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In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation (HB 1160 and HB 2042) directing the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program to establish and administer a technical assistance and education program for public agencies on the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. Education and assistance may be provided to public agencies, including cities, counties, transit agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, utilities and PUDs, tribes, ports, and other state political subdivisions.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Green Transportation Program, please send us an email.

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Announcing our first webinar!

In the coming months and years, state and federal agencies will post funding opportunities to support adoption of zero emission or electric vehicles by public fleets. Public fleets may also approach private foundations and corporate sponsors to support electrification of transportation. We planned this webinar to give you ideas and tools that can help you write successful funding requests.

Green Transportation: Steps to Writing Successful Grant Proposals

Join us for a webinar on Oct 24, 2019 at 2:30 PM PDT.

Everyone is welcome, especially staff from public fleets at city and county governments, transit agencies, and school districts. The discussion will focus toward the interests and needs of many smaller and medium sized public fleets that don’t have dedicated grant writers.

Rather than one PowerPoint after another, this webinar will feature a panel discussion structured around key topics of successful grant writing. Here’s some of what you can learn:

  1. How to search for funding opportunities and get your organization prepared to respond before the grant announcement arrives.
  2. Ways to get started when the announcement arrives.
  3. Follow the nuts and bolts details of responding to specific grant requirements.
  4. Strategies for the actual writing part.


Current Funding Opportunities

Workplace charging

Starting in September, the Washington Department of Ecology will provide about $2,250,000 on a competitive basis to install Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast charging equipment at government-owned facilities in Washington for workplace charging for employees. Eligible applicants include State, City, and County governments in Washington. Ecology will pay the lessor of up to:

  • $9,000 per dual-head Level 2 charger or up to 60% of eligible costs.
  • $30,000 per dual-head DC fast charger or up to 60% of eligible costs.

The maximum amount for an individual grant award is $200,000.
Grant period open: September 4 - November 7, 2019
Click here for more details and an introduction to the Ecology grants portal.

School buses

The EPA has set an October 30, 2019, deadline for Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) School Bus Rebates. Eligible entities include regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities, and private entities that operate under contract with a public entity listed. Rebates up to $20,000 are available for 2017 or newer model year engines operating as clean diesel, gasoline, propane, CNG, or all battery electric.

Grant period open: September 30 – October 30, 2019

Click here for the full details.

The Washington Department of Ecology has opened a grant opportunity to provide about $12,000,000 statewide to help school districts buy all-electric school buses. To help pay for the cost difference between electric and diesel buses, Ecology will provide up to $325,000 per electric bus. Grant recipients may elect to use up to $50,000 of the $325,000 grant to help pay for the associated electric charging infrastructure.

Grant period open: October 17 – Thursday, December 12, 2019

Click here for the detailed grant guidelines and application instructions.


The WSDOT Public Transportation Division has established a Green Transportation Capital Grant Program to fund zero emission vehicles for public transit agencies. The purpose of the grant program is to aid any transit authority in funding cost-effective capital projects to reduce the carbon intensity of the Washington transportation system. (RCW 47.66.120) $12 million is available per biennium. WSDOT offered these examples of possible capital projects:

  • Electrification of vehicle fleets, including battery and fuel cell operated electric vehicles.
  • Modification or replacement of capital facilities in order to facilitate fleet electrification and/or hydrogen refueling.
  • Necessary upgrades to electrical transmission and distribution systems.
  • Construction of charging and fueling stations.

Applications for these grants must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 22. Grant projects must be complete and funds spent by June 30, 2021.

Click here for more program details and the link to the application documents.

Electrification of Transportation

The Electrification of Transportation Systems Program is part of the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) Program administered by the Washington Department of Commerce. This fund will provide grants to Washington local governments and retail electric utilities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The timeline and requirements for the Program are under development.

Click here to learn more about this program.

Upcoming Events

Green Transportation: Steps to Writing Successful Grant Proposals
Webinar by WSU Energy Program
When: October 24, 2019, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Click HERE to sign up

Alternative Fuel-Vehicle Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG)
When: Friday, November 15, 2019, from 9:00 a.m to Noon
Where: Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Columbia Room (1st Floor)

Clean & Affordable Energy Conference
Sponsored by NW Energy Coalition
When: December 2, 2019
Where: Seattle, WA
More Details

Reviewing 2019 and Looking Forward to 2020
Webinar by Forth
When: December 10, 2019, 10am to 11am
More Details

2020 Green Transportation Summit & Expo
When: April 13 - 15, 2020
Where: Tacoma, WA
More Details

The 33rd International Electric Vehicles .Symposium & Exposition
(featuring Forth Roadmap 13)
When: June 14 - 17, 2020
Where: Portland, OR
More Details


Washington has been a leader in the development of electric transportation, due in large part to our clean electricity and the innovative spirit of its residents and public leadership. Here are some of the programs and agencies with information to share.

West Coast Electric Highways

Washington Department of Enterprise Services

Washington Department of Commerce

Western Washington Clean Cities

Drive Electric Washington

Forth Mobility

Plug-In America

West Coast Electric Fleets

Electric Vehicles Registrations by County


See below for some tools that can help you evaluate a switch to electric vehicles.

Western Washington Clean Cities published an excellent guide to help you Join the EVolution

Whether all-electric or hybrid, find the plug-in vehicle that is right for you

On-line shopping assistance is available from PlugStar, a service of Plug-In America

Find EV Charging Stations – Use PlugShare


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