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    Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program) - FY2020 Notice of $130 Million Funding

    Originally posted by the Federal Transit Administration | January 17, 2020 | Department of Transportation | Original Article 

    PROPOSALS DUE MARCH 17, 2020

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that it will make available more than $130 million in grants to help fund the purchase of low or no emission buses and chargers in communities nationwide. This funding level represents the most funding in the history of the program. Electric buses, chargers, and associated electric bus infrastructure are eligible under this program. The Low or No Emission Competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

    Date Posted: 1/17/2020
    Date Closed: 3/17/2020
    Opportunity ID: FTA-2020-005-LowNo

    Details

    Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Solicitation of Project Proposals for the Low or No Emission Program (Low-No Program). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $130 million of Fiscal Year 2020 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Synopses and full announcement are posted on Grants.gov site as opportunity FTA-2020-005-LowNo. Proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov website by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 3/17/2020.

    Summary

    The main purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to State and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

    Eligible Applicants

    An Eligible Applicant is a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes.

    Eligible Activities

    Eligible projects include:

    • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
    • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
    • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
    • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
    • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses


    Supplemental Form

    Link and Instructions for attaching the supplemental form to the SF-424: All applicants must complete the attached supplemental form and attach it to their submission in GRANTS.GOV.

    Dates

    An applicant must submit a proposal electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on 3/17/2020. Any agency intending to apply should initiate the process of registering on the GRANTS.GOV site immediately to ensure completion of registration before the submission deadline.

    Webinars

    The Federal Transit Administration will host an informational webinar for this opportunity on February 6, 2020, from 1-2:30 p.m. CST. Register for the webinar.

    Proterra will host a webinar on Tuesday, January 28th at 1 PM CST with an overview of the 2020 Low-No Program. Hear an overview of the NOFO, program trends, and useful tips to craft a successful proposal. Register for the webinar.

    More Information

    For Further Information Contact: For information on this RFP for Low or No Emission Program, contact Victor Waldron, Office of Program Management, 202-366-5183 e-mail: [email protected] or consult our FAQs.

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    See more funding opportunities on our funding page


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    DOE Announces $133 Million to Accelerate Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

    Originally posted by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | January 23, 2020 | Department of Energy | Original Article

    DE-FOA-0002197: FY20 ADVANCED VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $133 million in new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research.  This funding supports research that will lead to more affordable, efficient, and secure transportation energy.

    Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this funding opportunity supports projects in advanced batteries and electrification in support of the recently announced DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge. This FY 2020 funding opportunity also supports priorities in advanced engine and fuel technologies including technologies for off-road applications, lightweight materials, new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

    DOCUMENTS


    REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

    Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered. View Required Application Documents

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    SUBMISSION DEADLINES

    • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/21/2020 5:00 PM ET
    • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

    Topic areas include:

    Batteries and Electrification (up to $40 million)

    • Lithium-ion batteries using silicon- based anodes
    • Low cost electric traction drive systems using no heavy rare earth materials utility managed smart charging supporting projects that will demonstrate managed and controlled charging loads for a large number of vehicles.


    Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels (up to $27.5 million)

    • Platinum group metals content reduction to enable cost-effective after-treatment for gasoline and diesel engines
    • Improved efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas and propane (LPG) engines
    • Energy-efficient off-road technologies directly applicable to agriculture sector and/or other off-road vehicles
    • Two-stroke, opposed-piston engine research and development


    Materials Technology (up to $15 million)

    • Lightweight and high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites for vehicle applications


    Energy Efficient Mobility Systems (up to $13.5 million)

    • Improving transportation system efficiency through better utilization
    • Enabling vehicle and infrastructure connectivity
    • Improving mobility, affordability, and energy efficiency through transit

    Technology Integration (up to $36 million)

    • Gaseous fuels technology demonstration projects
    • Alternative fuel proof-of-concept in new communities and fleets
    • Electric vehicle and charging community partner projects
    • Technology integration open topic


    Transportation and Energy Analysis (up to $1.2 million)

    Concept papers for this funding opportunity are due February 21, 2020, and full applications will be due April 14, 2020.  For more information and application requirements, please visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov.


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    Louisiana Clean Fuels 2019 Year in Review

    As we reach the end of another year, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the changes and accomplishments of 2019. For Louisiana Clean Fuels, this has been our busiest year yet. We’ve grown, we’ve adapted, and we’ve accomplished so many new things in our work to promote alternative fuels and reduce emissions.

