Alternative Energy Takes to the Road

Just as gas prices began their annual climb into the summer price range, the Obama administration announced its newest plan to bring alternative energy to American roadways with the National Clean Fleets Partnership.  Announced at a UPS facility in Landover, Maryland last week, this new private-public partnership is run under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, aimed at reducing annual American petroleum consumption by 2.5 billion gallons by 2020.  AT&T, Verizon, UPS, FedEx, and Pepsi, five of the nation’s ten largest operating fleets, have already joined the partnership, pledging to add over 20,000 advanced technology vehicles to American roadways.  The Clean Fleets Partnership focuses on assisting large private fleets of vehicles transition away from petroleum by adopting alternative fuel technologies like hydraulic, hybrid electric, and biodiesel power.

The Clean Cities program that is overseeing the National Clean Fleets Partnership has been helping to reduce American petroleum consumption since its inception in 1993, and with its vast network of local and national resources, Clean Cities designs petroleum-reduction plans for companies involved in the program.  These plans offer dynamic guidance for companies seeking to reduce petroleum usage, including the training of drivers on new advanced technology vehicles, as well as an array of electronic resources such as the national Alternative Fueling Station Locator.  President Obama has set a goal to reduce American petroleum imports by one-third by 2025, and by developing strong oil-reduction programs like this, we are certainly off to a strong start toward energy independence.

For more about the National Clean Fleets Partnership, check out the full article from the Department of Energy, and for the latest on the United States’ transition to alternative energy, stay current on the DoE’s Energy Blog.

Written by: Walter Palmer


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