet and install chargers in two state garages, and they are the first state agency to do so.

    LCF’s accomplishments over the past year are also impressive by the numbers. In 2019,

    • LCF’s stakeholders reported a record  9.6 million gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGEs) reduced by their 2018 activities, the largest GGE reduction LCF stakeholders have ever reported.
    • LCF conducted 23 hours of free alternative fuel safety 101 classes for first responders.
    • The coalition certified three new fleets into their Green Fleets Certification Program, designed to help fleets improve the economic and environmental performance of their vehicle operations.
    • LCF hosted 4 EV showcase events to more than 300 attendees across the state as part of the Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow.

    Looking forward to 2020, the coalition outlined its top programming priorities. “Through our visits with our legacy natural gas fleets in our territory, we have learned that some of these early adopters are in need of training for their technicians and updates to their equipment,” says Vail when discussing tasks assigned to them in their 2019 and 2020 cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy. The LCF Executive Director explained to the audience how workforce development and improving access to alternative fuel technician training were at the top of their to-do list for 2020. Vail explained how the shortage of trained heavy-duty technicians is an issue across the country and is felt especially hard by fleets with advanced technologies and alternative fuels.

    In 2020, the coalition has plans to continue to work with VW Settlement funding awardees for EVSE to help them implement the installation of their EV charging equipment and to continue to work to improve charging and fueling infrastructure for all alternative fuels. As a part of this initiative, LCF plans to host several training sessions related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies covering topics such as EV charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty EVs, developments in gaseous and liquid alternative fuels, and an EV 101 workshop for local leaders to prepare for an electrified future. The coalition will also continue organizing and facilitating multiple-fuel and/or technology-specific listening sessions with fleets and other stakeholders to identify technology gaps and critical research needs to improve vehicle/infrastructure performance and usability.

    Ann Vail presenting LCF's 2020 Initiatives

    LCF’s 2020 programmatic priorities include:

    • Encourage investment in renewables through education with ongoing projects like our “Waste to Fuel” Curriculum initiative
    • Increase the efficiency of public and private fleets through programs such as LCF’s Green Fleets Certification program and Light Duty EV Readiness Fleet Analysis
    • Support legacy alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) fleets by conducting “Listening Sessions,” hosting technical trainings, and collaborating with members on funding proposals
    • Improve fueling infrastructure by hosting regional AFV infrastructure meetings in addition to utilizing LCF’s EV Charging Corridor Master Plan
    • Support and empower our first responders by continuing to offer safety training to Louisiana first responders

    Joe Annotti, Vice President of Programs at Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA), was up next and gave an enlightening presentation on “The Status of Our Zero Emission Transportation Future.” Annotti presented an overview of various zero-emission transportation technologies, including electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, in addition to discussing the progression of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funding across the country. 

    At one point, Annotti called out to the audience for guesses on which fuels have thus far received the most VW funding. “Diesel!” came a quick answer, quickly followed by a shouted, “Propane!” and a bit of uncertainty over how natural gas and electric would stack up. A ripple of surprise spread through the audience as Annotti revealed that the second-most-funded fuel type (including infrastructure) for the VW Settlement is actually electric. Annotti followed up this reveal by explaining how various states across the US are incentivizing or even requiring zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure. “The south will rise?” he questioned with a shrug as he gestured to the blank southern US on a “ZEV Winner’s Circle” map. One takeaway from Annotti’s presentation is just that: How can the southern US and Louisiana, in particular, catch up to other states in the zero-emission race? “Utilities are so important to the future of zero-emission vehicles,” he said, emphasizing the necessity of including utilities, whose role has evolved to include funding EV infrastructure, in the zero-emission conversation. Annotti also listed several zero-emission initiatives and key opportunities in other states as examples, illustrating the importance of all stakeholders - state agencies, municipalities, fleets, utilities, and consumers - working together to achieve an electrified future.

