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September 02, 2009

DOE Awards $300 Million for Alternative Fuel Stations and Vehicles

Photo of a fuel pump labeled 'E85 ethanol' and 'For E85 Vehicles Only.'

The new Clean Cities funding will help to build 542 new refueling stations for alternative fuels such as E85, a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
Credit: Warren Gretz, NREL

DOE announced on August 26 its selection of 25 cost-shared projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The 25 projects will speed the transformation of the nation's vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, while establishing 542 alternative fuel stations across the country. The grants will support projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. One grant will also support new propane fueling stations along a corridor running from Washington, D.C., to Florida and on to Mississippi. The new projects will displace an estimated 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

The Clean Cities program is a government-industry partnership that works to reduce U.S. petroleum consumption in the transportation sector, and its partners are matching every federal Recovery Act dollar with two from other sources. The grants will fund a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle technologies, such as hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, hydraulic hybrids, and compressed natural gas vehicles, helping reduce petroleum consumption across the United States. In addition, the funds will support new refueling infrastructure for various alternative fuels, including biofuels and natural gas. Other efforts include public education and training outreach to further the program's goal. See the DOE press release and a map of the awardees (PDF 82 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

In addition to the Recovery Act awards, DOE recently announced its selection of 23 projects for up to $15 million apiece in grants from DOE annual appropriations. Like the Recovery Act awards, the annual Clean Cities awards include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education, and the federal funds are matched by at least twice as much funding from the partners. The grants will fund alternative fueling stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The grants will also fund ethanol fuel pump installations across seven Midwestern states, including Iowa, and alternative fuel pumps along I-75, which runs from Michigan to Florida, passing through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. In addition, the grants will support alternative vehicle deployments in California, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Texas, and educational efforts across the United States. See the list of projects on the Clean Cities Web site.