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North Florida Designated as the Newest Clean Cities Coalition

May 16, 2016

Photo of the Jacksonville, Florida skyline.

North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition joins nearly 100 other coalitions nationwide in the mission to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

Clean Cities welcomed another major partner last month in the effort to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum—the brand-new North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition. Through its network of nearly 100 coalitions across the country, the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program brings together stakeholders to increase the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, reduce idling, and improve fuel economy.

Becoming a member of Clean Cities was the culmination of many years' worth of hard work. Communities interested in establishing a coalition first gather together local stakeholders, including vehicle fleet managers, policymakers, utilities, alternative fuel suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and trade groups. This group, led by a coordinator, then creates a strategy specific to their area. By researching the local market, setting goals, and developing action items, they create a path forward to help their region use less traditional petroleum fuel for transportation.

North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition has more than 100 stakeholders, many of whom have made considerable investments in alternative fuel vehicles. For example, the coalition has partnered with JEA, a municipal electric and water utility for the city of Jacksonville, to invest $300,000 into a regional EV charging network known as ChargeWell. The program has installed 25 stations in several counties and ties into JEA's Drive Clean program, which offers incentives for purchase of EVs. The coalition is also working with the City of Jacksonville as they pursue purchasing seven new compressed natural gas (CNG) sanitation trucks—the City's first effort to convert their fleet to alternative fuels. The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is the coalition's host organization.

The coalition is committed to educating stakeholders on all aspects of alternative fuels. To increase public awareness, it has helped organize two National Drive Electric Week events and several alternative fuels vehicles expos. The coalition also maintains a long-standing partnership with the Jacksonville Business Journal to hold educational events on transportation issues important to the region.

The coalition estimates that it displaced nearly 2.5 million gallons of petroleum in 2014 with a variety of strategies and the increased use of liquefied natural gas and biodiesel, compressed natural gas, electricity, and propane among stakeholders. Along with the other Clean Cities Coalitions, North Florida will be a key contributor as we work together to reduce billions more gallons of petroleum.

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