LCF February Newsletter Print

    Letter from the Executive Director

    Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:

    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Festival season is wrapping up and we are plugging away at multiple grant applications, our annual reporting and final preparations for our big fundraising event of the year, our first-ever Clean Fuels Classic golf tournament! We want to see you out there on the greens with us - purchase your ticket online or at the door between 7 - 7:30 AM on the day of the tournament.

    Another way you can help us reach our fundraising goals this year is to join or renew your membership with LCF! Been a long time member? Like what you are seeing from us? Please consider increasing your level of support to our non-profit this year. Your support helps us to retain valuable staff members and also helps fund our programs and projects such as technical training for fleets and first responders!

    Do you have something to brag about this year? Would you like for your fleet or company to receive recognition for its efforts to reduce your emissions through alternative fuels or fuel conserving practices? Then submit your information to us before the March 2nd deadline! More information about our Annual Report is in this issue of the LCF Newsletter.

    Happy Mardi Gras!
    Ann Vail
    Executive Director

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    Announcements

    ITS TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR FLEET DATA FOR LCF'S 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

    Get recognition for your 2019 fuel-saving projects and alternative fuel usage at our fall 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Awards ceremony!

    Louisiana Clean Fuels has started calling on you, our Stakeholders, to collect information for our Annual Report of 2019 Stakeholder Activities. We are reaching out to fleets like yours in our territory who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year (such as idle reduction, aerodynamics, route shortening, buying a more fuel-efficient vehicle, etc.). This Report will help us compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in 2019.

    THREE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

    1. THE SURVEY:

    We have shortened and simplified the survey for stakeholders to fill out regarding your usage and implementation of alternative fuels in 2019. 

    2. EMAIL OR OVER THE PHONE:

    If you have a small fleet or not much has changed since 2018, we can verify your information based on last year's data over the phone. Schedule a time for a call with Ann or Tyler.

    3. SPREADSHEET:  

    If you are detail-oriented and have a lot to share with us, you can fill in our annual report spreadsheet. Email Ann or Tyler, and they will send you the document.

    ANNUAL CLEAN FUEL LEADER AWARDS

    Want to be recognized for work to reduce your fuel consumption and lower operating costs and emissions through alternative fuels? The only way to enter is by participating in our Annual Report! The 2020 Annual Clean Fuel Leader awards will be held in the fall of 2020 during our soon to be announced 20th Anniversary Gala! To ensure that you don't miss any events or critical updates from LCF, please make sure you have subscribed to our monthly Newsletter. View photos of the 2019 awardees from our Clean Fuel Leader Awards on October 9th at Manning's in New Orleans (View photos online).


    Welcome to our New Board Members!

    We would like to announce the addition of two new LCF board members: Stuart McAvoy of UPS and Scott Barrios of Entergy! The new board members are filling vacancies from two retiring board members: Nick D’Andre of UPS and Matt Dearman of Entergy, former LCF Board Treasurer. 

    Additionally, we would like to announce the new 2020 Board Executive Committee. Randy Hayden of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association and Fred Skal of Premier CNG Enterprise return to their roles of Board President and Vice President respectively. They are joined by Vivian Aucoin of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality as Treasurer and new board member Scott Barrios as Secretary.

    LCf would like to give a warm welcome to the 2020-2021 LCF Board of Directors!



    LDEQ Goes Electric!

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) has expanded its vehicle fleet to include its first electric vehicle. With the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure recently added to the Galvez Parking garage, LDEQ continues to work toward energy efficient investments with the procurement of a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The Bolt EV is an affordable all-electric car that offers an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a single charge, nearly 10% more than previous model years.

    “We believe electric vehicles (EVs) are the future,” LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Brown said. “LDEQ will always be a leader and set the example for ways to conserve and protect the environment. Using EVs is one way to do this. And EV technology becoming more and more affordable and accessible. We’ve added the Bolt to our fleet as an initial investment but see many more additions in the future.”

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    Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

    CLEAN FUELS CLASSIC

    Join us at the Clean Fuels Classic for a chance to win a new, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE!

    Who likes breathing clean air and playing golf? WE DO! Join us on March 13, 2020, to celebrate our 20th year as a designated Clean Cities coalition and 20 years of reducing toxic emissions through the use of alternative fuels and fuel consumption reduction practices.

    Buy your tickets now for excellent food, a Bloody Mary bar, and, for players who get a hole-in-one at the Paretti Family of Dealerships-sponsored hole, the chance to win a new, all-electric Jaguar I-PACE!

