LCF June Newsletter Print

    Letter from the Executive Director

    Clean Fuel Stakeholders, Members and Enthusiasts:

    We hope that this issue of the LCF Clean Fuel News finds you well. Here at LCF, we are all still working from our homes as we await updates from the Governor on the status of social distancing guidelines. Even though you may not see us out and about right now, we are still hard at work at our kitchen tables and home offices.

    We want to thank our members who have sent in their 2020 renewals: UPS, SWEPCO, Republic Services, Louisiana Propane Gas Association, SporTran, REG, Solar Alternatives, Area Wholesale Tire, Town of Hornbeck, St. Landry Parish Solid Waste, City of Westlake, XL Fleet, and Louisiana Chemical Association. We depend on your support! If you don't see your name here, your logos will soon be taken off of our website pending receipt of your membership renewal payments. Please send your checks payable to Louisiana Clean Fuels to: PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or email me for more payment options.

    We are thrilled to announce that we have arranged to have natural gas technician training by NGVi brought to Louisiana at the BRCC Automotive Training Center in August and September (see course descriptions and register online). The first class in August is the NGVi Level 1 & 2 "CNG Essentials" class with an optional CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification exam at the end of the week. The advanced class in September is their 2-day Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training. Before we contracted NGVi to host the classes in Baton Rouge, the only other place you could go to get this advanced training in 2020 was in Utah. By attending our training, you will save valuable travel time and money by staying here in Louisiana.

    In order to ensure the safety of the instructors, students and our staff, LCF will provide complimentary masks and alcohol wipes for anyone at our events who requests them. Hand sanitizer will also be made available, and proper social distancing will be observed in the classrooms. If we are once again put under stay at home orders during these classes' scheduled dates, registered students will be given access to the exact same curriculum in an online class format. Your safety and peace of mind are a priority to us at LCF.

    We miss getting to network with you all at our workshops, conferences, and outreach events! So... mark your calendars to come to Baton Rouge on November 5th to celebrate LCF's 20th Anniversary as a Clean Cities coalition and honor our 2020 Clean Fuel Leaders. As stated above, if we are once again put under stay at home orders, we will turn the event virtual! While times might be tough right now, we still have a lot to celebrate at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards, and clean air for all has never been so important. Sponsorships are on sale now and registration will open soon. Get ready for some good CLEAN fuels fun!

    Regards,
    Ann Vail

    P. S.  Don't miss any of our timely announcements, the latest news, event updates, and webinars! Make sure you follow us on your favorite social media outlet. LCF has a presence on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Links can be found at the bottom of this newsletter as well as on our website. 

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    Natural Gas Vehicle Technician Training Comes To Louisiana

    The continued support of our legacy natural gas fleets is important to us at Louisiana Clean Fuels. As such, LCF worked with NGVi to offer Natural Gas Vehicle training within Louisiana to our stakeholder natural gas fleets. We encourage sponsors to participate to help lower the cost of the course for LCF stakeholder fleets. See below for details.

    NGVi is offering two sessions with three different levels of NGV training for Louisiana Fleets: 

    Session 1: Level 1 and Level 2 Vehicle Training Plus Inspector Certification

    August 4, 2020-August 7, 2020 at BRCC Automotive Technology Center


    This session includes:

    • Level 1: NGV Essentials & Safety Practices (Available online)
    • Level 2: CNG Fuel System Inspector Training
    • Exam: CNG Fuel System Inspector Certification (Optional)


    Session 2: Level 3 Vehicle Training

    September 29, 2020-September 30, 2020 at BRCC Automotive Technology Center


    This session includes: Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training. Prerequisite: Level 1: NGV Essentials & Safety Practices (available online)


    LCF Welcomes Three Summer Interns

    Louisiana Clean Fuels is pleased to announce that Olivia Montgomery has been selected for the 2020 Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Summer Internship. The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. 

    Olivia Montgomery

    Jacob Holt

    Samantha Breaux

    Olivia will join two additional interns, Jacob Holt, who interned with LCF last summer, and Samantha Breaux, to work on projects such as legislative education, data collection and trend analysis, EV research and outreach, workplace charging outreach, along with assisting LCF staff with events and other duties. These interns were selected from a field of many highly qualified candidates from all over the country who applied for the honor of being the recipient of this internship.

    LCF would like to welcome and congratulate our new Summer 2020 interns!


    Louisiana Clean Fuels' 20th Anniversary Gala and Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    DATE: Thursday, November 5, 2020

    LOCATION: The Estuary at the Water Campus
    1110 S. River Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70802

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Louisiana Clean Fuels’ official designation as a Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition. On April 12, 2000, a group of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds formed the Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities coalition and received designation as a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalition. Starting small and serving the original five-parish non-attainment zone, LCF has grown over the past two decades from a territory of 5 parishes to now cover 57 parishes, and alternative fuel usage of LCF stakeholders has grown from mere thousands in 2009 to nearly 9 million gallons in 2018. We have conducted over 275 hours of educational workshops in the past five years, and our stakeholders have cumulatively reduced over 165,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions since we began collecting data in 2009.

