LCF January 2021 Newsletter Print

    Clean Fuel Leaders, Members and Enthusiast:

    I hope you all had a happy New Year and holiday break. The LCF staff continue to work remotely in order to comply with state and federal guidelines on social distancing. Regardless of where we office, we are still working diligently to bring fresh and relevant content to you via webinars, blog articles, and more. We continue to work with fleets, fuel providers, and EVSE site hosts to assist them with their alternative fuel and emission reduction projects. Additionally, we are ramping up our efforts to apply for grants in order to expand our reach and to better educate policy makers on transportation issues to ensure that they make informed decisions.

    This quarter, we are hosting two virtual events: our Annual Stakeholder Meeting on February 10th and a first responder safety webinar: Intro to Alt Fuels on January 26th. We are also in the middle of our Membership Dues drive. Please get your membership renewal in by March this year so that we can get an accurate budget for our 2021 activities and special projects.

    Our Annual Report is more important now than ever before considering that Louisiana has set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal of NetZero by 2050 and the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force has just begun work on a plan to achieve that goal. Getting an accurate baseline as well as an understanding of which technologies are most effective at reducing GHGs is critical. If you have a fleet or a fueling/charging station, big or small, we want to hear from you.

    As always, we are thankful for all you do! According to Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Your commitment to reducing transportation emissions in our territory is critical to our success as a coalition – we couldn’t do this without you. Thank you again and stay safe!

    Ann Vail
    Executive Director
    Louisiana Clean Fuels

     

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    Kavin Kuriyan Joins Louisiana Clean Fuels Board of Directors

    Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF), a US Department of Energy designated Clean Cities Coalition, announced last week the addition of Kavin Kuriyan of United Parcel Service (UPS) to the organization’s Board of Directors. Kuriyan fills a vacancy left by retiring board member Stuart McAvoy of UPS.

    Meet the Newest Board Member:

    Kavin Kuriyan is a management team member of the Supply Chain Optimization and Sustainability group of UPS Customer Solutions. The optimization team reviews the needs of the customer and analyzes how its supply chain is enabling or hindering its efforts to meet those needs. The sustainability team provides carbon emissions data to help customers understand, monitor, and manage their climate impacts.

    Kavin joined UPS in 2005 and has over 15 years of experience in supply chain and logistics, including solutions, marketing, and sales. He holds a BS in Information Systems with a minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.

    The 2021 Louisiana Clean Fuels Board of Directors consists of 11 members: Randy Hayden, Fred Skal, Vivian Johnson, Scott Barrios, Tokesha Collins-Wright, Calvin Ray, James Setze, Kavin Kuriyan, Paul Pratt, Dinero Washington, and Kent Meadows. The board serves in an advisory and oversight capacity in order to support the organization's goals and mission. The board, which meets on a quarterly basis, is comprised of representatives from government agencies, national, regional and local fleets as well as various stakeholder organizations. To learn more about Louisiana Clean Fuels' Board of Directors, please visit the LCF website at www.louisianacleanfuels.org.


    2021 Membership Dues Drive

    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 stakeholder's.

    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

    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 policy makers 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.

    This data is more important than ever considering that the state has set a greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goal of NetZero by 2050 and the Governor's Climate Initiatives Task Force has just begun work on a plan to achieve that goal. Getting an accurate baseline as well as an understanding of which technologies are most effective at reducing GHGs is critical. 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.

    Want to learn more about the Report?

    View our informational webinar on the Annual Report where we go through the information we’re asking for, explain the different ways you can submit your fleet information, explain how we use the information, and answer questions.

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    Draft Legislation for Gas Tax Includes EV Fees

    Jack McFarland, State Representative for District 13, has drafted legislation to propose an increased gas tax for Louisiana in addition to "[levying] an excise tax on electric and hybrid vehicles. The proposed tax amounts to $400/year for EVs and $250/year for hybrid vehicles (defined in the draft legislation as "a vehicle that uses gasoline, diesel fuel, or special fuels in combination with an electric motor for propulsion").

