American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Project Awards

On Aug. 26, 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects will speed the transformation of the nation's vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and establishing 542 refueling locations across the country. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) also estimates they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

For more information, see a map of recipient locations and a list of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards for alternative and advanced vehicles on DOE's Recovery and Reinvestment Web page.

DOE also recently announced the recipients of 23 cost-shared grants for Clean Cities' Fiscal Year 2009 Petroleum Reduction Technologies Projects for the Transportation Sector (Areas of Interest 1-3).

The grants, which total approximately $13.6 million, will fund infrastructure, vehicle, and educational projects to increase availability and awareness of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles. Grants will be combined with other public and private funds, with partners providing a more than a two-to-one leverage in funding, with every one federal dollar spent matched by at least two dollars from the project partners.

The grant recipients are listed by project type below.

Infrastructure Projects

  • Kum & Go, L.C. (partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, and the Iowa Farm Bureau to increase the number of E85 fueling facilities available along interstate highways.) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $1 million to develop 30 E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) fueling stations across seven states.
  • The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board (partnered with PMG, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, LLC, Phillips, and Montgomery County) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $469,364 to build refueling stations to dispense E85, B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% diesel), and propane in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
  • The University of Tennessee was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $818,091 to increase the availability of E85 and B20 along I-75. This project will provide E85 and B20 every 200 miles or less, enabling drivers to travel from Michigan to Florida using only alternative fuels. The University is partnering with the Clean Energy Coalition, Ann Arbor Clean Cities, Clean Fuels Ohio, the Kentucky Clean Fuel Coalition, the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, Clean Cities-Atlanta, Middle Georgia Clean Cities, the Florida Solar Energy Center, the Space Coast Clean Cities, and the Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition.
  • The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $377,350 to construct 15 new E85 stations in Minnesota. Team partners include the Minnesota Clean Air Choice Team, the Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, Kwik Trip, Holiday Companies, the Farmers Union Oil Co., and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
  • Protec Fuel Management, LLC, was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $900,000 to open 30 E85 and B20 stations throughout Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. Partners include the Renewable Fuel Association, Growth Energy, Testing LLC, General Motors, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, NASA, the U.S. Postal Service, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  • The State of Wisconsin (partnered with the Wisconsin Retail Gas Stations/Fuel Distributors, Innovation Fuels Tanco Milwaukee and CHS, Inc., Wisconsin Clean Cities, and Southeast Area, Inc.) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $1 million to build 27 new E85 fueling stations and install biodiesel blending equipment at three terminal locations.
  • The National Biodiesel Foundation (partnered with Amerigreen, GROWMART, Intercontinental Fuels, LLC, Premium Biodiesel, and VERT Biodiesel) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $729,761 to install seven biodiesel blending terminals and provide biodiesel to distributors in several regions of the country, including New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia.
  • The City of Dallas (partnered with Clean Energy) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $150,000 to expand the city's compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure and increase its ability to fuel heavy-duty refuse trucks with CNG.
  • The City of Tulsa (partnered with the Indian Nations Council of Governments, Oklahoma Department of Central Services, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and Tulsa Gas Technologies) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $300,000 to expand its use of city-owned CNG vehicles and public knowledge about the benefits of CNG.
  • Utah Clean Cities (partnered with Questar Gas) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $150,000 to install four CNG dispensing units.
  • Temecula Valley Unified School District (partnered with Gas Equipment Systems, Inc., and the Southern California Gas Co.) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $150,000 to install CNG dispensers to support the district's fleet conversion from diesel to CNG buses.
  • CleanFUEL USA (partnered with Project partners include ConocoPhillips Oil Co., the Propane Education & Research Council, Atlanta Clean Cities, Chicago Area Clean Cities, Middle Georgia Clean Cities, South Shore Clean Cities, and Denver Metro Clean Cities) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $600,000 to install a network of five propane stations in selected metropolitan areas.
  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $150,000 to install a new liquefied natural gas storage tank and dispenser at the Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport.

Vehicle Projects

  • Schwan's Home Service, Inc. (partnered with Bi-Phase Technologies, LLC, and Monroe Truck Equipment) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000.to purchase 150 medium-duty trucks and convert them to propane to be used at 35 Schwan's facilities in Texas.
  • Clean Energy was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000 to purchase 71 CNG vehicles that will provide transportation at airports in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles.
  • Groot Industries, Inc. (partnered with while partnering with Mack, McNeilus, and Cummins), was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000 to purchase 20 heavy-duty CNG refuse trucks.
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000 for an incentive buy-down program for CNG taxicabs and shuttle vans serving the California South Coast Basin.
  • The Regents of the University of California and University of California-San Diego (partnered with and the San Diego Clean Cities coalition) were selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000 to purchase five electric hybrid CNG microturbine buses to support campus commuters.
  • The State of Oklahoma Department of Central Services was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $500,000 to purchase 15 new light-duty CNG vehicles and convert 105 existing light-duty and medium-duty vehicles to CNG.
  • The City of San Antonio (partnered with the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition, the Texas Transportation Institute, and the Alamo Area Council of Governments) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $260,000 for the purchase of 65 new light duty propane trucks.

Education Projects

  • North Carolina State University (partnered with Wake Technical Community College) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $401,852 to hold 48 workshops across the country to raise awareness about alternative fuels and advanced transportation technologies.
  • West Virginia University Research Corp. (partnered with the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $1.6 million to develop classroom materials to raise awareness of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
  • The Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance (which includes the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Biodiesel Foundation, the Clean Vehicle Education Foundation, and the Propane Education and Research Council) was selected for negotiation of an award of up to $1.6 million to hold more than 45 workshops and at least 64 stakeholder events to increase knowledge about alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.