The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded four grants for the purchase of electric school buses and chargers to Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, Amherst Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools and Concord Public Schools. The grants were awarded through the Department of Energy Resources\u2019 (DOER) new Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus pilot program, which aims to reduce schools\u2019 petroleum use and test the benefits of electric school bus technology.\n\n\u201cMassachusetts schools are leading the way by testing clean and resilient energy technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cThis innovative project will also reduce fuel costs and aid our commitment to a cleaner future for the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\n\u201cThis pilot can drive home the opportunities for cities, towns, public authorities and businesses to clean up their vehicle emissions,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cWe are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use by aiding the transition to cleaner, more efficient vehicles.\u201d\n\n\u201cThese electric school buses will reduce the use of petroleum fuel and create momentum for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in school districts across the state,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cWith this pilot project, Massachusetts continues its leadership in advancing clean energy technology and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.\u201d\n\nThe Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus pilot will be one of the first demonstrations of electric school bus technology on the East Coast of the United States. The pilot is intended to demonstrate that electric drive technology can help reduce emissions in the transportation sector that has traditionally been dependent on petroleum fuel and demonstrate how school buses can provide electric storage for the grid.\n\nThe pilot project will be administered by the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and it will consider the costs and benefits of operating electric school buses to determine if this is a technology that should be more widely adopted. The goal is to reduce petroleum usage by approximately 22,680 gallons of gasoline equivalent.\n\n\u201cNot only will this pilot help Massachusetts transition to increased electric vehicles, but it will also demonstrate the opportunity to transport our children in clean vehicles, which will reduce costs and is better for our environment,\u201d said DOER Commissioner Judith Judson. \u201cThese school buses will also make these four schools more resilient by providing backup power from the bus battery.\u201d\n\nThe following school districts received grants:\n\nAwardee\n\t\t\tProject Type\n\t\t\tGrant Amount\n\t\tActon-Boxborough Regional School District\n\t\t\tElectric type C bus and charger\n\t\t\tUp To $350,000\n\t\tAmherst Public Schools\n\t\t\tElectric type C bus and charger\n\t\t\tUp To $350,000\n\t\tCambridge Public Schools\n\t\t\tElectric type C bus and charger\n\t\t\tUp To $350,000\n\t\tConcord Public Schools\n\t\t\tElectric type C bus and charger\n\t\t\tUp To $350,000\n\t\t\u201cWith the potential to both minimize carbon emissions and reduce electric costs, the new Vehicle-to-Grid Electric School Bus pilot program could prove to be a beneficial tool for our local school districts,\u201d said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). \u201cCongratulations to Amherst Public Schools and the other school districts awarded for pioneering the use of this innovative technology.\u201d\n\n\u201cPollution from cars and trucks is the biggest cause of global warming in Massachusetts,\u201d said State Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington). \u201cClean electric vehicles can really help, but sales are not where they need to be. It\u2019s terrific to see the Concord Public Schools move out front. The bus will not only minimize emissions; it will bring home the point that action in our own backyard is key to addressing the most urgent problems in the world.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe\u2019re very excited about this pilot program, and I\u2019m delighted because my towns have always been leaders in alternative, sustainable, energy solutions,\u201d said State Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord). \u201cWith programs like this one, we can teach environmental responsibility beyond the classroom and model it for our students and communities.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe new Vehicle-to Grid Electric School Bus program is absolutely wonderful. I am thrilled that Amherst was selected to participate\u201d said State Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst). \u201cWith our longtime commitment to reducing school bus emissions, Amherst will be a good test site for this pilot.\u201d\n\nThe Baker-Polito Administration is reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector in a variety of ways. The administration provides electric passenger vehicle rebates through DOER\u2019s MOR-EV program, incentives for public entities to purchase electric vehicles, and grants to help build a public and private electric vehicle charging infrastructure through the MassEVIP program. In December, Governor Baker joined nine states and regions in endorsing the Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding (Under2MOU) as part of the administration\u2019s commitment to addressing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants contributing to climate change. In addition, Massachusetts is part of the International Zero Emissions Vehicle Alliance.