SACE and Partners Earn DOE Grant to Engage Underserved Black Georgia Communities in Creating Equitable Clean Energy Transportation Initiatives

With our grantee partners, SACE will engage over three years with underserved Black communities in three Georgia cities to inform and support deployment of electric transportation-related BIL and IRA funds in-line with Justice40 guidelines.

Madelyn Collins and Stan Cross | October 25, 2023 | Clean Transportation, Electric Vehicles, Georgia

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is proud to announce a forthcoming grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to engage, understand, and plan for the equitable electric mobility needs and priorities of underserved Black communities in Georgia.  

In partnership with EVNoire (EVN) and Clean Cities Georgia (CC-GA), SACE will utilize the DOE funding to ensure that underserved Black communities within three Georgia cities – Albany, Atlanta, and Savannah – are actively engaged and empowered to create and deploy equitable, accessible, electric mobility initiatives. 

This project will gather and center community priorities, strategies, and voices to ensure that  electric mobility investments from federal programs such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) deliver what communities need and want. Strategic implementation of these federal funds will help achieve the objectives of the Justice40 initiative, which aims to ensure that 40% of the benefits from national clean energy and climate investments reach disadvantaged communities disproportionately affected by environmental and socioeconomic challenges.

Our work aims to put communities in the driver’s seat to ensure this landmark federal funding reaches them and is implemented in ways that address the mobility needs and priorities they have identified. Though the project focuses on engaging and benefiting underserved Black communities in Albany, Atlanta, and Savannah, Georgia, learnings will be shared widely to help realize Justice40’s intent throughout the Southeast. – Stan Cross, SACE Electric Transportation Policy Director

As federal funding begins to flow through BIL and IRA, the Southeastern United States is ripe with opportunities to expand electric mobility, advance EV charging infrastructure, promote EV ownership, attract manufacturing jobs, and electrify fleets. Georgia leads the region across a range of transportation electrification metrics, making the state an important player regionally and nationally.

Source: Georgia – Transportation Electrification in the Southeast, SACE and Atlas Public Policy, August 2023

However, in Georgia and across the Southeast, there is an unmet need to ensure that federal money is invested efficiently and equitably to secure the best outcomes for our region’s communities, particularly the underserved. 

Together with our partners EVN and CC-GA, SACE will work over the next three years with stakeholders in Albany, Atlanta, and Savannah to enlist representative partners, including grassroots organizers, to engage deeply with the cities’ underserved Black communities. Along with creating community-centric strategic plans and identifying pathways to electric mobility project funding and implementation, the project will also engage education partners, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Technical Community College System of Georgia, to identify job skill gaps and ensure communities have access to the job training needed to participate in the state’s booming electric transportation sector.

Together, the partners in this project will work to understand barriers and provide pathways to equitable, accessible transportation electrification and workforce development for underserved communities in the Southeast; and to ensure that investments through BIL, IRA, Justice40, and other federal programs benefit these communities.

This project will elevate awareness and ensure that federal money is invested efficiently and equitably to bring about community-driven outcomes that are timely and relevant to the communities engaged. In addition to unlocking community-centered access to federal funding and workforce development, project partners will also leverage learnings from this work to inform utility, state agency, and EV industry investment strategies to meet the needs of underserved communities in Georgia and beyond.


SACE brings 35 years of experience working to promote responsible and equitable energy choices to ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. For the past decade, SACE has provided regional transportation electrification leadership through community engagement; local and state government outreach; regulatory and legislative advocacy; and research, blog, and editorial publications. SACE has provided over 1,000 ride-and-drives to consumers and fleet operators, consulted with 100+ local governments on EV planning and fleet transition, played a leading role in state-level EV planning in Ga., Fla., N.C., and S.C., and co-founded the Southeast Electric Transportation Regional Initiative. Learn more at

EVNoire is a consulting group specializing in electric, connected, shared and autonomous mobility solutions. EVNoire leverages the expertise of its sister organization EVHybridNoire (EVHN), the nation’s largest network of diverse EV owners/enthusiasts, with thousands of members working to increase multimodal electrification and decarbonization efforts in under-resourced communities that are impacted worst and first by transportation emissions. EVHN’s Georgia chapter has hundreds of diverse EV owners/enthusiasts. As 1 of 4 organizing partners of NDEW and DEED, EVHN meets legislators to promote equitable e-mobility policies, public health, infrastructure deployment, and workforce opportunities. Learn more at

Clean Cities Georgia is a DOE-designated coalition in the national Clean Cities network. Clean Cities is a nationwide effort to advance the adoption of alternative fuels, electric vehicles, and other clean transportation technologies to reduce petroleum consumption, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and promote sustainable transportation solutions. There are more than 75 Clean Cities Coalitions across the country and Clean Cities Georgia holds the distinction of being the first coalition DOE officially designated in 1993. Clean Cities Georgia’s partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, utilities, public interest groups, and public and private fleets are focused on the deployment and use of cleaner forms of transportation. Learn more at


Madelyn Collins
From as early as she can remember, Madelyn Collins has been connecting to the knowledge, impact, and work of healing environmental injustices. Originally growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, Madelyn…
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