FY 2018 Budget Agreement Increases Funds for Key Clean Transportation Programs

March 26, 2018

Here is the relevant language from the Omnibus:

“The agreement provides $46,300,000 for Outreach, Deployment, and Analysis. Within this amount, $37,800,000 is provided for the Deployment through the Clean Cities Program and $2,500,000 is for year four of EcoCAR3”. (The University of Alabama participates in the EcoCAR3 program)

The FY 2018 $37.8 million for deployment through the DOE Clean Cities program, is a $3.8 million increase over last year’s funding. The Clean Cities program provides critical technical and financial support for the nation’s nearly 90 Clean Cities coalitions, which are leading the charge in promoting clean transportation solutions in communities across the country.
The omnibus appropriations bill also includes $75 million for the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grants. This represents an increase of $15 million over the $60 million provided for the program in FY 2017.
At this year’s Energy Independence Summit (EIS), Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) organized meetings with 240 Congressional offices to carry the Clean Cities message about the importance of clean transportation to our nation’s economic, national security, environmental, and energy future. ACFC’s Mark Bentley and Phillip Wiedmeyer attended EIS in Washington in February and visited each of the Alabama Congressional delegations to discuss the importance of funding the DOE Clean Cities program. The Summit was attended by more than 150 clean transportation industry leaders – including ACFC stakeholders – ALTEC, ZeroRPM, GAIN Clean Fuels and Blossman Gas. 
Now the focus shifts to the battle over funding for Fiscal Year 2019. The Trump Administration's FY 2019 budget requests a 72 percent cut to the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and elimination of the Clean Cities program. However, it will ultimately be up to Congress to determine funding levels and the fate of these important programs for next year. 

Transportation Energy Partners and many Clean Cities coalitions have already been in touch with many members of Congress regarding FY 2019 funding during the first phase of the Congressional Appropriations process. If you have not been in touch with your representative or have stakeholders who would be interested in signing letters supporting the Clean Cities program, please reach out to Ken Brown at ken@akbstrategies.com or Jacob Schwemlein at Jacob.Schwemlein@gmail.com.




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