LCF February 2021 Newsletter Print

    Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders, and Enthusiasts

    We have a lot of information packed into this month’s newsletter, including event announcements, FTA and EPA funding announcements, and many informative articles written by our staff and other organizations. Make sure to save the date for our Virtual Clean Fuels Summit and the 2nd Annual Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament!

    This month, we are focused primarily on planning the outreach and educational activities for the year, collecting fleet data for the annual report, and running our membership dues campaign. If you have a fleet or work with one in our territory, please consider participating in the Annual Report. If you have never joined as a member, please consider supporting our coalition. The funding we raise from our membership dues helps us to serve our very large territory, supports our staff, and allows us to participate in grants that require matching funds. New this year, we have added an “Individual” level for those not affiliated with a company for just $25 a person. Send us a late valentine and join or renew your membership with LCF!

    We are stronger together,

    Ann Vail
    Executive Director, LCF

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    2021 Membership Dues Drive

    We're almost halfway there! Help us meet our membership fundraising goal of $30,000 by March 31st! Join or renew your membership with LCF to help our coalition continue to provide valuable planning and implementation assistance to our stakeholders.

    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.


    Want to Be Recognized for Excellence at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards?

    Participate in our Annual Report

    By sharing your fleet's alternative fuel usage and fuel-saving measures with us, we can, in turn, share the aggregated emission reduction numbers with policymakers and elected officials - giving them a better understanding of the scope of alternative fuel use in our state as well as the resulting air quality benefits of different technologies, fuels, and policies. Plus, the only way to get recognition at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards is to participate in our Annual Report.

    In 2020, did you...

    • Purchase or operate Propane, CNG, LNG, Electric or PHEV vehicles?
    • Use Biodiesel, RNG or other renewable alternative fuel in your vehicles?
    • Start or continue an idle reduction program?
    • Add aerodynamics to your vehicles?
    • Shorten your routes to save fuel?
    • Replace an older vehicle with a smaller or more fuel-efficient vehicle?
    • Own or operate an electric vehicle charging station or alternative fuel fueling station?

    *All data submitted will be confidential and only reported on in aggregate with data from fleets across our territory.

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    LCF LOVES its members! 

    Thank you to all of our members who renewed their membership in February: SWEPCO, renewing at the Champion level, the Louisiana Propane Gas Association  and  Blue Bird both renewing at the Platinum level, SporTran renewing at the Gold level, and the Capital Region Planning Commission renewing at the Silver level!

     

                 

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    Louisiana Clean Fuels Annual Stakeholder Meeting Gets Rave Reviews from Attendees

    Last Wednesday, Louisiana Clean Fuels invited all stakeholders to gather virtually for our 2021 Annual Stakeholder Meeting. This year’s esteemed panelist spoke on topics such as: creating and implementing a bold plan for transportation electrification, project funding opportunities, how our state is working towards its goal of Net Zero by 2050, and the carbon intensity of renewable fuels. 

    "That was one of most interesting 2+ hour meetings I have ever attended!” 

    “The webinar yesterday was one of the best yet. I have been quoting Dr. Brown and RMI all day.” 

    If you missed out on the live webinar, a recording can be found on our YouTube channel:


    Save the Date!

    Clean Fuels Summit Virtual Conference 2021

    JUNE 15-16, 2021

    Hosted by both Clean Cities coalitions: Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership, this Summit is designed for public and private fleet managers, business owners, MPOs, colleges, and policymakers.

    Clean Fuels Golf Classic

    October 11, 2021

    Pelican Point Golf & Country Club
    6300 Championship Ct
    Gonzales, LA 70737

    Sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Clean Fuels Classic are now available! Don't miss the chance to be part of this exciting event! Visit www.cleanfuelsclassic.com for more information.

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    Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force Established: Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Appointed to Transportation Committee

    In November 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called to order the Climate Initiatives Task Force, first established with Executive Order 2020-18 earlier that year. With a diverse group of experts from areas such as transportation, manufacturing, power production, and land use, the task force aims to work alongside and build upon other state efforts to produce better outcomes for the people. The Transportation Committee of the Climate Initiatives Task Force also held its first meeting in December 2020, and LCF's Executive Director, Ann Vail, was appointed a member of this committee and is excited to help shape a greener future for Louisiana.


    Fleet Electrification: First Steps for Fleets Transitioning to Electric Vehicles

    There are many reasons why a business or government agency may be interested in adding EVs to their fleets, such as reaching sustainability goals, lowering maintenance costs, or reducing fueling costs. Fleet electrification, however, takes a lot of thought, and details of the planning process are often overlooked when fleets look to transition. From planning and constructing the charging infrastructure to operating impacts and vehicle replacements, this article will share advice from experts on how to take your first steps towards fleet electrification. 


