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 73 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 2017 Federal Policy Priorities

1. Extend Tax Incentives for Alternative Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure: Congress should provide a minimum 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
        • 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

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

        • Congress should provide $50 million for the DOE Clean Cities program, including $25 million in competitive grants for new alternative fuel and vehicle deployment strategies. Clean Cities is DOE’s most important initiative focused on the deployment of alternative fuels, vehicles, and infrastructure. (See letter to Congress supporting Clean Cities funding.)

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 are diversifying the fuels market with clean alternatives that are creating jobs and cutting pollution here at home. The RFS is working.  Renewable fuels have helped reduce oil imports by 25 percent since 2000 and now provide 10 percent of America’s on-road transportation needs. In addition to ethanol, the RFS is stimulating impressive growth in Advanced Biofuels such as biodiesel, which last year produced nearly 2 billion gallons and is poised for significant growth under a stable RFS. As a result of the RFS, the first commercial facilities producing cellulosic renewable fuels are up and running and several more are under construction. The advanced biofuels industry needs the policy stability provided by the RFS to continue to attract investment and flourish.

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Stabilize Gas Prices, Reduce Foreign Oil Dependence, Create

Despite the recent drop in gasoline cost, prices remain volatile and we continue to send $150 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 as we continue our struggle for economic recovery. More than 70 percent of the oil we import is used as our primary transportation fuel – as gasoline for our national fleet of 265 million cars and light trucks, or as diesel fuel for our 3.6 million heavy-duty trucks.

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 1.2 million alternative fuel vehicles in use in the United States and about 50,000 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 600,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road.  The global market for lithium ion batteries in the light duty fleet will grow from $3.2 billion in 2013 to $24.1 billion in 2023; the revenue in the infrastructure segment is projected to grow to $5.8 billion in annual revenue by 2022.
  • The ethanol industry contributes about $45 billion a year to our nation’s economy, including more than 350,000 American jobs.
  • Biodiesel has grown into a 2-billion-gallon per year industry with nearly 200 plants across the country supporting more than 60,000 jobs.
  • There are nearly 200,000 buses, delivery trucks and vans, taxicabs, and other vehicles running on clean-burning propane.  With an extensive propane distribution network in place, consumers are able to access record-high stocks of propane to meet their vehicle fueling needs.
  • 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. More than 160,000 natural gas vehicles operate on America’s roads today. These vehicles are supported by 1,750 fueling stations that are connected by 1.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines.
  • Hybrids, idle reduction, and other advanced technologies save millions of dollars in fossil fuel costs for individuals, families, and businesses every year.