    Highest Reported GGE Reduction

    Each year starts with Annual Reporting season for Clean Cities Coalitions, during which we compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in the previous year. This year, our stakeholders reported 9.6 million gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGEs) reduced by their 2018 activities, the largest GGE reduction LCF stakeholders have ever reported. Additionally, our stakeholders reported 4.9 thousand tons more greenhouse gases (GHGs) reduced in 2018 than in 2017. Our stakeholders have continued to grow their alternative fuel usage and emissions reduction activities throughout the year, and we look forward to reporting on their hard work at the start of 2020.

    Volkswagen Settlement Updates

    This year also saw the final two rounds of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Funding. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) opened up the second proposal period in April 2019 and the third proposal period four months later in August. LCF staff worked with various school districts, utilities, and other organizations around the state - including the Lafayette, Bossier City and Ascension Parish School Districts; the City of Denham Springs; and utilities Cleco and SWEPCO - to help them submit proposals for funding for vehicle replacement or electric vehicle charging infrastructure. LCF worked as technical advisors to the lead agency, the LDEQ, for the VW settlement activities, including but not limited to assisting with the calculation of estimated NOx reduction of proposed projects and tracking the actual emission reductions of the projects once implemented.

    Alternative Fuel Corridors | DC Fast Charging Master Plan

    This summer marked the installation of alternative fuel corridor signage along several of Louisiana’s interstates to mark fueling locations for propane (LPG), LNG, and CNG. LCF worked closely with LDEQ, LDOTD, and the Capital Region Planning Commission in 2018 to apply for official corridor designation from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and signs have officially been installed on Louisiana I-10, I-20, and I-49.

    Additionally, LCF has created a DC Fast Charging Master Plan to help guide our state in the placement of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state. The Master Plan outlines key areas in which to place DC Fast Chargers with the intent to create an electric vehicle charging network along our interstate corridors that also meets the standards for the FHWA alternative fuel corridors signage. Once the plan was complete, LCF worked closely with Entergy, SWEPCO, CLECO and other stakeholders to solicit ideal site hosts identified by the plan to apply for Volkswagen Settlement funding. The goal was to help spur the creation of our interstate EV charging network. As it stands today, over 33 potential site hosts have applied for VW funding for EV Charging Equipment - most of which are within the plan-designed optimal charging zones.

    Louisiana Electric Vehicle Roadshow

    LCF partnered with our sister coalition, the Southeast Louisiana Clean Fuel Partnership (SLCFP) in the New Orleans metro area, to host a statewide Electric Vehicle Roadshow with stops throughout Louisiana. LCF hosted three roadshow events in conjunction with National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) to help promote electric vehicles across the state. LCF’s Coordinators showed on their EVs in Shreveport at an event hosted by SWEPCO while other LCF staff attended a Lafayette event hosted by the Lafayette Main Public Library. We met up back in Gonzales to celebrate the finale of NDEW event with a showcase of over 20 vehicles at Tanger Outlet Mall along with representatives from Entergy eTech, the Commuter Krewe, Paretti Jaguar and Land Rover of Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Tesla Owners club who came out to show their support. The Roadshow was a resounding success, and it concluded with a spectacular Ride & Drive at the Clean Fuels Summit.

    Clean Cities National Training Workshop

    Your coalition’s successes and expertise were prominently featured at the US Department of Energy’s National Clean Cities Training Workshop for coordinators from all over the country, held in Salt Lake City in August of 2019. Both the Executive Director and Co-Coordinator presented on topics such as Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors, tips on hosting successful large meetings, and creative uses of telematics to inform alternative fuel vehicle purchasing decisions. We were also honored with a visit by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for EERE, Daniel Simmons. Your Executive Director was selected to participate in a “fireside chat” with Mr. Simmons along with three other top coordinators from across the country where they discussed strategies for Clean Cities to work more closely and effectively with the Vehicle Technology Office (VTO) under the EERE.

    Clean Fuels Summit

    In October, LCF partnered once again with SLCFP to host a state-wide alternative fuels conference in New Orleans at the NOLA Motorsports Park. The Clean Fuels Summit featured timely updates on the latest sustainable fleet technologies by an impressive speaker lineup of clean fuel leaders from throughout the transportation industry, and an exclusive Ride & Drive on the NOLA Motorsports racetrack. Over 100 attendees including representatives of fleets, municipalities, government agencies, utilities, school districts, and the transportation technology industry all gathered to learn and network with other prominent figures in the alternative fuels industry.

