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Alternative Fueling Facilities

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently announced that up to $12 million in grants is available for eligible individuals, businesses, and governmental entities to build or expand alternative fueling facilities in Texas!  The Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) provides financial incentives for entities to provide alternative fueling facilities within the state’s Clean Transportation Zone to serve as a foundation for a self-sustaining market for alternative fuel vehicles in the state. 

AFFP grants are available for the construction of new alternative fueling facilities or the expansion of existing facilities to provide new services or fueling capacity. Eligible fuel types include compressed natural gas and/or liquefied natural gas; propane; biodiesel; methanol; hydrogen; and electricity. 

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

TCEQ TERP Grant Programs and Opening Dates

FY 2020
FUNDING
OPENING
DATE
Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive (ERIG)
Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants
$30.2MSummer of 2020
Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program (TNGVGP)$7.7MOpen now
Seaport & Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program (SPRY)$4.6MEarly 2020
Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP)$3.9MEarly Spring 2020
Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)$3.8MOpen now
Port Authorities Studies & Pilot Programs$500,000Winter 2019
Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCSB)$3.1MWinter 2019
Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP)$6MOpen now
New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)$2.3MSpring 2020
Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet Grant Program (GAFF)$3MSpring 2020

Grants to replace or repower heavy-duty or medium-duty vehicles or engines

TCEQ is accepting applications for the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan, Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program (TNGVGP). Individuals, businesses, and governmental entities that currently operate heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicles in Texas are invited to repower the vehicles with a natural gas or propane engine or replace the vehicle with a new natural gas or propane powered vehicle. Applications will be accepted until  February 26, 2021, or until all available funds are awarded.

Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program

The Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP) provides rebates statewide to persons who purchase or lease an eligible new light-duty motor vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), or hydrogen fuel cell or other electric drive (plug-in or plug-in hybrid).
The program is now open and will accept applications until January 7, 2021 or until funds are allocated. 

Energy Department Announces $4M for Natural Gas Engine Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $4 million for research projects on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine technologies. As the department explains, its Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs for families and businesses, and increase the use of secure, domestic energy sources.

The DOE says opportunities exist to improve performance, reliability, durability, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of natural gas vehicles through research. Cost-effectively achieving diesel-like efficiency in natural gas engines while meeting current and future emissions standards will improve the viability of natural gas-fueled medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, the department adds.

A public workshop on natural gas vehicles was held at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory on July 25 to identify early-stage research needs for natural gas engines. A summary of the key observations can be found here. VTO is seeking projects to address barriers to the adoption of natural gas vehicles through early-stage research. Projects competitively selected through this funding opportunity will complement additional early-stage research on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine technologies at DOE national laboratories.

For more information and application requirements, visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov.

Federal Funding Aims to Spur Faster Electric Vehicle Charging

Source: NGT News

Not long after announcing funding for natural gas engine research, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $15 million for research projects on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. As the DOE explains, its Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase use of secure, domestic energy sources.

VTO is seeking research projects to develop plug-in electric vehicle systems that can recharge rapidly at high power levels, decreasing charge time to 15 minutes or less. Advanced battery projects will focus on early-stage research of battery cells that can enable extreme fast charging, while electrification projects will support the development and verification of electric drive systems and infrastructure for extreme fast charging (400 kW).

In a new VTO-funded report, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory teamed with Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to identify technical gaps to implementing an extreme fast charging network in the U.S. The report, available here, highlights technical gaps at the battery, vehicle, and infrastructure levels.

In 2017, VTO developed and verified innovative lithium-ion technology with the potential to reduce battery pack cost to $219/kWh of usable energy, an approximately 80% reduction since 2008, according to the DOE. This funding opportunity aims to continue building on this progress to decrease the time needed to charge an electric vehicle and drive down battery costs to save consumers and businesses money.

For more information on this funding opportunity and application requirements, please visit the EERE Exchange website or Grants.gov.