DNREC Division of Energy & Climate increases funding for Clean Transportation rebate program after exceeding goal of 100 rebates

Delawareans choose electric vehicles, save 830,000 pounds CO2 per year

DOVER – The success of DNREC’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program and high public demand for participation in it led the Division of Energy & Climate to announce today that an additional 100 rebates are being offered for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles purchased or leased in Delaware.

Launched in July 2015, the Clean Transportation Incentive Program has exceeded its goal of 100 vehicle rebate applications from Delaware drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. In light of the program’s high demand, 100 more rebates at $2,200 each are now available.

“The vehicles that have been purchased through the rebate program so far represent a savings of 830,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year that would have been emitted into our atmosphere if these drivers had chosen traditional gasoline cars,” said Climate Section Administrator Susan Love, Division of Energy & Climate.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which have a back-up gasoline engine, and battery electric vehicles, which run solely on electricity, have more reliable and typically lower fuel costs compared to gasoline. In addition, battery-electric vehicles produce no tailpipe pollution, leading to cleaner air and a lower carbon footprint.

“Transportation accounts for roughly a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Delawareans are embracing electric, plug-in hybrid electric and alternative fuel vehicles as a cleaner, cost-effective way to get around,” Love said. “That means a lot for our public health, our natural resources and our efforts to mitigate climate change.”

Rebate-eligible electric vehicles include the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi, Chevy Volt, BMW i3, Tesla Model S and other options. Battery-electric vehicles such as the BMW i3, Chevy Spark and Nissan Leaf can drive about 80 miles on one charge, making them a viable option both for frequent local travel and some commutes.

Drivers in all three counties have applied for and received Delaware clean vehicle rebates, and dealerships across the state have partnered with DNREC to help inform and engage Delawareans. Partnering dealers are: AutoTeam Delaware, Wilmington; Diver Chevrolet, Wilmington; Sheridan Ford, Wilmington; Sheridan Nissan, New Castle; Bayshore Ford, New Castle; Porter Auto Group, Newark; Willis Chevrolet Buick, Smyrna; Willis Ford, Smyrna; and I.G. Burton, Milford.

Clean Transportation Grants and Rebates
In addition to vehicle rebates, the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program also includes grant and rebate opportunities for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Delaware by promoting propane, electric and natural gas vehicles – collectively known as alternative fuel vehicles – and related infrastructure. Alternative fuel vehicles can meet the needs of drivers of all types of vehicles, from everyday four-door sedans and pick-up trucks to vans, dump trucks and heavy-duty tractor trailers.

In addition to state rebates and funding opportunities for vehicles and charging/fueling equipment, manufacturer rebates and federal funding opportunities and tax incentives also may be available.

For more information about funding available through Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program, visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

Fueling the Future Conference and Ride-and-Drive Event
Interested transportation professionals and state partners can learn about and experience alternative fuel vehicles firsthand at Fueling the Future: Clean Transportation for a Greener Delaware, a one-day conference and ride-and-drive event on Tuesday, May 24 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Expert panels will discuss the mechanics and benefits of alternative fuel vehicles for businesses, fleets, shipping and other transportation needs. In the afternoon ride-and-drive component, attendees will have the opportunity to drive alternative fuel vehicles, and ride in alternative fuel commercial vehicles.

To register, visit de.gov/fuelingthefuture. Registration is open through Wednesday, May 11.

Delaware’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program is made possible through Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a market-based emissions trading program designed to reduce emissions from the electricity generation sector. Delaware’s proceeds from RGGI are invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions reductions programs and programs that benefit energy consumers. In addition to providing funds, RGGI encourages innovation, growing a clean energy economy and creating green jobs.

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

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Delaware Division of Energy & Climate reminds applicants of Feb. 29 deadline for Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate is accepting proposals for the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program, through Feb. 29. Funding is available for projects that expand the availability of alternative fueling stations in Delaware, thereby encouraging Delawareans and state-based fleets to increase their use of alternative-fueled vehicles, including but not exclusive to electric, propane, natural gas and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

“Across Delaware, there has been growing enthusiasm for the use of alternative-fueled vehicles, which provide many economic, environmental and public health benefits for our state,” said Climate Section Administrator Susan Love, Division of Energy & Climate. “The Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program aims to support and spur the progress of alternative fueling projects in Delaware, so Delaware drivers and fleets can feel comfortable and confident in their choice to drive alternative-fueled vehicles.”

Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program
Grant funding will be awarded on a competitive basis. Any Delaware-based business, county, municipality, state agency, academic institution or non-governmental organization is invited to apply. Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016.

Approximately $1.4 million in grants (with the maximum for each award $500,000) is available to offset the costs of equipment associated with the installation of private or public alternative-fueling infrastructure, including but not limited to:

  • DC “fast” electric vehicle charging stations
  • Natural gas fueling stations
  • Propane fueling stations
  • Hydrogen fueling stations

The grant opportunity is part of the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program, which encourages the use of alternative-fueled vehicles and provides a foundation for developing the infrastructure to support them. Through this program, Delawareans and Delaware businesses have the option to find a fuel and a vehicle that best meets their needs, while growing Delaware’s clean energy economy.

Additional Clean Transportation Incentive Programs
Complementing this grant program, rebates are still available under the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program for purchasers of electric, plug-in hybrid electric, propane, and natural gas vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations and natural gas-powered heavy duty trucks.

Funding for the Delaware Clean Transportation Incentive Program and its Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Grant program is made possible by Delaware’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

For more information about the Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants, including the request for proposals and application form, please visit www.de.gov/cleantransportation or the Delaware Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants webpage.

For further questions, contact Kathy Harris at 302-735-3480, or email DNREC.Transportation@delaware.gov.

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

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