On August 10, the U.S. Senate passed the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) in a 69-30 vote. The bipartisan infrastructure bill would provide $973 billion over five years from FY 2022 through FY 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, as well as investments in water, power and energy, environmental remediation, public lands, broadband and resilience.
While many final details are still pending passage by the House and reconciliation of with the Senate bill, the current Senate passed version features transportation as the largest share of spending with a decided focus on cleaner domestic fuels and renewable energy.
Specific Transportation and alternative fuel programs under the broad categories above include the following programmatic investments:
- Electric vehicle charging stations ($7.5 Billion)
- With Ohio slated to receive $140M based on current version formulas
- Hydrogen hubs ($8 Billion)
- Clean energy school buses (at least $5 Billion)
- $2.5B for zero-emissions buses
- $2.5B for lower-emission alternative fuels
- Appalachian Regional Energy Hub Initiative ($25 million over five years)
- Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grants ($2.5 Billion over five years)
- Counties could apply directly to USDOT for funds to carry out eligible projects that promote the deployment of infrastructure for EVs and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas in designated areas.
- Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities ($250 Million over five years)
- Carbon Reduction Formula Program ($6.42 Billion over Five Years)
- Eligible projects would include public transit projects, trails and other projects to facilitate non-motorized users of the road, the replacement of streetlights with energy-efficient alternatives, purchase or lease of zero-emissions construction equipment, among several others.
- Authorizes the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program (formerly BUILD/TIGER) for the first time ($7.5 Billion over Five Years)
- Public Transit Funding ($39 Billion)
The bill also makes supplemental appropriations to several federal agencies, including US DOT, US DOE, US EPA, and USDA with transportation initiatives focused on climate, environmental justice, and renewable energy deployments. For a more thorough breakdown of funding details, see the National Association of Counties analysis at: naco.org/resources/legislative-analysis-counties-infrastructure-investment-jobs-act
With passage of a Senate package, attention now turns to the House of Representatives, which is expected to consider the bill when it returns in September. Clean Fuels Ohio will continue to track and share developments as more details are made available.