Issues/Advocacy

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Help Defend the DOE Clean Cities Program
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The White House budget has proposed elimination of the DOE Clean Cities program as part of its proposed 72 percent cut of the Department’s overall Vehicle Technologies program. However, Congress will ultimately decide the fate of the Clean Cities program. Help save Clean Cities by adding your name to our national letter to the Congressional appropriations leaders. Also, please contact your Members of the House and Senate directly and urge them to protect funding for the DOE Clean Cities program.

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Transportation Energy Partners 2018 Federal Policy Priorities

1. Extend Tax Incentives for Alternative Transportation Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure: Congress should provide a 5 year extension of the following tax incentives, in order to provide policy stability and certainty to investors in the broad array of domestic alternative fuels, vehicles and technologies.

  • Tax credit that supports electric charging, natural gas, propane and biofuels infrastructure
  • Tax credit for sellers of natural gas and propane as transportation fuels
  • Tax credit for producers of biodiesel and cellulosic biofuels
  • Special depreciation allowance for cellulosic biofuel plant property
  • Tax credit for conversion to plug-in hybrid vehicles
  • Tax credit for purchases of alternative fuel vehicles (Maintain credit for electric vehicles and reinstate credit for natural gas and propane vehicles)
  • See letter to Congress supporting extension of tax incentives.

2. Ensure Adequate Federal Funding in FY 2018 and FY 2019 for Key Alternative Fuels Programs: Congress should support funding for the following federal programs, which advance the development and deployment of clean transportation technologies:

3. Preserve the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS):

Congress should reject efforts to undermine or eliminate the RFS, which sets annual standards for production and use of conventional and advanced biofuels. Congress should also encourage the Trump Administration and the EPA to continue growing RFS volumes to ensure that we continue diversifying the fuels market with clean alternatives that are creating jobs, cutting pollution, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Renewable fuels have helped reduce oil imports by 25 percent since 2000 and now provide 10 percent of America’s on-road transportation needs. The RFS supports more than 400,000 jobs across the U.S. economy. In addition to ethanol, the RFS is stimulating impressive growth in Renewable Natural Gas and Advanced Biofuels such as biodiesel, which last year produced nearly 2 billion gallons and is poised for significant growth under a stable RFS.

4. Ensure Timely Approval of DOT CMAQ Funding for Alternative Fuel Vehicles:

Congress should make sure the FHWA reviews Buy America waivers for alternative fuel vehicles in a timely fashion, so they can receive CMAQ funding. There are currently dozens of projects including hundreds of vehicles that have been waiting for FHWA approval for more than a year. In the past, FHWA has approved waivers for vehicles assembled in the U.S. on a quarterly basis. Waivers are required because component parts for vehicles assembled in the U.S. come from all over the world.

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Stabilize Gas Prices, Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence, Create Jobs

Despite the recent drop in gasoline cost, prices remain volatile and we continue to send $135 billion a year to OPEC and other countries for oil. Meanwhile, China and other nations threaten to beat out the United States for leadership of the global clean energy market. More than 70 percent of the oil we import is used as our primary transportation fuel for our national fleet of 270 million vehicles.

American ingenuity and technology innovation have enabled vehicles using electricity, natural gas, propane, biodiesel, ethanol and hydrogen to take hold in the market place. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), there are more than 1.5 million alternative fuel vehicles in use in the United States and about 55,000 alternative fueling stations. Yet this represents a small fraction of the total American fleet.

The United States must aggressively expand our use of domestically produced alternatives to petroleum fuel if we are to stabilize gasoline prices, decrease our reliance on foreign oil, and create American jobs.

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Investment in Alternative Fuels Creates American Jobs

In addition to enhancing our energy security, the clean transportation industry is also critical to our economic growth and global competitiveness.

  • There are more than 765,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road.  The global market for lithium ion batteries will grow from $3.2 billion in 2013 to $24.1 billion in 2023 and annual revenue from the infrastructure charging section is projected to grow to $5.8 billion in annual revenue by 2022.
  • The ethanol industry contributes about $42 billion a year to our nation’s economy, including more than 340,000 American jobs.
  • Biodiesel has grown into a 2-billion-gallon per year industry with 125 plants across the country supporting more than 64,000 jobs and providing $11.42 billion in economic impact.
  • There are about 200,000 propane-powered vehicles on America’s roads, and a fleet of more than 12,000 propane-powered school buses is used to transport more than 700,000 children to school each day. The
    propane industry contributed $46.2 billion to U.S. gross domestic product and employed 53,964 domestic workers in 2015.
  • The U.S. is the number one producer of natural gas in the world, and American businesses and consumers continue to embrace natural gas vehicles. Approximately 155,000 natural gas vehicles operate on America’s roads today. These vehicles are supported by 1,800 fueling stations that are connected by 1.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines.