5 Ways Alternative Fuels Aid Response to Hurricanes and Natural Disasters

Back-to-back hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated parts of Houston and Florida and left millions of residents in the dark. The long lines and “out of fuel” gas station signs are reminders that most of the transportation sector still relies on gasoline and diesel. However, in a number of cities and states, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) are playing a big role in responding to natural disasters and improving emergency preparedness.

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2016 ACT EXPO Summary, Hosted in Long Beach,  May 2-6

ACT Expo 2016

The 2016 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Southern California demonstrated the incredible momentum taking place across the transportation industry to lessen dependence on fossil fuels, improve air quality, and mitigate our impact on climate change. The show shined a spotlight on the trends and technologies transforming the future of transportation—including the importance of corporate sustainability, increasing rollout of policies in favor of reducing vehicle emissions, and the advancement of zero- emission vehicles, low carbon fuels, autonomous and connected vehicles, fuel ef ciency technologies, car sharing, drone delivery, and much more.

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We invite you to save the dates for next year! Set for May 1-4, ACT Expo 2017 will return to the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California.


US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Updates

Does your employer offer charging for employees’ plug-in electric vehicles? Workplace charging offers numerous benefits to employers, such as demonstrating their industry leadership, providing a unique employee benefit, and increasing their environmental sustainability. This month, the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) was pleased to make multiple announcements about the EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge. In addition, VTO’s Clean Cities program also released a Notice of Intent for a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Workplace Charging Reaches New Heights
Last Tuesday, the Workplace Charging Challenge held its first ever Summit, bringing together about 100 Partner partner organizations, ambassadors, and other interested stakeholders. At the Summit, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Assistant Secretary Dave Danielson announced the Challenge has signed up more than 150 partners, a vast increase from the original 13 partners less than two years ago. In addition to the partners, there are also 16 ambassador organizations, and numerous Clean Cities coalitions working to support and promote workplace charging. The newest ambassador is the Edison Electric Institute, which at a separate event at the White House announced an Employee Adoption and Education Initiative to encourage its member utilities to install electric vehicle charging for their employees.

At the Summit, the Challenge also released its first ever Workplace Charging Challenge Progress Update. Based on a survey of partners, the Update shows that Challenge partners are providing access to PEV charging stations for more than 600,000 employees at more than 300 worksites all across the country. These charging stations provide 6.7 million kWh annually, which saves more than 800,000 gallons of gasoline and 5.5 million pounds of GHG per year. That’s the equivalent of removing nearly 1,500 average cars from U.S. roads.

Other new resources available at the Summit include:

A toolkit to inform employees about workplace charging
A charging station procurement guide
A guide to meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for workplace charging stations.
Learn more about the Summit and how to participate in the Workplace Charging Challenge through an EERE blog post on the event or the Challenge’s website.

Clean Cities Notice of Intent for Potential Funding Opportunity

Recently, Energy Department Secretary Moniz announced a notice of intent to support pilot aggregated purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Aggregated purchasing, in which customers are “gathered” to maximize their collective buying power, can expand product availability and take advantage of volume pricing to help accelerate market growth. Learn more about the notice of intent on the EERE Exchange website.

How can I get Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at my work place?


CARB News Release

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved funding plan for low Carbon, zero-emission vehicles; improves ‘car scrap’ program

$100 million will benefit disadvantaged communities

Highlights of the plan include:

Clean Cars
$116 million to support the highly successful Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which offers rebates directly to consumers who purchase zero-emission and near-zero-emission passenger cars.
Fuel-cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen, are now eligible for $5,000 per vehicle.

$9 million for pilot programs, such as car sharing, to help consumers in disadvantaged communities access new clean-vehicle technologies, and to provide emissions benefits where they are most needed.

Low Carbon Trucks and Buses
$85 million with a focus on freight for advanced technology heavy-duty vehicle and equipment deployments and demonstrations in

disadvantaged communities.
$10 million to $15 million in incentives for the purchase of heavy-duty hybrid and electric vehicles, such as delivery trucks.
$20 million to $25 million for large-scale pilot projects to provide robust demonstrations of zero-emission technologies in the freight and transit sectors.

$50 million for advanced technology freight demonstration projects, including zero-emission drayage trucks (that service ports).
Truck Loan Assistance Program

$10 million for continued funding of the Truck Loan Assistance Program, which helps smaller truck fleets that have difficulty obtaining loans to upgrade their trucks. It provides enhanced credit assurance so small fleets can access loans for trucks with clean-diesel technologies.

Separately, the Board adopted amendments to improve its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP), or ‘car scrap,’ program. The EFMP’s successful retirement-only component incentivizes California motorists to voluntarily retire older, higher polluting vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks.

Changes to the retirement-only portion of the program include:
Limiting the program to low-income residents, meeting the directive of SB 459 that EFMP focus on low-income participants.
Each vehicle to be scrapped must complete a Smog Check test to demonstrate (pass or fail) that it is road worthy and therefore retiring it will provide real air quality benefits.

A new air district administered retire-and-replace pilot program, offered in the South Coast and San Joaquin air basins, is set to launch later this year.

The program allows air districts the flexibility to address regional needs by piloting various approaches to the program.
Incentives will be offered on a sliding scale from as high as $4,500 toward the purchase of a used hybrid vehicle or other vehicle that gets at least 35 miles per gallon or other new or used plug-in hybrid. Plus, enhanced incentives, approved as part of the annual AQIP funding plan could provide additional financial assistance for the purchase of a replacement vehicle.

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New Online Tool Provides State and Local Energy Data at Your Fingertips

June 26, 2014

Community Renewable Energy Deployment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data provided can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects.

By entering a city and state or zip code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare to the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources including the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL.

Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

This service is provided to you at no charge by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

June 14, 2014

GREENFLEET: Posted on Jun 13, 2014 by Stephane Babcock

Lessons Learned from Clean Cities Community EV Readiness Projects

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program funded 16 state programs as part of its Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure awards, which totaled $8.5 million. The projects were envisioned as a way to streamline the further implementation of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in communities around the country.

“As a department, we continue to have a really strong interest in communities becoming ready for electric plug-in vehicles, and, if they are ready, we want them to progress because there is a lot communities have to do,” said Linda Bluestein, the U.S. DOE’s national Clean Cities co-director.

The idea for the program stemmed from a 2010 public meeting where Bluestein and her team learned that certain communities were already creating partnerships and developing best practices to deal with the increase in EV production.

“But, this was only in certain areas of the country, and they were only at the beginning stages of planning. We wanted to move this forward because we saw that the floodgates were going to open and all these plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) were going to be on the market,” Bluestein explained. “The worst thing that could happen is a lack of knowledge by the dealer that sells them or by the consumer that wants to buy them or people that permit for home charger installations, or even vehicle maintenance.”

By combining the right education and the right best practices, Bluestein believed this would be something that communities could “sail past” and implement infrastructure and implementation.

“You want to advance the regulation and the codes in these areas so that best practices are put into place along the way,” Bluestein added.

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