Electrification of Transportation Systems Program

Clean Energy Fund (CEF)

This grant fund is for the continued transformation of the electric transportation market in Washington State. The Electrification of Transportation Systems Program (ETS) provides grants to Washington local governments, Tribal Governments, and retail electric utilities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Now Accepting Applications for Electrification of Transportation Systems Grants

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the Clean Energy Fund – Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) Grants program. PHASE ONE applications are due on September 15th.

ETS grants provide funding for local governments, federally recognized Tribal governments, small utilities, and state agencies to integrate and manage electrical load from electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Funding covers innovative projects that prepare communities to construct and/or expand EVSE through early-stage consultant studies, engineer designs, or direct capital asset investments and infrastructure upgrades.

To meet Washington’s climate emission reduction goals for the transportation sector, the 2021 State Energy Strategy recommends rapid electrification of all transportation markets and deep reductions in vehicle miles traveled. 


This RFA is open on Aug. 1, 2022.

  • PHASE ONE applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, 2022.
  • PHASE TWO will open on Oct. 10, 2022
  • PHASE TWO applications will be due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2022.

Send questions to cef@commerce.wa.gov. Phone calls will not be accepted.

Program Documents

Eligible Applicants

  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • Small utilities (the definition of “small utility” is adopted from RCW 19.29A.010)
  • Washington state agencies
  • Local governments

Eligible Projects

Commerce is seeking projects that aim to:

  • Integrate and manage load using behavioral, software, hardware, or other demand-side management technologies for on-road end-uses and non-maritime off-road end-uses;
  • Provide enduring benefits to vulnerable communities disproportionately burdened by air pollution, climate change impacts, or lack of transportation systems.
    Examples of eligible technologies to manage and/or integrate load include, but are not limited to:
  • Battery EV supply equipment.
  • On-site generation or storage, where the technology directly supplies electricity to the EVSE.
  • Electric grid distribution system infrastructure upgrades, where the upgrade is needed as a result of installed EVSE.
  • Other demand response, time-of-use rates, or behavioral programming strategies and related assets/infrastructure.

Bidder’s Conference

Commerce hosted a virtual bidder’s conference on Aug. 8, 2022. Check back soon to view a video of the recorded meeting.

Additional Information

Need Help?

For more information about the ETS program and other Clean Energy Fund grants, please send an email to CEF@commerce.wa.gov.

If you have questions about this program, alternative fuel transportation or other related Commerce programs, please contact Nick Manning at nick.manning@commerce.wa.gov

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