    Michael D. Laughlin, PMP, Technology Manager, Technology Integration Program of the U.S. Department of Energy Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) next gave “An Overview of DOE Vehicle Technologies Research for New Mobility Opportunities.” “Transportation is fundamental to our way of life,” one of Laughlin’s slides proclaimed, illustrating the VTO’s vision of finding sustainable, efficient, and affordable transportation solutions. Laughlin focused primarily on Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (EEMS) in his presentation. “It’s The Jetsons,” he said, prompting laughter in the audience, as he explained the variety of topics that fall under EEMS. Connective, automated vehicles; shared micro-mobility; e-commerce; shared ride services; infrastructure, SMART mobility...all of these various methods of connection and transportation fall under the EEMS umbrella. Laughlin also explained SMART - Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation - Mobility, offering insight into some of the methods through which the VTO studies new mobility technologies and projects along with various metrics through which the VTO attempts to measure the efficiency of these systems.

    The MEP - or Mobility Energy Protocol - System, for example, combines various modes of transport into a holistic metric for better comparison. The system seeks to make different modes of transport for various situations more comparable in terms of efficiency and energy use. “High MEP would be something like being able to walk to most places in a city,” Laughlin said, explaining the high efficiency of such a situation. Another slide demonstrated how increased vehicle efficiency would translate to overall increased MEP for a region. Laughlin’s presentation effectively demonstrated just how complex mobility and transportation research is. Considering the many ways to increase efficiency in current modes of transportation while also researching and developing new mobility technologies and ensuring that all of these various modes connect and work together as efficiently as possible is a daunting task, and the VTO has experts on the case. The VTO, he explained, wants to connect the community with information. There are many resources available on the VTO’s website, Laughlin noted, explaining the difficulty of navigating the ridiculous amounts of data and information surrounding mobility research. Laughlin pointed out tools, resources, and connections available for stakeholders to use “to help all of you with this new mobility world.”  One such resource? “Clean Cities is a connection to this community of experts - they (and we) are here to help!” 

    Following the first two presentations, attendees networked and chatted over a luncheon jointly sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council and EMSI Air. After lunch, attendees were able to step outside to view a display of three Teslas in front of the BRCC facility. Attendees had the opportunity to look over the vehicles, sit in them, and also speak to the vehicle owners standing by to answer questions. Everyone then headed to the back of the Automotive Technology Center to step aboard one of the new Capital Area Transit System (CATS) electric BYD buses and learn about the technology behind these new clean, efficient vehicles.

    After admiring the BYD electric bus outside, attendees resumed their seats to hear Ralph Serrano, Senior Project Manager of BYD, present on BYD’s “Development of Commercial Electric Vehicles”. Serrano explained BYD’s focus on a zero-emission ecosystem, giving an overview of the various types of electric vehicles that BYD produces and their applications. One issue Serrano described for BYD is getting customers to be open to learning about electric vehicles in the first place. Despite this initial hesitancy, Serrano concluded by revealing that rates of electric vehicle adoption around the world are higher than previously forecast, which spells a bright future for EV development. In discussing BYD's work with CATS, Serrano noted that many customers are looking for "the whole package;" BYD is currently working with CATS not only to supply their new electric buses but also to plan out and install their charging infrastructure in a way that works best for CATS. This seems like an interesting progression of how vehicle suppliers can work with their fleet customers and perhaps open them up to the idea of electric vehicles; many buyers don't know much about EVs, so EVs and the infrastructure involved can seem overwhelming or like far too much work or research to understand. By incorporating "the whole package" from vehicles to planning to infrastructure into the deal, companies like BYD with experience and expertise on the issue can help ease fleets into an electrified future, one where fleets don't have to figure everything out themselves.  As for CATS, they're moving quickly toward that future with the help of BYD. If you look closely, you will notice the three green and yellow BYD electric buses servicing routes for CATS around East Baton Rouge. The transit system has ordered three more electric buses from BYD with a contract to purchase three more in the future.

    The final presentation of the day was a “UPS Sustainability Overview – How we help our Customers” from Stuart McAvoy, the Global Director of Supply Chain Optimization and Sustainability at UPS. McAvoy, also a recent addition to the LCF Board of Directors, offered an insightful look into UPS’s work to optimize its supply chain to limit carbon emissions and increase efficiency; strategies included shifting to more fuel-efficient modes of transport such as rail or leveraging technology such as telematics to decrease travel distance per route. McAvoy also reviewed UPS’s sustainability goals, including a recent exciting announcement that UPS will be purchasing 10,000 electric trucks from U.K. startup Arrival over the next five years, a plan which will double UPS’s alternative fuels vehicle fleet.


