Biden Administration Priorities Underscore Importance of Clean Cities Initiatives in Addressing 2021 Energy, Health,Equity, Workforce and Environmental Policy Objectives
The Clean Cities program will place a critical role in the deployment of the Biden Administration’s policy priorities to address the health, economic, equity and environmental challenges currently facing the United States. The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition will be responsible for the management of several key initiatives in the Washington, DC Metro area:
GWRCCC will coordinate a large portion of the recently-announced $6 million Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership intended to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and EV use in DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The program will be supported by four Clean Cities coalitions, three electric utilities, Argonne National Laboratory, EV Noire and government jurisdictions around the region. An important component of the program is the focus on underserved communities in Wards 7 and 8 within the District of Columbia and the surrounding suburban counties;
COVID 19 has again demonstrated how disproportionately low income communities are impacted by respiratory illness. A major cause of such illnesses is exposure to poor air quality. Equity considerations require that clean air programs but more effectively focus on communities that have too often been overlooked;
Our children must be protected too. GWRCCC is participating in the three-year Mid- Atlantic School Bus Experience Project that provides free access to electric school buses and electric chargers for extended trial periods;
While the Biden Administration’s program focuses heavily on light duty vehicle electrification, it also encourages and incentivizes the use of biofuels too. GWRCCC continues to work with our propane, natural gas and biodiesel stakeholders to encourage the expanded use of these clean fuels;
Access to renewable propane, natural gas (RNG) and diesel fuels also remain a regional priority. Two major water treatment facilities in the DMV are already using, developing and expanding their RNG recovery efforts;
Workplace training remains a priority of the Clean Cities program. GWRCCC continues to work with our stakeholders, major area fleets, community leaders and educators to provide the training necessary to create new, well-paying jobs for technicians in the clean energy economy.
For more information about these programs and opportunities to participate, join our mailing list or refer to our website, www.gwrccc.org.
The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) offers a Technology Integration Program that includes a large collection of helpful tools. These calculators, interactive maps, and databases assist transportation decision makers in their efforts to advance alternative fuels and energy-efficient vehicle technologies.
VTO’s Technology Integration Program supports a broad portfolio of technologies that can reduce transportation energy costs for businesses and consumers. People seeking information on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle data for fleets, cities, and regions can benefit from the tools featured in this guide. Some examples of how Clean Cities coalitions and their stakeholders have used the tools include:
The Vehicle Cost Calculator
For additional information on the analytical tools available for your use, please visit the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website.
As part of the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) annual Vehicle Branding Program, the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) was one of eight fleets nationally to receive matching funds to share its biodiesel success story with wraps, decals or other vehicle branding efforts.
DPW has branded 22 refuse trucks to highlight its use of 100 percent biodiesel (B100) in these vehicles operating in the Nation’s Capital. The Department also installed biodiesel engine upgrades, developed by Optimus Technologies, in these trucks that allow them to run exclusively on B100. Since installing the systems, DPW has reduced truck emissions by over 75 percent and lowered fuel costs. The rest of the Department’s diesel fleet also runs on B20.
NBB Director of Communications, Kaleb Little, describes the Vehicle Branding Program as, “a great way to increase awareness of biodiesel’s benefits as these vehicles log thousands of miles throughout the country”. Additionally, “this year’s winners are featuring NBB’s new tagline, “Better, Cleaner, Now” which tells the biodiesel story simply. Biodiesel is better and cleaner than petroleum diesel -- with proven environmental, health and economic benefits - and is ready to use now.”
Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition to Honor DMV’s Clean Transportation Trailblazers at 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon
Ten Clean Transportation trailblazers including elected officials, policy advocates and fleet leaders were honored on Tuesday, September 25th, for their advancements in the utilization of electric vehicles and infrastructure, natural gas, propane and biofuels at the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition’s 25th Anniversary Awards Luncheon, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
The Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, celebrating its 25th anniversary, is a public-private partnership and one of approximately 90 coalitions nationwide designated by the US Department of Energy to promote the use of alternative fuels to reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum, bolster energy security and strive to improve the region’s air quality.
Electric vehicles (EVs) can do more than just save you money and tailpipe emissions - did you know that a rental EV can also be your all-access pass next time you’re on vacation?
Picture this: your next Orlando vacation is booked. All that’s left is to reserve a rental car. Before choosing a gas-powered rental, be sure you check out Drive Electric Orlando (DEO), which provides electric vehicle (EV) rental options that add to the joy of your Orlando vacation. Travelers who decide to rent a plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt from Enterprise will enjoy quiet, instant electric acceleration, substantial fuel savings, and the peace of mind knowing they are helping to keep Florida’s sunny skies clean and clear… but that’s not all!
Your Chevy Volt rental from Enterprise also doubles as a VIP pass that grants you access to special “plug-in perks” across many of Orlando’s most famous hotels and attractions. Spending your vacation at Universal Studios, Disney World, or the Orlando Convention Center? Your Volt will grant you exclusive perks at all of these locations! You’ll have special access to EV charging stations which are all located in premium locations near park entrances. No need to walk across endless parking lots to begin enjoying the park!
Where do you plan to stay during your vacation? The Marriott World Center, Hyatt Regency, DoubleTree at Seaworld, and other hotels across Orlando also offer all Volt renters free charging and some of these establishments throw in free parking and even free valet service. With plug-in perks, an EV rental makes you a VIP!
Worried that renting an EV might be too expensive or too much hassle? The Chevy Volt from Enterprise is priced comparably to other vehicles in the same rental class. Plus, you won’t have to take time away from your vacation in order to charge the car, and the cost of electricity for the vehicle is cheaper than gas!
The Chevy Volt rental experience from Enterprise is as seamless as renting any other vehicle. The Volt will add the joy of preferred parking, free charging, fuel savings, and other bonuses to your Orlando vacation. Choose a Volt for your next Orlando getaway!
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