The transportation sector in Delaware accounts for 34 percent of Delaware’s greenhouse gas emission profile. The Delaware Division of Energy and Climate works with state partners, regionally and nationally to reduce emissions in the transportation sector. The Transportation Climate Initiative and the US Department of Energy's Clean Cities program are two ways that the Division of Energy & Climate are addressing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
Transportation Climate Initiative
DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate is an active participant in the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI). Founded in 2010, TCI is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.
For more information on TCI please visit http://www.georgetownclimate.org/state-action/transportation-and-climate-initiative
The Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program
Tthe Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program was launched July 16, 2015,by DNREC's Division of Energy & Climate, with the goal of promoting deployment, encourage wider use and acceptance of clean-alternative fuel vehicles, and to boost investment in clean transportation fuel infrastructure. This program currently provides rebates for the purchase or lease of new electric, plug-in Hybrid, compressed natural gas, and propane vehicles. Rebates are available for both individuals as well as fleets in Delaware.
For more information on the programs and how much funding remains for rebates, please click here.
Clean Cities Program
For 20 years the State of Delaware has been actively engaged in the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The Clean Cities program advances the national economic, environmental and energy security goals by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. The Delaware Clean Cities program is one of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the US. Coalitions include private companies, fuel suppliers, local governments, vehicle manufacturers, national laboratories, state and federal government agencies, and other organizations that join together under the Clean Cities program to implement alternative-transportation solutions in their communities.
For more information, please visit the Clean Cities website. For information on alternatively fueled vehicles and vehicle technology please visit the US DOE's Alternative Fuels Data Center website.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network
In 2011, the Delaware Clean Cities program along with TCI and 16 of the regional Clean Cities Coalitions received nearly $1 million from the US DOE for an Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant. This grant corresponded with the launch of Northeast Electric Vehicle Network. This grant assisted in planning for large-scale deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the northeast. The Delaware Clean Cities program received $25,000 for stakeholder engagement and planning. As a result, this grant produced a variety of outreach documents including a comprehensive literature review on electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging infrastructure, siting and design guidelines, and a guide to planning for municipalities and counties.
For more information please visit the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network website.