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New 'Clean Cities' Grants to Help Make Fleets Greener

August 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Energy Secretary Steven Chu 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. 

These projects, he said, will speed the transformation of the nation's vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicles on the road, and establishing 542 refueling locations across the country. The Department of Energy also estimated the projects will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year. 

"The Clean Cities program is helping give state and local governments the tools they need to build a greener transportation system that will create new jobs and help to put America on the path to a clean energy future," said Chu. "Advancing the number of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the road will increase our energy security, decrease our dependence on oil, and reduce pollution across the country." 

Under the Recovery Act, the Clean Cities program will fund a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle technologies, such as hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles. In addition, funding will support refueling infrastructure for various alternative fuel vehicles, including biofuels and natural gas. Other efforts under the Clean Cities program include public education and training initiatives to further the program's goal of reducing the national demand for petroleum. 

The projects announced by Secretary Chu will support a combined total of more than 9,000 light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles and establish 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. And with the cost share contributions from the recipients, every federal dollar spent will be matched by nearly two dollars from the project partners. 

Earlier, the Department of Energy had announced the selection of 23 projects for up to $15 million in annual appropriations funding. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education. 

Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership that works to reduce America's petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Over the past 15 years, the Clean Cities program has established local coalitions across the country that promote the growth of alternative fuels and showcase the potential of advanced and energy efficient vehicles. 

The new projects are selections for financial award. The final details and funding level of each project is subject to modification, based on further contract negotiations between the selected entity and DOE. 

The award winners are:

North Central Texas Council of Governments' North Central Texas Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology. The project will deploy refueling stations and alternative fuel vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The project includes a portfolio of different technologies and fuels, including B20 (three stations), ethanol E85 (three stations), compressed natural gas (three stations and 97 vehicles), electricity (four recharging sites and 34 vehicles), and 251 hybrid electric vehicles. In addition to the city fleets, high mileage and high-visibility fleets are included, such as Coca-Cola, Sysco, Frito Lay, school districts and taxis. DOE estimated that this project will help displace approximately 1.3 million gallons of petroleum annually.
Total DOE award: $13,181,171

South Coast Air Quality Management District's UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The project will complete a long-planned regional liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling corridor across the southwestern U.S., making the final connection between the existing public-access LNG fuel infrastructure in Southern California and the LNG fuel stations being developed in Utah. The project will provide a 700-mile LNG fueling corridor along one of the nation's most heavily traveled truck routes for the movement of various goods. UPS will construct a publicly accessible LNG fuel station off of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas and deploy 48 heavy-duty LNG vehicles in its interstate alternative fuel operations. The new LNG station will support these 48 trucks, an additional 161 LNG trucks in UPS' fleet, and other LNG fleet operators in the region. DOE estimated that the 48 trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually. 
Total DOE award: $5,591,611

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