Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance News

December 2022

Our Warmest Wishes for the Holidays!

Coalition Activities

Join Lone Star Clean Fuels & CAPCOG for an EV Readiness Roundtable Webinar with Smart Charge America

Join us in a Roundtable with Austin’s own Smart Charge America. They’ll share their best practices for siting and installling charging with ample time for questions and discussion.

Thursday, December 8th
12:00p – 12:45p CT

LSCFA attended the Department of Energy's 2022 National Clean Cities Training Workshop in Denver during November.

Over 75 Coalitions were represented along with DOE and national lab staff. Lots of information and training was provided along with snow. (Bonus points if you can locate Elizabeth Munger in the picture.)

State & National News

Treasury, IRS Seek Input on Alternative Fuel Vehicles Tax Incentives

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued notices requesting public input on key tax incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act, including those related to commercial clean vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property, and clean hydrogen and clean fuel production. Here's a copy of the request. Of interest to the biofuel and bioenergy industries, the newly signed law establishes new tax credits for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), clean transportation fuels and clean hydrogen. It also extends several existing tax credits that benefit transportation biofuels, such as renewable diesel and biodiesel, and includes funding for biofuel infrastructure development.

2023 Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just released the 2023 Fuel Economy Guide. The Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2023 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers.

U.S. Laboratories Research Biofuel Solutions for Different Engine Types

Biofuel is closer to becoming a cost-competitive, climate-friendly solution for slashing carbon emissions in cars and trucks, according to two new studies. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) on the research. Results showed that biofuel combined with advanced engine design can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by roughly 60% while improving fuel efficiency or reducing tailpipe emissions. Read the rest of the article here.


TCEQ TERP Grant Programs and Opening Dates

FY 2022 – 2023

Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG)
Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program (TNGVGP)
Seaport & Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program (SPRY)
Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP)
Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)
Rebate Grants Program
Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCSB)
Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP)
New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)
Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet Grant Program (GAFF)

Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

TCEQ is now accepting applications under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP). 
The TNGVGP provides grants to encourage an entity that owns and operates a heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicle to repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine or replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle.
Applications will be accepted for consideration on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received by TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time on March 31, 2023.

Electric Forklifts and Port Cargo Handling Equipment: Opening Soon
Electric Airport Ground Support Equipment: Opening Soon




EV Readiness Fleet Manager Roundtables are Back!

Fleet Managers – grab your virtual seat for an invitation to our EV Readiness Manager Roundtable Webinars: January 12, March 14.  Sign up here

Wondering how to How to Claim Your Natural Gas & Propane Federal Motor Fuel Tax Credit?

Check out last month’s webinar and resource sheet with Heather Ball of the Texas Natural Gas Foundation here.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has extended the $0.50/Gallon Natural Gas/Propane Federal Tax Credit through December 31, 2024.  

If you own natural gas or propane vehicles or forklifts and fuel at your refueling site, you are eligible to claim the credit. This includes public fleets, non-profits and private companies. You do not need to pay taxes to claim.

Register for the 17th Annual Energy Independence Summit in D.C.

Join Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) in Washington D.C. February 13-15 for the largest clean transportation Summit with Congressional, Administration, industry, and coalition leaders. Annually Clean Cities Coalitions like Lone Star Clean Fuels join with TEP and industry partners for:

  • Information on new trends, technologies, and opportunities in the clean transportation industry, 
  • Meetings with top federal agency leaders and, 
  • Capitol Hill Day meetings with more than 300 House and Senate offices to educate decisionmakers about the importance of federal clean transportation incentives and investments.

Learn more here.

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