U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Funded Clean Cities Projects

Clean Cities has awarded more than $300 million to fund hundreds of projects that reduce petroleum use.

Since its inception in 1993, Clean Cities has funded more than 500 transportation projects nationwide through a competitive application process. These projects awards contribute to Clean Cities' primary goal of reducing petroleum use in the U.S. by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020.

Some funded Clean Cities projects have included:

  • Introduction of all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles into public and private fleets
  • Conversion of conventional vehicles to run on natural gas and propane
  • Installation of refueling infrastructure
  • Installation of idle-reduction equipment in school buses and tractor trailers
  • Development of E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fueling stations along busy transportation corridors.

In addition to Clean Cities project awards, coalitions and stakeholders secure grants and project funding from external funding sources, including from other federal sources and state and local organizations in the private and public sectors.

Leveraging Project Awards

Since 1993, Clean Cities has distributed $376 million in project awards, which have leveraged an additional $740 million in matching funds and in-kind contributions from other sources.

In 2013, Clean Cities distributed 20 Alternative Fuel Market Project Awards totaling $11.1 million. These projects will help communities increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

In 2011, Clean Cities distributed 16 awards totaling $8.5 million for Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Projects. A summary of those projects and individual project reports are available.

In 2009, Clean Cities distributed 48 project awards totaling $314 million in U.S. Department of Energy funds, $300 million of which were one-time awards from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. Recipients used those funds to leverage an additional $524 million in matching funds and contributions.

Clean Cities Project Awards
Year Proposals Awards DOE
$ (million)
Cost Sharea
$ (million)
Total
$ (million)
1998 90 34 $2.6 $18.7 $21.3
1999 104 53 $3.7 $11.1 $14.8
2000 138 54 $3.8 $23.0 $26.8
2001 127 54 $4.3 $10.9 $15.2
2002 135 55 $4.5 $21.4 $25.9
2003 141 68 $5.3 $29.9 $35.2
2004 156 66 $5.4 $37.5 $42.9
2005 153 70 $5.4 $35.3 $40.7
2006–2008b 78 16 $8.4 $26.4 $34.8
2009–2010b 116 23 $13.7 $17.9 $31.5
2011–2012b 69 16 $8.5 $1.9 $10.4
2013 66 20 $11.1 TBDc $11.1
Total 1,373 529 $76.7 $234 $310.6
2009–2010 (ARRA)b,d 89 25 $300.0 $506.4 $806.4
Grand Total 1,462 554 $376.7 $740.4 $1,117

Source: NETL regional managers

a Cost share includes both matching funds and in-kind contributions.

b Multiyear project awards: These projects received incremental funding that spanned multiple fiscal year budgets. This chart reflects total project funding.

c The actual cost share amount is subject to negotiations prior to finalizing the award.

d One-time funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)