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MAPC Receives Grant to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies

MAPC is among a handful of organizations nation-wide chosen to pilot a regional procurement program for fuel-efficient vehicles, as part of a special new partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) announced last month.

MAPC will receive $102,607 under the grant, and is providing matching funds of $25,673 to support the pilot in Metro Boston. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clean Cities Program.

“MAPC is thrilled to be partnering with NARC, the other regional councils, and technical experts on this innovative DOE-funded initiative,” said MAPC Clean Energy Director Cameron Peterson. “We look forward to the opportunity to implement best practices into a regional procurement for clean fuel vehicles and technologies, making them more accessible and affordable for our cities and towns and helping to build the market and economies of scale in this important space.”

Stephen Russell, the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator from the Department of Energy Resources, will be a resource for alternative fuel technologies as procurement documents are developed.

NARC is launching this “Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance” (AATA) initiative as part of the national effort to reduce petroleum consumption by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020 through the acquisition of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

Led by NARC, AATA is a partnership between five regional councils, nine Clean Cities Coalitions, and five technical partners dedicated to advancing fuel-efficient vehicle technologies through targeted outreach and education and the coordination of five regional procurement initiatives plus one national-scale initiative. It is designed to be a sustainable and replicable approach that encourages peer exchange and provides access to relevant national experts.

In addition, AATA will explore options to combine or bundle this work with re-fueling and charging station infrastructure, creating additional cost-reduction opportunities.

In addition to MAPC, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Pima Association of Governments will each deploy a regional procurement process using tailored best practices and templates to combine their member governments’ purchasing power.

The national procurement initiative will be spearheaded by MARC with support from NARC and several Clean Cities from around the country, including the Clean Communities of Central New York, Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities, Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition, Utah Clean Cities, Western Washington Clean Cities, and Clean Fuels Ohio.

“NARC is excited to be leading this highly qualified Alliance as it makes alternative fuel and other advanced vehicles more accessible to communities, “ said NARC Executive Director Leslie Wollack. “By coming together regionally to reduce costs and streamline the procurement process, we’ll be able to make big strides in the [AFATV] market thereby reducing petroleum dependence at the national level.”

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About Clean Energy 

MAPC’s Clean Energy division provides a range of services to communities, including comprehensive local energy and climate planning, energy-related technical assistance, and regional energy procurements. Our goal is to advance markets for clean technology while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuel consumption in the Commonwealth. Visit Clean Energy page for more.

About the National Association of Regional Councils

The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities – large and small, urban and rural. Visit NARC.org for more.

About the Clean Cities Program

Since 1993, the Energy Department’s Clean Cities program has supported community-led efforts to help fleets and consumers find the alternative fuel or fuel-efficient solutions that meet their needs. Clean Cities’ nearly 100 local coalitions across the country work to reduce petroleum consumption, limit pollution, and save money. Visit NARC.org for more.