    Louisiana Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    LCF announced the winners of our annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards at a welcome reception at Manning’s in New Orleans, held in conjunction with the Clean Fuels Summit. Republic Services received the highest honor, Clean Fuel Champion, while United Parcel Service (UPS) received the Clean Fuel Champion Runner-Up award for the second-highest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Other awardees included SWEPCO, the Paretti Family of Dealerships, Waste Management, Stone Oil, Entergy eTech, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. We are both humbled and thankful for our dedicated stakeholders and the outstanding organizations who regularly go above and beyond to help further the mission of Louisiana Clean Fuels and to work together to achieve our environmental and transportation goals.

    As we move into a new year and a new decade, we at Louisiana Clean Fuels look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary as a Clean Cities coalition and to many more productive and successful years serving public and private fleets in our territory.

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    Alternative Fuel Tax Incentives Update

    Clean Transportation Industry Wins in Final FY 2020 Spending Bill

    DEC. 30 UPDATE: The Senate has passed the bill, and it has been signed into law. More information from the Alternative Fuels Data Center:

    NOTE: This incentive originally expired on December 31, 2017, but was retroactively extended through December 31, 2020, by Public Law 116-94.

    A tax incentive is available for alternative fuel that is sold for use or used as a fuel to operate a motor vehicle. A tax credit in the amount of $0.50 per gallon is available for the following alternative fuels: natural gas, liquefied hydrogen, propane, P-Series fuel, liquid fuel derived from coal through the Fischer-Tropsch process, and compressed or liquefied gas derived from biomass. For propane and natural gas sold after December 31, 2015, the tax credit is based on the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) or diesel gallon equivalent (DGE). For taxation purposes, one GGE is equal to 5.75 pounds (lbs.) of propane and 5.66 lbs. of compressed natural gas. One DGE is equal to 6.06 lbs. of liquefied natural gas.

    For an entity to be eligible to claim the credit they must be liable for reporting and paying the federal excise tax on the sale or use of the fuel in a motor vehicle. Tax exempt entities such as state and local governments that dispense qualified fuel from an on-site fueling station for use in vehicles qualify for the incentive. Eligible entities must be registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The incentive must first be taken as a credit against the entity's alternative fuel tax liability; any excess over this fuel tax liability may be claimed as a direct payment from the IRS. The tax credit is not allowed if an incentive for the same alternative fuel is also determined under the rules for the ethanol or biodiesel tax credits.

    For more information about claiming the credit, see IRS Form 4136, which is available on the IRS Forms and Publications website. (Reference Public Law 116-94, Public Law 115-123, Public Law 114-113, and 26 U.S. Code 6426)

    Point of Contact
    Excise Tax Branch
    U.S. Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel
    Phone: (202) 317-6855
    http://www.irs.gov/


    The clean transportation energy industry won several big victories this week as the House and Senate reached an agreement on an FY2020 spending bill. The House has passed the bill on Tuesday, with the Senate expected to approve it, and the President expected to sign it into law before the December 20th funding deadline. The bill includes a number of key provisions, which TEP has been suggesting for several years.

    The bill extends key alternative fuel tax incentives that have been expired since the end of 2017. Specifically, it extends:

    • the $1.00-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel and biodiesel mixtures, and the small agri-biodiesel producer credit of 10 cents per gallon, retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and prospectively through 2022;
    • the alternative fuel excise credit retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020;
    • the alternative fuel infrastructure credit retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020; and
    • the credit for qualified fuel cell vehicles retroactively for 2018 and 2019 and through 2020.

    The bill also:

    • includes $40 million for the DOE Clean Cities program – a nearly $3 million increase over last year;
    • includes $87 million for the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grants; and
    • requires the Federal Highway Administration to approve all clean vehicle projects submitted prior to April 17, 2018, using the previous criteria (final assembly in the United States) and it directs the agency to review and respond to Buy America waiver requests within 60 days of submission.

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    EV tax credits were not extended in the new spending bill that extended tax credits for other alternative fuels. So they remain on their original phase-out schedule by the amount of cars each company has in production:

    Tesla, GM Lose Bid To Raise Ceiling For Federal EV Tax Credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/greggardner/2019/12/17/tesla-gm-lose-bid-to-raise-ceiling-for-federal-ev-tax-credit/#4b361bbe616f

    Electric Vehicle Tax Credits: What You Need to Know: https://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/the-ins-and-outs-of-electric-vehicle-tax-credits.html


    Want to learn more? Attend the Energy Independence Summit 

    Attending the annual Energy Independence Summit in DC is a great way to support alternative fuels and Clean Cities. The relationships that past attendees have built with their House and Senate offices and their ability to educate them about their local and regional clean transportation projects has been critical to Transportation Energy Partners' success in improving federal policies and funding.