    LCF will also be raffling off items such as a beautiful cuff bracelet from local artist Mimosa Handcrafted and a 60” flat-screen TV donated by Covington Orthopedics.

    Player and team tickets are available on our Clean Fuels Classic website, www.cleanfuelslclassic.com!

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    Welcome New Members

    LCF would like to extend a warm welcome to our new member, Area Wholesale Tire, joining at the Silver level!

    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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    LCF Member News

    ChargePoint AND NATSO LAUNCH COLLABORATIVE TO SIGNIFICANTLY EXPAND EV CHARGING ALONG NATION’S HIGHWAYS AND IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

    Feb 6, 2020 - ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, and NATSO, which represents America's travel plazas and truckstops, today announced a landmark partnership to create a National Highway Charging Collaborative to extend EV charging to every corner of the nation. Over the next decade, the Collaborative will leverage $1 billion in capital to deploy charging at more than 4,000 travel plazas and fuel stops that serve highway travelers and rural communities.

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    SWEPCO, OTHER ARKANSAS PARTIES REACH AGREEMENT IN WIND POWER PROPOSAL

    Jan. 24, 2020 – Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, has reached a settlement agreement with the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) General Staff, the Office of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Walmart, Inc. regarding SWEPCO’s proposal to add 810 megawatts (MW) of wind energy.

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    UPS TURNS TO ARRIVAL FOR SOME VERY STYLISH ELECTRIC DELIVERY VANS

    Feb. 7, 2020 - The shipping and logistics company UPS announced last week that it’s investing in the UK commercial electric-vehicle maker Arrival—and ordering 10,000 electric delivery vehicles from the company.

    The UPS deal includes both a commitment to purchase 10,000 Arrival EVs specially made for UPS and “priority access to purchase additional electric vehicles.”

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    Funding Opportunities

    FTA LOW OR NO EMISSION PROGRAM (LOW-NO PROGRAM) 2020

    PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 17, 2020

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it will make available more than $130 million in grants to help fund the purchase of low or no emission buses and chargers in communities nationwide. This funding level represents the most funding in the history of the program. Electric buses, chargers, and associated electric bus infrastructure are eligible under this program. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $130 million of Fiscal Year 2020 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-005-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 3/17/2020.

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    What's New on the LCF Blog?

    ICYMI: LCF's Annual Stakeholder Meeting was a Success!

    Over 50 clean fuels experts from industry, state and federal government, metro planning commissions and utilities gathered together on Friday, January 31, 2020, for updates from their Clean Cities coalition, Louisiana Clean Fuels, on new mobility challenges, heavy duty electric vehicles, air quality issues, and technological advances that are changing the way we think about how we move people and products across our roadways and through our towns.

    Missed out on the meeting? Read our write-up on the LCF blog! See more photos from the event in the LCF Photo Gallery!


    Life After Usefulness: Second-Life Applications for EV Batteries

    WHEN A LITHIUM-ION BATTERY HAS EXCEEDED ITS USEFULNESS TO POWER YOUR EV, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

    The question of what to do with lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) once they have exceeded their usefulness within an electric vehicle (EV) is an important consideration currently facing proponents of EVs. In an FAQ document recently published by Argonne National Laboratory, this issue is addressed in detail. In this article, we highlight some of the main points from the Argonne publication in addition to offering further resources on the matter.

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    Calendar of Events

    March 3-6 NTEA Work Truck Show Indianapolis, IN
    March 13 Clean Fuels Classic | LCF's 20th Anniversary Celebration Gonzales, LA
    March 15-18 CRC Real World Emissions Workshop San Diego, CA
    April 6-8 NAFA 2020 Institute and Expo Indianapolis, IN
    April 6-9 Electrification 2020 International Conference & Expo Charlotte, NC
    April 20-26 Love the Boot Week Louisiana
    April 21-22 RNG Coalition’s RNG Summit Washington, DC
    May 11-14 ACT Expo Long Beach, CA
    May 18-20 Transportation, Air Quality, and Health (TAQH2020) Symposium Riverside, CA
    June 14-17 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33) Portland, OR
    Aug. 26-27 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo Durham, NC
    Sept. 15-17 Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Novi, MI
    Sep. 30-Oct. 1 RNG Coalition’s RNG WORKS Nashville, TN
    Dec. 8-11 RNG Coalition’s RNG 2020 Conference Dana Point, CA


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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 19 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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