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2018 Transportation Technology Deployment Report

Every year, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collects data from the 100 or so Clean Cities Coalitions nationwide and compiles an annual report along with DOE combining the information. NREL and DOE analyze the data and translate them into petroleum-use and greenhouse gas reduction impacts for individual coalitions and the program as a whole.

Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance will be contacting you, our stakeholders, for information on your 2018 efforts to reduce petroleum consumption.  Everything is important to us, as this is important to our area’s air quality efforts.  LSCFA will begin collecting data in January regarding sales of alternative fuels, deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, idle-reduction initiatives, fuel economy activities, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled.  

Our data will then be combined with national data to produce the 2018 Transportation Technology Deployment Report.  This report is a BIG deal to the US Department of Energy, and they are very strict about their deadlines.

Please help us submit our data on time by responding to our phone calls and emails.

Lone Star Clean Fuels Stakeholders win Air Central Texas Awards

The Leander and Eanes Independent School District Transportation Departments have been selected as joint recipients of Air Central Texas’s 2018 Outstanding Organization Award. Ray Whisenant, Hays County Commissioner, presented the awards to Ann Hatton, Leander’s Director of Transportation, Jeremy Trimble, Eanes’s COO and Fritz Klabunde, Eanes’s Director of Transportation at a luncheon in conjunction with the CAPCOG General Assembly meeting in December in Austin.  You can read more about Air Central Texas, this and other awards here.

Clean Cities Continuing 25th Anniversary Celebration

The National Clean Cities program turned 25 this year, and the celebration will continue throughout 2019. Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance is part of the nearly 100 local Clean Cities organizations across the US.  Clean Cities coalitions foster the economic, environmental, and energy security of the United States by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies. 

As part of the festivities, DOE is collecting 30-second video testimonials from stakeholders across the country.   We would love to collect testimonials from you, our stakeholders, to submit and to show locally.  Here are the instructions for filming and submitting one.

Legislators will address TERP in Upcoming Session

The House Appropriations Committee met in May 2018 to discuss the TERP program and fund. The 86th Legislature may discuss several uses of and changes to the program’s funding in 2019, including allocating more of the funds collected for the program to TCEQ, extending the funding mechanisms that direct revenue to the TERP account beyond the end of fiscal 2019, or redirecting TERP funds to other budget items.
Read the rest of the article here.

VW Environmental Trust

Months after state officials proposed practically shutting Central Texas out of a plan to divvy up millions of dollars related to a Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has released a revised allocation that will direct $16.3 million to Austin and neighboring communities.
Read the statewide plan for distributing the funds on the TCEQ  website.

Meet Our Newest Member Rocky Chavez Business Development at ONE Gas

ONE Gas is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma and provides natural gas distribution services to more than 2 million customers. Its divisions include Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service – the third largest gas utility in Texas in terms of customers.
Across his 3-state service area, Rocky works with a variety of industry and local partners to identify opportunities for fleet customers to save money using medium and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Several of the TERP grants in our grant section below can be used for Natural Gas Vehicle Projects. LSCFA is always looking for grant opportunities.  Please contact Rocky at rocky.chavez@onegas.com or ‭(405) 637-8685 or LSCFA atinfo@lonestarcfa.org if you have questions.
Did you know? Texas Gas Service has over 70 of its natural gas vehicles out and about here in Central Texas.