    This year the Energy Independence Summit will return to the Westin Georgetown. The group rates ARE ALREADY SELLING OUT - make your hotel reservations right away!!

    Please contact  Ken Brown at Transportation Energy Partners at [email protected] or (202) 674-7777 if you have questions or would like additional information about the Summit. We look forward to seeing you in DC in February!


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    Get recognition for your 2019 fuel saving projects and alternative fuel usage. Participate in our Annual Report

    Beginning on January 1, 2020, Louisiana Clean Fuels will start calling on you, our Stakeholders, to collect information for our Annual Report of 2019 Stakeholder Activities. We are reaching out to fleets like yours in our territory who use alternative fuels, operate an alternative fuels station, or who have worked toward the implementation of fuel-saving measures throughout the year (such as idle reduction, aerodynamics, route shortening, buying a more fuel efficient vehicle, etc.). This Report will help us compile data on how our stakeholders used alternative fuels and reduced emissions in 2019.

    Three ways to participate:

    1. The Survey:

    We have shortened and simplified the survey for stakeholders to fill out regarding your usage and implementation of alternative fuels in 2019. This survey asks for information about the amount and type of alternative fuels you have used, how many and what type of alternative fuel vehicles you own, and any alternative fuels or emissions-reducing projects you were involved with throughout 2018.

    2. Email or over the phone:

    If you have a small fleet or not much has changed since 2018, we can verify your information based on last years data over the phone. Schedule a time for a call with Ann or Tyler.

    3. Spreadsheet:  

    If you are detail oriented and have a lot to share with us, you can fill in our annual report spreadsheet. Let us know and we will send you the document.

    Deadline to submit your data:  March 1, 2020

    Historical LCF Reductions 2018

    Annual Clean Fuel Leader Awards

    Want to be recognized for work to reduce your fuel consumption and lower operating costs and emissions through alternative fuels? The only way to enter is by participating in our Annual Report! The 2020 Annual Clean Fuel Leader awards will be held in the fall of 2020 at a location and date TBD. To ensure that you don't miss any events or critical updates from LCF, please make sure you have subscribed to our monthly Newsletter. View photos of the 2019 awardees from our Clean Fuel Leader Awards on October 9th at Manning's in New Orleans (View photos online).

     


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    FOTW #1112: The U.S. Transportation Sector Consumed 1.4 Quadrillion Btu of Fuel Made from Biomass in 2018

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    Of the 28.4 quadrillion Btu (quads) of energy consumed by the U.S. transportation sector in 2018, 1.4 quads were produced from biomass. Fuel ethanol made up 81.4% of biomass-based transportation fuels in 2018, followed by biodiesel (17.1%) and other (1.5%).

    Note: The "other" category includes fuel blending components produced from renewable sources that meet the requirements of advanced biofuels.

    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, September 2019, Tables 10.2b and 2.5.

    Fact #1112 Dataset

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    Notice of Intent to Issue a Vehicle Technologies Funding Opportunity

    Originally posted by the DOE EERE

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office has published a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled "Fiscal Year 2020 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research FOA." The FOA will support a broad portfolio of advanced vehicle technologies that can strengthen national security, enable future economic growth, support American energy dominance, and increase transportation affordability for all Americans. This FOA may include the following topics:

    • Lithium-Ion Batteries using Silicon-Based Anode
    • Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials
    • Utility Managed Smart Charging
    • Platinum Group Metals Content Reduction to Enable Cost-Effective Aftertreatment for Gasoline and Diesel Engines
    • Improved Efficiency of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Natural Gas and Propane (LPG) Engines
    • Energy-Efficient Off-Road Technologies Directly Applicable to Agriculture Sector and/or Other Off-Road Vehicles
    • Lightweight and High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites for Vehicle Applications
    • Energy Efficient Mobility Systems
    • Technology Integration
    • Transportation and Energy Analysis


    The Vehicle Technologies’ portfolio includes advanced batteries, electric drive systems; smart charging technologies; energy efficient mobility technologies and systems; advanced combustion engines and fuels; materials for vehicle light-weighting; technology integration, which includes work with the national network of Clean Cities coalitions; and transportation and energy analysis.

