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PERC: Quick Connect Nozzle Incentive

Refueling propane autogas vehicles is now easier than ever. Filling up a vehicle with new, quick connect nozzle technology is a very similar experience to refueling with gasoline and diesel – reducing the learning curve for fleets when transitioning to propane autogas. The nozzles:

  • May be operated with one hand.
  • May not require the user to wear protective eyewear or gloves.
  • Are unable to be cross-threaded.
  • Release fewer emissions per connection.

The quick connect nozzle incentive program from the Propane Education & Research Council provides $50 per tank-side connector and $500 per hose-end connector, with a limit of 25 tank-side connectors and two hose-end connectors per fleet.

Click here to view/download the Quick-Connect Nozzle Program Q&A.

Click here to begin the application process. Just for applying, all applicants will receive free propane autogas vehicle decals. For questions, email us atautogasincentive@propane.com or call (202) 452-8975.

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FTA Offering More Grants for Alt-Fuel Transit Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the latest round of funding under its Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). The agency is making $22.5 million in new grants available to help deploy transit buses powered by alternative fuel technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells and electric and hybrid engines.

“The LoNo program has helped deploy environmentally sound, technologically advanced vehicles across the country, providing a better riding experience for passengers and improving public health,” says Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan. “By reducing fuel and maintenance costs, these modern vehicles are a great public investment – saving taxpayer money in the long run while powering innovative American enterprises.”

The FTA says it will award the LoNo funds on a competitive basis to transit agencies and state transportation departments working either independently or jointly with bus manufacturers already making low- and zero-emission buses. Priority will be given to applicants that do the following:

– Use tested bus models with proven effectiveness, especially zero-emission models;

– Exhibit strong transit agency and community commitment, including technical and project management skills; and

– Demonstrate understanding of and accommodation for public safety.

In addition, all LoNo procurements will have to follow FTA Buy America regulations and undergo bus testing at the FTA’s facility in Altoona, Pa.

Of the $22.5 million available in LoNo grant funds, a minimum of $3 million is available to support facilities and related equipment. Transit agencies may also use a portion of their annual FTA formula funds to purchase additional vehicles.

The LoNo program was established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The previous round of LoNo funding, announced in February 2015, awarded $55 million in grants to 10 organizations nationwide.

More information about the funding opportunity is available here.

U.S. DOE Funding Opportunity

Lone Star Clean fuels Alliance would like to encourage all of our interested stakeholders to apply for the following funding opportunity. We are happy to provide a letter of support for your application and provide any additional assistance that might be required for your application. Please ACT FAST, the deadline for Concept Papers is October 8th, 2015.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has recently issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)!  Up to $11 million are being made available in grant funding to support development and demonstration of innovative alternative technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, designed to help reduce U.S. reliance on gasoline, diesel and oil imports.

The FOA includes two areas of interest –

  1. Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification: Up to $10M available for research, development, and demonstration of electric-drive powertrain technologies for medium and heavy duty Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and Electric Vehicles (EV) that reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% when compared to an equivalent vehicle.
  2. Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration: Up to $1M of funding for projects that demonstrate and evaluate the performance and emissions systems of dual fuel heavy-duty vehicles equipped with engines capable of operation using a mixture of diesel fuel and gaseous fuels (natural gas, propane or natural gas derived fuels such as DME).
    1. The vehicles to be demonstrated must be subjected to typical engine operation such as that encountered by public transit buses, fire trucks, heavy-duty on-road commercial work trucks, vocational construction trucks, class 8 long-haul trucks, etc.

Complete FOA details, including the application packet and instructions can be accessed through: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId3c3ef476-ab3f-499e-ab13-d218b9c0043f.

The deadline for submission of a Concept Paper is October 8, 2015, at 8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT). A webinar for potential applicants will be held on September 23, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT.  All interested parties may register for the webinar via: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4920947122476310529

Texas is a State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Award

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting over $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available. With a more than 1:1 match from private and state resources, USDA estimates that the BIP grants will support nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations across the country.

“The quality and geographic diversity of the applications, backed by supportive state and private partners, demonstrate the strong demand across the country for cleaner, more affordable fuel,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is one approach USDA is using to aggressively pursue investments in American-grown renewable energy to create new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, help Americans save money on their energy bills, support America’s clean energy economy, cut carbon pollution and reduce dependence on foreign oil and costly fossil fuels.”

