LCF May Newsletter Print

    Letter from the Executive Director

    Clean Fuels Stakeholders, Members and Enthusiasts:

    School is nearly out and LSU has graduated a new class of potential leaders and innovators. Our long-time intern Madeline Hunt is one of those graduates, earning her bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. We are proud to share that Madeline has been hired on at Hargrove Controls and Automation as a Controls and Automation Engineer. We will miss having her around the office but wish her well in her new adventure.

    With Madeline's departure, we now have an opening for the Clean Cities Workforce Development Program Internship through Argonne National Laboratory. The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

    Overview: Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate (junior or senior only) or graduate degree-granting program. Internship will begin June 10, 2019, and run through August 23, 2019. The intern will have the option to reapply for another Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Internship. Visit our website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

    Regards,
    Ann Vail
    LCF Executive Director

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    Announcements

    CLEAN FUELS SUMMIT 2019

    REQUEST FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS, sponsors, exhibitors, and Ride & Drive vehicles

    Increase your visibility and meet prospective project colaborators in Louisiana at the state's premier alternative fuels conference and expo: the 2019 Clean Fuels Summit!

    Co-hosted by two Clean Cities Coalitions – Louisiana Clean Fuels and the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership – this event offers an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports track, updates on the latest innovative clean fleet technologies and products, and deserved recognition of leaders in the alternative fuel industry. The event will be held at NOLA Motorsports Park, a state of the art, full-service special events and racing venue located just 20 minutes from Downtown New Orleans.

    Clean Fuels Summit | October 10, 2019 | Avondale, LA 

    Please consider this exciting invitation for you and your team to present to
    our state’s top decision makers and influencers. SLCFP and LCF also encourage your participation as a Clean Fuels Summit sponsor or exhibitor! Fill out the attached Sponsor / Exhibitor Application in order to apply. Contact Courtney Young at cyoung@norpc.org for more information on sponsoring or exhibiting at the Summit.

    We are requesting presentation proposals in the following subject areas:

    • Future of Transportation and Mobility
    • OEMs and Major Fleets Embracing Fuel Diversity
    • Telematics / Data
    • Advances in Safety and Automation
    • Fleet Efficiency
    • Workforce Development: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Fleet Success Stories
    • Creative Funding and Group Purchasing Programs

    Please complete the RFP form in order to submit your presentation proposal for the Clean Fuels Summit. Submissions are due by July 31, 2019. Please email LCF's Executive Director, Ann Vail at Ann@louisianacleanfuels.org, with any questions on presenting at the Summit.


    LCF Seeks Candidate for 2019 Summer Internship

    The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 300 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.

    The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

    Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate (junior or senior only) or graduate degree-granting program. Internship will begin June 10, 2019, and run through August 23, 2019. The intern will have the option to reapply for another Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Internship.

    Those interested in the opportunity should send resumes to Ann Vail at ann@louisianacleanfuels.org. For more information on the internship, visit the job listing on our website.

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    Calendar of Events

    May 14-15 RNG Summit Washington, DC
    May 21-23 Green Transportation Summit & Expo Tacoma, WA
    June 3-6 Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training Ghent, WV
    June 17-20 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) New Orleans, LA
    Sept. 11-12 RNG Works Technical Workshop & Trade Expo Nashville, TN
    Sept. 20 National Drive Electric Week @ Tanger Outlet Mall Gonzales, LA
    Sept. 25-26 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Annual State Conference Baton Rouge, LA
    Oct. 10 Clean Fuels Summit New Orleans, LA

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    Outreach Activities

    Earth Day Celebrations 2019

    This April, LCF was once again a part of LSU’s Louisiana Earth Day festivities on Sunday, April 28th. The event, held at the Parker Colosseum, featured over 70 exhibitors offering various activities and exhibits relating to studying or taking care of the environment. LCF hosted an EV Alley right outside of Parker Colosseum for visitors to get a firsthand look at some popular electric vehicles and learn more about EVs. EV Alley 2019 featured Tesla models S, 3, and X along with a Honda Clarity, a Chevy Volt, and a new Jaguar iPace loaned to us by LCF member the Paretti Family of Dealerships! Visitors were able to check out the vehicles’ features and chat with the owners to learn more about what owning an EV or hybrid is like.