    View the Notice of Intent


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    Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants Now Open: 2020 Request for Applications

    Deadline to Apply - February 26, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to announce the availability of approximately $44 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funds to support projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation's existing fleet of older diesel engines. Under this competition, between 40 and 60 awards are anticipated to be made to eligible applicants.

    Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (ET) to be considered for funding.

    Visit the DERA web page for more information

    Important Dates

    Activity Date
    Request for Applications (RFA) OPEN Monday, December 9, 2019
    Information Session Webinars
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019; 1:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    Tuesday, January 14, 2020; 3:00 p.m. (ET)
     
    1+ (202) 991-0477, 4149804# (audio dial-in number)
    Questions and Answers Document
    Deadline for Submittal of Questions
    February 14, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET
    Deadline for Applications Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59  p.m. (ET)
    Notification of Selected Applicants May 2020
    Funding of Awards June-October, 2020


    Eligible Applicants

    The following U.S. entities are eligible to apply for DERA National Grants:

    • Regional, state, local or tribal agencies/consortia or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality
    • Nonprofit organizations or institutions that represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or have the promotion of transportation or air quality as their principal purpose.


    School districts, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties are all eligible entities to the extent that they fall within the definition above.


    Eligible Uses of Funding

    Eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment include:

    • School buses
    • Class 5 – Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles
    • Locomotive engines
    • Marine engines
    • Nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at ports or airports), agriculture, mining or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps).


    Grant funds may be used for diesel emission reduction projects including:


    Funds awarded under this program cannot be used to fund emission reductions mandated by federal law. Equipment for testing emissions or fueling infrastructure is not eligible for funding.

    Please refer to the full RFA for specific information about this competition.

    Informational Webinars

    2020 DERA National Grants

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 12 to 1 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/TG550JGJ

    Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/GKLCM5S6

    Wednesday, January 14, 2019 at 2 to 3 p.m. CST
    Join at: https://meet.lync.com/usepa/swift.faye/Q4CD0Z03

    Dial-In: (202) 991-0477
    Participant Code: 4149804#

    Webinar Highlights

    • Program Details
    • Changes This Year
    • Eligible Entities, Projects, Vehicles, Engines & Equipment
    • Funding: Availability, Project Funding Percentage, Restrictions
    • Proposal Submission
    • Evaluation Criteria
    • Potential Pitfalls
    • Tools, Resources and Support
    • Question & Answer Period


    If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

    Visit the DERA web page for more information


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    2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations

    Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act - Designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors

    Request for Nominations, Round 4

    Interface Between Previous Designations and Current Request for Nominations:

    The first three rounds of corridor designations were announced by FHWA in November 2016, March 2018, and April 2019. This fourth round of corridor designations may provide State or local agencies an opportunity to nominate additional corridors, extend currently designated corridors, and/or nominate a different fuel(s) along an already designated corridor.  It is not FHWA's intention to require formal updates on the first three rounds of corridor designations through this current request for nominations.  However, the following guidelines are provided to clarify the interface between previous designations and this current request for nominations:

    1. If a corridor is extended beyond its starting or ending points, a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is needed for the extension.
    2. If additional fuel(s) are proposed for a designated corridor on an existing corridor, a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is needed for the additional fuel(s).
    3. If the number of stations along a designated corridor changes (i.e. new stations being added or existing stations being closed), which results in the classification of the corridor being changed from corridor-pending to corridor-ready (or vice versa), a formal designation proposal through this current request for nominations is not needed. In this scenario, the length of the designated corridor does not change, only the status of the designation as corridor-ready or corridor-pending between its starting and ending points changes. The FHWA is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to identify these situations, and the corridor point of contact will be notified of any change in designation status. However, if the State, or nominating entity, are aware of facilities along a corridor that have been added or are no longer in operation, it is requested that this information be informally conveyed to FHWA and/or NREL.
    4. The initial round of designations in 2016 allowed the use of Level 2 chargers. FHWA encourages that States identify these highway segments which were designated as "corridor-ready" in Round 1 of the Program –(i.e. currently have only Level 2 chargers) and prioritize these corridors for upgrades to DCFCs. 
    5. Although the entire NHS is included in the corridor program, FHWA is limiting the number of US highways/State roads to 1-2 per nomination in Round 4 so the "build-out" of fueling/charging infrastructure is focused on the Interstates across the country and flipping corridor-pending Interstates to corridor-ready. Also, there must be a compelling case made as to why US highways/State roads should be considered for designation.
    6. The previous three rounds of designations allowed a DC Fast Charging station to have either J1772 combo (CCS) or CHAdeMO connectors. As stated in the above Infrastructure Coverage Criteria Table, starting with Round 4, all DC Fast Charging stations should have both J1772 combo (CCS) and CHAdeMO connectors to be eligible for designation. FHWA does not plan to change the status of corridors that included stations with only one connector type, however it is recommended that these stations be prioritized for upgrades to include both.

