The Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC) has been in existence in the Greater Charlotte Region for over 10 years and was designated in April of 2004 in the Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. The Coalition is housed at the Centralina Council of Governments, a state designated lead regional organization in North Carolina comprised of Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties.
The mission of the National Clean Cities Program (locally represented by the CCFC) is to reduce petroleum dependence, improve air quality, and expand alternative fuel use and technology. The program promotes, accelerates, and expands the use of alternative fuels in the transportation sector. The US Department of Energy (DOE) classifies the following fuels as "alternative fuels": biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, propane, and solar energy. For more information please visit the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) website.
Nationally, Clean Cities is a voluntary federal program designed to accelerate and expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in communities throughout the country and to provide refueling and maintenance facilities for their operation. Sponsored by the DOE, Clean Cities encourages local governments and organizations to form public/private partnerships in developing markets for AFVs. Clean Cities is founded on the principle that our nation's objectives are best accomplished by motivated individuals working together for a common goal. Nationally, there are nearly 100 local coalitions and more than 8,400 stakeholders.