LCF November 2020 Newsletter Print

What are you thankful for?

Clean Fuel Leaders, Members and Enthusiasts:

We are thankful for our stakeholder fleets.

Last week we celebrated our Clean Fuel Leaders at a hybrid awards event with a small group of stakeholders meeting in person at the Estuary and the Virtual Gala video premiering online the following day. In case you missed it, all of the videos we premiered are on our YouTube Channel. If you prefer to read about the award recipients, we have posted the list of winners on our blog.

We are thankful for our members.

It's also the beginning of our annual membership campaign. We are truly thankful for our 2020 members who stuck with us and supported our programs during a global pandemic. Our coalition was able to pivot the format of our outreach events into nearly a 100% virtual program through the use of Zoom meetings and webinars. We invite you all to invest in us and help us to continue to grow our coalition by becoming a 2021 member by joining or renewing your membership with LCF.

The end of the year also heralds the beginning of our annual reporting period. New this year, Tyler and I are hosting a webinar for fleets who participate in this voluntary request for data on your alternative fuel use and emissions-reducing practices. This webinar is also open to any fleet in our territory who would like to share information on their idle reduction, fuel economy and efficiency improvements, or alternative fuel use. Registration information for this webinar is in this issue of your Clean Fuel News and on our website.

Stay safe this holiday season!

Regards,
Ann Vail
LCF Executive Director

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Fourteen State Combine Efforts to “DRIVE Electric USA”

Accelerating the Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Louisiana Clean Fuels is proud to be a part of the DRIVE Electric USA project funded by the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office. The project is running from October 2020 through December 2023 and is comprised of a group of diverse stakeholders, including Clean Cities Coalitions from fourteen states, electric vehicle and EVSE OEMs, and other committed partners who are dedicated to raising awareness and adoption of EVs across the United States. We will use our states as great and dissimilar examples of how to successfully build statewide, successful EV efforts to drive the purchase and use of EVs of all sizes and by general citizens and fleets.

In order to accomplish this goal, project leaders and implementers will educate consumers, utilities, utility regulators, and government officials while engaging auto dealers and fleet leaders, conducting EV infrastructure planning, and developing local EV chapters. All of this will occur under the banner of each branded, statewide EV initiative which will be guided by that state’s stakeholders; Louisiana's branch of this project is called DRIVE Electric Louisiana.


2020 Annual reporting starts 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.

This year, LCF is offering an Annual Reporting webinar to any organizations that have or would like to submit emission reduction and AFV fuel usage data to LCF for our Annual Report. Find out exactly what kind of data we are looking for and learn about the different ways to submit your data.

There are many ways for a fleet to reduce their emissions - by route shortening, using alternative fuels, purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles, idle reduction and more. Learn how to improve your numbers and qualify to be recognized at our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards.

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

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Louisiana Clean Fuels Announces 2020 Clean Fuel Leader Award Winners

Louisiana Clean Fuels (LCF) announced the winners of their annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards on Thursday, November 5th at a gala to celebrate the coalition’s 20th anniversary. LCF, a designated US Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, awards outstanding alternative fuel users in the organization’s territory each year to recognize the exceptional achievements of stakeholders who have worked tirelessly to reduce their fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions.

LCF Executive Director Ann Vail presented the awards to a small group of stakeholders, sponsored by the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), and announced the winners. The entire event was filmed and edited into a virtual gala and awards ceremony and posted on our YouTube channel. LCF is proud to honor these outstanding organizations and to recognize the achievements of clean fuel stakeholders who have gone above and beyond in reaching their environmental and transportation goals.

A selection of award winners:

  • Clean Fuel Champion: Republic Services (pictured top)
  • Katry Martin Award: Scott Barrios, Entergy eTech (pictured right)
  • Rising Star Award: Capital Area Transit System (CATS)
  • Media Award for Outstanding AFV Publication: Fuels Fix
  • Gangbusters Award for Largest Growth by Volume and Percentage: United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Progress Award for Most Improved Municipality: City of Lake Charles


Learn more and see the full list of award winners on the LCF blog.


VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review Report Released

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO’s) 2020 Annual Merit Review Report is now available. VTO’s 2020 Annual Merit Review (AMR) was held virtually from June 1–4, 2020, where VTO’s portfolio was reviewed by panels of experts from industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The report details reviewer text responses and scores, including numeric scores for each technical session as well as text and graphical summaries of reviewer responses for each individual reviewed project, based on project presentations and posters presented by the principal investigators.

The objective of the VTO AMR is to review VTO’s accomplishments from previous months and its plans for the future, and gather stakeholder input with a structured and formal methodology. The meeting also provided attendees a forum for technology information transfer.

