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The U.S. Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office has funded hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.

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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards Railroad Commission of Texas Complete Feb 2010

States impacted:

  • New Mexico
  • Texas

Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project

The Texas Alternative Fuels Pilot Project was led by the Railroad Commission of Texas. The Commission partnered with 45 qualified school districts and other public entities across the state of Texas to fund the total incremental cost of 608 vehicles, including propane and natural gas school buses, medium-duty trucks and vans, and light-duty vehicles through grants. To enhance the project’s sustainability, the Commission also awarded grants to install or upgrade 31propane or natural gas refueling stations on properties owned by partner fleets. The stations allowed the fleets to lower their costs by buying fuel in bulk, receive federal motor fuel excise tax credits, and refuel at the times most convenient to their schedules. Concurrently, the Commission designed and implemented a two-part public education program for Clean Cities stakeholders, fleet operators, and the general public involving all of the Clean Cities coalitions in Texas.

Learn more about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards.

$12,633,080 Award

$38,654,911 Local matching funds

Partners

  • Alvin ISD
  • Angleton ISD
  • City of Arlington
  • Austin ISD
  • Barbers Hill ISD
  • Capitol Area Rural Transportation System
  • City of Cedar Park
  • Conroe ISD
  • Dallas County
  • Dallas County Schools
  • Dickinson ISD
  • Eanes ISD
  • City of El Paso
  • Friendswood ISD
  • City of Garland
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Greater East End Management District
  • Gregory-Portland ISD
  • City of Haltom City
  • Houston ISD
  • Houston Gateway Academy
  • Humble ISD
  • City of Lake Jackson
  • City of Laredo
  • Leander ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Midland ISD
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • Orange County
  • Prosper ISD
  • Ramirez Common School District
  • City of San Antonio
  • Sheldon ISD
  • Silsbee ISD
  • South Texas ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Splendora ISD
  • City of Temple
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • City of Tyler
  • Williamson County
  • Ysleta ISD
  • Railroad Commission of Texas
Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives National Association of Regional Councils Complete Mar 2016

States impacted:

  • Arizona
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance

The Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance (AATA), also known as Fleets for the Future (F4F), worked to eliminate barriers to alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure adoption in public and private fleets by consolidating bulk equipment orders and streamlining the procurement process. The project was led by the National Association of Regional Councils who worked with multiple project partners and stakeholders in 11 states to develop fuel neutral best practices, cooperative procurement agreement templates, and design a web-based toolkit to educate fleets and procurement officers. The partners used outreach and education to share information about these resources to motivate fleet managers and consumers to purchase alternative fuel vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure.

As of 2018, the F4F team wrote 5 best practices guides, a multi-step strategic procurement process guide, and created a national procurement plan for the public sector. All of these publications are available on the project’s website. The project also resulted in 5 regional pilot procurement initiatives in Kansas City, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C. Each regional pilot was associated with training opportunities for regional councils and fleets to address the unique barriers and procurement needs. Over 33,000 people were reached through these in-person events and over 3,000 people were reached through webinar participation.

Learn more about the Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives.

$1,758,599 Award

$466,052 Local matching funds

Partners

  • National Association of Regional Councils
  • Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Metro Area Planning Council
  • North Central Texas Council Of Governments
  • Pima Association of Governments
  • Electrification Coalition
  • Meister Consultants Group
  • Yborra & Associates, LLC
  • ICM Inc.
  • Propane Education & Research Council
  • Clean Communities of Central New York (Syracuse)
  • Metropolitan Energy Center
  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Western Washington Clean Cities
  • Clean Fuels Ohio