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    FTA: Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) - FY2020 Notice of $130 Million Funding

    Originally posted by the Federal Transit Administration | January 17, 2020 | Department of Transportation | Original Article 

    PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 17, 2020

    Informational Webinar

    A webinar for this opportunity will be held February 6, 2020 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. Click here to Register for the webinar.

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it will make available more than $130 million in grants to help fund the purchase of low or no emission buses and chargers in communities nationwide. This funding level represents the most funding in the history of the program. Electric buses, chargers, and associated electric bus infrastructure are eligible under this program. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    • Date Posted: 1/17/2020
    • Date Closed: 3/17/2020
    • Opportunity ID: FTA-2020-005-LowNo

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    See more funding opportunities on our funding page


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    DOE Announces $133 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

    Originally posted by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | January 23, 2020 | Department of Energy | Original Article

    DE-FOA-0002197: FY20 ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $133 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research.  This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

    Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity supports projects in advanced batteries and electrification in support of the recently announced DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge. This FY 2020 funding opportunity also supports priorities in advanced engine and fuel technologies including technologies for off-road applications, lightweight materials, new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

    DOCUMENTS


    REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

    Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered. View Required Application Documents

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    SUBMISSION DEADLINES

    • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/21/2020 5:00 PM ET
    • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

    Topic areas include:

    Batteries and Electrification (up to $40 million)

    • Lithium-ion batteries using silicon- based anodes
    • Low cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials utility managed smart charging supporting projects that will demonstrate managed and controlled charging loads for a large number of vehicles.


    Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels (up to $27.5 million)

    • Platinum group metals content reduction to enable cost-effective after-treatment for gasoline and diesel engines
    • Improved efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas and propane (LPG) engines
    • Energy-efficient off-road technologies directly applicable to agriculture sector and/or other off-road vehicles
    • Two-stroke, opposed-piston engine research and development


    Materials Technology (up to $15 million)

    • Lightweight and high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites for vehicle applications


    Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (up to $13.5 million)

    • Improving transportation system efficiency through better utilization
    • Enabling vehicle and infrastructure connectivity
    • Improving mobility, affordability, and energy efficiency through transit

    Technology Integration (up to $36 million)

    • Gaseous fuels technology demonstration projects
    • Alternative fuel proof-of-concept in new communities and fleets
    • Electric vehicle and charging community partner projects
    • Technology integration open topic


    Transportation and Energy Analysis (up to $1.2 million)

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due February 21, 2020, and full applications will be due April 14, 2020.  For more information and application requirements, please visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov.


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2019 Year in Review

    As we reach the end of another year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the changes and accomplishments of 2019. For Louisiana Clean Fuels, this has been our busiest year yet. We’ve grown, we’ve adapted, and we’ve accomplished so many new things in our work to promote alternative fuels and reduce emissions.

    Highest Reported GGE Reduction

    Each year starts with Annual Reporting season for Clean Cities Coalitions, during which we compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in the previous year. This year, our stakeholders reported 9.6 million gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGEs) reduced by their 2018 activities, the largest GGE reduction LCF stakeholders have ever reported. Additionally, our stakeholders reported 4.9 thousand tons more greenhouse gases (GHGs) reduced in 2018 than in 2017. Our stakeholders have continued to grow their alternative fuel usage and emissions reduction activities throughout the year, and we look forward to reporting on their hard work at the start of 2020.

    Volkswagen Settlement Updates

    This year also saw the final two rounds of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) opened up the second proposal period in April 2019 and the third proposal period four months later in August. LCF staff worked with various school districts, utilities, and other organizations around the state - including the Lafayette, Bossier City and Ascension Parish School Districts; the City of Denham Springs; and utilities Cleco and SWEPCO - to help them submit proposals for funding for vehicle replacement or electric vehicle charging infrastructure. LCF worked as technical advisors to the lead agency, the LDEQ, for the VW settlement activities, including but not limited to assisting with the calculation of estimated NOx reduction of proposed projects and tracking the actual emission reductions of the projects once implemented.

    Alternative Fuel Corridors | DC Fast Charging Master Plan

    This summer marked the installation of alternative fuel corridor signage along several of Louisiana’s interstates to mark fueling locations for propane (LPG), LNG, and CNG. LCF worked closely with LDEQ, LDOTD, and the Capital Region Planning Commission in 2018 to apply for official corridor designation from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and signs have officially been installed on Louisiana I-10, I-20, and I-49.

