EmPower Louisiana Program Results

    The EmPower Louisiana Transportation Efficiency and Alternative Fuels Grant Program was established by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the purpose of implementing energy efficient traffic and street lighting and increasing the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel throughout the State of Louisiana.  The Program was funded through the U.S. Department of Energy with dollars allocated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009  and is now finished and all projects that received funding through the Program are complete.

    Energy efficient traffic and streetlights consume up to 80% less energy and last many times longer than incandescent lighting; and natural gas, when used as a vehicle fuel, costs approximately 40% less than gasoline or diesel.  All of these technologies currently have significantly higher capital costs than traditional alternatives.

    Sixteen grants totaling $8.3 million were awarded from the Program, with grant recipients additionally contributing an estimated $16.3 million.  The funding was used to purchase energy efficient traffic signals and streetlights, purchase refueling equipment for 11 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, and to purchase or convert over 200 CNG vehicles.

    An estimated 1.5 million gallons of gasoline and diesel will be displaced annually, and almost 400,000 kWh of electricity saved annually, as a result of these projects.  The Program has also served to increase interest statewide in natural gas vehicles and as a solid foundation on which to build Louisiana’s natural gas vehicle infrastructure.

    Program highlights include the following projects:

    - City of Shreveport: 18 CNG garbage trucks + 2 CNG fueling facilities

    - Lafayette Consolidated Government: 80 CNG vehicles + 1 CNG fueling facility

    - St. Landry Solid Waste Disposal District: landfill gas CNG fueling facility + 5 CNG vehicles

    - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources & Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development: 1 CNG vehicle purchase + 5 CNG vehicle conversions

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