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Newsletter, December 2014
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Member Drive!


LSCFA is holding our first member drive, join us today!

LSCFA is your link to technological expertise, government policy developments, and project facilitation assistance. We are connected to equipment manufacturers, fuel suppliers, fleet managers, planners, engineers and industry associations nationwide.


Become a part of the clean fuel team and support us in our efforts to help fleets and individuals switch to affordable, cleaner burning, and domestically produced alternative fuels.

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A Letter from Our Director


Hello LSCFA Supporting Members, Stakeholders, and Friends,
 
 As I write this letter, I am in Golden Colorado at the National Renewable Energy Lab along with  75 other Coordinators from around the US for our annual Peer  Exchange and Coordinator Training.   Here, we are brought up to speed on changes within DOE,  new tools to share with  our stakeholders, filled in on new technologies, learn new fleet success stories, and  appreciate special recognitions, and honor milestones achieved. 
 
In  2014, Clean Cities  stakeholders (like you) helped  pass the  1 billion gge mark!  This is tremendous progress and puts us closer to our goal of 2.5 billion gge by 2020 set back in 2005.  This goal is based on a 15% annual growth for which coalitions are on target.  How do we know?  This information comes straight from the  Annual Report   that you  submit each  March.  Look for information on the 2014 Annual Report later this month.
 
So what does 2.5 billion gge look like?  Well, this is half the amount of oil imported from Iraq in 2013.  It is one third the amount of oil imported from Russia in 2013, three times the amount of oil imported from Lybia in 2013, and twice the amount of oil imported from India in 2013.

As LSCFA looks forward to another year of progress and activity, this office will continue to serve the Central Texas stakeholders to create possibilities and opportunities to make a difference in our air, our environment, our Texas economy, and our national security. Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance is THE Clean Cities Coalition serving Central Texas. 
 
Stacy Neef
Executive Director
Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance
Clean Cities Coalition

Clean Cities 2013 Annual Metrics Report 


National Clean Cities also recently released the full 2013 Annual Report, written by NREL.  This Annual Report documents our billion gallon accomplishment in
2013 as well as many others.  Download the full report.

Central Texas News 

Proposed Ozone Standards Pose a Challenge for Central Texas



Source: Capital Area Council of Governments

AUSTIN, TX -- Proposed new national ground-level ozone standards put Central Texas at risk of being designated a “nonattainment” area by 2017. However, ongoing regional air quality planning efforts could make the difference in preserving the region’s attainment status. On November 26, 2014, the U.S. Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed tightening the “primary” ozone standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to between 65-70 ppb to protect public health and welfare. Ozone levels in Central Texas are currently within the range proposed by EPA for the standards.

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Texas Earns Poor Marks in Analysis of     Energy Use



Source: Fuel Fix
Financial research website WalletHub ranks Texans among the contiguous United States' least efficient energy consumers.
In the categories of vehicle fuel efficiency and home energy usage, Texas ranked 45th, with Kentucky, Louisiana and South Carolina trailing behind. Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, California and Rhode Island took the lead.

Based on Federal Highway Administration data, the site's analysis says Texans have traveled the second-most number of miles this year -- more than 237.8 billion -- and used the second-most gallons of vehicle fuel at 16.8 billion gallons.
 
Although California beat Texas in both categories -- 326.2 billion miles and 17.3 billion gallons of fuel -- drivers there racked up more miles per gallon. Texas' average is 14 miles per gallon; California's is nearly 19.
 
The most fuel-efficient states got about 20 miles per gallon: North Carolina and Florida.
 
Texas leads the country so far this year in electricity usage at 219 million kilowatt-hours, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. California ranks second with 145 million kWh; Florida comes in third with 129 million (Joshua Cain, Fuel Fix, Oct. 7).

Stakeholder News

Propane Council of Texas Ups Incentives for Business Fleets


The Propane Council of Texas—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives to Texas businesses who upgrade their fleet vehicles to the globally-recognized alternative fuel. The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) now offers up to a $7,500 incentive per new propane vehicle purchased or converted to propane autogas by a private fleet. This is an increase from what was previously allowed for aftermarket conversions. The program cap is $15,000 per private fleet. In return for the incentive(s), vehicle incentive recipients will be required to provide data on their business fleet.
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CleanFUEL USA Announces Availability of Mass Flow Meter Technology


CleanFUEL USA, an industry leader in propane autogas technology, today announced the addition of mass flow meter technology to its technologically advanced line of propane autogas refueling dispensers. Global demand is high for mass flow technology, the most advanced meter technology in the world, and CleanFUEL USA is offering immediate availability for the first time in the United States and worldwide.
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Florida Welcomes First E15 Ethanol Stations 

