LCF December Newsletter Print

    Letter from the Executive Director

    Clean Fuels Stakeholders, Leaders and Enthusiasts:

    Its almost Annual Reporting time! Every year, LCF stakeholders voluntarily share their AFV fleet fuel usage and fuel-saving program data. Participating fleets will also qualify for recognition at our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards in the fall. The reporting period opens on January 1st and closes in early March. Be on the lookout for a call or an email from LCF staff to participate. If you have never submitted data before and want to be considered for an award in the fall of 2020, please email either Tyler or me before the end of January.

    In April of 2000, we received official designation as a Clean Cities coalition. To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we are hosting our first ever Clean Fuels Classic on March 13, 2020, at Pelican Point Golf and Country Club in Gonzales, LA. Visit www.CleanFuelsClassic.com for more information on sponsorships and ticket sales (Sponsorships are going fast!).

    Registration is open for our Annual Stakeholder Meeting: The Future of Transportation at BRCC in Baton Rouge on January 31st. To register or for more information on our great speaker lineup, visit our event page.

    The staff and board of LCF wish you all a safe and happy holiday filled with food, family, and friends!

    Regards,

    Ann Vail
    Executive Director

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    Announcements

    LCF Annual Stakeholder Survey

    We'd love to hear your feedback! Please take a few moments to answer our Annual Stakeholder Survey so that we can better serve our stakeholders in the coming year. Results will be shared at the Annual Stakeholder Meeting on January 31, 2020.

    Survey closes January 3, 2020.

    Take the Survey Now


    ANNUAL REPORTING BEGINS SOON...

    It’s almost that time of year again! Starting in January, Louisiana Clean Fuels will be collecting information from alternative fuels stakeholders for our Annual Report. We will be 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 reduced emissions and petroleum usage in 2019.

    Keep an eye on your inbox for our upcoming Annual Report announcement email!

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    Clean Fuels Conference & Workshops

    Louisiana Clean Fuels Annual Stakeholder Meeting

    JANUARY 31, 2020 | 9:00 AM-2:00PM

    BRCC AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY CENTER
    2115 NORTH LOBDELL

    Join us for lunch and networking at the new BRCC Automotive Technology Center to look into the not-so-distant future of transportation and hear from experts who will share what is technologically possible now and what is coming. At the meeting, LCF will also discuss our plans for 2020 and give you the opportunity to weigh in on our 2020 activities. 

    GUEST SPEAKERS:

    • Joe AnnottiVice President of Programs, GNA Clean Transportation and Energy Consultants
    • Michael D. Laughlin, PMP, Technology Manager, Technology Integration Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office
    • Jason Yan, Director of Sales Operations, Build Your Dream (BYD America Corp)

    Register Now

    SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE:

    • Headline Sponsor: $1,500
    • Lunch Sponsors: $500
    • General Sponsors:  $250

     

    PAYMENT OPTIONS:

    Please mail check with subject line "2020 Annual Stakeholder Meeting Sponsorship" to: Louisiana Clean Fuels, PO Box 1771, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
    Credit card payments via PayPal of $1,000 and above will be subject to a 3% convenience fee.


    LOUISIANA CLEAN FUELS IS TURNING 20 IN 2020:  CELEBRATE WITH US!

    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, we have since expanded to cover 57 parishes, changed our name to Louisiana Clean Fuels and grew our petroleum offsets from mere thousands to nearly 9 million gallons.

    For the last 20 years, we have successfully served our stakeholders by working to advance the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to diversify transportation fuel options. Please join us for the Louisiana Clean Fuels Golf Classic to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Louisiana Clean Fuels' official designation as a Clean Cities Coalition!


    SPONSOR THE GOLF CLASSIC

    Sponsorships are selling out fast!

    Email [email protected] to learn how you can show your support for Louisiana Clean Fuels! Team and individual player tickets will be available soon at www.CleanFuelsClassic.com.

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    LCF Member News


    RNG COALITION ANNOUNCES SMART INITIATIVE

    "The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) announced the Sustainable Methane Abatement and Recycling Timeline (SMART) Initiative at the RNG 2019 conference last week in Dana Point, Cal., casting the vision for RNG stakeholders to develop an action plan to sustainably capture and repurpose methane that would otherwise be wasted via flare or escape fugitively into the atmosphere from more than 43,000 sites in North America by 2050." (Source: Canadian Biomass)

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    2020 LCF membership due drive

    It's time for the 2020 Membership Dues Drive! See our Join page for more information or to renew your LCF membership! If you have any questions, email [email protected].

