The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that over US$5.5 million has been awarded for alternative fuel projects through the State Energy Program (SEP). Over $520,000 has been slated for the marketing and infrastructure of E85, the ethanol-based alternative fuel. The monies allocated for E85 infrastructure are part of the Congressional Appropriations the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) has secured to advance the development of E85, the ethanol based fuel product.Washington D.C. – September 2, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “We are pleased that the Department of Energy has selected additional E85 projects during their most recent program solicitation,” said NEVC Chairman Todd Sneller. “It is also interesting to note that all of the E85 projects that were selected by the DOE are outside of the traditional ‘corn belt.’ Such allocation of funds together with the infrastructure monies recently awarded by the NEVC, will assist in securing E85 as a National form of fuel and not as simply a regional ‘niche market’ type of alternative fuel.” The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan will receive $37,738 to construct a 6,000-gallon above ground E85 fueling facility at the city’s Municipal garage. The Thrifty Rental Car franchise owner in Jackson, Wyoming, Teton Motors, and the Greater Yellowstone Clean Cities Coalition will market a new E85 facility with an award of $39,500. The city of Edmond, Oklahoma will install and maintain an alternative fuels fueling station, which will include a 12,000-gallon E85 tank. The city received $72,476 for the project. An award of $91,000 has been granted to the state of Oklahoma for E85 infrastructure for fleets including federal, state of Oklahoma, United States Postal Service (USPS), and the public. Part of the $96,400 grant awarded to the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition will install a downtown E85 facility. The Land of Enchantment Clean Cities Coalition was awarded $191,749 for E85 infrastructure in the cities of Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Albuquerque, and the Native American Pueblo of Santo Domingo.