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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