On Aug. 26, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These funds will be matched by the grant recipients.
Projects funded by these grants will result in the addition of more than 9,000 light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using alternative fuels and technologies to the nation’s fleet. These grants will also fund the establishment of 542 refueling locations across the country. The vehicles and infrastructure being funded include the use of natural and renewable gas, propane, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity and hybrid technologies.
On Aug. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three ARRA grants totaling $20 million in funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program. According to the EPA, these grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment, protecting air quality and creating and retaining jobs in three communities across the country.
In its press release on the Clean Cities grants, the DOE said that “ …with the cost-share contributions from the recipients, every federal dollar spent will be matched by nearly two dollars from the project partners.” The original grant application required at least 50% cost-share by the recipients, but as a result of the way the cost-share is calculated, the final awards resulted in an even greater cost-share. For example, conversions required at least 50% of the cost to be contributed by the grant recipient, but for new vehicles, grants allowed federal funding of the entire “incremental ” cost while allowing the entire “base” cost of the vehicles to be counted as match.
Opportunities for NTEA Members
NTEA members are encouraged to review the approved grants, particularly those in their region, to learn what may be needed in order to accomplish the goals of the grant. Even if there are no grants in your state, you may want to check out the grants in neighboring states as some involve regional or multi-state agreements.
The work truck industry may benefit from the Clean Cities grants because they are targeted directly to truck users through the local Clean Cities coalitions. Incremental costs of alternative fuel systems, drive systems and fuel infrastructure will be covered by grant funds, making it more feasible for NTEA members to get involved. Also, the NTEA and Clean Cities have a progressive working relationship. The Ohio, Chicago, Central Indiana, Indiana South Shore, St. Louis and Wisconsin Clean Cities were supporters of the NTEA’s Green Truck Summit and The Work Truck Show in 2009.
How to Find More Information
The Clean Cities program is a government-industry partnership that works to reduce America’s petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Over the last 15 years, Clean Cities has established local coalitions across the country that promote the growth of alternative fuels and showcase the potential of advanced and energy-efficient vehicles.
Members can visit www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/about.html to learn more about Clean Cities and find program contacts.
Also, visit http://www.energy.gov/recovery/cleancities.htm to view award winners and their locations.
If you have any other questions about these grants, please call Doyle Sumrall, NTEA senior director of business development, at (740) 599-6806 or e-mail email@example.com.
Clean Cities Grants
Clean Cities Grants funded in the Aug. 26 announcement include:
- North Central Texas Council of Governments’ North Central Texas Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology
- South Coast Air Quality Management District’s UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project
- South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Initiative
- San Bernardino Associated Governments’ J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project: Made in America Initiative
- Maryland Energy Administration’s Maryland Hybrid Truck Goods Movement Initiative
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Statewide Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program for CNG, LPG, EV, and HEV Vehicles and Fueling Stations Initiative
- Clean Fuels Ohio’s Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership (OATP)
- Utah Clean Cities Coalition’s Clean Cities Transportation Sector Petroleum Reduction Technologies Program
- Clean Energy Coalition’s CEC Michigan Green Fleets Initiative
- Railroad Commission of Texas’ Texas Propane Fleet Pilot Program
- City of Chicago, Department of Environment’s Chicago Area Alternative Fuels Deployment Project
- Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
- Texas State Technical College’s Development of a National Liquid Propane (Autogas) Refueling Network, Clean School Bus/Vehicle Incentive & Green Jobs Outreach Program
- New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition’s New Jersey Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks, Shuttle Buses and Infrastructure
- Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition’s Long Island Regional Energy Collaborative Promoting a Green Economy through Clean Alternatives
- DeKalb County’s DeKalb County/Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project
- Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Paving the Way with Propane: The AutoGas Corridor Development Program
- State of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program
- Southern CA Assoc. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition’s Expanding California’s E85 Ethanol Fueling Infrastructure
- The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition’s Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project
- Metropolitan Energy Information Center’s Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project
- Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.’s Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project
- State of Indiana’s Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Implementation Plan
- Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s Hybrid Electric School Buses Provide New Horsepower for Kentucky
- Triangle J Council of Governments’ Carolinas Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative
SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Grants
The EPA ARRA SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Houston-Galveston Area Council: $9 million for a revolving loan program to clean up trucks at the Port of Houston through replacements and retrofits using SmartWay-verified technologies.
- Oregon-based Cascade Sierra Solutions: $9 million for revolving loan, lease or bond programs to replace older diesel trucks or upgrade them with clean, fuel-saving technologies, such as idle reduction equipment, fuel-efficient tires and aerodynamic devices.
- Louisville Jefferson Metro County Government: $2 million for a revolving loan program to replace, repower or retrofit older construction, agricultural and other non-road diesel equipment.
Overall, the Recovery Act allotted $300 million for the National Clean Diesel Campaign, $30 million of which will fund SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program grants.