EP-ACT Newsletter

Driving together, toward a greener tomorrow

February 2020 News & Events

EP-ACT Heads to Washington for Annual Energy Independence Summit

EP-ACT stormed the capital on February 11, meeting with over 10 federal policymakers to educate them on the value of maintaining support for the Clean Cities program, the EPA Clean Diesel Grants, Renewable Fuel Standard and the various tax incentives for alternative fuels, vehicles and infrastructure.  Over 250 meetings were held by coalitions and transportation leaders, sharing the need for incentives, tools and resources to overcome barriers to the widespread adoption of cleaner vehicles and fuels.

EP-ACT Annual Fuel Displacement Collection

EPACT is tasked to collect vital information for the DOE, proving displacement to help lessen our dependence on imported petroleum, reduce emissions, offer cost savings and help your fleet meet sustainability goals. Did you know:

  • For every Federal $1.00 the National Clean Cities program receives, we turn it into $9.00 of private investments. 
  • The program’s goal is to displace 2.5 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel annually, within the transportation sector by 2025? 
  • Last year (fuel numbers for 2018), was the 1st year the coalitions collectively displaced over 1 billion gallons of petroleum.

Please take 10 minutes to download the form linked here to our website and fill in the information that is applicable for your fleet. Send your information to Tony by March 6. 

SimpleFuel Heading to the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field

EPACT member PDC Machines will be working with the Philadelphia Eagles to place a SimpleFuel Hydrogen Refueling Appliance at Lincoln Financial Field. The SimpleFuel station, along with hydrogen vehicles to be used at the site, will add to the Eagles’ “Go Green” sustainability initiative. See PDC Machines’ press release here for more information on this landmark deployment of hydrogen technology.

US House Democrats Propose Electric Vehicle Charging Network 

Two U.S. lawmakers unveiled legislation that would create a nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging network to promote the shift from gasoline-powered vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Democratic Representatives Andy Levin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released legislation dubbed the “EV Freedom Act” to create a network of high-speed charging stations within five years along the public roads of the national highway system in the United States at a U.S. Capitol press conference.

DEP Accepting Clean Transportation Applications

The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for clean transportation grants for the Clean Diesel, Marine and Rail Freight Movers and the Corridor Refueling Infrastructure programs under the Driving PA Forward initiative.  EPACT helps our members secure funding through these programs and can support your project ideas.  

FTA Accepting Applications for Low-No Program - Funding of $130 Million

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $130 million of Fiscal Year 2020 funds for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Deadline for Applications is Wednesday, March 17, 2020 - contact Tony if you'd like to discuss a project application.

IRS Issues Rules for One Time Claims 2018 & 2019 Alt Fuels Tax Credit 

In Notice 2020-08, the IRS instructs blenders of biodiesel and alternative fuel and sellers and users of alternative fuel on how to make a claim for retroactively extended incentives, including the biodiesel mixture credit, alternative fuel credit, and alternative fuel mixture credit.

Transportation Energy Partners 

Protect Clean Fuels Webinar

March 3, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Administration has once again proposed elimination of the DOE Clean Cities program as part of its continued push for deep cuts to clean energy programs. They have also proposed dramatic cuts to the EPA Diesel Emission Reduction grants and the DOE’s overall Vehicle Technology Program.

Chamber of Commerce: Region on the Rise

March 24, 2020

Philadelphia, PA

Hear from industry experts as we discuss the current state of Greater Philadelphia’s transportation systems and the opportunities that lie ahead to improve mobility and enhance traveler experience, such as advancements in Intelligent Transportation Systems. Attendees will hear from experts from a variety of transportation entities who can speak to the technologies that are already in place, improvements we can expect to see in the future, and the impact these changes will have on the private sector.

Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition Meeting

March 27, 2020

Middletown, PA

The next Drive Electric PA Coalition meeting is officially scheduled for March 27th from 10am – 2pm at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Headquarters. Click here for draft agenda, which features speakers from electric truck manufacturers, SEPTA and FHWA. 

Office: 215-990-8200  Address: 1900 Market St. 8th Floor Philadelphia PA 19103