Clean Cities Coalition Designated in Alabama
November 19, 2009
The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (ACFC) became the state's first Clean Cities coalition in a designation ceremony on Nov. 17 at the 6th Annual Alabama Renewable Energy Conference in Auburn. One of only 87 in the country, the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities designation provides the ACFC with access to tremendous research and funding resources to further its mission of reducing our dependence on foreign oil and improving air quality in Alabama, while increasing investment in local economies through the promotion of alternative fuels.
Clean Cities is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) voluntary program that provides a framework for local businesses and governments to work together as a coalition to build the community's alternative transportation fuel market. According to the 2008 Clean Cities Annual Metrics Report, 412 million gallons of gasoline were displaced in 2008 alone, putting its 15-year total over 2.4 billion gallons. The program reduced carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, which is part of greenhouse gas formation, by 2.7 million tons, equal to taking 507,000 cars off the road. Most importantly for Alabama, the designation provides access to federal funds to increase alternative fuel use.
"The Clean Cities designation could have a tremendous positive impact on our state," says Phillip Wiedmeyer, president of Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition. "Alabama has the potential to be a leader in alternative fuel production, distribution, and per capita consumption based on past patterns, abundant natural resources and growing infrastructure. Designation provides the ability to leverage significant federal financial incentives to garner local and private capital to make it happen.
According to statistics from the Energy Information Administration, Alabama currently ranks 13th in total energy production and 9th in total energy consumption per capita from all energy sources. In October of 2008, the coalition worked with state agencies and officials in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana to develop the nation's first biofuels corridor along Interstate 65. The I-65 Biofuels Corridor provides the public with access to biofuels at stations located within a quarter tank of each other from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.Since its opening last year, the Alabama portion of the corridor has pumped over one million gallons of biofuels.