LCF December 2020 Newsletter Print

Clean Fuel Stakeholders, Members, and Enthusiasts:

Happy Holidays!

I believe strongly that once we are all back on the road at expos, workshops, client meetings, networking, and ribbon cuttings, that we will look back at this time with a mixture of relief (that it's over) and nostalgia. 2020 has been a year full of challenges and opportunities. 

I'm excited to say that real progress is still being made despite the challenges. Whether we are able to meet in person, (with proper social distancing etiquette in place) or via web meetings like Zoom or Teams, our clean fuel stakeholders are working diligently to implement projects and conduct critical planning and research that help move the needle in the right direction.

We did not slow down one bit in 2020. In fact, we were busier than ever delivering top-notch educational webinars and developing our first-ever PSA and 20th Anniversary commemorative video. Check out our "Year in Review" infographic and visit our YouTube Channel to see what you may have missed.

I am also excited to announce that I have been invited to join the Governor's Task Force on Climate in the Transportation Committee. We will work together with a fantastic team of experts to make recommendations to the main Task Force on how Louisiana can reduce its transportation emissions and help the state meet its goals of being Net Zero by 2050. Learn more about the task force in the article below.

Save the Date: This year, our Annual Stakeholder meeting will be held in a virtual format on February 10th from 11 AM - 1 PM. We will miss being able to network with you over lunch, but the updates and information will be just as fantastic as always. More information on this annual meeting will be forthcoming.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Ann Vail
Executive Director, LCF

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It's the LCF Membership Dues Drive!

Louisiana Clean Fuels is a member-supported Clean Cities Coalition that values the contributions of its members and partners. We invite you to become part of our coalition and join or renew your membership with LCF today.

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:


LCF's 2020 Annual Reporting Begins Soon

Each year, Louisiana Clean Fuels reaches out to fleets like yours in our territory who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year. The information we gather is used to compile our Annual Report, which gives us insight into how our stakeholders are using alternative fuels and reducing emissions.

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?

*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 give you an opportunity to ask questions.


LCF Webinar: First Responder Safety Training: Intro to Alternative Fuel Vehicles


LCF Annual Stakeholder Meeting Webinar

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LCF would like to extend a warm welcome to our new 2021 member, FreeWire, joining at the Bronze level!

It's the LCF Annual Membership Drive! Now is the time to join or renew your membership! See our Join page or login to your member account for more information or to renew your membership! If you have any questions, email [email protected].


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FreeWire Technologies and Envision AESC Announce Partnership in Developing Innovative Battery-Integrated Products to Meet EV Charging Demand

12/7/20 - FreeWire Technologies, an innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging and power solutions provider, and Envision AESC, a trusted battery technology supplier, have announced a partnership to enable the rapid adoption of ultrafast EV charging and mobile power products. This unique pairing will accelerate where ultrafast charging is available, which promotes electric vehicle adoption and creates strong alignment between the companies.


XL Fleet Launches Pilot Program with Essential Utilities, Inc. to Electrify its Utility Fleet

12/11/20 -  XL Fleet, a leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, today announced that Essential Utilities, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states under the Aqua and Peoples brands, is launching a pilot program to electrify its two most popular commercial GM vehicle platforms with the XLH™ hybrid electric drive system.


Republic Services Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices for Fifth Consecutive Year

11/23/20 - Republic Services, Inc. was named to both the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and North America Indices for the fifth consecutive year. The recognition highlights Republic's ongoing commitment to long-term economic, governance, environmental and social objectives.

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DOE Announces $60 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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.

 


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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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.

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GOVERNOR EDWARDS FORMS CLIMATE INITIATIVES TASK FORCE

By Emily Devereaux, LCF Intern

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards established the Climate Initiatives Task Force in November 2020 with Executive Order 2020-18 to investigate and make recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Louisiana. The task force will also be supported by a number of relevant committees, including the Transportation Committee. Louisiana Clean Fuels Executive Director Ann Vail is a member of this committee and is excited to help shape a greener future for Louisiana.


How Might Electric Vehicles Affect Electrical Loads? Expanded Online Tool Provides Quick Answer

By Juliane Ding, LCF Intern

With the rising popularity of Electric Vehicles, the tools have advanced to handle the demand for accommodating the sheer number of EV’s. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers have expanded the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) Lite tool to include more analytic capabilities.


2021 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just released the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide. The Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2021 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers.

 

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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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A new EV battery shows big promise

12/8/20 - Meet QuantumScape, a battery company that's been in stealth for a decade while its team has worked on developing what the industry calls a solid-state, lithium-metal battery. The solid-state moniker refers to the elimination of the liquid electrolyte, which in traditional batteries fills the cell and is used for charging and discharging. 


LUS seeking bids for solar power

12/4/20 - Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) is seeking bids to procure up to 300 MW of solar power from projects located within the state of Louisiana. The Request for Proposal (RFP) is a result of LUS's recent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the recommendations for LUS to pursue long-term renewable resources.


How to Shift Freight Electrification into High Gear

11/12/20 - The Electrification Coalition (EC) published a new report, titled Electrifying Freight: Pathways to Accelerating the Transition. This new report lays out the most pressing obstacles to widespread freight electrification in the U.S. while offering early actionable solutions that stakeholders can take to overcome these barriers.


Cummins, Navistar to Develop Fuel-Cell Class 8 Truck

11/11/20 - Cummins and Navistar announced they will work together to develop a Class 8 electric truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells, to be tested in the real world by Werner Enterprises.

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There are many myths surrounding alternative fuel vehicles, and LCF is here to help you sort out fact from fiction. This month's myth busting tackles CNG:

Want more Fast Facts? View our newly published document to learn Fast Facts about Alternative Fuels!

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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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