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Electric School Bus Initiative

Electrifying America’s School Buses

Collaborating to provide streamlined education, support, and access to school districts seeking support in school bus electrification

Electric School Buses are a performance upgrade over their diesel burning counterparts. With federal incentives and rising diesel prices, electric school buses can help schools save money that can be used for educational resources. The Beneficial Electrification League has created this short video on why a school would choose to deploy electric school buses. Feel free to share it!

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The Beneficial Electrification League is collaborating with electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to support electric utilities interested in working with school districts to access funding for electric school buses and electric infrastructure.

Electric School Bus meeting in Alma, Kansas

The EPA Clean School Bus 2023 Rebate Program is Open! It will be open from September 28, 2023 – January 31, 2024,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its second round of rebate funding for electric school buses! This rebate program was popular in rural areas in the first round and BEL is committed to helping those getting buses to apply and have great experiences for the kids, parents, and drivers.

Our top three things to know about the program this year:

  1. The rebates for priority school districts are up to $345,000 per bus ($200,000 per bus for non-priority)
  2. The priority list has changed, so to see if a school in your area is on the priority list, see:  EPA 2023 School Priority List
  3. There is a requirement for applicants to talk to their utilities before applying, and we believe this conversation is helpful and should occur as early as possible. BEL has developed a simple resource on this topic, including the link to EPA's Program Electric Utility Partnership Template here: Talking to Your Utility about ESBs 081723

As part of a partnership with CoBank, we have helped several hundred rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities understand the program and provide information and support to their school districts.

Please feel free to reach out to BEL with any questions about this program, and sign up at via the form below.

EPA's Web site for this program is: https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/

Watch the webinar: Clean School Bus Update and Other Electric Sector Updates 1/9/2024

See the presentations: BEL Slides and EPA Slides

Related Articles and Reports

Electric School Bus: The eLION Effect

BEL Chair Gary Connett, BEL President Keith Dennis, and Great River Energy’s David Ranallo discuss the first electric cooperative school bus project in 2017 as part of the Community Storage Initiative, a predecessor organization to the Beneficial Electrification League.

Electric School Bus Information

The Beneficial Electrification League has created a one-pager of basic electric school bus information.

V2G Resource

The Beneficial Electrification League has created a short write-up of an early experience with V2G.

Talking to Utilities about ESB

The Beneficial Electrification League has created a short write-up on the importance of talking to utilities early and often about electric school buses and charging stations.

Electric School Bus Initiative Sponsors

Project Partners and Participants

The Beneficial Electrification League is a convenor for this project. Our primary participants are Generation and Transmission cooperatives and distribution cooperatives that collectively represent over 350 distribution cooperatives across more than 32 states.

Dairyland Power Cooperative
Golden Spread Electric Cooperative
Great River Energy
Hoosier Energy
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Oglethorpe Power Corporation
Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Dakota Electric Association
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Winneshiek Energy District
WECA
Sioux Valley Energy
MREA
Trico
Flint
Flint
Mountain Parks
Mountain Parks
Mountain Parks
NIPCO
Beltrami
Anza
Cherryland
Cherryland
NIPCO
Beltrami
Anza
Cherryland
Cherryland
NIPCO
Beltrami
Beltrami
Beltrami
Beltrami
NIPCO
NIPCO
NIPCO