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    Funding Opportunities

    DIESEL EMISSIONS REDUCTION ACT (DERA) NATIONAL GRANTS

    2020 Request for Applications

    DEADLINE TO APPLY - FEBRUARY 26, 2020 (11:59 P.M. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (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 60 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

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    2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations

    The deadline for this solicitation is COB Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    The first three rounds of corridor designations were announced by FHWA in November 2016, March 2018, and April 2019. This fourth round of corridor designations may provide State or local agencies an opportunity to nominate additional corridors, extend currently designated corridors, and/or nominate a different fuel(s) along an already designated corridor.

    Learn MORE

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    Legislative Update

    HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT INCLUDES ALTERNATIVE FUEL TAX CREDITS

    "The House this week passed a tax extenders package that includes an extension of the $0.50/gallon alternative fuel excise tax credit, along with other measures important to the clean-fuel transportation industry.

    The bill will next move to the Senate – where it is expected to pass – and then to the president’s desk for signature.

    The excise tax credit covers fuels including compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas (both naturally occurring CNG and LNG, and that derived from biomass), propane autogas, and liquefied hydrogen.

    Also included in the extenders package is an extension of the alternative fuel infrastructure tax credit. This measure provides a tax credit of up to 30% of the cost (not exceeding $30,000) of installing refueling equipment for CNG/LNG/RNG, propane autogas, hydrogen, E85 and minimum B20 biodiesel. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is also eligible for the tax credit." (Source: NGT News)

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    Calendar of Events

    Jan. 31 LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting: The Future of Transportation Baton Rouge, LA
    Feb. 10-12 Energy Independence Summit Washington, DC
    March 3-6 NTEA Work Truck Show Indianapolis, IN
    March 4 NTEA Green Truck Summit Indianapolis, IN
    March 13 Clean Fuels Classic | LCF's 20th Anniversary Celebration Gonzales, LA
    April 6-8 NAFA 2020 Institute and Expo Indianapolis, IN
    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
    June 14-17 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33) Portland, OR
    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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    Industry News

    IMO 2020: WHAT FLEETS NEED TO KNOW AND HOW TO PREPARE

    "There’s much debate about how the upcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation on sulfur emissions, going into effect on January 1st, will impact fuel prices and the economics of transportation.

    With the IMO deadline less than 30 days away, the time for on-road fleet managers to prepare for both the immediate and long-term implications of this regulation is now. By implementing cost-effective, reliable and price stable fuel options today, fleet managers can remain resilient to unanticipated disruptions to the global fuel supply in the future." (Source: ACTNews)

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    Electric-Car Battery Prices Dropped 13% in 2019, will reach $100/kwh in 2023

    "From 2010 to 2019, lithium-ion battery prices (when looking at the battery pack as a whole) have fallen from $1,100 per kilowatt-hour to $156/kwh—an 87% cut. From 2018 to 2019 alone, that represents a cut of 13%." (Source: Green Car Reports)

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    dnata Puts Propane Autogas F-750s Into Service at LAX

    "dnata, a global air services provider, is now operating propane autogas vehicles at Los Angeles International Airport to support its in-flight catering operations." (Source: NGT News)

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    Oklahoma Emerging as New Leader in Electric Vehicle Charging

    "Oklahoma is now the number one state in the US to own an electric vehicle. With one of the lowest average electricity rates in the country, a high ratio of charging stations to population, and the highest year-over-year sales increase of EVs for the last two years, Oklahoma is embracing the electric vehicle revolution." (Source: ACTNews)

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    Shell Announces New Oil Formulated for Natural Gas Engines

    "Shell Rotella T4 NG Plus 15W-40 meets the specifications for natural gas, diesel and gasoline engines, making it a true multi-vehicle engine oil that will help fleets consolidate the number of engine oils they need in their shop.” (Source: Truckinginfo)

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    Love the Boot Week is April 20-26!

    Show love for your community, for your city, and your state by participating in Keep Louisiana Beautiful's Love the Boot Week. Businesses residents, students, and local government throughout Louisiana will register to plan or volunteer for a cleanup or beautification event during April 20-26. Go to lovetheboot.org for more information and to register. 

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    Clean Cities 25th 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 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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