EPA FY23 Brownfields Grants – $169 million including past fuel spills

Applications Due: November 22, 2022

Eligible Entities: Local governments and government entities, States, count gov Indian tribes other than Alaskan, Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Alaska Native Village Corporation, and Metlakatla Indian Community, redevelopment agencies, others

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that approximately $169 million in funding is available for Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants under the Fiscal Year 2023 grant competitions. This funding, which is boosted by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, represents a significant investment in overburdened and ...

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The Virginia Clean Energy Summit

We are now 27 days away from VACES! Be sure to register by October 7th to get Early Bird prices! 
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The organizers of VACES are thrilled and honored to announce Senator Tim Kaine’s remarks for our Impacts of The Inflation Reduction Act on Virginia Energy Policy panel. This plenary session will take place on October 20th. Make sure that you view our Continue Reading →

Technology Happy Hour: EVSE State Contract

On August 18th, the Virginia Clean Cities Technology Happy Hour featured several leading companies on state contract in Virginia for EV supply equipment (EVSE). Speakers included representatives from Autoflex, Bethel Electric, NOVACharge and OpConnect discussing charging options from affordable Level 2 equipment to more advanced DC fast charging stations.

If you’re part of a Virginia public college or university, state agency, public school district or local government, you won’t want to miss hearing about these companies’ ...

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Updated: Manufacturer Transition Committments

Notes from manufacturers preparing for technology transitions ahead with passenger electric vehicles:

  1. Mercedes Benz – July 22, 2021– (https://group-media.mercedes-benz.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Mercedes-Benz-prepares-to-go-all-electric.xhtml?oid=50834319).
    1. By 2025, the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars product range is set to be electrified.
  2. Honda –  April 23, 2021 (https://hondanews.com/en-US/honda-corporate/releases/release-32797eaea7316f1bed4bfcd27919f703-honda-targets-100-ev-sales-in-north-america-by-2040-makes-new-commitments-to-advances-in-environmental-and-safety-technology)  
    1. Honda announced plans to exclusively sell electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) by 2040. Honda set Interim goals ...
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Upcoming: Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) Webinars

Join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for a webinar on the Carbon Reduction Program (CRP), a new funding program established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The CRP provides $6.4 billion in formula funding to states and metropolitan areas over the next five years for projects designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road highway sources. During the webinars, staff ...

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Cardinal News: Seven factors that are driving economic development in Virginia

By Dwayne Yancey, Cardinal News.
[excerpt reposted with permission]

Demand for big sites and renewable energy is driving many decisions. Electric vehicles also represent a growing share of investments.

There’s an old military saying, often attributed to Gen. Omar Bradley: “Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics.”

The same saying might apply to economic development, as well. Lots of people have theories about what a community’s strategy ought to be. Politicians certainly do. Even the occasional commentator has been known to opine on ...

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CNG Public Transit Coming to the Streets of Richmond

Public transit buses are being upgraded in Richmond, Virginia as a result of an $11 million federal grant announced by U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Fiscal Year 2022 Low or No Emission Vehicle Program, the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) will receive over $10 million to replace 19 of its aging diesel buses with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, which release fewer harmful emissions, help improve ...

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Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Multi-Location Investment by DroneUp, Creating 655 Jobs in Virginia

Company to expand corporate headquarters in the City of Virginia Beach and establish a testing, training, and R&D center in Dinwiddie County
RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that DroneUp, LLC, a leading drone flight services innovator and aviation technology provider, will invest a total of $27.2 million to expand its headquarters in the City of Virginia Beach and establish a testing, training, and R&D center at Richard Bland College in Dinwiddie County. Virginia successfully competed with Arizona, ...
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EV Tax Credit Changes Ahead

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (Act; https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5376/text) amends the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit (https://www.irs.gov/businesses/plug-in-electric-vehicle-credit-irc-30-and-irc-30d), now known as the Clean Vehicle Credit, and adds a new requirement for final assembly in North America that takes effect on August 16, 2022. Beginning January 1, 2023, new amendments to the Clean Vehicle Credit will go into effect, including domestic critical mineral and battery component extraction and manufacturing requirements, manufacturer suggested retail price restrictions, and income restrictions. Please note that ...

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