LCF October 2020 Newsletter Print

Clean Fuel Leaders, Stakeholders and Enthusiasts:

It's fall, and that means it's time for our Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards! Winners will be announced at our 20th Anniversary Gala and Clean Fuel Leader Award event on November 5th in Baton Rouge at the Estuary. We thought long and hard before we decided to go ahead with this event. Many of you indicated in a recent survey that you would attend an in-person event so long as precautions were taken and restrictions on social gatherings do not change - and we listened!

Not only will we celebrate our clean fuel leaders at the awards, but we are also celebrating our 20th Anniversary as a Clean Cities coalition. We have been planning all year and can't wait to share the fruits of all of our hard work with you. We have some really fun and exciting announcements and "reveals" planned. Don't forget to wear your best conversation-starting mask! Get your tickets online for just $25 (Note: All tickets are set up as "guest" tickets)

We really hope that you can join us - we all miss being able to network with one another in person. But if you are unable to attend, we will record the event and show a professionally edited "highlight reel" of the event along with a few of our biggest announcements and "reveals" from the gala. I can't tell you anymore, but it's exciting! 


Ann Vail
LCF Executive Director

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Tickets for LCF's 20th Anniversary Gala celebration now on sale!

Thursday, November 5, 2020
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

$25.00 / person
Space is limited - Only 50 tickets will be sold!


1110 S. River Road • Baton Rouge, LA 70802
A Virtual awards will be streamed on the day after the in-person reception for those unable to attend the gala in person.

Overlooking the Mississippi River, the Estuary Conference and Event Venue sets the style and sophistication standard for any special occasion or symposium. The Estuary features over 6,000 square feet of stunning meeting and event space, including a gallery with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

Business / Cocktail


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. To celebrate, we have produced a 20th Anniversary commemorative video featuring footage of some of our alternative fuel fleets and interviews with state leaders, valued stakeholder, and a few surprises! This video will be premiered at the Gala during the awards ceremony. Our gala will also feature the music of Amanda Shaw, a Louisiana singer, songwriter and musician. 


Join us to honor this years' top LCF fleets and leaders with our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards! Look for a balot in your in box this week to vote for this year's Katry Martin Award winner.


There will be a limited amount of tickets sold to ensure that we are able to practice proper social distancing at the gala. The following precautions are being taken to ensure a safe environment for us to gather, network and celebrate 20 years of progress.

  • Temperatures will be taken upon entry 
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available 
  • The catering company will follow all required sanitary precautions - there will be no "self serve" buffet food
  • Limited number of tickets will be sold and large open gallery allows enough space for social distancing
  • Masks will be required inside unless you are eating or drinking
  • Balcony is available for those more comfortable outside
  • Tickets are fully refundable if government regulations on gatherings change before the event



Double your impact! When you sponsor the Gala, you will also sponsor the Virtual Gala which will premier on November 6th and will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook Live. A recording of the virtual gala will also be posted on our YouTube channel. Please note, a 3% convenience fee will be charged for any credit card purchase $500 and over.

Gala Sponsor  $3,000 (Limit 1)


Awards Sponsor $1,500  SOLD

Champagne Toast $1,000 (Limit 1) 


Entertainment Sponsors (Unlimited) $500


Supporters of LCF (Unlimited)  $250



Mail check with "Anniversary Gala Sponsor" in the subject line to:
Louisiana Clean Fuels c/o Stephanie Keen, Member Services
PO Box 1771
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Or pay through the PayPal links listed above.

Thank you to our gala sponsors!

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Masks On, EVs Out: Louisiana Clean Fuels Hosts Safe and Fun Celebration for National Drive Electric Week 2020!

COVID-19 couldn’t put a damper on our EV enthusiasm! Despite continued pandemic concerns, this year’s National Drive Electric Week event on October 3rd at Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales had an excellent turn-out with masks, social distancing, and a noticeable lack of vehicle emissions. It was our first in-person event since the Clean Fuels Golf Classic in March -- which took place just as pandemic closures hit Louisiana -- and the Louisiana Clean Fuels staff stepped up to the plate with enthusiasm. With beautiful weather and lots of friendly (masked) faces, the event was a great success.

