DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate opens registration for ‘Fueling the Future’ clean transportation event May 24

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate invites fleet managers, businesses, public organizations and transportation professionals to attend Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware, presented in conjunction with the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

At this interactive one-day event, attendees will explore the benefits of cleaner alternative fuels for transportation including propane auto gas, natural gas and electricity. Fueling the Future features presentations, discussions and vendor displays, plus a ride-and-drive opportunity to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled cars and ride in alternative-fueled commercial vehicles.

Expert panels and vendors will showcase options for transitioning fleets to alternative fuels; present funding opportunities and success stories, and dispel common misconceptions. Alternative-fueled vehicles are available in almost every vehicle class, from passenger sedans and pickup trucks to school buses and heavy-duty trucks, making them ideal for virtually any fleet.

“The costs of fueling a fleet and the carbon footprint of traditional gas and diesel vehicles can be substantial,” said Clean Transportation Policy Analyst Kathy Harris, Division of Energy & Climate. “The transportation sector in Delaware accounts for about 34 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Cleaner alternative fuels improve a fleet’s environmental stewardship while offering more consistent and often lower fuel costs than conventional fuels.”

The grant recipients of the Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program also will be announced at the Fueling the Future event. This program supports projects that reduce harmful climate change-inducing emissions in Delaware through alternative fuel development.

“When it comes to climate preparation and resiliency, the importance of using alternative fuels cannot be overstated,” Harris said. “Delaware’s growing alternative fuel network offers progressive opportunities for improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions threatening our state. We invite Delaware’s transportation professionals to be part of this environmentally-responsible movement.”

To register for the event, or for more information, visit de.gov/fuelingthefuture. Registration is open now through Wednesday, May 11.

Fueling the Future is hosted by the Delaware Clean Cities Coalition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. The coalition is housed within the Delaware Division of Energy & Climate, and comprises more than 40 stakeholders from state and local governments, fuel suppliers, vehicle retailers, fleet owners, non-profit organizations and other interested parties.

For more information on clean transportation initiatives, rebates and funding opportunities offered through the Division of Energy & Climate, visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 114

DNREC Division of Energy & Climate announces changes to Energy Efficiency Investment Fund availability

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate has announced that the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) is no longer accepting new applications for the prescriptive portion of the funding program, and that custom applications will be considered on a modified basis. In addition, Energy Assessment Grant applications will no longer be accepted.

Established in 2011, the EEIF was created to help Delaware businesses make strategic investments in capital equipment and facility upgrades to help lower operating costs, reduce energy consumption and improve environmental performance. The fund was intended to be capitalized annually with the first $5 million in public utility tax receipts. The program was fully funded for its first two years of operation, and continued with reduced funding for two additional years. For fiscal year 2016, no new funding was appropriated, necessitating the suspension of select portions of the program.

All prescriptive and custom applications received prior to July 1, 2015 will continue to be reviewed and approved accordingly. However, prescriptive applications – including prescriptive lighting and lighting controls, vending misers, and natural gas heating and water heating equipment – that were received on or after July 1, 2015 will not be considered. Custom applications received on or after July 1, 2015 will be considered on a modified basis, as the custom portion of the program is still accepting modified custom applications for process and manufacturing improvements, compressed air systems, pumping systems and variable speed drives.

“The EEIF program has experienced a significant increase in the number of applications resulting from the prescriptive application process that was introduced with the re-launch of the program in July of 2014,” said Energy Program Administrator Robert Underwood, Division of Energy & Climate. “In the first three years of EEIF through Fiscal Year 2014, there were 56 applications awarded. By comparison, 322 applications were awarded in Fiscal Year 2015 alone.”

“We understand that these changes will affect our valued business partners and contractors in the short term, but we continue to work on innovative ways to reestablish funding for the program that will allow us to fully open EEIF in the future,” Underwood added.

For more information the EEIF, please visit the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund pages.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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