    Additionally, LCF has created a DC Fast Charging Master Plan to help guide our state in the placement of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state. The Master Plan outlines key areas in which to place DC Fast Chargers with the intent to create an electric vehicle charging network along our interstate corridors that also meets the standards for the FHWA alternative fuel corridors signage. Once the plan was complete, LCF worked closely with Entergy, SWEPCO, CLECO and other stakeholders to solicit ideal site hosts identified by the plan to apply for Volkswagen Settlement funding. The goal was to help spur the creation of our interstate EV charging network. As it stands today, over 33 potential site hosts have applied for VW funding for EV Charging Equipment - most of which are within the plan-designed optimal charging zones.

    Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow

    LCF partnered with our sister coalition, the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) in the New Orleans metro area, to host a statewide Electric Vehicle Roadshow with stops throughout Louisiana. LCF hosted three roadshow events in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) to help promote electric vehicles across the state. LCF’s Coordinators showed on their EVs in Shreveport at an event hosted by SWEPCO while other LCF staff attended a Lafayette event hosted by the Lafayette Main Public Library. We met up back in Gonzales to celebrate the finale of NDEW event with a showcase of over 20 vehicles at Tanger Outlet Mall along with representatives from Entergy eTech, the Commuter Krewe, Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Tesla Owners club who came out to show their support. The Roadshow was a resounding success, and it concluded with a spectacular Ride & Drive at the Clean Fuels Summit.

    Clean Cities National Training Workshop

    Your coalition’s successes and expertise were prominently featured at the US Department of Energy’s National Clean Cities Training Workshop for coordinators from all over the country, held in Salt Lake City in August of 2019. Both the Executive Director and Co-Coordinator presented on topics such as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors, tips on hosting successful large meetings, and creative uses of telematics to inform alternative fuel vehicle purchasing decisions. We were also honored with a visit by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for EERE, Daniel Simmons. Your Executive Director was selected to participate in a “fireside chat” with Mr. Simmons along with three other top coordinators from across the country where they discussed strategies for Clean Cities to work more closely and effectively with the Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) under the EERE.

    Clean Fuels Summit

    In October, LCF partnered once again with SLCFP to host a state-wide alternative fuels conference in New Orleans at the NOLA Motorsports Park. The Clean Fuels Summit featured timely updates on the latest sustainable fleet technologies by an impressive speaker lineup of clean fuel leaders from throughout the transportation industry, and an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports racetrack. Over 100 attendees including representatives of fleets, municipalities, government agencies, utilities, school districts, and the transportation technology industry all gathered to learn and network with other prominent figures in the alternative fuels industry.

    Louisiana Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    LCF announced the winners of our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at a welcome reception at Manning’s in New Orleans, held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit. Republic Services received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, while United Parcel Service (UPS) received the Clean Fuel Champion Runner-Up award for the second-highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Other awardees included SWEPCO, the Paretti Family of Dealerships, Waste Management, Stone Oil, Entergy eTech, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. We are both humbled and thankful for our dedicated stakeholders and the outstanding organizations who regularly go above and beyond to help further the mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels and to work together to achieve our environmental and transportation goals.

    As we move into a new year and a new decade, we at Louisiana Clean Fuels look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary as a Clean Cities coalition and to many more productive and successful years serving public and private fleets in our territory.

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    Alternative Fuel Tax Incentives Update

    Key alternative fuel incentives retroactively extended in Final FY 2020 Spending Bill

    NOTE: This incentive originally expired on December 31, 2017, but was retroactively extended through December 31, 2020, by Public Law 116-94.

    Alternative fuel excise credits extended

    The excise tax credit covers fuels including compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas (both naturally occurring CNG and LNG, and that derived from biomass), propane autogas, and liquefied hydrogen when used as a motor fuel. A tax credit in the amount of $0.50 per gallon* is available for the following alternative fuels:

    • natural gas (CNG& LNG)
    • liquefied hydrogen,
    • propane,
    • and compressed or liquefied gas derived from biomass

    *For propane and natural gas sold after December 31, 2015, the tax credit is based on the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or diesel gallon equivalent (DGE). For taxation purposes, one GGE is equal to 5.75 pounds (lbs.) of propane and 5.66 lbs. of compressed natural gas. One DGE is equal to 6.06 lbs. of liquefied natural gas. Example: the propane tax credit ends up being about 37 cents a GGE.

