There’s a national conversation going on right now surrounding energy. One of the topics involves how to transition to energy that requires less of a carbon footprint. This means decreasing carbon emissions. Many different policy proposals are on the table, but the private sector is also increasing its options. This naturally includes the rise of companies focused on alternative energy, natural gas and, of course, cars that run on electricity, not petroleum. The state of California is especially focused on decreasing its emissions and offsetting its carbon footprint. Now, the city of Sacramento, already focused being more environmentally friendly, has made it a goal to have 75,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. A $1.8 million grant from the California Energy Commission will help increase Sacramento’s current electric vehicle infrastructure.
California Works to Decrease Carbon Emissions
The actual goal of Sacramento is to get their emissions down to zero. This grant was awarded as part of California’s Energy Commission’s EV Ready Communities Challenge. The way this initiative works is that different cities sent in their blueprints for a complete transition to zero emissions, with Sacramento being chosen in this round.
Here’s what Deputy Director of the Fuels and Transportation Division at the California Energy Commission Hannon Rasool had to say about this grant award:
“We really strive to have a transparent process so that we can make sure we are designing to the needs of both the state and local communities,” Rasool said. “For this specific solicitation, we were looking for robust and well-thought-out implementation strategies as well as team qualifications, experience, project budget, and project benefits in terms of greenhouse gas reduction.”
Deputy Director Rasool also spoke on the idea that the CEC wanted to ensure that there was equitable accessibility to electric vehicles, especially to poor and rural communities. That’s part of the CEC’s overall mission. Placing the chargers for electric vehicles in the right places is essential to ensuring this. Plus, as Rasool pointed out, electric vehicles are actually cheaper than petroleum-powered vehicles and, as their use decreases carbon emissions, they are also better for the environment.
Grantwatch Lists Energy Grants for a Changing Market:
Energy grants can help nonprofits and cities, agencies, and other organizations, to transition to cleaner and more diversified energy sources. Grantwatch lists an entire Energy grant category. We have several grants listed that are focused on different energy-related programs and initiatives.
For example, here are three energy grants currently listed:
- We have a $50,000 grant to be awarded to Pennsylvania Organizations: These funds will be awarded for projects that decrease energy usage.
- And there are these grants to USA nonprofits that are for environmental protection projects with a focus on water.
- And lastly, here’s a grant for Illinois Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs: These funds will go towards projects that further the use of renewable technology.
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