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Wisconsin is awarded clean cities project

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday announced that the Wisconsin State Energy Office was awarded a project to help develop infrastructure, training and regional planning to help the state meet demand for alternative fuel vehicles. That includes vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity and propane.

Energy Department officials say this is part of a broader $11 million investment to continue to expand the transportation options available for businesses and communities, and to encourage the improvement of the fuel efficiency of vehicles in the market.

"Building a clean and secure U.S. transportation system that leverages our domestic energy sources will give American families, businesses and communities more options and reduce fueling costs," said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  "At the same time, these projects will help lead the way to further reducing America's dependence on foreign oil and protecting our nation's air and water."
 
Energy officials say the project provides safety and technical training for fleet operators, mechanics, first responders and code officials. It also streamlines permitting and procurement processes, and helps public and private fleets integrate gas reduction strategies.
 
The State Energy Office will work with the Wisconsin Technical College System to offer training for first responders, public safety officers and permitting officials.
 
This project was awarded through the Energy Department's Clean Cities Initiative.
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