Grant to boost alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles

Thursday, August 27, 2009

From a news release issued by Governor Jim Doyle:

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today the U.S. Department of Energy is awarding Wisconsin $15 million to assist local governments and private fleets in converting to alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The funding will create jobs, help communities and businesses improve their energy efficiency and save money. . . .

The $15 million award is from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program to reduce petroleum use in transportation, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The clean energy transportation program aims to achieve significant reductions in fuel and emissions in Wisconsin by supporting the increased use of alternative-fuel vehicles and advanced-technology vehicles, and the installation of infrastructure necessary to directly support these new vehicles.

The program also aims to maximize job retention and creation by investing in the technology and training necessary to continue to develop a strong alternative fuels industry here in Wisconsin.

The funds will be used to replace more than 500 municipal vehicles through at least 119 fleets across the state. The program also provides funds for increased refueling infrastructure for technologies such as Compressed Natural Gas, Gasoline/Diesel Hybrid Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Electric, Neighborhood Electric and biofuels. The Governor thanked the Office of Energy Independence and the Wisconsin Clean Cities program for working together to move forward the project.