    FHWA Areas of Interest for Round 4 Nominations:

    After the completion of the first three rounds of designations, FHWA has identified several areas of interest for the fourth round of corridor designations that State or local agencies should consider when planning/preparing their nominations. The following are the FHWA areas of interest:

    • States that have no corridor designations (pending or ready).
    • Nominations from States that have not submitted an application as a lead.
    • States that currently have existing Interstates/highways that are corridor-ready for one or more alternative fuels, but have not submitted a nomination.
    • Since corridors extend beyond State boundaries, nominations that take into consideration the next fueling site over State or international borders2 are encouraged. Similarly, cooperation between neighboring States is highly encouraged.
    • Nominations that will complete the nation's longest and heavily traveled highways for one of more alternative fuels. For example, I-95, I-10, I-80, I-40, I-35, I-65, I-70, I-81, or I-90.
    • FHWA strongly encourages EV nomination submissions from State and local officials who have Interstate highways within their States that have been targeted for investment in the first 30-month cycle by Electrify America in the National Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan. See page 22 of the Cycle 1 Plan, and page 48 of the Cycle 2 Plan.
    • Coordination, integration, and inclusion with other DOT programs and regulations such as thedevelopment/update of State Freight Plans and Long-Range Transportation Plans (LRTPs).

     

    DEADLINE

    The deadline for this solicitation is COB Wednesday February 26, 2020

    For more information, visit the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridor website:https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/resources/rfn4.cfm

     

    Webinar for 2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Designation Nominations 

    December 5, 2019

    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST

    Please join the Federal Highway Administration and DOT’s Volpe Center for a webinar on the recently announced 2019 Alternative Fuels Corridor Request for Nominations.  Please follow the directions below for US DOT users and non-DOT users to register for the webinar.   

    Webinar Agenda:

    • Welcome, Participant Instruction and Agenda Re-cap - Stephen Costa, USDOT Volpe Center
    • AFC Program Review/Results of Rounds 1-3 – Diane Turchetta, FHWA
    • 2019 Request for Nominations – Mike Scarpino, USDOT Volpe Center
    • Tools/Information for Round 4 and Overview of Corridor Mapping Tool – Johanna Levene, NREL
    • Shapefile/Nomination Upload Instructions – Sara Secunda, USDOT Volpe Center
    • Alternative Fuel Corridor Regional Convening’s – Alycia Gilde, CALSTART and Oana Leahu-Aluas, The Cadmus Group
    • Q&A/ Discussion

    IMPORTANT WEBINAR REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Registration for non-US DOT users (including State DOTs) is a two-step process:

    1. Request a FHWA External Portal account:  https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx  Step-by-step instructions on how to request an account can be found here: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/espnon-dotstaff/
    2. Register for the webinar at: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=2184
    3. Enter the login & password credentials setup through Step #1, when prompted.

    Registration for US DOT users:   

    1. Register for the webinar directly at: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/dot/fhwa/WC/Lists/Seminars/DispForm.aspx?ID=2184  
    2. Provide your DOT credentials when prompted.

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    FOTW #1110: Average Annual Gasoline Taxes Paid per Vehicle, by State, 2019

    Originally posted by the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | Original Article

    According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average fuel economy for all light vehicles on the road today is 22.3 miles per gallon (mpg) and the average annual miles driven is 11,484 miles. The Federal tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon, and each state has a gasoline tax, ranging from 8.95 cents in Alaska to 58.7 cents in Pennsylvania. Since taxes are charged on a per-gallon basis, someone with a more efficient vehicle will pay less in taxes over the course of a year. Based on average mpg and miles driven, a person owning a gasoline vehicle pays between $141 and $398 in fuel taxes each year, depending upon the state in which the fuel is purchased.

    Note: Based on a vehicle with an average fuel economy of 22.3 mpg driven 11,484 miles in 2019. Taxes include federal and state gasoline tax, along with other per-gallon fees, such as leaking underground storage tank fees.

    Source: Calculated by Oak Ridge National Laboratory using average annual miles and average fuel economy of the light-duty vehicle population from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2017, Table VM-1; and tax data by state from the U.S. Energy Information Administration website, August 2019.

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