• 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.

Reports

Fuel Economy Guide: Model Year 2022

U.S. Department of Energy and EPA

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) produce the Fuel Economy Guide to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. The Guide is available on the Web at fueleconomy.gov

Maximize Clean Transit Investment 

Natural Gas Vehicles for America

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This report by NGVAmerica includes a review of recent studies and reports that evaluate natural gas and battery electric transit buses. Much of this report is based on data generated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of its evaluations of transit bus operations, including Foothill Transit in California, but also included are the findings from a number of other recent reports and studies.

Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative

Western Governors Association

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The Special Report of the Electric Vehicles Roadmap Initiative contains targeted recommendations on federal policy issues that affect public and private investments in EV infrastructure across the West. It also includes an umbrella agreement among states around a shared set of principles regarding EV infrastructure planning and identified a suite of voluntary standards to optimize public and private EV infrastructure investments. Read, download the Report

One Utah Roadmap

Gov. Spencer J. Cox; Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson

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The One Utah Roadmap shares the vision, principles, priorities, and action items of the Cox/Henderson Administration for the first 500 days in office. It is a dynamic document that will be regularly updated.

The Roadmap draws from the promises made during the campaign, suggestions made through the transition process, and other policy priorities of the Administration. It is designed to be easy to digest and understand and will serve as a high-level tool for realizing the vision and
implementing the priorities of the Administration.

The Roadmap will be assessed, reviewed and refreshed as needed and in 250 days, and reconstituted at the end of 500 days (mid-May 2022). Accomplishments of the Administration will also be shared.

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

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

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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.

Utah Foundations Driving Towards a Cleaner Future: Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Utah

Utah Foundation

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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

Highlights from Report

Fuel A Greener Future: Achieve Carbon Negative Transportation Today

NGV America

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Fuel a Greener Future report outlines the importance of utilizing all available low carbon heavy-duty transport options available today to dramatically lower overall transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and shares important information about the availability, resiliency, and sustainability of domestically sourced RNG vehicle and fueling technology

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

NASEO, OED, and UCCC

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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) 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.

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.

Grants and Incentives

DERA School Bus Rebates Program

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

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The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2010 allows the 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 over 2,000 vehicles. Typically, the rebate application period opens in the fall and projects are completed in less than one year.

School buses travel over four billion miles each year, providing the safest transportation to and from school for more than 25 million American children every day. However, diesel exhaust from these buses has a negative impact on human health, especially for children, who have a faster breathing rate than adults and whose lungs are not yet fully developed.

The 2020 DERA School Bus Rebates will offer over $10 million to public and private fleet owners for the replacement of old diesel school buses with new buses certified to EPA’s cleanest emission standards. Selected applicants that scrap and replace their old diesel buses will receive a rebate of $20,000-$65,000 per bus depending on the fuel type of the replacement bus.

2021 DERA School Bus Rebates Closed

[2022 Submissions to open this fall]

Learn more here

Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (VRRAP)

Salt Lake County Health Department

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The Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (VRRAP) provides financial assistance to low-income owners of vehicles that fail an emission test. Through VRRAP, qualifying low-income individuals will be offered financial assistance to either repair the vehicle (if model year 2004 or newer) or replace it with a newer, cleaner vehicle (if model year 2003 or older).

Learn More!

Utah’s Road Usage Charge Program

Utah Department of Transportation

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Utah roads are maintained using taxes from gasoline sales. As vehicles become more fuel efficient and the number of electric vehicles grows, the Utah Department of Transportation and Division of Motor Vehicles is changing to a per-mile fee as a way for drivers to pay their portion of roadway operations and maintenance.

Utah’s Road Usage Charge Program is voluntary for electric and hybrid vehicle owners. UDOT and DMV have contracted with emovis to operate the program. The choice is yours.

