Interest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is prompting state legislatures to step off the pace in adopting measures to promote adoption of clean transportation fuels and technologies. In states across the country, a growing number of new incentives, laws and regulations are being put in place to support the use of alternative fuels, electric vehicles, advanced vehicle technologies, and other strategies that aim to cut the use of fossil fuels in transportation.
There were 25 new incentives related to alternative transportation established in 2013 compared to the 11 that were established in 2012. Most of the incentives are in the form of grants for adopting use of the alternative fuels or technologies. In a recent blog, the Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team suggests this might be a sign that state budgets are rebounding and that states are giving additional consideration to alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
Private entities and utilities contributed seven new incentives during 2013, bringing the total to 32 new incentives for transportation. In addition, state governments enacted 54 new laws and regulations in 2013, compared to just 36 in 2012, regarding alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
With these new incentives and laws in place, 2014 promises to be a greener year for the transportation industry. Clean tech companies are standing by and are ready to provide the solutions that will carry the transportation industry into a cleaner and more economically friendly future.