Sending Office: Honorable Albio Sires
Current co-signers: Rep. Sires, Rep. Kuster, Rep. Hastings
I invite you to join me in writing to Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur and Ranking Member Mike Simpson requesting that they include report language embracing
$50 million for the Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO) Clean Cities coalition program in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water appropriations bill. Of that $50 million, this letter requests that
$42.7 million be provided for Deployment through the Clean Cities program including over
$25.5 million for competitive grants.
The Clean Cities coalition program develops partnerships with local Clean Cities coalitions to leverage federal assistance into financing the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects, and improving resident’s quality
of life. These coalition partners can be private businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations.
Clean Cities coalitions have been the backbone of green infrastructure development around the country – from helping municipalities transition to cleaner utility vehicles to installing electric vehicle charging stations. Robust funding for this account will
help State and local governments continue the work of transitioning away for aging and dirty transportation infrastructure.
That is why I believe we should support this important investment in the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Deadline for sign-on is COB Wednesday, March 27.
To sign on or if you have any questions, please contact Jhostyn Duval (Jhostyn.Duval2@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Albio Sires’ office.
Member of Congress
The Honorable Marcy Kaptur The Honorable Mike Simpson
Chairwoman Ranking Member
House Appropriations Subcommittee on House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Energy and Water Development Energy and Water Development
2362-B Rayburn House Office Building 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairwoman Kaptur and Ranking Member Simpson:
We are writing to express our strong support for the Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office’s (VTO) Clean Cities coalition program. This program develops partnerships with local Clean Cities coalitions to leverage federal assistance into
financing the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects, and improving residents’ quality of life. Coalition partners can be private businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and
community organizations. We believe that this program is the key to assisting State and local governments build the groundwork for a national green infrastructure. That is why we are requesting the DOE VTO Clean Cities program to be funded at a level of $50
million in the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
In New Jersey, for instance, the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition turned a 2009 grant award into the first state-wide alternative fuel vehicle deployment program. By leveraging a $15 million grant into an additional $36 million in non-federal funds, the
coalition helped transition over 300 garbage trucks and shuttle buses belonging to 15 public and private fleets to clean-burning CNG and installed 6 CNG fueling stations across the State. Aside from saving these entities money on old trucks’ maintenance, the
project annually displaces 2 million gallons of petroleum and prevents nearly 450 tons of pollutants from being released into our atmosphere.
Important projects like these are and can continue to be financed throughout the country. That is why we respectfully request that you include the following report language into the Vehicle Technologies section of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Account of the fiscal year 2020 (FY2020) Energy and Water Appropriations bill:
Within available funds, the Committee recommends $50,000,000 for Outreach, Development, and Analysis. Within this amount,
$42,700,000 is provided for Deployment through the Clean Cities Program, including
$25,620,000 for competitive grants to support alternative fuel, infrastructure, and vehicle deployment activities. When issuing competitive grants, the Department is encouraged to focus on awards that range from $500,000 to $1,000,000 each
and include at least one Clean Cities coalition partner. The Department is encouraged to ensure balance in the award of funds to achieve varied aims in fostering broader adoption of clean vehicle and installation of supporting infrastructure.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. We recognize that your Subcommittee faces many competing priorities for Fiscal Year 2020, but we believe that the VTO’s Clean Cities coalition program can be a vital component of our nation’s energy future.
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