Alternative Fuel Vehicles Play an Expanded Role
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities partnered with the Arizona Department of Emergency Management in an impressive display of alternative fuel emergency equipment that could be deployed in the event of an interruption of Petroleum fuel, either through a break in the pipeline or damage to the fuel terminal.
On display was:
– Biodiesel powered City of Phoenix fire truck and Ambulance
– E-85 Ethanol capable Mesa police interceptor
- Valley Metro transit bus – one of 800 buses running on Natural Gas
- Mesa School District – one of 89 school and special needs buses operating on Propane
- The City of Tempe and Waste Management were there with Natural Gas powered refuse trucks
- Scottsdale showcased a hybrid bucket truck and All Electric meter reader vehicles
- SuperShuttle displayed one of their 90 Big Blue Vans running on Propane
- UPS brought one of their Bib Brown Hybrid delivery trucks
- UHaul also displayed a Propane powered work truck
Assistant Director of Emergency Management John Dirickson presented the vital importance of having a diversity of fuel and vehicles to address a scope of potential emergencies.
[Pipeline map above illustrates the vulnerability of Arizona depended on a single motor fuel pipeline running from Houston and LA]
VSCCC developed a record of 58,000,000 gallons of petroleum displaced. This eliminates some 6 million tons of CO2 from our Arizona Air.
This displacement of petroleum fuels (gasoline & diesel) is accomplished primarily through the use of alternative fuels, and includes practices such as idle reduction, trip planning and mass transit.
Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition recently received the following national awards from the U.S Department of Energy for:
#1 in the number of gallons used of Biodiesel
#1 in the number of gallons used of Liquefied Natural Gas
#2 in the number of gallons used of Compressed Natural Gas
#1 in the phoenix metro area in the use of alternative fuel
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We are dedicated to advancing the environmental, energy and economic security of Central and Northern Arizona by advocating and participating in practices that promote clean domestic energy and reduce dependence on conventional petroleum based fuels.
The Maricopa Association of Governments joined the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program in 1997. The Clean Cities Program was created by the federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) to support voluntary efforts by government and business to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil. There are now over eighty coalitions nationwide.
In July 2001, Maricopa Association of Governments handed over the Clean Cities operation to a group of independent stakeholders representing local industry and government. This group was re-chartered by DOE under the new name, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition. This new and improved coalition emerged with an innovative vision and strategic plan for cleaner air and a future less dependent on petroleum. Today, the coalition’s stakeholders represent more than sixty government, utility, and business organizations.
The VSCCC’s stakeholders operate nearly 7,000 alternative fuel vehicles and displace some 51 million gallons of petroleum fuel annually with alternative fuels such as natural gas, biodiesel, propane, ethanol, and electricity. According to a 2010 survey, this represents 10% of the annual consumption of alternative transportation fuel in the U.S.
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Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition Statistics
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We are pleased to announce the Clean Cities TV (www.CleanCities.TV) is now fully operational and ready to support the Clean Cities Program in educating cities about Clean Cities and its mission to reduce U.S. petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, idle reduction and fuel economy measures, and new emerging technologies. By clicking on the link, you can find informational outreach for city decision makers and stakeholders and a variety of success stories recorded by Clean Cities organizations around the country.
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