Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities works to connect fleets, businesses, governments, and individuals to funding opportunities, enabling more alternative fuel vehicles on the roads and supporting additional alternative fueling stations. YTCC has administered over $1 million in funding over the last 10 years and would like to assist you in adding to that amount.
VOLTSWAGEN SETTLEMENT FUNDS
In 2016, the United States, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a complainant against Volkswagen due to violations of the Clean Air Act. The allegations were that certain Volkswagen vehicles made between 2009 and 2016 were producing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions significantly greater then the act allows. The United States and California entered into three partial settlements with Volkswagen to correct this issue. The first partial settlement required Volkswagen to buy back or modify the emission systems of 85% of their violating vehicles. As well as, be held accountable for the excess Nox emissions by providing a $2.7 billion environmental mitigation trust. Also, Volkswagen was required to invest in and encourage usage of zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure, with a $2 billion ZEV investment program. The second settlement required Volkswagen to add another $225 million to the mitigation trust fund. Lastly, the third partial settlement addressed how to prevent future violations by the company. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) finalized the Volkswagen Mitigation Plan in 2018. In Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities’ Coalition the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming have access to this funding.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
No current openings
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 discretionary grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants
Projects for RAISE funding will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership. Within these criteria, the Department will prioritize projects that can demonstrate improvements to racial equity, reduce impacts of climate change and create good-paying jobs.
For this round of RAISE grants, the maximum grant award is $25 million, and no more than $100 million can be awarded to a single State, as specified in the appropriations act. Up to $30 million will be awarded to planning grants, including at least $10 million to Areas of Persistent Poverty.
A series of webinars will open for registration on April 19, 2021: https://www.transportation.gov/RAISEgrants/outreach
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE: https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/vehicle-technologies-office
ALTERNATIVE FUELS DATA CENTER LAWS and INCENTIVES: https://afdc.energy.gov/laws