Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition

The Palmetto 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.

Contact Information

Office of Regulatory Staff
1401 Main St, Ste 900
Columbia, SC 29201

Ben Kessler

Ben Kessler joined the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office in March 2019 and currently serves as the Clean Transportation Specialist. Within this role, he serves as Coordinator for the Palmetto Clean Fuels coalition, providing technical assistance to stakeholders and coordinating events for outreach and education about alternative fuels. Additionally, Kessler manages GIS systems, the Energy Efficient Manufactured Home programs, and assists in developing energy policy. Prior to the Energy Office, he worked for the West Virginia Environmental Council and the Sierra Student Coalition. Kessler holds a Environmental Geoscience and a Minor in Political Science from West Virginia University.

General Stats

  • Designated: January 28, 2004
  • Population: 5,118,425 (based on 2020 Census estimate)
  • Area: 30,850 sq. mi.
  • Local/Regional Service Area: Entire state of South Carolina

Alternative Fueling Stations

Including public and private stations

  • Biodiesel (B20 and above): 33
  • Electric (charging outlets): 874
  • Ethanol (E85): 46
  • Hydrogen: 0
  • Natural Gas: 12
  • Propane: 46

Energy Use Impact*

Annual Energy Impact

Annual Energy Impact by Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Type

Emissions Reduced*

Annual Emissions Reduced

Emissions Reduced by Alternative Fuel Vehicle Project Type
*2020 DOE-Verified Metrics