LCF March 2021 Newsletter Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders, and Enthusiasts,

March has been an exciting month so far. Our work on the DRIVE for EVs in the USA grant is beginning to ramp up as we start to build our DRIVE Electric Louisiana advisory committee. Additionally, the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force is now accepting suggestions on strategies to help the state achieve its goal of Net Zero by 2050 from the public. I urge you all to take a look at this Action Template and thoughtfully complete it with specific, actionable, strategies that can be implemented in our state.

Annual Reporting is about to wrap up for the year, so if you have not yet turned in your fleet fuel use data to us for 2020, you are running out of time. Updated data must be shared with us if you wish to be considered for recognition at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards in the fall.

Want to get out and visit with us in person? We will be at the Baton Rouge Zoo on April 17th for their Earth Day celebration called, "Party for the Planet". We will be there celebrating Drive Electric Earth Day in conjunction with the Zoo's events. 

Ann Vail
Executive Director, LCF

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Industry News

Entergy, AEP, Four Other Utilities Team Up to Create a Multi-State Fast Charging Network

On March 2, 2021, six utilities announced their participation in the Electric Highway Coalition, a group consisting of American Electric Power, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy Corporation, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority with the intent to create seamless electric vehicle charging "from the Atlantic Coast through the Midwest and South, and into the Gulf Coast and Central Plains regions." (Source: Entergy, AEP)


US DOE Announces Top Staffing Appointments

Jennifer M. Granholm was sworn in on February 25, 2021, as the 16th Secretary of Energy by Vice President Kamala Harris, following a broad bipartisan confirmation vote of 64-35 in the United States Senate. Secretary Granholm is only the second woman to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). R.

On January 21, 2021, Kelly Speakes-Backman was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Speakes-Backman leads and directs the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, focused on creating and sustaining American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. 


 

Kenworth T680E Battery-Electric Now HVIP-Approved

The new Kenworth T680E battery-electric vehicle is now available and qualifies for a $120,000 voucher incentive available to qualifying California purchasers from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The financial incentive is offered through the 2021 CARB Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP). (Source: NGT News)


Daimler Truck, Volvo Group launch joint fuel-cell company

Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have completed the transaction of the joint fuel-cell project and have formed a new company entitled cellcentric with a combined goal to step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050. The joint venture will develop, produce, and commercialize fuel-cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks as the primary focus, as well as other applications. A key goal of Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group is to start with fuel-cell field tests with heavy-duty customers in about three years, and to commence series production during the second half of this decade. (Source: FleetOwner)


Lonestar Specialty Vehicles Partners with Southeast Industrial Equipment and Thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services to Deploy Their Fully Electric Terminal Tractor in South Carolina

On February 9, 2021 Lonestar Specialty Vehicles delivered their fully electric S12 terminal tractor to Southeast Industrial Equipment in Duncan, SC. The deployment of this vehicle was a strategic partnership with Southeast Industrial Equipment providing sales and service support and thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services operating the vehicle at a large manufacturer in the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

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Funding Opportunities

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


New Notices of Intent for Sustainable Transportation Technologies Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced its intent to issue three sustainable transportation technologies funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) in Spring 2021. These potential funding opportunities seek innovative research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in the pursuit of technologies that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the transportation sector, the highest source of emissions in the United States.

The three Notices of Intent (NOI) are for the following potential FOAs:

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Announcements

2021 Membership Dues Drive

We're getting close! 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

Data due by March 31st!

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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Welcome New Members

LCF LOVES its members! 

Thank you to all of our members who joined or renewed their membership in March: Entergy, renewing at the Champion level; REG, renewing at the Gold level; Sawatch Labs, a new member joining at the Silver level; Solar Alternatives, renewing at the Silver level; and the Town of Hornbeck and St. Landry Parish Solid Waste, and Paretti Family of Dealerships, all renewing at the Bronze level!

   


   

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LCF Member News

Blue Bird Delivers Colorado’s First Electric School Bus

Colorado is the latest state to add a zero-emissions school bus to its fleet. Blue Bird Corporation, the #1 provider of electric-powered school buses, delivered the state’s first electric school bus to the Boulder Valley School District on March 4th.

“By adding Blue Bird’s electric bus to our fleet, the Boulder Valley School District is prioritizing and improving the health of our students and drivers, as well as investing in our community’s future,” said BVSD superintendent Dr. Rob Anderson. “We have a reputation as a leader in Colorado and it’s our job to ensure our students have the opportunity to succeed, starting with a clean, safe ride to school.” (Source: Blue Bird)


Micro Bird Propane Bus Achieves Coveted Low NOx Certification

Micro Bird is the first to bring to market a Type A propane autogas school bus with low nitrogen oxides.

The company’s G5 Type A bus equipped with ROUSH CleanTech’s Gen 5 propane fuel system is certified to California Air Resources Board’s optional low nitrogen oxide emissions standard of 0.05 grams per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr), making it 75% cleaner than federal U.S. emission standards. Type A buses, made of a bus body constructed on a cutaway front-section vehicle, usually carry nine to 36 students. (Source: ROUSH CleanTech)


XL Fleet Introduces Silverado HD Plug-In Hybrid Drive System

XL Fleet announced the market’s first plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 HD and GM 3500/4500 Chassis at the virtual 2021 Work Truck Show on March 8. The announcement adds further details to the company's November announcement of its intent to develop PHEVs for certain GM vehicles.

The battery packs are mounted completely underneath the chassis, a new configuration in line with XL’s next-gen battery pack, said Eric Foellmer, director of marketing for XL Fleet. The system, which weighs approximately 750 lbs., will be available for fleets by the summer of 2021. (Source: Fleet Forward)


XL Fleet Partnering with Curbtender to Develop All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Refuse Trucks

XL Fleet, a leader in fleet electrification solutions with over 145 million customer miles driven, announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Curbtender, a market leader in Under CDL refuse trucks and a pioneer in automated side loader collection. Under the terms of the agreement, XL Fleet and Curbtender will jointly develop a series of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) commercial trucks for use in waste management applications.

The two companies have committed to developing and launching a battery electric refuse vehicle equipped with an XL Electric™ propulsion system and a Curbtender Quantum rear loader refuse truck body within the next year. The agreement also includes the joint development of plug-in hybrid electric versions of the vehicle, as well as a range of Class 3 – Class 8 vehicle solutions for the waste management industry. (Source: XL Fleet)

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

Drive Electric Earth Day at Party for the Planet

Join us for our first Drive Electric Louisiana event at the Baton Rouge Zoo's Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day!

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, planning professionals, 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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LCF Staff

Meet our Spring Interns: SAMANTHA BREAUX AND RAKSHAK RAVEEN 

Hailing from Ponchatoula, Samantha is currently a senior at Rice University. She will graduate this spring with a degree in Environmental Science. During her time at Rice, Sam has done research on soil carbon and air pollutants. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside kayaking or hiking! This is Sam’s second internship with LCF, and she is excited to continue working on our Green Fleets program and start helping with the Drive Electric LA grant program

Rakshak Raveen is an Electrical Engineer with a Master's in Electrical Engineering from LSU. His specialization is in power, and he has an interest in renewable energy, power electronics, and applications. Electric vehicle technology has been a core focus of his research. Rakshak is assisting LCF with research, including research on battery technology, he helps with various administrative tasks, including social media and database upkeep.

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Calendar of Events

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 20th Anniversary

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About LCF

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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