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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $400 million to fund hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.


Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Great Smoky Mountains National Park National Parks Initiative In progress Sep 2015

States impacted:

  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is working with East Tennessee Clean Fuels and the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles coalition to cut petroleum use. The park will add four propane pickup trucks and install two propane refueling stations. The park is also replacing three gasoline pickup trucks with all-electric vehicles, converting five gasoline mowers to operate on propane, and installing four publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. These activities are estimated to help the park reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by almost 40 million tons of CO2 and displace the use of nearly 8,900 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum per year.

Learn more about the National Parks Initiative.


  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition (Western North Carolina)