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Utah Hosts USDOT to Collect Feedback on their Charge Forward Initiative

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Under its ROUTES initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure in February 2022 as a one-stop shop for rural entities looking to plan, fund, and implement EV charging infrastructure and projects. 

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s), Utah Clean Cities and Grand County Economic Development Office hosted one of these workshops with the goal to collect input on the rural electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure toolkit Charging Forward Toolkit directly from local rural leaders and communities. 

Grand County Economic Development helped to facilitate a meeting between stakeholders including the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Energy, and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition on the prospect of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure funding in our region as part of an EV corridor including Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Utah Clean Cities Coalition is serving as the prime of this project and their executive director, Tammie Bostick. 

USDOT is actively working with Clean Cities Coalitions to organize workshops with rural communities across the country to (1) obtain feedback on the toolkit content and inform a revised version, planned for Summer 2022; and (2) facilitate knowledge exchange within rural communities on getting started with EV charging projects. USDOT is seeking feedback on this first version of the toolkit—with a goal to release a revised version this summer. The workshops bring together 10-20 stakeholders from a single community or region, with participants representing diverse community and planning roles.

“We are excited to focus one of these workshops on Moab and surrounding areas. Being in Moab today is an incredible opportunity for all of rural Utah. Today, We bring together  leadership with the possible vision of electrified transportation. Our goal in bringing resources to rural Utah communities is to ensure equity, funding access, and the tools to secure opportunities to build out zero emission technologies and renewable fuels” said Tammie Bostick, Executive Director of Utah Clean Cities. 

This workshop is also a part of the Utah Clean Cities Coalitions Drive Clean Rural USA – Rural Utah Project focused on helping rural counties transition to cleaner fuels and vehicles. This project provides outreach, education, and technical assistance to local county decision makers to support opportunities for transitioning fleets to cleaner fuels and vehicles. Support county governments transition their fleets to cleaner fuels and vehicles. 

For more information on this workshop and projects, please contact Tammie Bostick at tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org

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Atlas Disposal Ribbon Cutting

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Salt Lake City, UT, March 22, 2022 —  Utah Clean Cities rallied with key Utah leadership in the transportation sector and with clean air advocates today at the Atlas Disposal green-fleet ribbon cutting in west Salt Lake.  The event was moderated by Free Reyes of Lancer Energy and the speakers included: Thom Carter, Governor’s Energy Advisor; Kim Frost, Utah Clean Air Partnership; Tammie Bostick, Utah Clean Cities; and Dell Loy Hansen, Atlas founder.  Over sixty clean air advocates and transportation leaders toured the new facility and applauded the breadth and depth of ingenuity in this modern facility with large solar arrays and high tech fueling options.

Atlas Disposal has invested over $5 Million in a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station and fleet of 16 CNG Refuse Trucks. This new fueling station is located on their property in west Salt Lake City off of I-80 near the airport.  The station can fuel up to 40 refuse trucks simultaneously and includes a public access station for fast-filling CNG/RNG at 14 GGE per minute– making it the fastest CNG filling station in Utah.

Using state-of-the-art technologies with fast-fueling innovation is what sets this advanced station above the rest for fleet satisfaction and environmental stewardship commitment,“The super station we are touring today is a testimony of sound business practices and regard to the carbon-constrained air shed along Utah’s Wasatch front,” stated Tammie Bostick, director of Utah Clean Cities, a non-profit organization dedicated to clean fuels, clean air and clean strategies, “ We here at the Atlas station, renewable fuels at the pump, renewable energy in the form of solar electricity, and a off-grid fast charger from FreeWire technologies that operates on battery storage for resilience and shaves peak energy demands for efficiency.” added Bostick. The fueling station and electric vehicle DC fast charger uses electricity from its on-site 325kW solar canopy array with 400kWH of battery storage that has the peak output capability of 120kW.

