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Afv grant funding calstart presentation-2012

  1. 1. Alt Fuel Vehicle GrantFunding Bill Van Amburg Senior Vice President Jasna Tomic, PhD New Fuels Program Mngr 1
  2. 2. Agenda Background CALSTART Start with a Plan – NOT the Funds!  Outline your Project First Develop Relationships – Before you Need Money! Work your Partners  Learn the Rules Seek Funding – from multiple sources  Success Story Summary Resources 2
  3. 3. CALSTARTCALSTART is a unique national, non-profit,advanced transportation technologiesorganization.Founded in 1992 as a public-privatepartnership to launch and grow a cleantransportation industry.Mission: via programs and services supportand expand the growth of a cleantransportation technologies industry that will:  Create high-quality jobs;  Clean the air;  Reduce dependence on foreign oil; and  Reduce global warming emissions
  4. 4. CALSTART Unique Position:Supports All Clean Fuels/Tech (partial member list)
  5. 5. Don’t Do This! $$$ Chasing the Funding is NOT a Fleet Plan! 5
  6. 6. Start With a Plan Step 3: Compare Step 1: Baseline Step 2: Learn your options to fleet mix Fleet fuel & tech options – geography, operation Step 4: Outline alt Step 5: Understand fuel implementation cost and then seek plan over several funding years 6
  7. 7. Clear Goals Boost Chances of Success FedEx Example:  Corporate Objective - 20% fuel economy improvement by 2020  Actual - 15.1% 7 February 29, 2012 Cleaner Truck Early Adopter Panel
  8. 8. Develop Relationships You are doing some of that today! Contact and talk with fleet peers who have gotten funding  What has worked  Traps to avoid Contact, talk with and join organizations that can help you identify and meet funders  Local NAFA Chapters; Clean Cities; Diesel Emission Reduction Collaboratives; CALSTART Call – and if possible meet with – your local, regional and state funders 8
  9. 9. Possible Funding Sources  Now you have a plan and know the cost - can present to management  Total Cost and Outside Funding Help  Know what your project needs to succeed, and of what type (vehicle; infrastructure; etc)  Seek additional funding from multiple sources  Federal  DOE; Clean Cities; EPA Regions; DERA; FTA  State  Alt Fuel Solicitations (ex: NYSERDAs AFV)  CMAQ solicitations every 2 years  State Energy Commission, State DOT  Regional  Transportation Manag. Org. -TMO 9  Air Quality Management District
  10. 10. Trends in Funding Generally there is LESS at all levels (with some exceptions) Federal grant funding programs are shrinking or disappearing Federal alt fuel incentive programs are “sunsetting” and not being reapproved State budgets are tight Regional and local funds – air, congestion – often still available High competition – So you need to have your goals clear – nothing sells like a clear plan 10
  11. 11. What Are the Incentives? One Resource 11
  12. 12. Funding Considerations Timing  When does the funding become available? How many times per year are there opportunities? Grant or Funding Rules  Do you have to replace older vehicles? Is there a limit on what is covered? Are you eligible? Can you work with someone who is? Proposal or Application – how long will it take to do this? (Hint: longer than you think!) Contracts – how complex? Will company sign? Who Else in Your Organization should be Involved? – Facilities? Legal? Reporting – Build in time going forward 12
  13. 13. Central Source – Once Grants Announced 13
  14. 14. Timely Example: Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Solicitation Active 14
  15. 15. National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Amount: $20M nationwide Solicitation opened: April 20, 2012 Proposals due: June 4, 2012 (45 days) What’s allowed:  Competitive grants to fund projects that reduce emissions from existing diesel engines through a variety of strategies. These strategies include, but are not limited to, emission control and idle reduction technologies; cleaner fuels; engine upgrades or replacements; and/or vehicle or equipment replacements. 15
  16. 16. National Clean Diesel Funding Restrictions:  Under this grant program, funding is restricted to the use of technologies, fuels, and engines that have been verified or certified by EPA or California Air Resources Board (CARB).  Eligible entities: tribes, non-profits, MPOs, municipalities (private fleets can be part of a proposal)  Limits on amounts that can be used for different approaches – 25% of cost of new vehicle; 100% of cost of eligible retrofit; must “retire” (with extreme prejudice) vehicles replaced 16
  17. 17. Funding Success Story: Why not an ElectricSchool Bus? John Clement, Director of Transportation Kings Canyon Unified School District
  18. 18. KCUSD Did its Homework – Made aPlan No Diesel Fuel at nearly $4.00 per gallon No Oil Changes or Oil Filters No Transmission Fluid Flushes & Filters Transmission Fluid - $1,400 per barrel Rising cost of CNG Engine Parts & Repair Already Plugging in DPFs to Electricity
  19. 19. Available Funding to KCUSD - They Looked to Mix and Match Funding  Lower Emissions School Bus Program  SB 923 – Local Air District  Other Local Air District Funds – White Fleet  ARB Air Quality Improvement Program – Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program  CMAQ – Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds  Fresno County Measure “C” - School BusYou can pursue and match multiple sources, but checkthe rules – some grants limit total funds allowed; somecan only be used for specific purposes; some federal fundscannot be matched with other federal funds
  20. 20. So this is how is the 1st KCUSD eTransWas Funded $140,000 LESBP $15,000 SB923 $40,000 ARB AQIP HVIP in 2012 = $20,000 base + $10,000 for School Bus + $10,000 1st one of three in 2012 $20,000 San Joaquin Valley Air District HVIP Match $15,000 from General Fund CBO KCUSDThen: they remembered to thank their funders – andinclude them in all press and announcements, and rollouts. This is more than just filing reports and meeting theletter of the grant – it’s creating a “win-win” for all involved
  21. 21. Did it Work? Nearly $500,000 in Funding Awarded to Deploy Two More eTrans and arriving KCUSD Hybrid School Buses in a Loaner Program in the San Joaquin Valley ARB AB 118 AQIP Hybrid/Electric School Bus Demonstration Project
  22. 22. And He is Planning More! Other Electric Vehicle School Uses
  23. 23. Grant Preparation Tips Have a clear vision of what YOU want But – understand what the FUNDER wants and is allowed to pay you for Write to the grant criteria – show how you will meet their goals Less is more – be concise and to the point – say exactly what you will do and what its benefits are (not how great you are) Don’t be greedy – how can you be competitive within your project plan – you may not need all the money offered Assume this takes more time than you think! 23
  24. 24. Summary Know what you want to do: Start with a Plan Develop Relationships with potential partners, funders in advance Understand the restrictions and different uses of funding sources Seek Funding – often takes multiple sources Build in enough time during and after proposing – it’s another asset to manage Exhale! – it can be done and generally funders want you to succeed – it’s a win for them, too (don’t forget to thank them!) 24
  25. 25. Resources to Learn About Funding – Listing of ALL current federal grants available – but can be confusing Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicle Data Center - US DOE National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) – EPA Clean Cities – DOE Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) National Biodiesel Board NGVC EDTA NTEA CALSTART 25
  26. 26. Thank you Please complete and submit your evaluation forms! 26
  27. 27. Oil Prices – Not Getting Better 27