Wisconsin Clean Cities
Driving Wisconsin Forward Since 1994
December 2020 Edition
Medium- & Heavy-Duty Electric Operations Webinar
Join Wisconsin Clean Cities & South Shore Clean Cities Jan. 13 for the first installment in the Winter Webinar series, the Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Operations Webinar! Hear about a variety of options available for your operations, upcoming funding opportunities & how the Clean Cities coalitions can help you with the process. Scheduled speakers include Anthony Maietta of U.S. EPA Region 5, Michael Morton of Alta Equipment Company, Ryan Zic of ROUSH CleanTech, Ryan Lisek of South Shore Clean Cities & Kurt Neutgens of Orange EV. The Webinar is free, but registration is required. Register here 
U.S. DOE announces $128 million for sustainable transportation research
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Dec. 10 announced an investment of up to $128 million in funding for research & development of sustainable transportation resources & technologies, split between three separate funding opportunity announcements. The Vehicle Technologies Office funding opportunity (up to $60 million), supports priorities in batteries & electrification, advanced engine & fuel technologies, materials, mobility systems & transportation & energy analysis. Learn more about all of the funding opportunities here. Questions? Contact WCC Executive Director Lorrie Lisek at lorrie.lisek@wicleancities.org.
2021 Fuel Economy Guide available
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have released the 2021 Fuel Economy Guide. The Guide provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2021 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers. The online guide is updated weekly to include data for new vehicles. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy produce the Fuel Economy Guide to help car buyers choose the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets their needs. The Guide is available online at www.fueleconomy.gov.
ZEF Energy offering free EV charging for holiday season
To celebrate the holiday season and also provide some relief at the end of an extremely difficult 2020, ZEF Energy is offering free charging to people in those states on its Tritium DC fast chargers, including Wisconsin. The free charging goes through the end of January. ZEF Energy is a partner on the Michigan to Montana I-94 Clean Fuel Corridor Project along with Wisconsin Clean Cities. Learn more
Time to start preparing for the annual survey
The new year is almost here & that means it is time to start gathering your data for the WCC Annual Survey. Each year, WCC collects data from stakeholders & produces a coalition report. The report reflects all the outstanding work taking place by our stakeholders & can be used to promote our coalition. Help us showcase all the activity taking place by telling us about your efforts to reduce petroleum consumption & greenhouse gas emissions when you hear from us in the new year. The survey also provides us with opportunities for funding alternative fuel projects. Our annual stakeholder awards are also awarded based on the data collected from this survey. Stay tuned!
WCC Virtual Annual Stakeholder Meeting recap
Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, members & partners for a successful Virtual Annual Stakeholder Meeting on Dec. 3! Congratulations again to all of our Forward Fleet Award winners Time Transport, Sheehy Mail Contractors, Paper Transport, Contract Transport Services & Kwik Trip. All of the meeting materials - including a recording of the virtual event, slides, videos & the press release - are available on our Website at the link below. Thank you again to all of our members & partners for all you do to keep Driving Wisconsin Forward! All attendees are invited to schedule a free consultation with WCC Executive Director Lorrie Lisek to continue the conversation. Contact Emily Nayder at (219) 644-3690 or wcc-intern@wicleancities.org to schedule an appointment today! Learn more
Energy Innovation Grants available
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is accepting applications through Jan. 22, 2021 for the Energy Innovation Grant Program. The program supports innovative energy technologies and provides equitable access to the benefits of clean energy, efficiency and preparedness by reaching broad applicant types. Contact WCC Executive Director Lorrie Lisek to learn how we can help you with your successful grant application.
Governor's task force releases climate change recommendations
The Governor's Task Force on Climate Change, led by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, earlier this month released its report outlining multiple recommendations for addressing climate change in the state. Transportation-related recommendations include climate- & environmental justice-audited transportation planning & development; promoting public transit & green public transportation; supporting hybrid EVs, EVs & their infrastructure & safe, clean & complete streets (see pages 44-49 in the full report for details). WCC Executive Director Lorrie Lisek was proud to present to the Task Force on EVs earlier this year & we thank them for acknowledging our assistance with the report. Read the full report here
Nissan LEAF discounts continue
WCC member Nissan North America, as part of its effort to accelerate electric vehicle transportation alternatives throughout the U.S., is offering customers with proof of eligibility incentive offers toward the purchase of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF. The rebate offers expire Jan. 4, 2021. Learn more
Member Spotlight: Renewable Energy Group
Renewable Energy Groupheadquartered in Ames, Iowa -- has been a Wisconsin Clean Cities member since 2017. Renewable Energy Group (Nasdaq: REGI) is the largest biodiesel producer in the U.S., with additional locations in Europe. For more than two decades, REG has been transforming renewable feedstocks into cleaner fuel sources to meet the growing global demand for low-carbon transportation. REG provides a variety of clean fuel solutions to help its customers meet their sustainability goals, performance needs and financial objectives. Learn more
New & Renewing Members
Featured Fuel: Hydrogen
Hydrogen (H2) is a potentially emission-free alternative fuel that can be produced using domestic resources. Although not widely used as a transportation fuel, government and industry researchers are working on the advancement of clean economical and safe hydrogen production and fuel-cell electric vehicles.
Hydrogen is locked up in enormous quantities in water (H2O), hydrocarbons (such as methane, CH4) and other organic matter. Efficiently producing hydrogen from these compounds is one of the challenges of using hydrogen as a fuel.

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January 18-21, 2021
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June 10, 2021
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