The new technologies in a modern CNG fleet have significantly lower emissions than its diesel counterparts: 50% less fine particulate matter and 90% less carbon monoxide. “We all share ownership and responsibility for Utah’s air quality. We applaud Atlas for leading its industry by making this significant investment in new clean natural gas refuse trucks to help contribute to a better air quality solution.” stated Kim Frost, executive director at Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR).

Nick Sikich, president at Atlas Disposal was closely involved with the decisions that led to the Atlas mission to commit fully to renewable natural gas and electric fueling, “There is no silver bullet to solving Utah’s air quality, but every small change adds to a collective bigger step toward better health, a better economy, and better overall quality of life for all of us. Atlas Disposal is excited to announce a new eco-friendlier fleet of 16 CNG Refuse trucks and a new innovative CNG/RNG fueling station that is open to the public. Lowering our emissions is of utmost importance to us as a company and guides our overall operating decisions.”

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About Atlas Disposal

Atlas Disposal Industries was established in March of 1998 in response to the new recycling mandates that were passed by the State of California. With an active team focused on educating local businesses about their recycling potential, Atlas emerged as the fastest growing waste management and recycling removal company in the area. Today, Atlas Disposal is one of the largest waste management and recycling service providers with operations in Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.  Atlas Disposal has the advantage of local customer service and billing to respond quickly to any questions or concerns that customers might have.  ReFuel Energy Partners, a division of Atlas Disposal, currently operates public CNG fueling stations in Sacramento, San Jose, and now Salt Lake.  Atlas Disposal believes in being good stewards of the communities they serve by letting their core value of environmental preservation help guide their business decisions.

About Utah Clean Cities

Web: utahcleancities.org

Through the Beyond Zero Green Fleet Program, Utah Clean Cities, UCC, seeks to recognize those in Utah’s transportation sectors who have committed to developing zero-emission fleet goals through the adoption and expansion of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.

The mission of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the United States by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector. Working closely with the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities programs, federal and state government, as well as our local stakeholders, we leverage our resources to bring funding into Utah to support the development and deployment of advanced fuel infrastructure and vehicles with an emphasis on renewable energies and technologies.

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Competitive Programs FY2022 Notice of Funding: Low or No Emission and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities

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Utah, 3 other states agree on hydrogen hub; seek portion of $8B in federal funds

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Atlas Disposal Makes Investment of Over $5 million in Cleaner Air Technologies

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UCC Joins Nationwide Call for Investment in Clean Fuels and Vehicles at Energy Independence Summit 2022

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Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES)

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Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2021


 

Originally posted by USDOT Federal Highway Administration

Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) is an initiative to address disparities in rural transportation infrastructure by developing user-friendly tools and information, aggregating DOT resources, and providing technical assistance. The ROUTES Initiative aims to ensure rural transportation infrastructure’s unique challenges are considered in order to meet priority transportation goals of safety, mobility, and economic competitiveness.
Read our newly released Rural EV Infrastructure Toolkit, which was developed as part of the ROUTES Initiative to help rural communities plan and fund electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

The ROUTES Initiative is established to…

  • Engage Rural Communities through a series of events to better understand their transportation needs and priorities, and to collect essential data from stakeholders representing different communities, groups, workers, and industries to identify necessary transportation solutions.
  • Harmonize DOT Programs to implement rural policy by re-constituting the ROUTES Council to lead and coordinate Departmental activities to implement the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and better align new and existing funding, financing, and technical assistance programs with the needs of rural and Tribal communities.
  • Utilize a Whole-of-Government Approach by partnering with other rural-focused federal agencies and regional commissions to expand DOT’s presence in rural America, better promote DOT’s resources to their customers, and capitalize on synergies between federal funding programs.

