Thank you for your continued commitment and support in 2021 of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) and our continuing efforts to expand markets in Alabama for alternative fuels (AF) and advanced technology vehicles (AFV).
Despite the 2020 Covid-19 issues we were able to facilitate some excellent in-person and virtual events that supported the growth of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.
By working together there were many achievements in 2020 for the Alabama clean transportation industry, including:
- In July of 2020, ACFC welcomed Michael Staley as the President of the Coalition. Staley brings over seventeen years of experience working alongside leaders in Alabama and Washington. In DC Michael served for 7 years as the Chief of Staff for one of our Alabama Congressmen.
- ACFC has continued to co-lead monthly virtual meetings of the Southeast Corridor Council (SCC) to develop signage plans for previously approved Signage Ready CNG, Propane, and Electric Corridors. Signage for non-petroleum fueling stations is critically important on highways to help drivers identify alternative fueling station locations.
- ACFC, as the lead organization in Alabama, for a three year Department of Energy DRIVE Electric USA grant that will fully develop 14 state-based Drive Electric programs that will engage individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use in our states. Alabama’s program is Drive Electric Alabama!
- A second grant, ACFC is participating in, called Helping America’s Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles, and organized by Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) includes seven Clean Cities Coalitions. Each will provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to local county government decision makers to transition their fleets, and fleets in their communities, to cleaner alternative fuels and vehicles.
- In 2020 ACFC continued partnering with Clean Cities coalitions in Georgia and South Carolina on a U.S. DOE competitive grant award of $4.6 million! A new RFP for $1.7 million was issued in February 2021 to fund the addition of either CNG public fueling infrastructure/vehicles or fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure on interstate corridors.
- During 2020 ACFC organized and facilitated a very well attended (255 registrants) virtual First Responder webinar with our Alabama Fire College
- In addition, to the prior FHWA designation of Alternative Fuel Corridors in Alabama for Propane Autogas and CNG/LNG, ACFC prepared, and ALDOT submitted, a successful proposal for electric vehicle interstate corridor infrastructure designation. Having all alternative fuels with designated corridors in Alabama will help facilitate the flow of Federal and State funds for future projects
- A successful virtual Propane Autogas webinar was held on August 11, 2020 with 56 participants from around the country.
- On November 12th a Jouley Electric School Bus virtual webinar was conducted with our ACFC member Transportation South
- ACFC organized and conducted a National Drive Electric Week in-person EVent at The Market at Pepper Place on October 3rd. with over 500 attending. A 2021 NDEW EVent is scheduled for October 2. A Drive Electric Earth Day EVent is also scheduled for April 24th.
- ACFC continues our work with ADECA on the state’s $25.5 million VW Settlement and, in addition to communicating the second round RFP ACFC also helped to construct and communicate the first RFP for EVSE projects.
- At the federal level ACFC continues to support Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) who achieved increased funding for the Clean Cities and EPA Clean Diesel programs and an extension of AF, AFV, and AF infrastructure related tax incentives. During March (2021) virtual meetings were held with each of our Congressional Districts’ offices in DC to provide an overview of ACFC’s activities and ask for support of critical legislative issues to further move alternative fuels and advanced technology fuels forward.
- Our new ACFC website is now active. Take a moment and scroll through the entire website. Note the updated information and links to important data. All Member logos will scroll across bottom of opening page as well as being listed in more detail on the Members page. We welcome your constructive comments on the website. If you are not already a member please consider joining today!
This year ACFC anticipates another large grant opportunity to be issued by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as other funding opportunities. We want to work with our members and stakeholders on timely projects/proposals that will provide an opportunity to further grow the markets for alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles in Alabama. Do you have a project in mind?
Thank you again for your continued partnership in this growth. We hope to build upon our successes with your help and involvement. As always we look forward to engaging with you if you ever have a question or comment to accelerate our progress.
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