It’s part of DOE’s Clean Cities initiative, which is designed to support community-led efforts to develop the infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles and reduce dependence on oil.
“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,” according to the DOE news release.
Here two examples of the twenty projects:
Columbus Ohio was awarded $499,918 for the Fast Track to Ohio AFV Adoption project. It “will streamline local and state processes for alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) procurement; incorporate AFVs into local Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs); create a compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder tracking system and Renewable Natural Gas Credit Purchase system; deliver technical and safety workshops on various fuels; and expand the Ohio Green Fleets program and the Ohio Natural Gas Vehicle and Propane Partnerships.”
Raleigh, North Carolina received $500,000 for the Alternative Fuel Implementation Team (AFIT) for North Carolina project. It “will develop petroleum reduction toolkits for fleets; collaborate with neighboring states on uniform road signage to indicate alternative fuel availability; and disseminate best practices among potential fleets and alternative fuel vehicle users by hosting a Southeastern alternative fuels symposium.”
More from the Clean Cities website:
Clean Cities helps vehicle fleets and consumers reduce their petroleum use. Clean Cities builds partnerships with local and statewide organizations in the public and private sectors to adopt:
- Alternative and renewable fuels
- Idle-reduction measures
- Fuel economy improvements
- New transportation technologies, as they emerge.
Clean Cities works to reduce U.S. reliance on petroleum in transportation by:
- Establishing local coalitions of public- and private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing petroleum use
- Identifying funding and financial opportunities to support Clean Cities projects
- Developing information resources that educate transportation decision makers about the benefits of using alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other measures that reduce petroleum consumption
- Reaching out to large fleets that operate in multiple states to help them reduce petroleum use
- Providing technical assistance to fleets deploying alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and idle reduction
- Analyzing data from industry partners and fleets to develop tools and information for the Alternative Fuels Data Center that help stakeholders reduce petroleum consumption
- Working with industry partners and fleets to identify and address technology barriers to reducing petroleum use.
Larry Ehl is the founder and publisher of Transportation Issues Daily. In the public sector, Larry was Federal Relations Manager for Washington State DOT; Chief of Staff to US Senator Slade Gorton; and was twice elected to the Edmonds School Board.