The Rural Transportation Network is Critical for Our Economy

  • Rural transportation networks are critically important for domestic production and export of agriculture, mining, and energy commodities, as well as the quality of life for all Americans.
  • Two-thirds of rail freight originates in rural areas, and nearly half of all truck vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) occur on rural roads.  These industries require heavy trucks that create significantly more wear-and-tear on roadways.
  • Ninety percent of posted (limited weight) bridges are in rural areas and heavy trucks cannot cross posted bridges – to find a safe bridge, heavy trucks hauling in rural areas must traverse three-times the distance as in metro areas.
Rural roads account for a significant proportion of total lane miles in the United States, and they play a significant role in our nation’s transportation system, safely moving people and goods to their destinations. However, rural areas face several transportation challenges relating to safety, usage, and infrastructure condition.

Graphic listing rural transportation statistics. 19% of Americans live in rural areas but 68% of our nation's total lane miles are in rural areas. Urban areas: 1,052 miles per 100,000 residents. Rural areas: 9,818 lane miles per 100,000 residents.

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Information Management, Highway Statistics, table HM-60, available at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm; United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 5-Year Estimates, 2018.

While only 19% of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, 45% of all roadway fatalities and 34% of all public highway-rail grade crossing fatalities occur on rural roads, and the fatality rate on rural roads is 2 times higher than on urban roads.

Fatality Rate Per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles Traveled is 2 times greater in rural areas. Rural=1.68 Urban= 0.86. 45% of highway fatalities occur on rural roads. Rural= 16,411 Urban= 19,498. 34% of fatalities at public highway-rail grade crossings occur in rural areas. 80% of railroad crossings without active warning devices are found in rural areas.

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Annual Vehicle Distance Traveled in Miles and Related Data, 2017-2018; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 2018.

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Over $5M for Utah to Support in Building EV Charging Network

Utah is slated to receive over $5 Million in 2022 to support with the build out of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, aligning with the administrations larger National EV Charging Network goals.

 

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Originally posted by USDOT Federal Highway Administration

President Biden, USDOT and USDOE Announce $5 Billion over Five Years for National EV Charging Network, Made Possible by Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Joint Energy and Transportation Office and DriveElectric.gov Available to Assist States with Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plans

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Contact: FHWA.PressOffice@dot.gov
Tel: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program established by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to build out a national electric vehicle charging network, an important step towards making electric vehicle (EV) charging accessible to all Americans.

The program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System. The total amount available to states in Fiscal Year 2022 under the NEVI Formula Program is $615 million. States must submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan before they can access these funds. A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year.

“A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”

“We are modernizing America’s national highway system for drivers in cities large and small, towns and rural communities, to take advantage of the benefits of driving electric,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping states to make electric vehicle charging more accessible by building the necessary infrastructure for drivers across America to save money and go the distance, from coast-to-coast.”

Today’s news follows President Biden’s announcement earlier this week on EV manufacturing, and the White House Fact Sheet on actions taken to date to prepare for this historic EV investment.

To access these new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds – and to help ensure a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging experience for all users – each state is required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that describes how the state intends to use its share of NEVI Formula Program funds consistent with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance.

These plans are expected to build on Alternative Fuel Corridors that nearly every state has designated over the past six years of this program. These corridors will be the spine of the new national EV charging network. The Joint Office will play a key role in the implementation of the NEVI Formula Program by providing direct technical assistance and support to help states develop their plans before they are reviewed and approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which administers the funding.

“Americans need to know that they can purchase an electric vehicle and find convenient charging stations when they are using Interstates and other major highways,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “The new EV formula program will provide states with the resources they need to provide their residents with reliable access to an EV charging station as they travel.”

The new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation also launched a new website this week at DriveElectric.gov. There, officials can find links to technical assistance, data and tools for states, and careers. To join the Joint Office and support a future where everyone can ride and drive electric, individuals are encouraged to apply to be an EV charging fellow.

As part of today’s announcement, FHWA released the NEVI Formula Program funding to states that will be available following approval of state plans for Fiscal Year 2022 in addition to the Program Guidance and a Request for Nominations for states to expand their existing Alternative Fuel Corridors. Here is state-by-state NEVI funding for Fiscal Years 2022-2026.

FY 2022 Funding*