Written by Samuel Beaver, Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition Intern
July 8, 2022
The Departments of Energy and Transportation launched the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation this spring with the help of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The office will focus on electrification in the transportation sector through large-scale deployments of EV chargers, increased zero-emission fueling infrastructure, and zero-emission transit and school buses. The efforts of this joint office will help to create jobs in the transportation sector as well as reduce mobility and energy burdens for disadvantaged communities through targeted equity benefits.
The joint office's website has resources such as the Alternative Fueling Station Locator, which allows users to find fueling stations close to them for their alternative fuel vehicles, and educational material regarding EV infrastructure and electric school buses.
The office recently held a webinar during which they covered the Justice40 initiative and equity in sustainability. This initiative is an effort by the federal government to deliver at least 40% of the overall benefits from certain federal investments to disadvantaged communities. It is important to the joint office that all communities benefit equally from the electrification of the transportation sector.