January 2019 Print

Letter from the Executive Director

Clean Fuel Members, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:

Happy New Year!

We are shaking things up a bit at LCF this year. The Department of Energy has increased funding for the Clean Cities program in 2019 and is allowing us to take on additional tasks. After a bit of deliberation, we have elected to particpate in the maximum number of tasks under our agreement with the Department of Energy. Like last year, we will continue to support the state's funding program under its Volkswagen Mitigation Plan as well as projects supporting Corridor development and the FHWA's AFV signage program. The additional tasks we have selected are:  (1) Conduct listening sessions and (2) Outreach and demonstration projects.

To learn more about our plans for 2019, register for our Annual Stakeholder Meeting, March 21st in Baton Rouge, LA.

As a result of this additional funding (and responsiblities), we were able to hire a much needed Communications Coordinator! The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the redesign and maintenance of our website and newsletter, publishing articles and press releases as well as leading special projects such as curriculum development for grade school outreach program and event support. Please join me in welcoming Victoria Herrmann to the LCF staff!


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Louisiana Clean Fuels Launches DC Fast Charger Crowdsourcing Website

Clean Cities Coalition seeks input from potential site hosts and electric vehicle owners in the creation of a DC Fast Charger network along interstate corridors.

As the popularity of electric vehicles rises, so too does the need for fast, convenient charging locations along well-traveled interstates throughout the state. Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), along with a team of experts and collaborators, is working to create a Master Plan for a DC Fast Charger corridor that will meet Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidelines and create a wide range of benefits for local drivers and business owners.

With this end in mind, LCF recently launched a crowdsourcing website to gather input from electric vehicle owners and potential site hosts. This project allows these stakeholders the opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process on where to place DC Fast Chargers along Louisiana’s interstate corridors.

Currently, driving long-distance with an electric vehicle in Louisiana can be a challenge, and drivers can often be left searching for level 2 chargers that take a long time to use. The creation of this DC Fast Charging network will give electric vehicle owners of all makes more freedom to take their EVs on longer trips.

Annual Reporting for Alternative Fuels Begins

Louisiana Clean Fuels is once again collecting information from alternative fuels stakeholders for our Annual Report. We are reaching out to fleets who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year. This Report will help us compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in 2018.

This year, we have shortened and simplified the survey for stakeholders to fill out regarding their usage and implementation of alternative fuels in 2018. This survey asks companies for information about the amount and type of alternative fuels they have used, how many and what type of alternative fuel vehicles they own, and any alternative fuels or emissions-reducing projects they were involved with throughout 2018.


Clean Cities Coalitions Celebrates 25 Years

The national network of Clean Cities coalitions is celebrating 25 years of success in shaping the transportation system of the future. Nearly 100 coalitions nationwide forge local partnerships among public and private sector stakeholders to bolster our nation’s energy and economic security by championing affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy designated the first Clean Cities coalition in 1993, and Louisiana Clean Fuels has been a key contributor in Louisiana since its designation in 2000.

Through a combination of projects focused on increasing vehicle efficiency, shifting to domestic energy sources, and offering consumers additional transportation choices, Clean Cities coalitions have achieved a cumulative impact in energy use equal to nearly 8 million gasoline gallon equivalents and avoided more than 42 million tons of emissions. Louisiana Clean Fuels and its stakeholders have led the charge in Louisiana, resulting in an energy impact of 8 million gasoline gallon equivalents in 2017 alone.

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Calendar of Events

Jan 21-24 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo San Diego, CA
Feb 11 - 13 Energy Independence Summit Washington, DC
Feb 11 - 13 Louisiana Motor Transport Assoc /Winter Management Summit Bossier City, LA
Mar 5-8 Work Truck Show/Green Truck Summit Indianapolis, IN
Mar 18-22 LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting Baton Rouge, LA
April 23-26 ACT Expo 2019 Longbeach, CA
May 21-23 Green Transportation Summit & Expo Tacoma, WA

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LCF Staff

Meet Victoria, LCF's New Communications Coordiantor

Victoria Herrmann, the newest addition to the LCF team, is a former teacher with a BA in English and an MA in teaching from LSU. She is responsible for website design and maintenance along with the LCF blog and newsletter, and she also helps with event planning, outreach, and other communications and marketing responsibilities. Contact Victoria at victoria@louisianacleanfuels.org.

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Funding Opportunities

2019 Request For Applications Open

EPA anticipates awarding approximately  $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The Program is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced and exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.


Request for Applications (RFA) OPENS

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Information Session Webinar

Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 414-9804#

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET
Information Session Webinar

Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 414-9804#

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET
(13 pp, 357 K, December 19, 2018About PDF):
Deadline for Submittal of Questions

February 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. ET
Deadline for Applications

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)

Notification of Selected Applicants

April 2019

Funding of Awards May-October, 2019

Eligible Applicants

The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for Clean Diesel National Grants:

  • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
  • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.

School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.

Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

Eligible Uses of Funding

Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

  • School buses
  • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
  • Locomotive engines
  • Marine engines
  • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).

Need assistance with your applications? We can help! Email Ann at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org 

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Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

Save the Date!

Louisiana Clean Fuels Annual Stakeholder Meeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | BRCC's Automotive Technology Center

Join us for lunch and networking at the new BRCC Automotive Technology Center for updates on coalition activities and LCF clean fuel projects. At the meeting we will discuss our plans for 2019 and give you the opportunity to weigh in on our 2019 activities. 

National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

January 21-24, 2019 | San Diego, CA
Join the National Biodiesel Board for the 2019 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in sunny San Diego! This year's exciting line-up has something for everyone, from those who are new to the industry to those who have been with us for decades.

Session highlights include:
  • Market Viewpoint: 2019 Fats & Oils and Distillate Outlook
  • Understanding West Coast Carbon Markets
  • To 2022 and Beyond: Renewable Fuels in the Next Decade
Also returning is the popular Biodiesel Ride-and-Drive event!

Register by December 26, 2018 to receive discounted early-bird rates!
Click here for more details or to register

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FOTW #1063, January 7, 2019: The United States Exported 1.68 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas to Mexico in 2017

In 2017 the United States exported 1.68 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas to Mexico and 0.92 Tcf to Canada, mainly traveling by pipeline. From 1970 to the early 1990’s most U.S. natural gas exports were transported as liquefied natural gas to Japan. From 2007 to 2017, natural gas exports to Mexico increased 477% while exports to Canada nearly doubled. Exports to other countries were in the form of liquefied natural gas.

Note: Other countries include Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, November 2018 Monthly Energy Review, Table 4.2.

EERE Fact of the Week, January 7, 2019

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About LCF

LCF is a US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, supported by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and member organizations. By providing you with objective data, technical resources and the right connections, we can help your fleet find reliable alternative fuel vehicles that will stabilize or lower your fuel cost.

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. 

As a member of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, LCF strives to achieve its goals by employing a variety of strategies which include: promoting and implementing the use of alternative fuel vehicles, fuel blends, increased fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction technologies.

www.LouisianaCleanFuels.org  |  info@louisianacleanfuels.org

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