We at LCF had a fantastic time spreading the word about electric vehicles during #NDEW2020, and we can’t wait to make next year’s National Drive Electric Week even better! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on the event or who came out to show their support!

Check out our photo gallery to see some pictures from our 2020 NDEW event!

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REG Plans Expansion of Geismar Renewable Diesel Plant

10/7/2020 - Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REG), a company that specializes in transforming renewable resources into clean fuels, says it plans to undertake a capacity expansion of its Geismar, La., biorefinery, from its current 250 million gallons annually to 340 million gallons per year.

This announcement follows a thorough review and site selection process. Construction should begin in mid to late 2021, with a target mechanical completion date in late 2023.

Entergy Commits to Achieving Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

9/24/20 - Entergy Corporation, a national leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, announced today it is accelerating its climate action goals with a commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company also reaffirmed its continued commitments to grid reliability and affordability for customers.

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2020 DERA School Bus Rebates Program Applications Being Accepted


The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010 (PDF) allows EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for over 2,000 vehicles. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

EPA is excited to announce a funding opportunity for school bus fleets that serve public schools. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is accepting applications nationwide for rebates to assist in replacing older, dirtier diesel school buses with new school buses certified to EPA's cleanest emission standards. EPA anticipates awarding over $10 million in this funding opportunity. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses will receive a rebate of $20,000-$65,000 per bus depending on the fuel type of the replacement bus.


2020 School Bus Rebates Program

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Go to the following link a few minutes before the webinar starts: 2020 School Bus Rebates Webinar.

Call-in Number: 1-202-991-0477
Access Code: 562 579 487#

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Aug. 18-Nov. 19 ACT Virtual Online
Jul. 29-Dec. 16 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo (Webinar Series) Online
Oct. 20-22 NGV20 Online
Nov. 5-24 Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2020 Virtual Conference Online
Nov. 4 The Path to Renewable Propane Virtual Conference Online
Nov. 5 LCF 20th Anniversary Gala & Clean Fuel Leader Awards Baton Rouge, LA
May 6-9, 2021 Electrification 2020 International Conference & Expo Charlotte, NC
May 11-12, 2021 RNG Summit Washington, D.C.
Sept. 29-30 RNG WORKS 2021 Technical Workshop & Trade Expo Nashville, TN
Dec. 13-16, 2021 RNG 2021 Conference Dana Point, CA

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Free NAFTC online courses help towing and salvage operators learn to safely handle alternative fuel vehicles

10/12/20 - The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium at West Virginia University is offering two online trainings targeting towing and salvage operators about how to safely handle alternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs.  As the number of AFVs—especially electric vehicles, or EVs—increases on today’s roadways, so does the chance that they will require the services of towing operators or be sent to salvage facilities.

Governor Newsom Announces California Will Phase Out Gasoline-Powered Cars & Drastically Reduce Demand for Fossil Fuel in California’s Fight Against Climate Change

9/23/20 - Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he will aggressively move the state further away from its reliance on climate change-causing fossil fuels while retaining and creating jobs and spurring economic growth – he issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector.

Proterra Unveils the ZX5 Battery-Electric Bus

Proterra, a company that specializes in heavy-duty electric transportation, has introduced its newest battery-electric transit vehicle, the Proterra ZX5 electric bus

The ZX5 bus, Proterra’s fifth generation battery-electric transit vehicle, features a new vehicle design and maximizes the amount of energy that can be stored onboard the vehicle to increase power and range.

Lonestar Specialty Vehicles Partners with In-Charge Energy for Turnkey Electric Vehicle Energy and Charging Solutions

7/30/20 - Lonestar Specialty Vehicles announced it has partnered with In-Charge Energy, an energy solutions company based in Los Angeles, California, to provide customers Turnkey Energy and Charging solutions for fleet conversion to electric vehicles. (Source: EINPresswire)

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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.  |  [email protected] | 225-342-7972

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