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

Clean Cities

Clean Cities Technical Assistance (Tiger Teams)

Clean Cities offers exert technical assistance through the Clean Cities Technical Assistance Project, also known as Tiger Teams. This technical assistance helps Clean Cities coordinators, stakeholders, original equipment manufacturers, and fuel providers overcome obstacles to deploying alternative fuels and advanced vehicles and make informed choices to reduce their petroleum consumption.

Projects Eligible for Assistance

Clean Cities will consider technical-assistance requests for the following types of projects:

  • Technical Problem Solving – Vehicle Operations: Issues can pertain to vehicle performance, drivability, safety, maintenance, driver acceptance, training, or best practices for implementation of alternative fuel vehicles at specific sites.

  • Technical Problem Solving – Infrastructure Operations: Issues can pertain to fueling station design, siting, interaction with alternative fuel providers or fire safety code officials, fueling station performance, maintenance requirements, or user and operator training.

  • Evaluation of Project Potential: Some projects (including transit systems and airports) may qualify for technical assistance if expertise is not available from local or regional resources or stakeholders. When there is demonstrated local interest, a Tiger Teams expert can evaluate local market conditions, conduct infrastructure assessments, gauge stakeholder needs, and assist in defining project execution feasibility.

Applying for Assistance

To qualify for technical assistance, applicants must demonstrate they have made efforts to solve their problems using their own resources. Applicants can request technical assistance by submitting their contact information and details about the project to John Gonzales at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Each request for technical assistance is evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The problem is well described and defined.
  • Stakeholders have an ongoing commitment to a successful outcome.
  • The request falls within the scope of the Clean Cities Technical Assistance Project and is substantial enough to warrant assistance.
  • Technical assistance experts have the expertise to assist with the problem.
  • The Tiger Teams project has adequate funding to resolve the problem.
  • The problem's resolution could be applicable at other sites.
  • Partial resolution could be adequate at the time of the request.

John Gonzales notifies the applicant of its decision and provides an estimated start date and allocated hours, if applicable.

Receiving Assistance

Once a project is selected for assistance, a technical expert gathers information from the applicant, stakeholders, and other key contacts. The expert identifies the project requirements, and documented work begins.

Work proceeds through teleconferences and site meetings with the expert and local stakeholders. At the conclusion of the project, the technical expert submits final documentation on the resolution and recommended future actions to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the regional managers.