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CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NEWS RELEASE
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7456
FOR RELEASE: June 24, 2013
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
WEB SITE: www.ct.gov/dot

CONNECTICUT CLEAN FUEL PROGRAM RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced the award of Connecticut Clean Fuel Program funds to municipalities and agencies. The Federal Highway Administration through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program has made funding available to Connecticut to assist in the purchase of clean fuel vehicles and diesel retrofit technologies (DRT).  A total of $925,776 has been awarded by CTDOT under this program.
The goal of the Connecticut Clean Fuel Program is to improve air quality by encouraging the use of alternative or clean fuel vehicles and/or diesel retrofit technologies and emission control devices. Connecticut municipalities and other public agencies are eligible to participate in the program which reimburses these municipalities and agencies the cost difference between buying a typical vehicle and buying an alternative/clean fuel vehicle, or the full cost of the DRT.  
“The Department is thrilled that so many municipalities and public agencies are looking towards replacing a portion of their fleet or retrofitting existing fleet in order to improve air quality and dependency on petroleum based fuels,” stated CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker. “This program has the added benefit in that it may also provide savings in lower fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.”  
Typically, clean fuel vehicles (CFV) are hybrid electric vehicles or operate on compressed natural gas, propane or electricity. Diesel retrofit technologies involve the addition of an emission device to remove emissions from the engine’s exhaust. Examples of these emission control devices include diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, exhaust gas recirculation, and closed crankcase filtration systems. 

Recipients of 2013 program funds are:

Town of Coventry

$

15,900

Eastern Highlands Health District

$

16,171

Town of Enfield

$

175,000

Town of Glastonbury

$

46,359

Greater Hartford Transit District

$

191,100

Town of Manchester

$

12,000

City of Meriden

$

31,000

Metropolitan District Commission

$

174,421

Norwich Public Works

$

13,453

Town of Ridgefield

$

7,700

UCONN

$

180,000

Town of Wallingford

$

27,300

Town of Wethersfield

$

20,460

Town of Windsor

$

14,912

Recipients of this funding have until December 31, 2014, to purchase the approved vehicle or retrofit technology in order to receive the reimbursement. All awardees must also adhere to the program’s terms and conditions.  

Municipalities and public agencies are notified annually through their local elected officials and regional planning organizations as funding becomes available. For more information on this program or how to qualify, please email dotadmin.ctrides@ct.gov.