The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities program advances the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies. Although the Clean Cities program is technology and fuel neutral, 61 percent of the petroleum reductions to date has been through the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, and NGVAmerica has been an advocate and supporter of its natural gas projects.
The primary goal of the Clean Cities program is to cut petroleum use in the U.S. by 2.5 billion gallons per year by 2020. To achieve this goal, Clean Cities employs three strategies:
- Replace petroleum with alternative and renewable fuels;
- Reduce petroleum consumption through smarter driving practices and fuel economy improvements; and
- Eliminate petroleum use through idle reduction and other fuel-saving technologies and practices.
More than 228 million people (74 percent of the total U.S. population) live inside the boundaries of Clean Cities coalitions. The Clean Cities program divides the country into seven regions: Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, South Central, and California. Regional stakeholders, which are composed of businesses, fuel providers, vehicle fleets, state and local government agencies, and community organizations, c ome together to share information and resources, educate the public, help craft public policy, and collaborate on projects that reduce petroleum use. Their activities stimulate local economies, facilitate the adoption of new transportation technologies, and make communities cleaner, healthier places to live.
Benefits of Joining
Government agencies and private businesses that sign on as Clean Cities stakeholders gain access to an array of resources, including:
To view a copy of a joint letter signed by NGVAmerica and other alternative fuel trade associations in support of the Clean Cities program, click here.