NEWS: Louisiana Office of Community Development opens application period for the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program
All parishes in the South Central Region are eligible to apply (Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary and Terrebonne) SCPDC staff can assist in the preparation and administration of the LCDBG Program that funds water, wastewater and road improvements in low and moderate income neighborhoods. It also provides assistance for funding emergency and economic development related activities.
Stephanie Brüning (email@example.com or 985-851-2900)
Pat Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 985-851-2900)
For more information, you may also visit http://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/ocd/Index.aspx
DE-FOA-0001701: NOTICE OF INTENT FOR FY 2017 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM WIDE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
The notice for DE-FOA-0001701 can be found at the links below.
- exchange: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId2debc7ce-747c-4aa2-b81f-ed67eb394098
- Grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290129
DE-FOA-0001706: NOTICE OF INTENT FOR “FY 2017 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT”
The Vehicle Technologies Office seeks to accelerate the development and widespread use of cutting-edge, advanced transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Research, development, and deployment efforts focus on a broad portfolio that includes vehicle electrification, advanced engines and fuels, lightweight materials, and other technologies that enable transportation energy efficiency.
VTO seeks to encourage highly-innovative, highly-leveraged, and scalable deployment projects that significantly increase the use of advanced electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, as well as “smart mobility” projects that focus on transportation system-level opportunities to achieve technology-enabled highly energy efficient mobility systems.
It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:
1.) Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects
The objective of this area of interest is to accelerate the adoption of commercially available advanced electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles and supporting infrastructure through community-based partnerships among state and local governments and the private sector. These projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum, increase local fuel diversification, and catalyze the adoption of clean transportation technologies in other communities through the sharing of best practices and the collection and sharing of data.
2.) Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Projects
The objective of this area of interest is to develop and implement projects, models, and tools that demonstrate and assess the return on investment (ROI) of energy efficient mobility systems that holistically reduces energy consumption while delivering the benefits of new mobility technology. Projects could include, but are not limited to:
- “Living Lab” projects that invite communities to propose how they integrate advanced electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles and/or smart technologies in a holistic approach that maximizes improvement in energy efficiency.
- Projects that demonstrate and assess the efficacy and return on investment (ROI) of electrification and shared mobility initiatives or other new mobility concepts or technologies that improves energy efficiency.
The notice for DE-FOA-0001706 can be found at the links below.
Energy Department Announces Nearly $25 Million to Enable Innovative Electrical Motors Used in Manufacturing
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance, and reducing weight. This effort will support innovative approaches that will significantly improve the technology in industrial electric motors, which use approximately 70 percent of the electricity consumed by U.S. manufacturers and nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed nationally. Read more…
On November 28th, the EPA released the final 2017 RFS volumes which raised the total amount of biofuels required for blending into gasoline and diesel from 18.1 billion gallons in 2016 to 19.28 billion gallons (15 billion gallons of corn ethanol). The 2018 biodiesel mandate was left unchanged from the proposal at 2.1 billion gallons earlier this year. Although this increase represents a 10.7 percent ethanol blend, PMAA believes that refiners will continue to use RIN credits to maintain E10 blended gasoline for the foreseeable future. (via LOMCSA)
EPA set the Cellulosic Biofuel obligation at 311 million gallons (EGEs)
(Via RNG Coalition) The final rule cellulosic requirement is one million gallons fewer than appeared in the proposed rule, but is a 35% increase over 2016. While the Final Rule reflects an increase in renewable natural gas volume compared to the proposed rule, the cellulosic category remained relatively constant in the Final Rule due to a drop in projected cellulosic ethanol volume.
EPA set the 2017 Standard for Advanced Biofuels at 4.28 billion gallons.
The D5 volume for 2017 is 280 million gallons more than in appeared the proposed rule. It is an increase of more than an 18% above 2016.
The full volumes from the Final Rule are:
In May, EPA proposed a cellulosic biofuel obligation of 312 million gallons and an advanced biofuel obligation of 4 billion gallons. EPA submitted its final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget in mid-October. RNG Coalition staff met with OMB and EPA on November 8, and pointed to new commitments for 2017 RNG as reflected in the RNG Coalition’s updated data submission.
Conversations with EPA staff earlier today confirm that EPA and OMB accepted the RNG Coalition’s data submission and arguments. If the RNG industry had not demonstrated additional volume for 2017, the overall cellulosic biofuel obligation would have decreased more significantly.
View the Final Rule HERE.
Read more about the Final Rule HERE.