On Aug. 26, the Department of Energy (DOE) 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 (ARRA). These funds will be matched by the grant recipients.
Projects funded by these grants will result in the addition of more than 9,000 light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using alternative fuels and technologies to the nation’s fleet. These grants will also fund the establishment of 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.
On Aug. 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three ARRA grants totaling $20 million in funding for the SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program. According to the EPA, these grants will fund the purchase of new, cleaner or retrofitted vehicles and equipment, protecting air quality and creating and retaining jobs in three communities across the country.
In its press release on the Clean Cities grants, the DOE said that ‘