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LCF 20th Anniversary Gala Coverage

See coverage of LCF's 20th Anniversary Gala and Clean Fuel Leader Awards:

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Republic Services takes delivery of first electric refuse truck

10/6/2020 - Republic Services has taken delivery of its first Mack LR Electric waste collection truck. The keys were handed over during a virtual ceremony and press conference Oct. 6 at Mack Trucks headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The truck will be put into service on a residential route in Hickory, N.C., while Mack evaluates its performance before a commercial rollout in 2021.

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Dec. 3 LCF Stakeholder Training: Annual Fleet Fuel Use Reporting Webinar
Dec. 9 LCF WEBINAR: Preparing your Hometown for EVs Webinar
Jan. 20 LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting:  Future of Transportation Webinar
Jul. 29-Dec. 16 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo (Webinar Series) Online
Nov. 5-24 Keep Louisiana Beautiful 2020 Virtual Conference Online
May 6-9, 2021 Electrification 2020 International Conference & Expo Charlotte, NC
May 11-12, 2021 RNG Summit Washington, D.C.
Sept. 29-30, 2021 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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Massive $1.2B renewable diesel facility planned for Port of Greater Baton Rouge

11/8/20 - "The Port of Greater Baton Rouge is poised to approve at a special meeting tonight an agreement that will pave the way for the development of one of the largest renewable energy facilities in the region.

The long term lease, which is expected to be approved, will enable Grön Fuels of Houston to develop on 141 acres of port property a renewable diesel facility that, in its first phase alone, will produce approximately 60,000 barrels of renewable diesel fuel per day." (Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)


John Bel Edwards to address first climate emissions reduction task force meeting on Monday

11/8/20 - "Gov. John Bel Edwards will address his new Climate Initiatives Task Force, which is supposed to come up with ways to reach a statewide “net zero” level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, during its first meeting on Monday morning at the state Capitol.

In February, Edwards announced that he wanted to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025, a 40-50% reduction by 2030 and the net zero goal by 2050. In August, he issued an executive order setting up the 23-member task force, and ordered it to recommend strategies, policies and incentives by February 2022." (Nola.com)


Volvo LIGHTS Team Helps Facilitate Authorization for Public MDHD EV Charging Stations in California

10/29/20 - "Volvo Trucks North America today announced an important milestone in the path to the wide-scale electrification of medium- and heavy-duty trucks via the expansion of public charging options for fleet operators. Working in collaboration with its Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project partners—CALSTART, Trillium, and Greenlots—and other industry organizations, Volvo Trucks has helped facilitate the modification of California utility rules to give private entities the ability to sell electricity as a motor fuel at publicly accessible charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles (EVs)." (Volvo Lights)


ROUSH CLEANTECH DEPLOYS CLASS 6 BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLES

10/26/20 - "ROUSH CleanTech, known for its advanced clean transportation solutions, is providing Penske Truck Leasing with all-new Ford F-650 battery electric vehicles later this year for deployment across Southern California.

ROUSH CleanTech is backed by decades of electric vehicle engineering capability from parent company, Roush Enterprises. Roush’s expertise in electrification, partnering with companies like Canoo and FarmWise, includes production design, functional performance validation, compliance testing, assembly set up and vehicle second-stage manufacturing." (Source: ROUSH CleanTech)


NTEA Provides Update on Work Truck Week 2021

10/21/20 - "NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry announced it will not be possible to produce Work Truck Week in its traditional in-person format next year. North America’s largest work truck event, originally scheduled March 9–12, 2021, in Indianapolis, includes The Work Truck Show® and Green Truck Summit. While there are no plans to hold Work Truck Week virtually, NTEA is exploring new opportunities to share education and connect industry businesses. Work Truck Week will return to Indianapolis March 8–11, 2022." (NTEA)


In Case of Electric-Car Fire, Half of Fire Departments Are Unprepared

10/10/20 - "[A] new report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) [says]...that half of U.S. fire departments are not prepared to deal with an electric-vehicle fire. In fact, 31 percent said they don't have any kind of specific training for their firefighters to deal with hybrid or electric vehicles, and fully half said they have no post-crash protocols in place to deal with hybrid or electric vehicles.

The USFA says EV fires "can exceed 5000 degrees Fahrenheit" and 'applying water or foam may cause a violent flareup as the water molecules separate into explosive hydrogen and oxygen gases.' So training first responders to safely put out an EV fire is important as the number of EVs increases in the U.S. The NTSB says this just isn't happening yet." (Car and Driver)

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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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