    For an entity to be eligible to claim the credit they must be liable for reporting and paying the federal excise tax on the sale or use of the fuel in a motor vehicle. Tax exempt entities such as state and local governments that dispense qualified fuel from an on-site fueling station for use in vehicles qualify for the incentive. Eligible entities must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The incentive must first be taken as a credit against the entity's alternative fuel tax liability; any excess over this fuel tax liability may be claimed as a direct payment from the IRS. The tax credit is not allowed if an incentive for the same alternative fuel is also determined under the rules for the ethanol or biodiesel tax credits.

    For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 4136, which is available on the IRS Forms and Publications website. (Reference Public Law 116-94, Public Law 115-123, Public Law 114-113, and 26 U.S. Code 6426)

    Point of Contact
    Excise Tax Branch
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel
    Phone: (202) 317-6855
    http://www.irs.gov/

    Sourcehttps://afdc.energy.gov/laws/319


    infrastructure tax credits also extended

    Fueling equipment for natural gas, propane, liquefied hydrogen, electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel installed through December 31, 2020, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. Permitting and inspection fees are not included in covered expenses. Fueling station owners who install qualified equipment at multiple sites are allowed to use the credit towards each location. Consumers who purchased qualified residential fueling equipment (such as EV Charging equipement) prior to December 31, 2020, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. (Source: https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/10513 )

    IRS Forms and Links

    How do you file for credits? The Alternative Fuels Data Center says the Treasury Department will provide more details on the process on March 11. Claims may be submitted after Treasury issues guidance. Claims will be paid within 60 days after receipt.

     

    Other retroactively extended tax credis in HR 1865:

    • the $1.00-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel and biodiesel mixtures, and the small agri-biodiesel producer credit of 10 cents per gallon, retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and prospectively through 2022 (for more information: https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/395 ) ;
    • the alternative fuel excise credit retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020;
    • the alternative fuel infrastructure credit retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020; and
    • the credit for qualified fuel cell vehicles retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020 (for more information: https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/350 ).

    The bill also:

    • includes $40 million for the DOE Clean Cities program – a nearly $3 million increase over last year;
    • includes $87 million for the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grants; and
    • requires the Federal Highway Administration to approve all clean vehicle projects submitted prior to April 17, 2018, using the previous criteria (final assembly in the United States) and it directs the agency to review and respond to Buy America waiver requests within 60 days of submission.

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    Get recognition for your 2019 fuel saving projects and alternative fuel usage. Participate in our Annual Report

    WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

    We are reaching out to fleets like yours in our territory who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year.

    In 2019, did you...

    • Purchase or operate Propane, CNG, LNG, Electric or PHEV vehicles?
    • Use Bio diesel, RNG or other renewable alternative fuel in your vehicles?
    • Start or continue an idle reduction program?
    • Added aerodynamics to your vehicles?
    • Shortened your routes to save fuel,
    • Replaced an older vehicle with a smaller or more fuel efficient vehicle?

    This Report will help us compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in 2019.

    Three ways to participate:

    1. The Survey: START SURVEY

    We have shortened and simplified the survey for stakeholders to fill out regarding your usage and implementation of alternative fuels in 2019. This survey asks for information about the amount and type of alternative fuels you have used, how many and what type of alternative fuel vehicles you own, and any alternative fuels or emissions-reducing projects you were involved with throughout 2018. START SURVEY

    2. Email or over the phone:

    If you have a small fleet or not much has changed since 2018, we can verify your information based on last years data over the phone. Schedule a time for a call with Ann or Tyler.

    3. Spreadsheet:  

    If you are detail oriented and have a lot to share with us, you can fill in our annual report spreadsheet. Let us know and we will send you the document.

    Deadline to submit your data:  March 1, 2020

    Historical LCF Reductions 2018

    Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Want to be recognized for work to reduce your fuel consumption and lower operating costs and emissions through alternative fuels? The only way to enter is by participating in our Annual Report! The 2020 Annual Clean Fuel Leader awards will be held in the fall of 2020 at a location and date TBD. To ensure that you don't miss any events or critical updates from LCF, please make sure you have subscribed to our monthly Newsletter. View photos of the 2019 awardees from our Clean Fuel Leader Awards on October 9th at Manning's in New Orleans (View photos online).