    To view a summary of LCF’s achievements over the past two decades, please refer to our 20th Anniversary Timeline highlighting our accomplishments over the last two decades:

    Sponsor the 20th Anniversary Gala!

    Sponsorships for LCF's 20th Anniversary Gala are available now. Visit the event page or email Stephanie at [email protected] for more information.

    • Gala Sponsor  $3,000 (Limit 1)
    • Awards Sponsor $1,500  SOLD
    • Champagne Toast $1,000 (Limit 1) 
    • Entertainment Sponsors (Unlimited) $500
    • Supporters of LCF (Unlimited)  $250

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    Thank you to our new and renewing members for 2020: Republic Services renewing at the Platinum level, Solar Alternatives renewing at the Silver level, Louisiana Chemical Association renewing at the Bronze level, and new member XL Fleet joining at the Bronze level!

    We appreciate your continued support, which enables us to work toward our 2020 Program Goals!


    If you haven't renewed your membership, now is the time! See our Join page or login to your member account for more information or to renew your membership! If you have any questions, email [email protected].

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    Visit LCF's Funding Page for more information on current grant opportunities and incentives.

    FY 2020 Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone Program

    FTA’s Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program FY2020 Notice of Funding will now close June 3 at 11:59 PM EDT.

    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program was established in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, for $8.5 million to provide funds to eligible applicants that are in areas of persistent poverty. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-011-TPE-HOPE.

    Summary: The FTA may award grants to eligible recipients for planning, engineering, or development of technical or financing plans for projects eligible under Chapter 53 of Title 49 United States Code and located in areas of persistent poverty. In FY 2020, FTA is encouraging applicants to propose projects that may introduce innovative technologies or practices in support of FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiative and, consistent with the R.O.U.T.E.S. Initiative, that address the challenges faced by rural areas of persistent poverty.


    USDA Announces $100 Million for American Biofuels Infrastructure through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

    PROGRAM STATUS: OPEN NOW | Applications due August 13, 2021 11:59 p.m. EDT

    The Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) consists of up to $100 million in funding for competitive grants or sales incentives to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sale and use of ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Funds will be made directly available to assist transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities with converting to higher ethanol and biodiesel blends by sharing the costs related to and/or offering sales incentives for the installation of fuel pumps, related equipment and infrastructure.

    USDA is making the grants available under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The program is intended to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products.


    SWEPCO Announces Level 2 Home EV Charging Station Rebate Program

    SWEPCO is now offering a new $250 rebate for their residential customers "who own or rent a single-family home" and "install an ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 EV Charging Station." 

    To qualify for the rebate, customers must install the ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 charging station and save their receipt for proof of purchase. According to SWEPCO, qualifying ENERGY STAR-certified Level 2 EV Charging Stations can be purchased "online, from a local retailer or a dealership." You can learn more about ENERGY STAR-certified chargers on the ENERGY STAR website.

    SWEPCO customers who wish to learn more about the rebate program can find more information on SWEPCO's Rebate Program page. Customers wishing to claim the rebate should fill out SWEPCO's online application.

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    2020 ENROLLMENT FOR LCF’S GREEN FLEETS PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN!

    Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) has opened the 2020 enrollment period for our Green Fleets Certification program! The LCF Green Fleets Program is designed to recognize fleets for their progress towards their emission reduction goals as well as to assist fleets in deploying solutions that improve the economic and environmental performance of vehicle operations.

    Through Green Fleets, Louisiana Clean Fuels conducts emissions analysis and quantification of on-road vehicles for fleets throughout the state of Louisiana. Fleets can also promote their Certified Green Fleets status, showing their commitment to reducing emissions. Once certified, your organization will receive a report detailing your emissions reductions and scoring under the program along with permission to use the Green Fleets certification seal for your certification level on any and all of your organization’s publications for one year.

    How to Enroll

    Enrolling in our Green Fleets program is simple and free.

    1. Fill out this short form or email LCF’s Co-Coordinator Tyler Herrmann at [email protected] to express your interest in the program.
    2. We will work with you to collect your relevant fleet data, such as vehicle types, model years, number of vehicles, fuel used, and fuel types.
    3. 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.

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    July 27-30 International Battery Seminar & Exhibit Orlando, FL
    Aug. 4-7 LCF NGV Essentials and Safety Practices and CNG Fuel System Inspector Training Baton Rouge, LA
    Aug. 24-26 10th Annual Green Transportation Summit & Expo Tacoma, WA
    Aug. 26-27 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Durham, NC
    Sept. 15-17 Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Novi, MI
    Sept. 18-20 NAFA 2020 Institute and Expo Indianapolis, IN
    Sept. 29-30 LCF Heavy-Duty NGV Maintenance and Diagnostics Training Baton Rouge, LA
    Sept. 30-Oct. 1 RNG Coalition’s RNG WORKS Nashville, TN
    Nov. 5 LCF 20th Anniversary Gala & Clean Fuel Leader Awards Baton Rouge, LA
    Dec. 8-11 RNG Coalition’s RNG 2020 Conference Dana Point, CA
    May 3-6, 2021 ACT Expo Long Beach, CA