    The event was a success, with many coming out to visit the booths inside Parker Colosseum and take a stroll down EV Alley. Many curious visitors had questions about EVs and the realities of owning one that LCF staff and the vehicle owners were able to answer. LCF’s Executive Director, Ann Vail, even did an interview with WBRZ about EV Alley and the Earth Day festivities.

    While LCF has been celebrating Earth Day at LSU, our member organizations have been mounting their own Earth Day celebrations and promotions this month:

    • SWEPCO hosted an Earth Day event at Eagle Watch Nature Trail in Gentry, Arkansas, focused on wildlife.
    • Republic Services pledged this year to make #EarthDayEveryDay by offering helpful Earth Day tips and encouraging consumers to think about their recycling choices.
    • To celebrate its efforts to reduce emissions, Chargepoint promoted the importance of EVs in reducing emissions by releasing an infographic detailing how drivers using the Chargepoint network of chargers reduced emissions in 2018.

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    Welcome New Members

    LCF would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Capital Region Planning Commission, renewing at the Gold level, and Chargepoint, joining LCF at the Bronze level! 


    Thank you to all of our members for their continued support!

    If you haven't renewed your membership, now is the time! See our Join page for more information or to renew your membership! If you have any questions, email stephanie@louisianacleanfuels.org.

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    Member Spotlight

    Cummins Turns 100!

    Cummins was first founded in February 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, and the company first began with only four employees. Today, the company has grown to more than 58,000 employees working across five different divisions, and Cummins is renewing its commitment to the message: “Challenge the impossible.”

    Here’s a quick look back at some important highlights in Cummins’ storied history:

    • 1999: Cummins Powers Asia’s First Alternative Fuel Fleet
    • 2001: Cummins Emission Solutions Established
    • 2005: Diesel-Electric Hybrid Heavy Truck
    • 2006: Advancing into Electrification
    • 2014: Cummins Unveils First Comprehensive Sustainability Plan
    • 2017: AEOS: The World’s First Electric Heavy-Duty Truck
    • 2018: Doubling Down on Electrified Power

    We at LCF would like to wish Cummins a happy anniversary, and we look forward to seeing how they “challenge the impossible” for the next century!

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    May is Air Quality Awareness Month

    Governor John Bel Edwards has declared May to be Air Quality Awareness month in Louisiana. Recently, Governor Edwards announced that “the entire state is in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, according to the EPA. Louisiana gained compliance thanks to improved ozone levels in the greater Baton Rouge area” according to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). In order to continue this improvement and increase awareness and education about air quality and its importance, we will be promoting air quality awareness throughout the month of May.

    Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time vehicles idle their engines. When the engine of a gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle runs, it releases harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants. Not only are these tailpipe emissions damaging to the environment, they are also harmful to human health. 

    In honor of Air Quality Awareness month this May, consider taking a pledge to reduce idling and keep our Louisiana air cleaner and safer. We would love to see how you are doing your part for air quality improvement in Louisiana: share the image below to show your dedication to air quality awareness and tag Louisiana Clean Fuels on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Use the hashtag #IdleLess to promote your efforts and encourage others to follow your lead! We will be sharing posts throughout the month of May to show how Louisianians are leading the charge to reduce idling and improve air quality.

    For more information about the benefits of idle reduction and how you can implement idle reduction strategies for yourself or your organization, check out the resources on our Idle Reduction page. You can also see the air quality forecast for various locations in Louisiana on LDEQ’s website.

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    Resources

    New EV Resources

    Though it seems nearly impossible to keep up with all of the news and resources surrounding EVs, we wanted to highlight a few more recent resources that we’ve heard about in order to spread the word about their usefulness and help make learning about EVs seem like a more accomplishable task.

    The Sierra Club’s EV Guide

    The Sierra Club just recently released an Electric Vehicle Guide for consumers interested in learning more about plug-in EVs. The guide breaks down information about a variety of different PEVs on the market to help users figure out which PEV might work best for their situation.

