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 August 28, 2009
DOE Announces $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

 Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently 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. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), these 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, and establishing 542 refueling locations across the country. The DOE also estimates they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

Under the Recovery Act, the Clean Cities program will fund a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle technologies, such as hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles, helping reduce petroleum consumption across the U.S. In addition, funding will support refueling infrastructure for various alternative fuel vehicles, including biofuels and natural gas. Other efforts under the Clean Cities program include public education and training initiatives to further the program's goal of reducing the national demand for petroleum.

The projects announced by Secretary Chu will reportedly support a combined total of more than 9,000 light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles and establish 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. DOE reports that with cost share contributions from the recipients, every federal dollar spent will be matched by nearly two dollars from the project partners.

The Department of Energy also announced that it had selected 23 projects for up to $15 million in annual appropriations funding. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education.

The projects announced by Secretary Chu are selections for financial award. The final details and funding level of each project is subject to modification based on further contract negotiations between the selected entity and DOE.

For a map and complete list of award winners click here.

Source: Clean Edge News