Industry Groups and Leaders Advocate Clean Transportation Priorities as Part of Federal Economic Rec
A diverse collection of clean transportation leaders and industry groups have developed policy priorities related to economic recovery from the deepening recession caused by COVID-19. Clean Fuels Ohio plans to engage with specific partners, especially Transportation Energy Partners (TEP), and focus attention on the Ohio Congressional delegation.
“It’s important that clean transportation solutions play an important role to drive economic recovery,” said Jason Phillips, Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio. “This is especially needed in a state like Ohio where vehicle manufacturing, supply chains and logistics are so vital to our economy.”
TEP’s policy agenda prioritizes two policy issues: 1) Funding for the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program to create state-based streamlined funding channels for advanced vehicles, while simplifying Buy America rules to require all funded vehicles to be fully made or assembled in the U.S.A. 2) Provide $500 million for vehicles and infrastructure through Clean Cities programs in a package loosely modeled on recovery funding from 2009, but based on more streamlined rules and administration. In addition to the top priorities, TEP has included six other items on its overall agenda. These include funding for refueling and recharging infrastructure through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), extension of advanced fuel tax credits, funding for the U.S. EPA’s clean diesel program, among others.
“Clean transportation technologies and energy sources can help drive economic recovery and jobs,” said Ken Brown, Executive Director of TEP. “It’s going to be important for our stakeholders across the country to strongly deliver this message.”
Many others have put forth related agendas. For example, National Biodiesel Board is calling on Congress to provide immediate, temporary, direct relief/assistance for biofuel industry through the Department of Agriculture. Based on falling commodity and low fuel demand, many biodiesel and ethanol plants face closure.
Calstart has framed out four priorities. These include Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low/No Emission Bus Deployment, zero emission truck incentives for point-of-sale, infrastructure development, and mobility research, and a competitive grant program for refueling and recharging stations along Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated corridors. Calstart is also advocating for funding and temporary simplification of Buy America rules for CMAQ.
Over the coming weeks, Clean Fuels Ohio will ramp up efforts to engage the Ohio Congressional Delegation in coordination with industry and other members. Efforts will depend on the Congressional schedule. Those interested in being part of the process may contact Jason Phillips at Jason@CleanFuelsOhio.org.