East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition works with vehicle fleets, fuel providers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to save energy and promote the use of domestic fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in transportation.
Jonathan Overly founded the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCleanFuels) in 2001 and has spoken to thousands of people across the state including hundreds of companies and organizations about partnering to expand their alternative fuel use. Overly currently serves on the Strategic Planning Group for the EPA Region 4 STRIDE Collaborative, on the Board of Directors for Transportation Energy Partners, and on the City of Knoxville's Mayor's Climate Council on the Transportation Technical Working Group. Overly has a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has won several regional and state awards for advancing alternative fuels and improving air quality, including from the State of Tennessee and EPA Region 4. In 2015, Overly was inducted into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame, joining a slew of other great coordinators that work hard to show dedication and leadership to the Clean Cities mission and serving fleets in their communities.
Some of ETCleanFuels' major initiatives include:
- Southeastern Corridor Council – Overly started this relatively new entity that is bringing together coalitions and state DOT representatives from 11 states to make effective, consistent plans for adding corridor signage along all of our interstates.
- Fuels Fix alt-fuel news website and email – This Clean Cities stories and alternative fuel news website provides monthly updates to subscribers on alternative fuels news across the U.S. Daniel Siksay leads this effort.
- Drive Electric TN – This partnership is the official statewide effort for advancing EVs in Tennessee and has the participation of numerous entities across the entire state. DET is housed in ETCleanFuels, and Virginia Salazar Buda is the program coordinator.
- Tennessee Green Fleets Certification Program – Tennessee's only fleet certification program that reviews any size fleet to assess it based on reduced petroleum use and emission reductions.
Daniel Siksay started working for ETCleanFuels in early 2018 and is the Co-Coordinator and a Project Manager for the coalition. He is a transplant to East Tennessee; born in Canada, he moved south in 2016 and has since fallen in love with the area's mountains, culture, and history. Siksay is a problem solver with an eye for detail and a nose for creative solutions to difficult problems. He is an exuberant optimist about the future! He's an experienced editor and rhetorician, a digital media expert, and loves working with the passionate people on this team.
- Designated: October 12, 2004
- Population: 2,854,234 (based on 2020 Census estimate)
- Area: 19,100 sq. mi.
- Local/Regional Service Area: Counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, White
Alternative Fueling Stations
Including public and private stations
- Biodiesel (B20 and above): 4
- Electric (charging outlets): 664
- Ethanol (E85): 29
- Hydrogen: 0
- Natural Gas: 12
- Propane: 29
Energy Use Impact*Annual Energy Impact
Emissions Reduced*Annual Emissions Reduced
Learn about just some of the projects from East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. Visit the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition website for more projects and information.Projects and Case Studies
- Southeast AFV Demonstration Initiative (SADI)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Southeast Regional Alternative Fuels Market Initiatives Program
- Developing Replicable, Innovative Variants for Engagement for EVs in the USA (DRIVE Electric USA)
- Medium-Duty Electric Truck (eTruck): Pilot Electrified Fleets in Urban and Regional Applications
- Developing an EV Demonstration Testbed in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee, an Economically Distressed Rural Region
- Idle Reduction Programs at Tennessee Schools