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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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Current Funding Opportunities

Corridor charging

In December 2019, the Washington Department of Ecology will open a grant opportunity to provide about $4,000,000 on a competitive basis to install or upgrade existing publicly available direct current fast chargers (DCFC) along high-traffic transportation corridors in Washington. Ecology will prioritize projects in communities that were disproportionately impacted by VW vehicle diesel pollution and those located within 1.5 miles of a high-traffic corridor (average annual daily traffic counts of at least 40,000, according to the Department of Transportation’s Traffic Geoportal Tool).

Applications can be submitted by state, local, or tribal governments; private businesses, and incorporated nonprofits (see detailed in the grant guidelines). The maximum amount for an individual grant award is $600,000. Ecology will pay the lessor of up to:

  • $95,000 per charger or up to 80% of eligible costs to install new dual-head DCFC.
  • $105,000 per charger or up to 80% of eligible costs to upgrade existing DCFC.

There are many other requirements of the program. All the grant guidelines and instructions are available at: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/summarypages/1902033.html

Read the grant guidelines thoroughly. All applicants will need to submit applications through the electronic grant and loan application system called EAGL (Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans). Detailed instructions for new and current EAGL users are at: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/How-we-operate/Grants-loans

Grant period open: December 3, 2019 to 5:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 4, 2020,

Workplace charging

In the fall of 2019, the Washington Department of Ecology offered a grant opportunity to provide about $2,250,000 on a competitive basis to install Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast charging equipment for employee workplace charging at government-owned facilities in Washington. Eligible applicants included State, City, and County governments in Washington. The maximum amount for an individual grant award was set at $200,000. Ecology offered to 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.

This grant opportunity closed on November 7, 2019. Stay tuned for the results.

School buses

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010 allows EPA to offer rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. The rebate program has funded vehicle replacements or retrofits for almost 2,000 vehicles to date. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

During the most recent School Bus Rebate application period, eligible entities included 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 were available for 2017 or newer model year engines operating as clean diesel, gasoline, propane, CNG, or all battery electric.

This fall the Washington Department of Ecology offered 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.

The grant period closed on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Stay tuned for the results.

Transit

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.

Click here for more program details and future updates.

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.

Grant writing—topic of 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. On October 24, 2019, we hosted a webinar entitled Green Transportation: Steps to Writing Successful Grant Proposals to give people ideas and tools that can help them write successful funding requests.

The audience came from public fleets at city and county governments, transit agencies, and school districts, especially from many smaller and medium sized public fleets that don’t have dedicated grant writers. The webinar slide deck is available here.

Upcoming Events

Alternative Fuel-Vehicle Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG)
When: Friday, January 15, 2020, from 9:00 am to Noon
Where: Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Columbia Room (1st Floor)

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

Resources

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

Tools

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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