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    DERA Opens for Applications

    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Now Open: 2021 Request for Applications

    DEADLINE TO APPLY - MARCH 16, 2021 (11:59 P.M. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $46 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (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 70 awards are anticipated.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    Informational Webinars will be held on January 26, February 3, and February 11th. Learn more at the link below.


    DOE Announces $60 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $60 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

    Concept papers are due on February 5, 2021, and full applications are due on April 7, 2021.


    Department of Energy Announces $35 Million for Bioenergy Research and Development

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.

    Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

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    LCF Webinar: 

    First Responder Safety Training: Intro to Alternative Fuel Vehicles


    Virtual Annual Stakeholder Meeting

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    Free CNG Technician Training Online at the College of the Desert (COD)

    Class #1 - Registration open! AUTO-340-8856 (8856) CNG FUNDAMENTALS/SAFETY

    This course provides lecture/discussion on compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle safety and operation. The course is designed to introduce the service technician to safety, operation, and basic practices and procedures unique to gaseous fuel vehicles.

    Classes times and dates: Monday and Wednesday nights
    from 6:00 pm to 9:05 pm (PST), February 01 to March 10, 2021

    For more information email:
    Instructor: David Anderson at [email protected]

    Other upcoming Training Classes (more info coming soon):

    • Class #2: Auto 340A Component Function & & Operation
    • Class #3: Auto 340B CNG maint & Repair
    • Class #4: Auto 340C CNG Diagnosis & Troubleshooting



    Ann Arbor Buys Electric Mustangs for Police Officers

    1/6/21 - The Ann Arbor, Mich., Police Department is purchasing two electric Ford Mustang vehicles for its patrol fleet, consistent with its green fleet policy. The Mach-E AWD vehicles cost $47,000 each, according to city council documents. (Source: Government Fleet)


    New York Municipality Introduces First Police Outfitted Tesla

    1/4/21 - The Hastings on Hudson, N.Y., Police Department took delivery of the first Tesla Model Y that has been outfitted with lights, sirens, and radio for police use on Dec. 21, according to a Facebook post. (Source: Government Fleet)


    Massachusetts to require new cars sold to be electric by 2035

    12/31/20 - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released a plan on Wednesday that mandates all new cars sold in the state be electric by 2035, in addition to other measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The governor’s action follows a similar one announced by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, which sets the same deadline. Massachusetts’ commitment is among the most ambitious pledges by states in the U.S. and the rest of the world. It would bring the state on track to reach net zero fossil-fuel emissions by 2050. (Source: The 4th Revolution)


    Preparing Frontline Professionals for an Evolving Energy Future

    12/29/20 - Now, through an initiative of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), more of these frontline workers will have access to new energy educational materials tailored to their profession. This support is made available through the EMPOWERED funding opportunity. EMPOWERED - Educational Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments - is a collaborative effort across EERE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), and Building Technologies Office (BTO). (Source: EERE)


    New Signage Leads Connecticut Motorists to Alternative Fuel Corridors

    12/15/20 - The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) say motorists on Connecticut’s interstate highways (I-84, I-91, I-95 and I-395) will now see new signage posted to identify the state’s alternative fuel corridors (AFCs). The new signs delineate the start and end points of the federally-designated corridors and will promote public awareness of the availability of alternative fuel options in proximity to the corridors. The AFC designations are part of a national network of corridors that support alternative fueling infrastructure. (Source: NGT News)

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    LCF would like to extend a warm welcome to  Republic Services, renewing at the Platinum level!

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    Jan. 26 WEBINAR: First Responder Safety Training: Intro to Alternative Fuel Vehicles Online
    Feb. 10 LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting Webinar Online
    Jul. 29-Dec. 16 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo (Webinar Series) Online
    May 6-9 Electrification 2021 International Conference & Expo Charlotte, NC
    May 11-12 RNG Summit Washington, D.C.
    Sept. 29-30 RNG WORKS 2021 Technical Workshop & Trade Expo Nashville, TN
    Sept. 25-Oct. 3 National Drive Electric Week 2021 Various Locations
    Dec. 13-16, 2021 RNG 2021 Conference Dana Point, CA


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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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