Clean Cities coalitions across the country collectively displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline last year. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the amount of gasoline displaced in 2006 was 50 percent more than the 250 million gallons in 2005. Clean Cities coalitions have set a goal of 3.2 billion gallons of gasoline displaced by 2020, and exceeding their goal of 700 million gallons this year certainly keeps them right on track.

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In 2006, a reported 71 percent of the gasoline displaced came from the use of alternative fuels, and 30 percent of that was from the use of compressed natural gas in mainly heavy-duty vehicles. Ethanol stations across the country doubled (436 to 995) over the year. Ethanol accounted for 24 percent of the gasoline displacement from alternative fuels.

Coalitions also reported that almost 44,000 hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) were acquired in 2006, a 61 percent increase over the 17,100 HEVs purchased in 2005. The report by NREL states that HEV use accounted for the displacement of approximately 9 million gallons of gasoline. Another 8.4 million gallons were displaced through idle reduction efforts.

“The significant progress Clean Cities made in 2006 shows impressive commitment by our coalition members,” said DOE Clean Cities Director Dennis Smith.

The report was compiled from voluntary assessments that represent a subset of the activities going on throughout the nation and indicates the impact of the coalitions and their priorities.

The full NREL report is available online here.

The DOE Clean Cities program is a key industry partner of the NAFTC. Please see the related story under the Consortium News section of eNews for more information on the participation of the NAFTC at the national Clean Cities retreat held at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.

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