August 2022 Edition
A Message from the
Executive Director
I hope that you are enjoying your summer. The extremely hot temperatures have placed enormous amounts of pressure on the reliability of electric grids in some communities. Demand on these grids will continue to stress electricity infrastructure as more Americans transition to electric-powered vehicles, an issue exacerbated by the negative impacts of Climate Change and Global Warming.

Additionally, Americans have experienced abnormally high gasoline prices this summer, which has generated heightened interest and awareness in alternative fuels and related technologies. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Energy and numerous federal, state, and local government and agencies have funding via grants, loans, consulting, and community planning dollars to help reduce pollution, and bring new vehicles and technologies to the marketplace. We have listed some funding opportunities in this newsletter.

I strongly encourage your company or organization to collaborate with GWRCCC on business and funding opportunities (we provide technical support, grant writing, project management, and community engagement services and letters of support).
On another note, GWRCCC will hold our Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the National Press Club. You will not want to miss this event! You can register Today at:
Antoine M. Thompson
Antoine M. Thompson
Executive Director
GWRCCC's Night at the Nationals
Jonathan Smith celebrates a fly ball caught by intern
Jesse Casey
Luis MacDonald and Janet Hall
AutoFlex Fleet
DC Touch Truck 2022
GWRCCC at the Touch Truck 2022 event hosted by DC Department of Public Works. Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director speaks with Michael Carter, Interim Director of DC Public Works, and Board Member of GWRCCC.
GWRCCC would like your help as we gather input on our constituent’s level of interest for electric vehicles. We greatly appreciate your time to complete our 30 second survey which will help us better educate and advocate for electric vehicle infrastructure, programs and initiatives in the Greater Washington Region and the nation.
As part of its University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, the USDOT is seeking applications from universities for up to 35 UTC awards, with total funding of $450 million from 2022 through 2026. Only U.S. non-profit institutions of higher education are eligible to apply or to be members of a proposed UTC consortium. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is open now through August 25th, 2022.
DOE Announces $96 Million for Clean Vehicle Technologies

DOE announced a $96 million funding opportunity to support decarbonizing the domestic transportation sector. The funding will focus on expanding EV charging accessibility, create cleaner non-road vehicles through electrification and the use of alternative fuels, and develop electric drive components and materials to maximize EV efficiency and affordability.

Applicants for FY22 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement must submit a concept paper by Aug. 25, 2022. 

To apply, applicants must register with and submit application materials through the DOE online application portal. Full applications are due on Nov. 10, 2022. 
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021 authorizes EPA to offer rebates to replace existing school buses with clean and zero-emission models. The program guidance and application process differ from prior EPA school bus rebate programs in many ways, so please review the summary of program requirements here before proceeding. Applications are due on August 19th, 2022.
EERE Funding Opportunities
Funding Notice: $26 Million Available to Demonstrate Technologies Supporting a 100% Decarbonized Grid

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) announced the Solar and Wind Grid Services and Reliability Demonstration funding opportunity, which will award $26 million in funding for projects that demonstrate the reliable operation of a power system that has at up to 100% of its power contribution coming from solar, wind, and battery storage resources.

Grid services, which largely involves maintaining the voltage and frequency stability, are critical to maintain reliability. Because new wind and solar generation are interfaced with the grid through power electronic inverters, they have different characteristics and dynamics than traditional sources of generation that currently supply these services. Demonstrating that a grid fully powered by inverter-based resources is as reliable or more reliable at providing these services is a key barrier to the clean energy transition.

Projects in this funding opportunity will support the development of controls and methods for inverter-based resources like solar and wind to provide the same grid services as traditional generation. These technologies will be validated through long-duration demonstrations at existing large-scale wind and solar generation facilities connected to bulk power system to show their capability of providing grid services at scale. Other projects will develop technologies to ensure system reliability and conduct large-scale studies of transmission protection systems to determine how they respond when sourced primarily by inverter-based resources.

DOE expects to make between 6 and 9 awards under this funding opportunity, each ranging from $2.25 million to $5.6 million. To facilitate the formation of teams, SETO and WETO are providing a Teaming Partner List where interested parties who would like to apply to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) may express interest to potential partners. Utilities, laboratories, equipment manufacturers, software vendors, engineering firms, and universities (including community colleges) are encouraged to apply.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a mandatory concept paper is due on Sept. 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.

SETO and WETO will host an informational webinar on August 17 at 1 p.m. ET to discuss the funding opportunity and the areas of focus. Register for the webinar.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and other open funding opportunities within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
2022 Annual Conference, Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Join GWRCCC on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 11 AM at the National Press Club for the Annual Conference, Meeting & Awards Luncheon.