Protec Fuel has partnered to help manage the ethanol blends installation and help provide fuel for the location’s new cleaner-burning fuels. “We are proud to help introduce American-made ethanol into the fuel pool through E15 in Florida,” said Steve Walk, VP of Business Development, “especially as it’s a higher performance fuel at 88- octane. It’s so convenient for drivers to make a difference - you  can use E15 interchangeably with gas if you’re driving a 2001 or newer model.”
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Grants at a Glance


Nissan Leaf Special

  • Nissan is offering a free home charger with the purchase or lease of a 2013 Nissan LEAF or newer in Dallas-Fort Austin & San Antonio, a $900 value. If you are interested in learning more please contact at stacy.neef@lonestarcfa.org.

Drayage Truck Incentive Program (DTIP)

  • The purpose of the DTIP is to provide financial incentives for the replacement of older drayage trucks operating at seaports and Class I rail yards in areas of Texas designated as nonattainment areas under the Federal Clean Air Act. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., May 29, 2015. Apply

National Propane Commercial Mower Incentive Doubles

  • The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers incentives for cleaner-burning propane commercial lawn mowers to landscapers nationwide on mowers with 32 to 72 inches in deck size. Propane commercial mowers are available from Ariens/Gravely, Big Dog, Bob-Cat, Exmark, Ferris, Husqvarna, Hustler, Kubota, John Deere, R & R Products, SCAG, Snapper Pro, Toro, Ventrac, Wright, and Zipper.
  • For a limited time, from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The below incentive amounts are DOUBLED. This applies to the national propane mower incentive program only. Apply

Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive (LDPLI) Program

  • Statewide program to provide financial incentives for the purchase or lease of an eligible alternative fuel vehicle. See a list of eligible vehicles, learn more about how to apply.

Clean Transportation Triangle (CTT) Program and Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP)

  • The CTT program provides grants for the creation of natural gas fueling stations in the 63 CTT-eligible counties. The AFFP provides grants for the construction, gas reconstruction, or acquisition of facilities to store, compress, or dispense alternative fuel in the 18 Texas non-attainment counties and in El Paso County.
  • See if your county is included, learn more about how to apply.

For more grant information please visit the following resources:

Upcoming Events

12/16-18 :  Texas Turfgrass Conference & Tradeshow - Fort Worth


The Texas Turfgrass Conference & Tradeshow provides an opportunity to interact with over 1,000 professional turfgrass management personnel from golf courses, commercial lawn care companies, schools, parks and recreation departments, cemeteries, sports facilities and others as well as turfgrass farmers.

May 4-7 : ACT EXPO 2015 - Dallas


Save the Date for the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo and Conference!

State and National News

Reducing Petroleum,
One Billion Gallons at a Time



Source: Clean Cities Program

What has nine zeros? A billion.
And what does that have to do with the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program?
Well, in 2013 alone, the program and its stakeholders saved more than one billion gallons of petroleum!
This is the first year that Clean Cities’ efforts have reduced that much petroleum in a single year, bringing its cumulative petroleum reduction up to more than 6.4 billion gallons...

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Four Cellulosic Ethanol Breakthroughs
Source: DOE, Bioenergies Technologies Office

Agricultural and forestry waste like corn stover and lawn clippings can be used as a source of sustainable fuel to power vehicles of all types—even racecars and airplanes. This non-food biomass contains the raw materials and molecular compounds needed to create cellulosic ethanol, a fuel source that has the potential to slash carbon emissions by more than 80% when replacing gasoline…
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CNG Vehicle Fueling Animation

From the Alternative Fuels Data Center:
Use this interactive animation to learn more about how the outside temperature and fill speeds affect the final fill volume in compressed natural gas vehicle tanks.

Check it out!

Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles



Source: Green Fleet Magazine

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has implemented a policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule covers hundreds of vehicles across the city and is expected to reduce emissions and save money.

Several months of analysis shows the new rule will save tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. These savings are expected to multiply when the new policy is also extended to other city departments. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio announced the policy on Nov. 24.

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More News From Clean Cities

Vetting Aftermarket Systems and Devices 


How can I determine whether an alternative fuel conversion system or other aftermarket device claiming to improve fuel economy or reduce emissions has been appropriately certified or verified?

Find out!

Revamped Search Tool Serves Up Alternative Vehicle Options Faster


The Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search makes it easier than ever to browse alternative fuel vehicle and hybrid options.

Tired of slogging through Google results to find out what types of alternative fuel vehicles are available? If you're in the market to green your fleet, then look no further than the new Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Search, where searching for vehicles both large and small is simple.

Learn more

Federal Plug-In Vehicle Tax Credit Phase-Out 


How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?


Find out
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