U.S. DOE’s 2017 Budget Request Reduces Funding for Clean Cities Program
This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Congressional Budget Request. In brief, DOE’s FY 2017 budget decreases investment in the Clean Cities deployment program by 32 percent below last year’s enacted level and 53 percent below last year’s budget request. This is a significant departure from previous years. In addition, the additional FY 2016 funding that was secured through the FY 2016 Appropriation process does not include innovative alternative fuel and advanced technology deployment activities.
The Clean Cities program has been critical in advancing the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to cut petroleum use in transportation. At the national level, the program provides resources and information to help transportation stakeholders evaluate options and achieve goals around alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and other strategies to cut petroleum use. At the local level, nearly 100 coalitions leverage these resources to foster public-private partnerships amongst businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations.
A copy of the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Budget request for FY 2017 can be found here.