• Resources

Making changes to improve Utah’s air quality isn’t always easy. That’s why at Utah Clean Cities, we do everything we can to make the process go smoother. We’ve compiled a list of resources that will make your transition to clean fuels seamless.

If you have any questions, or need more information in pursuing a grant, project or partnership, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Utah Foundations Driving Towards a Cleaner Future

Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah

Driving Toward a Cleaner Future: Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah examines the incentives and disincentives around electric cars, as well as the policy decisions around preparation for a wide proliferation of electric vehicles in the future. It also examines the incentives and requirements around public and private heavy-duty fleet vehicles.

VIEW THE REPORT

Key Findings of this Report

  • Electric vehicles – or battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids – accounted for less than 2% of the nation’s new vehicle market share in 2018. In Utah, electric’s market share was about 1.6%.
  • Addressing the fears of consumers is a core challenge in alternative fuel vehicle adoption. Less than a quarter of Americans consider purchasing electric cars because of concerns about running out of power, the availability of charging stations and initial vehicle cost.
  • Utah’s relatively small electric vehicle tax credit was not renewed in 2016, yet electric vehicle market share has continued to increase.
  • The top electric-vehicle-adopting states – all in the West – offer significant incentives. However, the 10 states with the highest market share growth in 2018 offer no incentives (though they all had 2017 market share under one percent).
  • There is evidence that the looming threat of expiring tax credits can encourage short-term market uptake of alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Due to state and local investment, as well as the Volkswagen Settlement and private actors, Utah’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure is poised to quickly expand
  • Large fleet vehicles account for one-third to one-half of Utah’s vehicle emissions, even though they account for only 3% of the vehicle miles traveled.
  • Alternative-fuel, heavy-duty fleet vehicles are more expensive than diesel and have large infrastructure costs, but offer large fuel and maintenance savings.
  • To encourage the market’s embrace of alternative fuel vehicles, state and local governments should continue to explore opportunities to encourage private actors to deploy alternative fuel infrastructure for customers, tenants, employees and visitors.
  • Cities and counties have at least two potential roles to play: adopting building codes that are “future-proof” for the growth in alternative fuel vehicles, and retiring older public-service diesel fuel fleets.
  • Utah may get a substantial air quality return on its tax credit investments by continuing to focus incentives on heavy-duty fleet vehicles and renewing them in 2020.
  • To encourage the market’s embrace of alternative fuel vehicles, public and private sector stakeholders should mount public information campaigns to explain the growing availability of alternative fuel infrastructure and address other consumer fears.

You can download a pdf of the report here.

See the comprehensive, 2014, air quality report here.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Utah Roadmap

Addressing Policy Making to Improve Air Quality and Impacts of a Changing Climate

At the request of the Utah Legislature, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute – with the assistance of a 37-person Technical Advisory Committee – prepared this Utah Roadmap to assist with legislative policy making to improve air quality and address causes and impacts of a changing climate. The Utah Roadmap identifies areas of opportunity to further reduce air emissions and ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous future for all Utahns. On January 6, the Gardner Institute released the Utah Roadmap for public review and will consider feedback as the recommendations are finalized.

The Gardner Institute and Technical Advisory Committee reviewed past Utah-specific work on air quality and changing climate completed by Envision Utah and the 2007 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council. This previous analysis included over 200 policy options. After a six-month expert assessment, we prioritized 55 of these options as those with the greatest impact at the least cost. The Gardner Institute then selected seven strategies – or what we call mileposts – as the first areas of focus.

iREV Report

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Emergency Plans: A Planning Policy Report for Utah

This report was produced through a partnership between the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC), and examines how alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs)1 can bolster resilience by diversifying Utah’s vehicle fleet, and be leveraged as an emergency response resource in the event of a disruption to the state’s transportation fuels sector.

VIEW THE REPORT

In Utah, emergency preparedness efforts are ongoing at the state-level, and include planning, training, exercises, and funding for infrastructure and equipment. Utah’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) covers broad challenges facing the energy sector. In order to address the complex issues relating to energy sector emergencies, the state also created the Utah Energy Emergency Plan (EEP). This report includes recommended language that could be included in future updates to the EEP to ensure that alternative fuel vehicles are effectively deployed during a petroleum disruption to improve the response and recovery effort. Future OED publications, supported by the U.S. State Energy Program, could also include OED’s role in creating a resilient emergency response fleet within the state, capable of operating on alternative fuels in the event of a disruption to the petroleum sector.

Contact us for more Information on Grants & Incentives

Tammie Bostick (tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org)
Emily Paskett (emily.paskett@utahcleancities.org)
 Every fleet can be green. Save money and save our air.

Tammie Bostick

Tammie Bostick Executive Director Tammie Bostick leads Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) as Executive Director with a passion for clean fuels, clean air, and clean strategies. Tammie joined Utah Clean Cities in 2015 and considers it a dream…

Emily Paskett

Emily Paskett Senior Project Manager A Utahn through and through, Emily grew up on the slopes of the Wasatch Range. She graduated from the University of Utah focusing on Urban Ecology and Sustainable Environmental Studies. Prior to joining…

Dr. David Christensen

Dr. David Christensen; Director of SELECT, USU & Utah Clean Cities Board President

Dr. Royal Delegge

Dr. Royal Delegge; Director of Salt Lake County Health Department & Utah Clean Cities Board Secretary  

Brent Chamberlain

Brent Chamberlain, Utah Clean Cities Board Brent is currently serving as a Kane County Commissioner.  Prior to Kane County he served as a Kanab City Councilman for six year.  After retiring from 32 years in the mining industry he and his…

Jack Hedge

Jack Hedge Executive Director, Utah Inland Port Authority Jack Hedge assumed the role of the Executive Director of the Utah Inland Port Authority in June of 2019. His charge is to develop and build the nation’s leading sustainable intermodal…
,

Transportation Energy Partners interview with UCC's Tammie Bostick

Tammie Bostick, Vice President of Operations for Transportation Energy Partners and Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities, talks about why TEP matters and why the work that it does matters for Clean Cities coalitions and folks around the…
,

February Newsletter

CLICK BELOW TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL UTAH CLEAN CITIES NEWSLETTER
,

UCC Joins Nationwide Policy Efforts for Clean Fuel, Vehicles & Infrastructure at Energy Independence Summit in Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5th, 2020. Utah Clean Cities Executive Director, Tammie Bostick, and Senior Project Manager, Emily Paskett, will join clean transportation leaders from across the nation next week in Washington, D.C. to…