‘Instrumental in the Deployment of Natural Gas & Other Advanced Fuel Vehicles,’
Separately, Clean Cities Coordinators Are Asked to Weigh In on Five-Year Strategy
National trade associations representing U.S. alternative fuel and vehicle industries have signed a joint letter to members of Congress in support of funding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The groups include NGVAmerica, the Electric Drive Transportation Association, the National Biodiesel Board, Growth Energy – America’s Ethanol Supporters, and the National Propane Gas Association.
The letter urges Congress to continue funding the nation’s nearly 100 Clean Cities Coalitions and their 14,000 stakeholders as part of a fiscal 2016 energy and water appropriations bill. “Specifically,” states an NGVAmerica summary, the letter requests that $50 million be allocated to the Clean Cities program for alternative fuel deployment activities, including $25 million for competitive grants.
In connection with EIS 2015, last week’s Energy Independence Summit 2015, more than 40 Clean Cities coordinators and 100 industry leaders visited House and Senate offices to educate members of Congress on the activities of the Clean Cities program in the States and Districts.
Educating the New Congressional Leadership
The increased use of alternative fuels provide a number of policy benefits, including displacing the use of foreign oil, improving our energy security, creating domestic jobs and improving the economy, the advocates say.
“This year we have a unique opportunity to educate the new congressional leadership on the Clean Cities program and the role of alternative fuels and infrastructure in general,” says Ohio-based Sam Spofforth, who serves as president of TEP (Transportation Energy Partners), organizer of EIS 2015.
“The joint industry letter is a critical component of and demonstrates the broad-based grassroots support that exists for this critical DOE program,” Spofforth said.
EDTA Urges Electric Mobility
“The U.S. DOE Clean Cities program is instrumental in the deployment of natural gas and other advanced fuel vehicles across the country,” said NGVAmerica president Matthew Godlewski.
“NGVAmerica will continue to work with Congress to ensure Clean Cities and other initiatives receive the necessary funding for our country to more fully realize the many policy benefits of using low cost, clean and domestic natural gas,” he said.
“Partners in the Clean Cities program are essential to the effort to advance electric mobility and other advanced transportation options in the United States,” said Genevieve Cullen, interim president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association. “With a direct link to local stakeholders, we can maximize our resources by tailoring technology deployments to meet the unique needs of each region.”
The Clean Cities organization held a five-year strategy meeting in connection with EIS 2015 last week and is urging stakeholders to submit comments via its through its Strategic Planning Meeting website until March 13. Wanted: suggestions on how Clean Cities can best support the adoption of natural gas, biofuels, propane, plug-in electric vehicles, fuel economy efforts, and idle reduction measures.
Source: NGVAmerica and DoE Clean Cities with Fleets & Fuels follow-up