The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to cut petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions, whose territory covers 80% of the U.S. population, brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction (IR) measures, fuel economy improvements, and new transportation technologies as they emerge.
Each year, DOE asks Clean Cities Coalitions to submit annual reports detailing their partners activities and accomplishments in their regions related to the development of:
- Refueling/charging infrastructure
- Sales of alternative fuels
- Deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs)
- Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
- IR initiatives; fuel economy improvement activities
- Programs to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
NREL analyzes the compiled data and translates it into petroleum-use and GHG emission reduction impacts, which are summarized in an annual report available at https://cleancities.energy.gov/accomplishments/.
As a result of Clean Cities Coalition’s across the country collecting this data we know the program is on track to meet its goal of saving 2.5 billion gallons of petroleum per year by 2020. To achieve this goal, Clean Cities employs three strategies:
- Replace petroleum with alternative and renewable fuels, including natural gas, propane, electricity, E85, biodiesel, and hydrogen
- Reduce petroleum consumption through technologies and strategies that improve fuel efficiency
- Eliminate petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.
As A Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition fleet partner or alternative fuel station owner your participation in this reporting process is vital to the tracking and measurement of our efforts toward achieving these goals. To do this, we need your assistance.
Be assured, your fleet name nor your individual data will be reported or published in any way. It will be used as a piece of the Indiana story to accurate portray our Coalitions efforts, accomplishments and success toward reducing Indiana’s and our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.