A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump. USDA estimates that this investment will more than double the number of stations that offer intermediate blends of ethanol, mainly E15 fuel levels, nationwide.

Through BIP, USDA will award competitive grants, matched by states, to expand the infrastructure for distribution of higher blends of ethanol. BIP funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation must be used to pay a portion of the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps and related infrastructure dedicated to the distribution of higher ethanol blends, for example E15 and E85, at vehicle fueling locations. The matching contributions may be used for these items or for related costs such as additional infrastructure to support pumps, marketing, education, data collection, program evaluation and administrative costs. This partnership will expand markets for farmers, support rural economic growth and the jobs that come with it, and ultimately give consumers more choices at the pump.

For a preliminary list of state finalists and estimated pumps view the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership – State Table.

Funding amounts for each state will be announced at a later date. For more information about BIP, visit the Energy Programs website.

Energy Department Announces $10 Million to Advance Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Highway Transportation Technologies

The Energy Department announced today $10 million for eight incubator projects to develop innovative solutions for efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle technologies that will help reduce petroleum use in the United States. The funding will go toward projects that pursue breakthrough approaches to providing Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing environmental impacts.

Through the incubator activity, the Energy Department supports innovative technologies and solutions that have the potential to help meet program goals but are not substantially represented in the current research portfolio. These projects bring a more diverse group of stakeholders and participants to address technical challenges in the vehicle research priorities. Eventually, successfully demonstrated technologies or approaches from the incubator activity may impact existing long-term technology plans and roadmaps.

Some awardees include:

  • Silatronix of Madison, Wisconsin will receive $1.3 million to develop advanced stable electrolytes for current and future high voltage (>5V) battery systems for automotive applications.
  • Polymer Plus of Valley View, Ohio will receive $1.4 million to develop multilayered film capacitors for advanced power electronics and electric motors for electric traction drives.
  • Intermolecular Inc., of San Jose, California will receive $2.5 million to develop a new family of lightweight high strength alloys for vehicle applications.
  • State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook University of Stony Brook, New York will receive $1.0 million to eliminate the need for two fuels to achieve the efficiency and emissions improvements of the reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) advanced combustion by using a single fuel with onboard fuel reformation.

Read the full list of awardees.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. The Vehicle Technologies Office funds research and development for energy efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicle technologies. To learn more about the office, please visit the Vehicle Technologies Office website.

Clean Fleets North Texas 2015 Call For Projects is Open!

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has opened the Clean Fleets North Texas 2015 Call for Projects (CFP) to help fleets modernize and improve efficiency of their vehicles and improve air quality. Applications are being accepted through October 23, 2015.  This CFP will provide approximately $2.5 million in grant funds for public and private fleets with operations in the 10-County Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Ozone Nonattainment area.

  • Up to 80 percent in grant funding will be awarded to eligible projects.
  • Project types eligible for grant funding include qualifying new purchase, replacement, repower, retrofit, engine conversion, or installation of idle reduction technologies on school buses.
  • All projects must achieve a reduction in NOX emissions.
  • Applicants must adopt the Clean Fleet Policy prior to the application deadline.

In addition, NCTCOG is seeking information on refueling or recharging infrastructure projects desired by fleets; while these projects are not eligible for grant funds at this time, staff will use this information to evaluate potential future opportunities for assistance.

Note, to be eligible for grant funding, an applicant must have adopted the Clean Fleet Policy by October 23, 2015Adoptees of the older version of the Clean Fleet Vehicle Policy (effective 2005-2014) must adopt the revised Clean Fleet Policy.  For information on adopting the Clean Fleet Policy, please visit www.nctcog.org/fleetpolicy.

A workshop will be conducted on September 3, 2015 at the NCTCOG offices at 2:00 PM in the William J. Pitstick Executive Board Room. The CFP application and guidelines will be reviewed and any questions will be addressed.

Please feel free to contact NCTCOG staff at aqgrants@nctcog.org with any questions on this funding opportunity or go to www.nctcog.org/aqfunding.