     


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    FOTW #1112: The U.S. Transportation Sector Consumed 1.4 Quadrillion Btu of Fuel Made from Biomass in 2018

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

    Of the 28.4 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy consumed by the U.S. transportation sector in 2018, 1.4 quads were produced from biomass. Fuel ethanol made up 81.4% of biomass-based transportation fuels in 2018, followed by biodiesel (17.1%) and other (1.5%).

    Note: The "other" category includes fuel blending components produced from renewable sources that meet the requirements of advanced biofuels.

    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, September 2019, Tables 10.2b and 2.5.

    Fact #1112 Dataset

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    Notice of Intent to Issue a Vehicle Technologies Funding Opportunity

    Originally posted by the DOE EERE

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has published a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA." The FOA will support a broad portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies that can strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, support American energy dominance, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans. This FOA may include the following topics:

    • Lithium-Ion Batteries using Silicon-Based Anode
    • Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials
    • Utility Managed Smart Charging
    • Platinum Group Metals Content Reduction to Enable Cost-Effective Aftertreatment for Gasoline and Diesel Engines
    • Improved Efficiency of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Natural Gas and Propane (LPG) Engines
    • Energy-Efficient Off-Road Technologies Directly Applicable to Agriculture Sector and/or Other Off-Road Vehicles
    • Lightweight and High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Vehicle Applications
    • Energy Efficient Mobility Systems
    • Technology Integration
    • Transportation and Energy Analysis


    The Vehicle Technologies’ portfolio includes advanced batteries, electric drive systems; smart charging technologies; energy efficient mobility technologies and systems; advanced combustion engines and fuels; materials for vehicle light-weighting; technology integration, which includes work with the national network of Clean Cities coalitions; and transportation and energy analysis.

    View the Notice of Intent


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    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Now Open: 2020 Request for Applications

    Deadline to Apply - February 26, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 40 and 60 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    Visit the DERA web page for more information

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    Request for Applications (RFA) OPEN Monday, December 9, 2019
    Information Session Webinars
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019; 1:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    1+ (202) 991-0477, 4149804# (audio dial-in number)
    Questions and Answers Document
    Deadline for Submittal of Questions
    February 14, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET
    Deadline for Applications Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)
    Notification of Selected Applicants May 2020
    Funding of Awards June-October, 2020


    Eligible Applicants

    The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA 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.


    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).


    Grant funds may be used for diesel emission reduction projects including:


    Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emission reductions mandated by federal law. Equipment for testing emissions or fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

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

    Informational Webinars

    2020 DERA National Grants

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12 to 1 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/TG550JGJ

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/GKLCM5S6

    Wednesday, January 14, 2019 at 2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/Q4CD0Z03

    Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
    Participant Code: 4149804#

    Webinar Highlights

    • Program Details
    • Changes This Year
    • Eligible Entities, Projects, Vehicles, Engines & Equipment
    • Funding: Availability, Project Funding Percentage, Restrictions
    • Proposal Submission
    • Evaluation Criteria
    • Potential Pitfalls
    • Tools, Resources and Support
    • Question & Answer Period


    If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

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    2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations

    Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act - Designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors

    Request for Nominations, Round 4

    Interface Between Previous Designations and Current Request for Nominations:

    The first three rounds of corridor designations were announced by FHWA in November 2016, March 2018, and April 2019. This fourth round of corridor designations may provide State or local agencies an opportunity to nominate additional corridors, extend currently designated corridors, and/or nominate a different fuel(s) along an already designated corridor.  It is not FHWA's intention to require formal updates on the first three rounds of corridor designations through this current request for nominations.  However, the following guidelines are provided to clarify the interface between previous designations and this current request for nominations:

