PATRICK ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES GRANTS, KEY INVESTMENTS IN ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES AND INFRASTRUCTURE
$550,000 in grants for 20 communities, $15.5 million in new funding for cleaner vehicles, electric school buses and electric vehicle infrastructure
BOSTON – Thursday, December 12, 2013 – The Patrick Administration today awarded grants and announced new investments in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot.
“The Patrick Administration is committed to deploying innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, bolster our energy independence and grow the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “These programs will help to accomplish our statewide goals while saving our municipalities and businesses money.”
The Clean Vehicle Project will further promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Massachusetts through publicly accessible charging stations and replace or convert more than 200 public and private fleet vehicles currently powered by gasoline and diesel with vehicles fueled by natural gas, propane, electricity, solar electric and hybrid technologies. The grant program, available to public and private fleets, will be administered by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and funded with $11.7 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. DOER will solicit project proposals in the coming months.
“Massachusetts continues to be a proving ground for innovative technology and strategies,” said DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “We’re accelerating adoption of cleaner vehicles throughout Massachusetts to reduce harmful pollutants and promote a more sustainable environment for future generations.”
Working in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative’s ongoing EV V2G School Bus Demonstration, DOER will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability. Electric school buses have energy storage capability and can serve as back-up energy resources during natural disasters and similar events. While priority will be given to designated Green Communities, all communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
“By taking this step, Massachusetts is joining the ranks of cutting-edge jurisdictions that recognize the important role EV school buses can play not only in cleaning up pupil transportation but in the electrification of the broader transportation sector,” said Stephen H. Crolius, Co-Director, Vehicle to Grid Electric School Bus Project, A Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action.
The Patrick Administration is investing $2 million in additional funding to the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP), operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), for a second round of incentives for municipalities to acquire electric vehicles and install charging stations.
“Electric vehicles are a priority as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the aggressive emission reductions set under the Global Warming Solution Act,” said MassDEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “The transportation sector accounts for roughly one-third of the greenhouse gases emitted in Massachusetts, so the deployment of more electric-battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles is an important step toward helping the Commonwealth achieve our ambitious goals.”
Under MassEVIP Phase 2, eligible applicants will include municipalities, state agencies, car-share companies, and public universities and colleges. Up to $7,500 per electric vehicle and up to $15,000 per publicly accessible charging station will be available to eligible entities. The deadline for submitting applications is February 14, 2014.
The first phase of MassEVIP grants, totaling $555,000, were awarded today to 20 municipalities across the Commonwealth for the acquisition of 47 electric vehicles and the installation of 17 duel-head electric charging stations. The grants are listed below.
“These investments signify the ongoing support of sustainable transportation initiatives at all levels of government,” said David Mohler, MassDOT’s Deputy Secretary for Policy. “Our partners within the Patrick Administration, in the federal government and at the local level are making great strides to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles in accordance with our GreenDOT policy to reduce emissions, promote healthy transportation, and support smart growth.”
“I’m pleased to see these 20 communities will receive grants to expand our Commonwealth’s fleet of electric vehicles,” said Senator Marc Pacheco, Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy.
“This is great news,” said Representative John Keenan, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy. “Electrification of our public vehicles will help move our communities and the Commonwealth one step closer to a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future.”
The funding announced today will encourage increased deployment of advanced technology vehicles in Massachusetts municipalities and businesses, improve air quality, reduce reliance on foreign oil, and help Massachusetts attain the Patrick Administration’s aggressive emission reduction goals set under the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The Clean Energy and Climate Plan goal, created under the GWSA, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.
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