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DOE Awards $11 Million to 'Rev Up' Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs
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November 19, 2012

DOE Awards $11 Million to 'Rev Up' Alternative Fuel Vehicle Programs

By Cheryl Kaften
TMCnet Contributor

As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department (DOE) is awarding $11 million in funding to 20 new projects across 17 states that will cut red tape and develop the infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) – including cars and trucks that run on natural gas, electricity and propane.

“Building a clean and secure U.S. transportation system that leverages our domestic energy sources will give American families, businesses and communities more options and reduce fueling costs,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  “At the same time, these projects will help lead the way to further reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and protecting our nation’s air and water.”

Through the DOE’s Clean Cities initiative, these projects address a range of community infrastructure and training needs, such as providing safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders and code officials; streamlining permitting and procurement processes; and helping public and private fleets integrate petroleum reduction strategies into their operations.

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For example, the City of Austin, Texas, has been selected for an award of $500,000 to streamline infrastructure procurement, conduct electric and natural gas vehicle safety training, host workshops to help fleet users in the San Antonio and Austin region, and organize training seminars on multi-family housing and workplace electric vehicle charging.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco will receive $1 million to fund the California Fleets and Workplace Alternative Fuels Project – a statewide effort to develop templates and best practices for permitting AFV refueling infrastructure, collaborate with colleges on first-responder training, promote workplace EV charging and work with fleets to implement petroleum reduction strategies.

In Kansas City, Missouri, the Metropolitan Energy Center will leverage a federal investment of approximately $815,000 in to support vocational training programs for code officials and fleet managers – including managers at local colleges and technical schools – and also will establish a Green Fleet Technical Assistance and Certification program for the region.

Greater Portland Council of Governments in Maine will use its $725,703 award to fund the project, Removing Barriers, Implementing Policies and Advancing Alternative Fuels Markets in New England, with a goal of diversifying the availability of transportation fuels across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Project activities will include harmonizing alternative fuel vehicle permitting, regulations and safety protocols among northern New England states; evaluating regulations that inhibit the use of alternative fuels; and coordinating standards for fuel quality assessment and labeling.

Find the full list of projects here.

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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo

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