    1. If a corridor is extended beyond its starting or ending points, a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is needed for the extension.
    2. If additional fuel(s) are proposed for a designated corridor on an existing corridor, a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is needed for the additional fuel(s).
    3. If the number of stations along a designated corridor changes (i.e. new stations being added or existing stations being closed), which results in the classification of the corridor being changed from corridor-pending to corridor-ready (or vice versa), a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is not needed. In this scenario, the length of the designated corridor does not change, only the status of the designation as corridor-ready or corridor-pending between its starting and ending points changes. The FHWA is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to identify these situations, and the corridor point of contact will be notified of any change in designation status. However, if the State, or nominating entity, are aware of facilities along a corridor that have been added or are no longer in operation, it is requested that this information be informally conveyed to FHWA and/or NREL.
    4. The initial round of designations in 2016 allowed the use of Level 2 chargers. FHWA encourages that States identify these highway segments which were designated as "corridor-ready" in Round 1 of the Program –(i.e. currently have only Level 2 chargers) and prioritize these corridors for upgrades to DCFCs. 
    5. Although the entire NHS is included in the corridor program, FHWA is limiting the number of US highways/State roads to 1-2 per nomination in Round 4 so the "build-out" of fueling/charging infrastructure is focused on the Interstates across the country and flipping corridor-pending Interstates to corridor-ready. Also, there must be a compelling case made as to why US highways/State roads should be considered for designation.
    6. The previous three rounds of designations allowed a DC Fast Charging station to have either J1772 combo (CCS) or CHAdeMO connectors. As stated in the above Infrastructure Coverage Criteria Table, starting with Round 4, all DC Fast Charging stations should have both J1772 combo (CCS) and CHAdeMO connectors to be eligible for designation. FHWA does not plan to change the status of corridors that included stations with only one connector type, however it is recommended that these stations be prioritized for upgrades to include both.

    FHWA Areas of Interest for Round 4 Nominations:

    After the completion of the first three rounds of designations, FHWA has identified several areas of interest for the fourth round of corridor designations that State or local agencies should consider when planning/preparing their nominations. The following are the FHWA areas of interest:

    • States that have no corridor designations (pending or ready).
    • Nominations from States that have not submitted an application as a lead.
    • States that currently have existing Interstates/highways that are corridor-ready for one or more alternative fuels, but have not submitted a nomination.
    • Since corridors extend beyond State boundaries, nominations that take into consideration the next fueling site over State or international borders2 are encouraged. Similarly, cooperation between neighboring States is highly encouraged.
    • Nominations that will complete the nation's longest and heavily traveled highways for one of more alternative fuels. For example, I-95, I-10, I-80, I-40, I-35, I-65, I-70, I-81, or I-90.
    • FHWA strongly encourages EV nomination submissions from State and local officials who have Interstate highways within their States that have been targeted for investment in the first 30-month cycle by Electrify America in the National Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan. See page 22 of the Cycle 1 Plan, and page 48 of the Cycle 2 Plan.
    • Coordination, integration, and inclusion with other DOT programs and regulations such as thedevelopment/update of State Freight Plans and Long-Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs).

     

    DEADLINE

    The deadline for this solicitation is COB Wednesday February 26, 2020

    For more information, visit the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridor website:https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/resources/rfn4.cfm

     

    Webinar for 2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Designation Nominations 

    December 5, 2019

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST

    Please join the Federal Highway Administration and DOT’s Volpe Center for a webinar on the recently announced 2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations.  Please follow the directions below for US DOT users and non-DOT users to register for the webinar.   

    Webinar Agenda:

    • Welcome, Participant Instruction and Agenda Re-cap - Stephen Costa, USDOT Volpe Center
    • AFC Program Review/Results of Rounds 1-3 – Diane Turchetta, FHWA
    • 2019 Request for Nominations – Mike Scarpino, USDOT Volpe Center
    • Tools/Information for Round 4 and Overview of Corridor Mapping Tool – Johanna Levene, NREL
    • Shapefile/Nomination Upload Instructions – Sara Secunda, USDOT Volpe Center
    • Alternative Fuel Corridor Regional Convening’s – Alycia Gilde, CALSTART and Oana Leahu-Aluas, The Cadmus Group
    • Q&A/ Discussion

    IMPORTANT WEBINAR REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Registration for non-US DOT users (including State DOTs) is a two-step process:

    1. Request a FHWA External Portal account:  https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx  Step-by-step instructions on how to request an account can be found here: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/espnon-dotstaff/
    2. Register for the webinar at: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=2184
    3. Enter the login & password credentials setup through Step #1, when prompted.

    Registration for US DOT users:   

    1. Register for the webinar directly at: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=2184  
    2. Provide your DOT credentials when prompted.

    Webinar access questions should be directed to:  [email protected]


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