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June 4, 2019
Colorado Pairs More Renewables and EVs to Reach State Climate Goals
Source: EV Hub
Colorado took its EV leadership to the next level last week, enacting seven new bills that encourage clean energy and four that address clean transportation goals.  The new laws require electric utilities to account for the social cost of carbon and take action to reduce emissions in order to accelerate the transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. These new laws also extend the state’s valuable vehicle tax credit and allow utilities to invest in charging stations.

In a year dominated by EV fees, Colorado stands out as a leader in enacting policy to advance transportation electrification. EV fees have either been passed or were introduced in 23 state legislatures in 2019. However, at least 29 bills across 14 states encouraging transportation electrification have been introduced or passed in 2019 according to the EV Hub State Legislation Tracker. Five of these belong to Colorado, including the four bills that were just enacted. The state is also considering adopting tougher emissions standards by joining California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Program.

Beyond adopting new legislation, Colorado is backing up clean transportation goals by allocating significant portions of their public funding to electric buses and trucks. In April, the state announced almost $14 million for electric transit buses in VW Settlement Awards. This represents 25 percent of the nationwide electric transit bus funding allocated so far through the Settlement. After a new executive order was issued in January, the state required that all remaining eligible funds from the VW Settlement be used exclusively for electrification projects.

While many states are seeking to build out renewable energy capacity and EV infrastructure simultaneously,  Colorado is one of few states to approach this aggressively. According to the EV Hub Public Awards Dashboard, only six of the 45 states receiving federal Low or No Emission Vehicle Program funding have specified that electric buses will utilize renewable generation for charging. Oregon and Hawaii are also taking advantage of the complementary nature of EVs and renewable energy. Last month, Portland’s TriMet announced it would begin operating the nation’s first wind-powered electric transit buses. In March, Hawaiian officials worked with Hawaiian Electric to approve reduced off-peak charging rates for electric buses to complement state plans to invest all VW Settlement awards in transportation electrification.

States like Colorado, Oregon, and Hawaii are seeking to maximize the co-benefits of EVs and renewable energy through a combination of new legislation, ambitious policy targets, and funding to build dynamic clean transportation programs. These states are already among the top ten in EV deployment and are aiming to deploy the cleanest vehicles in the country.
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New Jersey Announces Statewide EV Partnership and Awards $16 Million in VW Settlement Grants

On June 3, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the statewide Partnership to Plug-In to advance clean transportation targets and accelerate charging infrastructure deployment. This partnership will support the state’s goals to deploy more than 300,000 ZEVs by 2025.

This accompanies the announcement that the state will award an additional $16 million of the state’s total $72 million in VW settlement awards prioritizing off-road vehicle and freight truck electrification. All of the funding awarded by New Jersey has gone towards transportation electrification. Read More Here

Tennessee Allocates $8.8 Million of VW Settlement Funds for School Bus Replacement

On May 22, 2019, Tennessee announced the recipients of $8,854,685.42 in VW Settlement grants to replace older models of diesel school buses with newer and cleaner alternatives.

The funding will help replace 143 older diesel school buses with one electric, 68 diesel, 66 propane, and eight CNG school buses. 39 school districts across the state were selected to receive grants in this funding cycle. Read More Here

Colorado Adds 24 Electric Buses Through the VW Settlement

Colorado announced almost $14 million in awards through the VW Settlement on April 18, 2019. The funding will go towards the purchase of 24 electric buses, three CNG buses, and one LPG bus throughout the state. This is the first award made from the state’s $68 million total allocation. 

Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Eagle County will receive their first electric buses through this round of funding. Read More Here

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Upcoming Events

ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2019) is organized to facilitate exchange of information, knowledge, and best practices among transportation and development practitioners and researchers, public infrastructure owners, policymakers, government engineers and planners, operations managers and leading academics from around the world. Read More Here

June 9th-12th @ the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA 

Veloz is presenting a webinar about bringing electric mobility to communities across California. Read More Here


June 13th @ 10:00pm EST

The Roadmap Conference is the nation’s largest and most advanced annual conference on electric and smart mobility. Held each summer in the Pacific Northwest, Roadmap includes over 100 national and international speakers, dozens of exhibits, regional smart mobility tours, and high-energy interactive sessions. Expect to make connections with a diverse mix of key leaders in the industry, government, and utilities. Read More Here

June 18th-19th at The Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR

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