Use Alternative Fuels
Alternative fuels are derived from resources other than petroleum. Some are produced domestically, reducing our dependence on imported oil, and some are derived from renewable sources. Often, they produce less pollution than gasoline or diesel.
The Clean Cities program focuses on five technologies:
- Alternative fuels and vehicles (biodiesel, ethanol, electricity, liquefied petroleum gas, and natural gas)
- Hybrid electric vehicles
- Idle reduction technologies
- Fuel economy measures
- Low-level fuel blends
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Clean Cities works directly with local businesses and governments to shepherd them through the coalition-building, goal-setting, and commitment-making processes necessary to establish the foundation for a viable alternative fuels market. Then, by sharing local innovation along the Clean Cities network, "mayor-to-mayor and coalition-to-coalition," by relating local problems to state and federal objectives, and providing continuous feedback to more than 3,000 industry and government stakeholders, Clean Cities can continually pioneer innovations and aspire to affect national as well as local achievements.
The Clean Cities program was established by the U.S. Department of Energy as a voluntary, locally based government/industry partnership to:
- Create new jobs and commercial opportunities
- Provide greater fuel choices
- Facilitate alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) production and conversion
- Advance clean air objectives
- Increase public awareness of AFVs
- Expand AFV refueling infrastructure
The program currently involves over 80 communities and metropolitan areas throughout the nation.
Clean Cities members are primarily businesses, industries, local governments, and public services with vehicle fleets.
The Centralina Council of Governments, in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources, provides staff assistance to the nine-county Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition (CCFC). The coalition was designated in April 2004 and is currently recruiting additional stakeholders and implementing the CCFC Program Plan.
For more background information on the Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition and Clean Cities, standard information provided to local governments, businesses, and other entities across our region can be viewed here. If you have any questions about these materials or need assistance with making a presentation in your locality, please feel free to contact us.