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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are exploring regional policies to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants from the transportation sector and improve transportation systems. The Georgetown Climate Center serves as the facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
The Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates developed an electric vehicle (EV) corridor analysis tool to support state and regional EV charging infrastructure planning in collaboration the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states through the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The initiative builds on the region's strong leadership and commitment to energy efficiency and clean energy issues, and its programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector, which have resulted in the region becoming one of the most energy and transportation efficient areas in the nation. The TCI is facilitated and staffed by the Georgetown Climate Center. Learn more.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network was created by 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions to enable travelers to drive their plug-in cars and trucks from northern New England to D.C. and everywhere in between. The Network is a project of the Transporatation and Climate Initiative and is staffed and facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.
More than 100 companies, organizations, and jurisdictions have pledged to work with the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network to support electric vehicle use. Through the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, northeastern states are laying the groundwork for the region to lead the way in the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs), capturing the many economic, jobs, and environmental benefits associated with EVs. Learn more.
In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper examines two indicators—growth in previously developed/designated acres, and acres of agricultural or natural lands protected—and explores approaches that can be used to track development trends.
Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner Pledge
October 11, 2013
Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are forging ahead with preparations for the mass market arrival of plug-in cars and trucks and the economic and environmental benefits that these vehicles can deliver.
Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentives
January 25, 2013
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has compiled this menu of incentives for states to use as a tool when researching ways to reduce barriers and promote electric vehicle use. Most states offer one or more incentives for consumers, businesses, or government entities to purchase and use plug‐in electric vehicles (PEV) or electric vehicle charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment, or EVSE).
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster Analysis
January 25, 2013
In order for public institutions and private sector organizations to work toward an EV-friendly environment, it is important to understand where the greatest opportunities are for enhancing the EVSE network. This report takes a rigorous approach to identifying what types of places make sense for EVSE deployment in order to encourage EV ownership and usage. As both the public and private sectors consider investing in EVSE, infrastructure developers will need to determine how to most efficiently invest limited resources to provide battery charging infrastructure.
This report provides guidance to practitioners at all levels of state and local governments wishing to take action to implement EVSE deployment in their jurisdictions. It provides discussion and guidance regarding the steps to create, administer, and amend planning processes, rules, and regulations, and explores the potential for jurisdictions to encourage EV charging station installation and use. Tools to promote EV-friendly zoning regulations, parking ordinances, building codes, permitting practices, and partnership and procurement are explored, and examples of streamlined approaches are provided.
Assessment of Current EVSE and EV Deployment
December 21, 2012
The deployment assessment provides a region-wide look at EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment in the Northeast. The report highlights trends in EV ownership and EVSE locations, offers recommendations to maximize the impact of EVSE installations, and offers recommendations for further areas of study.
Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
December 17, 2012
These guidelines identify key siting and design issues that are relevant to local governments, developers, homeowners, businesses, utility providers, and other organizations. The guidelines provide an overview of elements of site selection and design and installation scenarios, including considerations for commercial lots, multi-family residences, on-street charging, service station models, and fleets.
EV Ready Codes for the Built Environment
December 17, 2012
This document provides an overview of building and electrical codes and their relation to EVs, highlights best practices from around the country, and makes recommendations for jurisdictions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
This analysis presents an overview of what Transportation and Climate Initiative jurisdictions are doing to achieve sustainable communities outcomes, how their legal frameworks govern land use and transportation policies, and notable programs or policies from a sustainable communities perspective.
TCI's Work on Sustainable Transportation Indicators
September 20, 2012
The TCI Sustainable Communities workgroup is exploring ways to measure the environmental and economic benefits of state-level sustainable communities efforts. By working together as a region, TCI is helping to leverage state resources and foster sharing of states' experiences with sustainable transportation policies by providing standardized tools to measure outcomes in the same way.
The California Supreme Court agreed on March 11 to review an appeals court decision that invalidated a regional transportation and land use plan for the San Diego area for failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions.
The Georgetown Climate Center recently released a report that identifies options for states to fund plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and highlights ways that states across the U.S. are supporting PEVs.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has committed to working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support workplace charging and grow the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.
On February 20, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish a process for state departments of transportation (state DOTs) to include consideration of climate change and extreme weather-related risks in the development of asset management plans, which are required under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
One hundred and seventy-five case studies demonstrate how leaders are responding to the growing threats that climate change impacts pose to America’s roads, airports, transit systems, and infrastructure.
The case studies highlight some of the most innovative approaches being adopted around the country for considering climate change at all stages of decision-making: planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance.
These case studies were written by the Georgetown Climate Center with support from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report that captures best practices in state-sponsored plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs, and lessons in PEV program development and implementation that may serve as models to other states.
White House Announced New Commitments to Support Electric Vehicles
November 19, 2014
On November 18, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute announced new commitments made by electric utilities and other organizations to support the deployment of electric vehicles nationwide. 70 utilities committed to spend at least 5% of their annual fleet acquisition budgets on purchasing electric vehicles, and over 60 new businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations committed to install workplace charging stations for their employees.
Representatives from states that signed the zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding (ZEV MOU) announced that over 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold nationwide. The ZEV MOU signatories (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) gathered at the California Air Resources Board meeting in Diamond Bar, California, to announce this milestone and reaffirm their commitment to putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in their states by 2025.
In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies.
State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.
The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.