U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Clean Cities 20th Anniversary Overview Video (Text Version)

This is a text version of the Clean Cities 20th anniversary overview video.

DENNIS SMITH: Hello, I'm Dennis Smith from the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program. For the past 20 years, Clean Cities has worked to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local efforts to reduce our reliance on petroleum and foreign oil for transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together public and private stakeholders to team-up on petroleum-reduction initiatives. These strong partnerships are the key to Clean Cities' success.

During its 20-year history, Clean Cities' efforts have helped to reduce petroleum consumption by more than 4.5 billion gallons. Successful deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles depends on collaboration between fleets, fuel providers, vehicle manufacturers, local government agencies, and many others.

By forming critical partnerships and stakeholder teams, Clean Cities coalitions have been able to leverage resources and accomplish things that no single company or organization could possibly do on their own. These combined efforts result in economies of scale and help transform local markets. Now let's hear from some of the Clean Cities program staff and partners who have helped contribute to our success over the past 20 years.

ROY WILLIS: The role of Clean Cities in promoting clean alternatives to imported oil I think is unmatched in the country.

WENDY DAFOE: Clean Cities' mission is to support local decisions to use less petroleum in transportation. The federal government provides a framework program, and each local coalition can do what works locally to displace petroleum in transportation.

RICHARD KOLODZIEJ: We see Clean Cities as a natural ally of ours. And so we've worked with Clean Cities over the years on presentations, seminars, webinars, and all types of outreach support. In addition, in Congress we're the most vocal supporter of Clean Cities of any organization.

ROY WILLIS: The most important thing from my perspective about Clean Cities is they're a connector. They connect fuel suppliers, equipment and vehicle manufacturers with fleets and others that use alternative fuel vehicles. And those connections I think are primarily responsible for the growth that we have seen, especially in the last five or six years in the use of alternative fuels in the country.

WAYNE CORUM: The City of Fort Worth has partnered with the Clean Cities program on various activities whether it's conduits for communication or grant funding or the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

PAT DAVIS: It's 20 years of success in that when you look at alternative fueling stations, about 80% of them out there have had some help from our Clean Cities program in placing them, and that's not always financial help. But it's also just about sharing best practices and connecting the right people to work together.

MELISSA ADAMS: It has been a great opportunity to really talk with leaders in the industry—both people who know the technology, know the vehicles, understand some of the policies as well as the needs of our end users. So for example, we're preparing now to introduce new compressed natural gas tariffs, and we were able to connect with folks who would be our customers as well as bounce some of these ideas off of local policymakers.

ROY WILLIS: I remember when it was just a handful of coalitions. Now it's over 100 organizations that stretch literally from coast to coast.

DOYLE SUMRALL: We started working with the coalitions about seven years ago. Our members are all over the country. We don't have regional membership groups. It kind of made sense. The Clean Cities are regionally throughout the country. Our members were getting involved with them to get engaged to their stakeholders. They were reaching out to the members because they represented the supply side of the industry.

KEN NEWBOLD: We as an institution are striving to be the national model for an engaged university, and Virginia Clean Cities offers us as an institution to be that engaged community member with a diverse set of constituents—in this instance, the alternative fuels community.

CALVIN JONES: Some of my past experiences with Clean Cities—they've reached out to other jurisdictions in immediate areas—some across the country. When we've had questions, they've even reached out to labs to help us identify problems. Clean Cities was able to arrange meetings for us to analyze different problems to help us be able to move the technology along. They also sponsor meetings between manufacturers and individual users groups that are very instrumental in moving alternative fuels technology forward.

STEPHEN NEAL: We all understand that we have one globe and that we have to protect it. So, because we have one globe and we have to protect it, the manufacturers along with the distribution side, which are dealer principals like myself—we have to be involved, and we live in these communities.

RICHARD KOLODZIEJ: It is the most effective deployment program the Department of Energy has.

WENDY DAFOE: DOE provides just the right amount of guidance, just the right amount of technical support, and decisions still can be made on the local level.

ROY WILLIS: Clean Cities is leading the way. They're setting the groundwork to take advantage of this new, domestic energy resource that should be a game-changer for our country.