Click here to register.
Nominations for GWRCCC's Awards Luncheon are Open!
Click here for more information on how to submit your nominations.

Awards Categories:
  • VA Visionary Award
  • Maryland Visionary Award
  • DC Visionary Award
  • GWRCCC Partner of the Year Award
  • Automotive Dealership of the Year
  • Transit Fleet of the Year

Trailblazer Award Categories:
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • E-85
  • Propane
  • Natural Gas
  • Biodiesel
Sponsorship Opportunities!
GWRCCC is seeking your help and support. Click here to review the Sponsorship Opportunities.
Aug. 16-18, 2022
Tacoma, WA
The Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) is excited to announce that Battle Motors, an innovator in clean energy and electric vehicle (EV) space, will sponsor its 11th annual show. The Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) is the West Coast’s premier fleet modernization and sustainable transportation event.
August 18, 2022
Virtual Meeting

Click here to register.
Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference and Expo
Aug. 30–Sept. 1, 2022
Durham, NC
The 2022 Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo showcases advanced vehicles, fuels, and technologies, including data-driven solutions. The conference is a source of on-the-ground experiences for increasing fleet efficiency and sustainability, while reducing emissions and costs.
Three tracks and 12 total breakout sessions will highlight more than 50 experts who will share the techniques and tools that support their operations.
Sept. 20-21, 2022
Arlington, VA

Fleet professionals from across the US will gather in the Nation’s Capital for two days of education and conversations on issues impacting the fleet and mobility industry, advocacy training, and networking. The industry’s leading experts will cover a multitude of legislative and regulatory topics affecting the industry, including a specific focus on:
  • The Preventing Auto Recycling Thefts (PART) Act,
  • EV Recharging Infrastructure, and
  • Vehicular Data Access and how it relates to fleet operations.
October 20-21, 2022
Richmond, VA

The Virginia Clean Energy Summit will present the clean energy technologies, policies, and business practices that are transforming Virginia’s energy landscape today. The goal of the Summit is to highlight opportunities and encourage collaboration that speeds our use of more energy efficiency, solar, wind, storage, EVs, and other clean energy solutions. Conference attendees will include representatives from businesses, state and local governments, academia, and NGOs.
NGVAmerica's 2022 Annual Meeting & Industry Summit
Nov. 1-3, 2022
Charleston, SC

Join us 11/1 - 11/3 for NGVAmerica’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Industry Summit - NGV22 at Wild Dunes, Charleston's Island Resort. Hosted and attended by the biggest players in this space, NGV22 is the only dedicated natural gas in transportation alternative fuels conference and conversation focused on the North American market.

A special registration rate of $549 is available to all Clean Cities Coordinators and Federal Government Employees (subject to validation). To take advantage of this discounted rate please contact us at [email protected].
Fleet Forward Conference
Nov. 9–11, 2022
Santa Clara, CA
The Fleet Forward Conference is designed to deliver fleets solutions on electrification, connected vehicles, autonomous technology, last-mile mobility, IoT, shared mobility, Fleet Management as a Service, next-generation telematics, and more.
The 2022 event will feature a new safety track and an expanded Ride and Drive—attendees will have multiple opportunities to drive electric vehicles, mingle with product experts, and experience new technologies behind the wheel in a large outdoor interactive space.
Register using the discount code FFCGOVT23 for a $200 discount off the standard fleet manager conference pass. Early bird rates are good through Oct. 6, 2022, saving you an additional $100. This discount is for coalition coordinators, co-coordinators, and staff only. Please do not share with stakeholders.
Council Asks Residents to Complete Survey on Thrive 2050 Plan Related to Racial Equity and Social Justice

The County Council is asking for residents to participate in a survey that will help guide councilmembers in evaluating the racial equity and social justice portions of Thrive Montgomery 2050 draft plan, according to a press release

Suggestions from the survey will be incorporated into a chapter of the plan dedicated to those topics. There is also an invitation in the survey to sign up for in-person focus groups. The work behind the plan is expected to start this September.

Learn more here.

The Climate Mayors seeks a Policy Director to support bolder equitable climate actions by Congress, Federal agencies, and state and local government. The Policy Director is expected to work with leadership to set policy priorities, work with the Biden Administration on identified priorities (e.g., Bipartisan Infrastructure Law implementation), organize policy briefings, draft policy communications, and collaborate with policy directors and intergovernmental affairs staff from partner organizations and federal agencies.
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