USDOT Announces First-Time Initiative to Build Resilience During Natural Disasters by Using Transit Buses to Generate Power
Notice of Funding Opportunity Seeks Organization to Develop Standards for Power-Sharing to Help Communities Grappling with Emergencies
WASHINGTON – To help communities respond to natural disasters, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published a $1 million Notice of Funding Opportunity for an organization or partnership to develop standards for exportable power systems from electric and fuel cell-powered buses, which can supply electricity to community buildings, emergency shelters and hospitals during power disruptions.
The Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS) Program is one of the first steps in an initiative to build community resilience through transit. It supports the Biden-Harris Administration's investment in America's infrastructure and commitment to support communities during emergencies, which are occurring more frequently due to climate change.
"Communities and states often need options for generating power immediately after natural disasters," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. "Under this program, we will advance the development of standards for exportable power systems, so that communities can take advantage of the power stored by high-tech transit buses to keep the lights on during natural disasters and other emergencies."
Previous FTA-supported research showed success in transforming hybrid, electric and fuel cell buses into mobile power generators. The BEPS NOFO seeks an organization or partnership to develop interoperable national standards for power generation so a variety of manufacturers' systems can use the same technology and applications for bus power generation.
The BEPS program was identified by Congress as part of the 2021 Appropriations Act as a strategy to help communities and states during emergencies and natural disasters. Applications are due by June 13.