Encouraging the use of clean vehicles and clean vehicle technologies for more than 20 years



Dear MFMA Members,


As an additional benefit to your annual MFMA membership, you have been added to the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition’s email list. Some of you may already receive these communications. If not, let me introduce you to Clean Cities.


The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program is to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of the U.S. by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. This work is carried out by almost 100 Clean Cities coalitions across the country.   


The Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) coalition is dedicated to expanding the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in the Chicago metropolitan area. We provide education, technical expertise, networking opportunities and funding assistance to help stakeholders invest in local, sustainable transportation solutions - which not only supports our regional economy and protects our environment, but can also green your bottom line.


Below is this week's email. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information.


Best Regards,

Samantha Bingham

Chicago Area Clean Cities Coordintor

Chicago Dept of Transportation







Question of the Month: What types of incentives and laws did state legislators and others enact in 2015?


Answer:  All across the country state legislators, as well as governors and utilities, were busy in 2015 introducing and enacting new incentives, laws, and regulations related to alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other petroleum reduction strategies. Programs related to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and natural gas vehicles (NGVs), along with the associated fueling infrastructure, were most common at the state level.


State Incentives

The most common types of incentives established in 2015 were grants and rebates. States leading the way in these areas include Delaware, most notably for its Clean Transportation Program rebates for vehicles and infrastructure. On the other hand, the number of tax incentives introduced at the state level decreased. In fact, Georgia repealed its successful tax incentive program. Aside from political and budgetary drivers, the decrease in new tax incentives may be the result of a call from industry to enact programs that will allow fleets and consumers to see their savings more immediately (e.g., rebates, vouchers). This would take the place of waiting until tax season when the financial benefit may get lost in the other expenses and returns from the previous year.


Utility Incentives

Utilities also continue to innovate and establish incentives that go beyond the typical residential charging infrastructure rebate and electricity rate discount programs. For example, Alabama Power offers an incentive to dealerships for each new PEV sale or lease within its service territory. Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey provides free electric vehicle supply equipment to qualified companies in its service territory for the purpose of workplace charging.


Laws and Regulations

Registration and licensing was the most common law and regulation topic, in part due to several states introducing fees for PEV registration to account for lost revenue from fuel taxes. Several states also continued to build on a movement that began in 2014 and changes that took place at the federal level by enacting legislation to tax natural gas and other fuels on an energy (i.e., gasoline-gallon or diesel-gallon) equivalent basis. States also continued to set targets and requirements for their own fleets, many of which go above and beyond federal requirements for alternative fuel vehicle acquisition. For example, Colorado Executive Order 2015-013 established fleet purchase and pricing requirements that prioritize NGVs, annual fuel use reduction targets on a vehicle-specific basis, goals for inter-agency coordination on petroleum reduction strategies, and commitments to workplace charging.


Illinois Updates

Effective January 1, a bill passed which prohibits the parking of a non-electric vehicle to be parked in a space designated for an electrical vehicle. There is a minimum fine of  $75 assessed to any person who parks in a designated spot with the display signs indicating the fine imposed for the violation.  For more information, you can visit the Illinois General Assembly website at http://www.ilga.gov


For the most up-to-date information on incentives, laws, and regulations, the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) provides a searchable database of state and federal incentives, laws, and regulations related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, vehicle efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.  You can find information relevant to Illinois, and all other states, at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/laws.


For more information on the legislative trends discussed above, as well as a summary of utility incentives and initiatives, visit the AFDCTechnology and Policy Bulletins page at http://www.afdc.energy.gov/technology_bulletins.html.



Reminder to Complete Annual Fleet Survey



Each year, over 90 Clean Cities coalitions across the country ask their stakeholders to take part in the annual Clean Cities report. This report gathers critical data on local efforts to reduce petroleum use. CACC asks all stakeholders to complete the annual survey.  Please complete the report with 2015 data and email it to info@ChicagoCleanCities.org by February 14, 2016.


In 2014 our coalition's collective action as reported via annual surveys reduced over 25 million gallons of petroleum! This is the largest amount reduced by CACC's stakeholders to date.


While alternative fuel use is a key part of the report, other petroleum reducing actions are reportable as well. Fuel economy improvements, carpooling and carsharing as well as idling reduction policies and technologies are just some of the other strategies recognized in the survey. Your information is crucial to demonstrating the efforts in the Chicago area to reduce petroleum dependence and improve air quality.


Completed Report = Free 2016 Coalition Membership

Because the information you submit is extremely valuable and we appreciate your time and effort, you can receive a FREE 2016 CACC MEMBERSHIP for one representative at your organization by submitting your annual report by Sunday, February 14, 2016. Included with the CACC Membership are event registration and conference discounts, funding opportunities and education on the latest developments in alternative fuel vehicles.  Along with the membership you will be involved in collective efforts that allow for joint action in working towards common goals as well as the coalition identifying your business or agency as environmentally friendly and active in addressing environmental concerns.


Email the completed 2015 Annual Report to info@chicagocleancities.org and click here to submit your membership request if you wish to receive a free membership.



Drive Clean Chicago Webinar Series



If you missed the first two webinars in our Voices of Drive Clean Chicago webinar series, you can view the recorded webinars now from the Drive Clean Chicago website: http://drivecleanchicago.com/


Voices of Drive Clean Chicago Part 1 features:

Mike Saxton, Orange EV

Ed Lovelace, XL Hybrids

Dave Williams, Exel

Anthony Woitovich, Quality Carpet Cleaning


Voices of Drive Clean Chicago Part 2 features:

Matt Jarmuz, Odyne

Christine Smith, Zenith Motors

Les Faul, ComEd

Maz Ismail, Chicago Marriot O’Hare





Upcoming Events:


February 14, 2016

Complete your 2015 Annual Survey


February 16, 2016

South Shore Clean Cities' Annual Meeting, Michigan City, IN


March 1-3, 2016

Green Truck Summit, Indy





Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) coalition is a voluntary organization dedicated to encouraging the use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies in the Chicago metropolitan area. For more information on upcoming events or to contact CACC, visit our website at www.chicagocleancities.org 








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