    Entergy’s Power Drive Initiative

    Entergy offers resources for both consumers and fleets looking into electrification. Through their Power Drive Initiative, Entergy “[provides] helpful resources and information on electric vehicle choices, economic considerations, and the many benefits of light duty electric transportation.”

    EV Charging Stations in Google Maps

    Google Maps, which has been showing charging locations since October 2018, has now added functionality to show whether or not chargers are currently available to use. The app already shows “the number of chargers at each location as well as their wattage, pricing, and reviews from other drivers” (The Verge), and now EV owners will be able to know ahead of time where they should head for a charge. Currently, charger availability information is available for chargers from EVgo, SemaConnect, and Chargemaster, with plans to add Chargepoint chargers in the near future. Other chargers are still shown on the map but without the added availability functionality.

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    Industry News

    TRILLIUM DEBUTS RECHARGING PRODUCT FOR FLEETS WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES

    Trillium has announced PowerUP, a new program designed to serve electric vehicle fleets with safe, reliable, predictable and cost-effective electricity pricing for EV charging.

    Trillium has announced PowerUP, a new program designed to serve electric vehicle fleets with safe, reliable, predictable and cost-effective electricity pricing for EV charging.

    PowerUP by Trillium uses a mix of power supply technology ranging from solar panels and on-site generation using renewable natural gas (RNG), to energy storage and power supplied from the local electric utility when necessary.

    “The paradigm for EV recharging has always been to charge your vehicle using the electric utility, but PowerUP by Trillium changes that standard,” said Bill Zobel, general manager of business development and marketing for Trillium. “Our newest refueling solution puts fleets in control of their power supply and gives them the option to choose which sources of power to draw from, adding certainty to electric costs while enhancing the reliability and sustainability of their power supply over the long term.”

    PowerUP by Trillium is available to all centrally fueled EV fleets.

    Source: Heavy Duty Trucking


    RNG COALITION: RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS ON-ROAD FUEL USE REACHES HISTORIC HIGH

    Biomethane Motor Fuel Use Marks 577% Increase Over Last Five Years

    Washington, DC– Natural Gas Vehicles for America (NGVAmerica) and the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) today announced that 32 percent of all on-road fuel used in natural gas vehicles in calendar year 2018 was renewable natural gas (RNG).

    Captured above ground from organic material in agricultural, wastewater, landfill or food waste, RNG – or biomethane – produces net carbon-neutral and even net carbon-negative results when fueling on-road vehicles like short- and long-haul trucks, transit buses, and refuse and recycling collection vehicles.  RNG fuel in 2018 had an EER-adjusted carbon intensity as low as -303.30 according to the California Air Resources Board.  By comparison, California’s electricity grid rated between 25.0 and 38.95.[1]

    Over the last five years, RNG use as a transportation fuel has increased 577 percent, displacing over seven million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).  NGVAmerica and the RNG Coalition report that in 2018 a total of 645 million gasoline gallon equivalent of natural gas was used as a motor fuel.  Of that, more than 204 million gasoline gallon equivalent was renewable.[2]

    Source: RNG Coalition


    REG MADISON BIODIESEL PLANT CELEBRATES UPDATES

    Deforest Business Holds Open House and Donates New Equipment to Deforest Windsor Fire & EMS

    DEFOREST, WI. – April 16, 2019 - Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI), the largest biodiesel producer in North America celebrated upgrades at its DeForest, Wisconsin biodiesel plant Tuesday.

    REG Madison, a 20 million gallon per year biodiesel plant located in DeForest, Wisconsin invited community members to celebrate the opening of the facility’s new entrance and logistics upgrades.

    “We are excited to have the community turn out and celebrate another continuous improvement project at REG Madison,” said REG Madison Plant Manager Brian Coker. “Our team is committed to growing in DeForest by providing jobs and giving back to the community.”

    The new entrance located at 533 N. Stevenson Street provides direct access to the biodiesel plant for truck traffic. REG purchased the plant in March 2016 from neighboring company Sanimax. In addition to the entrance and logistics upgrades, the company has added eight permanent jobs and made several other improvements to the plant. The biodiesel produced at REG Madison reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 86% compared to petroleum diesel.

    Source: REG

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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  |  info@louisianacleanfuels.org

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