    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2020 Year in Review

    The last year has been a challenging one, at best. We had originally planned to celebrate our 20th Anniversary all year long with fun and innovative networking events that highlighted the accomplishments of our stakeholders. Then in March, just days after our Clean Fuels Classic, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to shift our priorities and adapt. But amidst the chaos, 2020 brought new lessons and experiences, many of which have given us the tools and skills to improve and grow with the coming year. So it is with renewed hope for the future that we look back over our many experiences and accomplishments of the last year.

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    FTA Announces $180 Million Available through the Low or No Emission Grant Program

    PROPOSALS DUE APRIL 12, 2021

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of up to $180 million in competitive grant funds through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FTA’s Low or No Emission (Low-No) Grant Program. The Low-No Program helps eligible project sponsors purchase or lease low- or no-emission vehicles and supporting facilities that use advanced technologies to provide cleaner, more energy efficient transit operations in communities across the country.

    FTA’s Low-No Program and NOFO will advance the goals of the President’s January 20, 2021 Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.

    Instructions for applying can be found on FTA’s NOFO page and in GRANTS.GOV (funding opportunity FTA-2021-001-LowNo). Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” function by April 12, 2021.

    Links
    Notice of Funding Opportunity
    News Release


    DERA Opens for Applications

    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Now Open: 2021 Request for Applications

    DEADLINE TO APPLY - MARCH 16, 2021 (11:59 P.M. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (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 70 awards are anticipated.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    Informational Webinars will be held on January 26, February 3, and February 11th. Learn more at the link below.

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    Hydrogen power meets autonomous driving in new truck development

    1/25/21 - AIDrivers and Hyzon Motors have announced an agreement to jointly develop autonomous hydrogen powered vehicles with the first demo truck in 2021 and fleet deployment in 2022. These vehicles will be for industrial settings and operations. The agreement will see development of develop an integrated platform to produce zero emissions trucks, buses and coaches.


    Major manufacturer drops hydrogen trucks in favor of battery-electrics

    1/28/21 - Where will hydrogen fit in the clean transport mix? Not in trucking, says one of the world's largest heavy duty vehicle manufacturers, which is scaling back its fuel cell big-rig research and development operations in favor of battery-electric power. (Source: New Atlas)


    Federal Highway Administration proposes sign regulation changes, raises concern

    1/22/21 - In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed changes to regulations states must follow when installing signs informing drivers which services—including food, gas, and lodging—are available at highway exits. Despite the current count of 34,857 non-gasoline fueling stations open to the public, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced a pending decision that advocates say does not incorporate alternative fuel signage fairly into existing sign regulations. (Source: Fuels Fix)


    New ROUSH CleanTech Electric Truck
    Achieves Key California Incentive

    1/26/21 - ROUSH CleanTech’s Ford F-650 battery electric truck has achieved the prestigious California Hybrid and Zero-emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) eligibility listing.

    “CARB is pleased to add the ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-650 to the growing lineup of HVIP-eligible zero-emission trucks and buses, helping California reach the goal in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20 that all operations of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles be 100 percent zero emission by 2045, where feasible,” said Steven Cliff, CARB deputy executive officer. (Source: ROUSH CleanTech)

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    March 3-12 Energy Independence Summit Online
    March 8-12 Work Truck Week 2021 (WTW21) Online
    March 9-11 International Battery Seminar and Exhibit Online
    May 3-6 Electrification 2021 International Conference & Exposition Charlotte, NC
    May 5-6 Gulf Coast Food & Fuel Expo Biloxi, Mississippi
    May 11-12 RNG Summit Washington, D.C.
    May 18-20 Transportation, Air Quality, and Health Symposium Online
    June 15-16 Clean Fuels Summit Virtual Conference Online
    Aug. 16-18 Green Transportation Summit & Expo Tacoma, WA
    Aug. 30-Sept. 1 NAFA’s 2021 Institute & Expo Pittsburgh, PA
    Aug. 30-Sept. 2 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Long Beach, California
    Sept. 14-16 EV Tech Expo & The Battery Show Novi, MI
    Sept. 15-17 International Zero Emission Bus Conference Denver, CO
    Sept. 29-30 RNG WORKS 2021 Technical Workshop & Trade Expo Nashville, TN
    Sept. 25-Oct. 3 National Drive Electric Week 2021 Various Locations
    October 11 Clean Fuels Classic Golf Tournament Gonzales, LA
    Dec. 13-16, 2021 RNG 2021 Conference Dana Point, CA


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. We are a non-profit organization serving fleets for over 20 years.

    The mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels, Inc. is to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. Our goal is to show how advanced technologies and alternative fuels can help meet business and environmental goals. By providing objective data, technical resources, and the right connections, we help fleets find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower fuel costs.

    www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org  |  [email protected] | 225-342-7972

                

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