    POSTPONED EVENTS

    The following events have been postponed due to COVID-19 with dates TBD:

    2021 - Dates TBA Electrification 2020 International Conference & Expo Charlotte, NC
    Dates TBA Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (TAQH2020) Symposium Riverside, CA
    Dates TBA RNG Coalition’s RNG Summit Washington, DC


    Canceled Events

    June 14-17 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33) Portland, OR

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    Autogas Answers: Propane Technology Update

    June 15, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Host: Virginia Clean Cities

    Join Virginia Clean Cities for an action-packed 30 minute Autogas Answers webinar. Hear about the fuel, which can reduce emissions and reduce dependence on gasoline and diesel while reducing fleet fuel costs. Hear from Virginia fleets about their use of the technology. Speakers include Alleyn Harned of VCC, Tucker Perkins of PERC, Chris Perry of Newport News, Ed Hoffman of Alliance Autogas, and Greg McCalmon of Blue Bird.


    Webinar series | The Next Big Thing for Your Fleet Electric Shuttles and Trucks

    Host: LoneStar Clean Fuels Alliance

    Thinking of adding electric trucks or shuttles to your fleet? Save money and time with the knowledge you gain in one or all of these free webinar workshops scheduled weekly at 11:00 AM CDT.

    • OEMs explaining technology
    • Customer experiences & best practices with these vehicles
    • How utilities can help you & their lessons learned
    • Charging options
    • Vehicle & charging funding opportunities

    DATES:

    • June 17 – EV Shuttle & Truck Technology Overview
    • June 24 – EV Shuttle & Truck Customer Experiences
    • July 1 – Working w/ Your Utility/Charging Options
    • July 8 – EV Funding Opportunities/Incentives


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    EVs Predicted to Gain Market Share, Despite 18% Sales Drop in 2020

    May 21, 2020 | Green Car Reports - Electric-car sales will decrease in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but not as much as sales of internal-combustion vehicles.

    Global electric-car sales will decrease by 18% in 2020, to 1.7 million, the annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance report predicts. But sales of internal-combustion cars are predicted to fall even faster—by 23% globally. (Source: Green Car Reports)


    Why More Data Can Mean Less Carbon for Delivery Networks

    5/18/20 | GeoTab -  Just as we have recently seen the automotive industry throw its weight behind an electrified future, producing more models in the last few years than we have seen in decades previously, IT has for some time been realising the power of big connectivity and big data.

    By bringing together large datasets and designing tools – often automated – to efficiently understand them, companies in every sector have been transforming their processes and doing more, and better, with less. Now, emerging commercial fleets of electric vehicles have the opportunity to use the same principles in order to offer a decarbonised alternative to firmly established, cost optimised companies operating vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE).

    Click Here to Read the Case Study.


    Electric Trucks Present a COVID-19 Opportunity

    May 14, 2020 | ACT News & NACFE -  While there is no denying the ill effects of the pandemic, there has been some good to come from it in the form of a noticeable improvement in air quality, especially in urban areas. It is probably safe to assume that most people will see this as a positive development and may begin to put pressure on local governments to figure out ways to keep the air clean, perhaps by instituting near-zero and zero emissions zones. (Source: ACT News)


    Electric Shuttles are Taking Off at Airports

    5/7/20 ACT News - Motivated by concerns over air quality impacts to local health and looming regulations, several airport location vehicles and equipment are being targeted to transition to technologies that will yield substantial emission reductions, such as battery electric vehicles (BEVs). 


    Propane Autogas Hybrid Fleet Hits the Streets

    5/5/20 ACT News - For decades, propane autogas has been a proven and reliable alternative energy source for fleets looking for a cost-effective solution for reducing emissionsOne of the more recent innovations is the propane autogas hybrid vehicle. By converting a hybrid vehicle’s gasoline engine to a propane engine, fleets can now take advantage of the low emissions profiles of both the propane and electric energy sources. 


    RNG’s Untapped Potential

    5/4/20 Biofuels Digest - In the final weeks of 2019, the American Gas Foundation updated its nearly decade-old report assessing the market and technical potential for renewable natural gas (RNG) supply and emissions reductions. One of the biggest takeaways was this: RNG could reduce emissions from natural gas in the residential sector by as much as 95 percent. This is a staggering figure, and just one of the many reasons why U.S. cities should consider investing in RNG as a clean energy source for their communities. 


    Biodiesel Giving Back During COVID-19

    National Biodiesel Board - While the global pandemic remains a focus across every industry, biodiesel supporters are banding together to help others in need. 


    Every Electric Pickup Truck Currently on the Horizon

    Car and Driver - Tesla is not the only car company preparing to build an all-electric pickup truck, although its new Cybertruck certainly is getting its fair share of attention. When—and if—it hits the marketplace, the Cybertruck will likely have to face some competitors, as numerous other automakers have announced plans to build and sell electric trucks in the near future. Here, we've rounded up the growing field of EVs with cargo beds, both from well-established car companies and new startup players.

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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 20th Anniversary

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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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