Great news for our friends at the Clean Cities program. Vice President Joe Biden recently announced $300 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for state and local governments, and transit authorities to expand the nation’s fleet of clean, sustainable vehicles. The funds are also going to be used for the fueling infrastructure necessary to support those vehicles.
The $300 million in funds adds to the reported $11 billion already announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to bolster state and local government energy efficiency programs and weatherize low-income homes.
Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership sponsored by the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program. With almost 90 local coalitions and more than 5,700 stakeholders, Clean Cities’ mission is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.
We’ve mentioned Clean Cities before when Piedmont Natural Gas was awarded the 2008 Clean Cities Award, given annually by the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) to the business or organization that “best demonstrates excellence in clean transportation and fuel activities” and I’m sure we’ll be mentioning them in the future as well. There is some great work going on there with natural gas fleets.
For more information on the ARRA, visit the ARRA web site or be sure to visit AGA’s section on ARRA. We’ve got some great audio there from recent teleconferences on the topic. While you’re there, you can also check out AGA’s section on energy efficiency.