Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Division of Energy & Climate announces availability
of new Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants
DOVER (Oct. 20, 2015) – Grant funding is now available to encourage Delaware-based businesses and fleet owners to increase their use of alternative-fueled vehicles by expanding the state’s network of alternative fueling stations, the Delaware Division of Energy & Climate announced today.
Grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis, up to a maximum amount of $500,000. Applicants must be a Delaware-based business, county, municipality, state agency, academic institution or non-governmental organization. Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. A pre-application conference call will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, or until all questions from prospective applicants have been addressed.
Approximately $1.4 million is available for grants to offset the costs of equipment associated with the installation of private or public alternative-fueling infrastructure, including but not limited to:
· DC “fast” electric vehicle charging stations
· Natural gas fueling stations
· Propane fueling stations
· Hydrogen fueling stations
This grant opportunity is part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, which provides a foundation for promoting deployment of alternatively-fueled vehicles (electric, propane, natural gas and hydrogen) and the infrastructure to support them. The program’s goal is to provide Delawareans and Delaware businesses with options to find a fuel and a vehicle that best meets their needs and to further encourage the development of Delaware’s clean energy economy.
Promoting use of alternative-fueled vehicles and increasing access to alternative-fueling stations play a pivotal role in achieving Governor Jack Markell’s goals of reducing greenhouse gases and improving the state’s environment. Innovations in the transportation sector are critical to ensuring that Delaware businesses remain competitive. Reducing the cost of fuels and vehicles and seeking the newest and best technologies for vehicle fleets will increase Delaware’s competiveness throughout the region.
Alternative-fueled vehicles provide many benefits compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. These benefits include cheaper refueling costs, less maintenance and fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, alternative fuels tend to come from domestic sources, therefore decreasing reliance on foreign oil.
Complementing the Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program, rebates are still available for purchasers of electric, propane, and natural gas vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations and natural gas heavy duty trucks under the Delaware Clean Transportation Program.
Funding for the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program and its Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grant program is made possible by Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is the nation’s first cap-and-trade program designed to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity generation sector. Proceeds generated from RGGI are invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy and programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program.
For more information about the Delaware Clean Transportation Program and the Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants, including the pre-application conference call, request for proposals and application form, please visit www.de.gov/cleantransportation or Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants, or contact Kathy Harris at 302-735-3480 or email DNREC.Transportation@state.de.us. Vol. 45, No. 356