During the 2018 Legislative session, lawmakers instituted an alternative fuel vehicle fee to cover a portion of those vehicles’ contribution to building and maintaining Utah’s transportation system. ​This fee is in addition to the annual vehicle registration fee assessed on all vehicles in the State​. Utah’s Road Usage Charge provides a choice for owners of alternative fuel vehicles to pay by the mile in lieu of paying the alternative fuel vehicle fee.

Tools and Guides

GREET Model

The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model

GREET is a full life-cycle model sponsored by the Argonne National Laboratory. It fully evaluates energy and emission impacts of advanced and new transportation fuels, the fuel cycle from well to wheel and the vehicle cycle through material recovery and vehicle disposal.

GREET 2020 Release – The Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center is pleased to announce the 2020 release of the suite of GREET Models.

To Learn More

AFLEET Tool

 Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation

The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program has enlisted the expertise of Argonne to develop a tool to examine both the environmental and economic costs and benefits of alternative fuel and advanced vehicles. Argonne has developed the Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) Tool for Clean Cities stakeholders to estimate petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and cost of ownership of light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles using simple spreadsheet inputs.

Learn more about AFLEET

Alternative Fuels Data Center

DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office

The Information Source for Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reach their energy and economic goals through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. Users can search Types of Fuels and Vehicles, strategies to conserve fuel and improve your bottom line, locate alternative fueling stations throughout North America, and search federal and state laws, incentives, and up to date advanced fuel news.

Visit the AFDC

Additional

Additional Resources and Reports

Electrification

Transportation

Utah Clean Cities 2019 Annual Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and new transportation technologies, as they emerge.  

Every year, each Clean Cities coalition submits to DOE an annual report of its activities and accomplishments for the previous calendar year. Coalition coordinators, who lead the local coalitions, provide information and data via an online database managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The data characterize membership, funding, projects, and activities of the coalitions. The coordinators also submit data on the sales of alternative fuels, deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, idle-reduction initiatives, fuel economy activities, and programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled. NREL and DOE analyze the data and translate them into petroleum-use and greenhouse gas reduction impacts for individual coalitions and the program as a whole. This report summarizes those impacts for Utah Clean Cities. To view aggregated data for all local coalitions that participate in the Clean Cities program, visit cleancities.energy.gov/accomplishments.

Contact us for more Information on Grants & Incentives

Tammie Bostick (tammie.bostick@utahcleancities.org)
Kelly Barrett (kelly.barrett@utahcleancities.org)
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December 2021

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Carves Out Billions of Dollars for Hydrogen: How Utah Could Benefit

Monday, November 15, 2021 President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bill allocates money for alternative fuels such as hydrogen. Experts with the Western…
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The infrastructure bill could make Utah a leader in alternative fuels

Posted on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 By Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune  Article here SALT LAKE CITY — President Joe Biden’s Monday signature on a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal may reengineer the way people and…

November 2021 Newsbrief

  November Newsbrief 2021 
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Transportation Energy Partners Hosts Webinar

When: Friday, November 21, 2021 11 a.m. to Noon MST Register Here Some of highlights of the just passed $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill include: $39 billion in new funds for public transit $7.5 billion for electric…
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Utah Clean Cities attends Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit

By Marti Sorensen Intern Utah Clean Cities On October 27 (Wed.) and 28 (Thurs.), 2021, Utah Clean Cities attended the recent Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit held in Kanab, Utah.This event aims to develop and elevate outdoor recreation communities,…
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Zion: Nation’s 4th most visited national park delivers big $ to Utah

Posted on March 23, 2021 By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News Article here SALT LAKE CITY — Zion National Park, Utah’s superstar of tourism, draws millions of visitors each year and stands to deliver even more economic…
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Kane County votes down plan to create shuttle from Kanab to Zion The vote on Proposition 10 came just a week after the East Zion Initiative launched a pilot electric shuttle system.

Posted on Nov. 4, 2021 By Alastair Lee Bitsóí K. Sofie Wills, The Salt Lake City Tribune Kane County voters, a majority who live in Kanab City, voted down a ballot initiative that proposed a public bus shuttle system that would…

November 2021

November 2021