The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is the primary recipient of the Clean Cities Grant from the Department of Energy for a regional Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition Petroleum Reduction Project Grant. Snohomish County is a subrecipient of this grant, along with several other jurisdictions across the Puget Sound, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Goal of the Project
The primary goal of the project is to eliminate the use of petroleum fuels by facilitating the purchase of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Snohomish County received $457,000 for the following activities:
Purchase up to 20 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles by the county
Install two biodiesel and one ethanol fueling station in the county
Install electric vehicle charging stations at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, McCollum Park, and Willis Tucker Community Park
The Clean Cities Grant funding is part of regional and national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and improve air quality. This program is an important step to help the county achieve its GHG emission reduction goals.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Program (VTP), The Clean Cities Program is a government-industry partnership designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Clean Cities contributes to the energy, environmental, and economic security of the United States by supporting local decisions to reduce our dependence on imported petroleum.
Energy Policy Act
Established in 1993 in response to the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992, the partnership provides tools and resources for voluntary, community-centered programs to reduce consumption of petroleum-based fuels. In almost 90 coalitions, government agencies and private companies voluntarily come together under the umbrella of Clean Cities. The partnership helps all parties identify mutual interests and meet the objectives of reducing the use of imported oil, developing regional economic opportunities, and improving air quality.