From staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program and its nearly 100 coalitions across the nation reached a major petroleum-reduction milestone in 2013 — reducing 1 billion gallons of petroleum use in a single year.
This keeps the national Clean Cities program on track to meet its ambitious petroleum-reduction goal of 2.5 billion gallons a year by 2020.
The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition coalition has facilitated public-private infrastructure projects across the state, and has promoted the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles.
In Alabama, compressed natural gas is powering cars, city police cruisers and large trucks; B20 biodiesel is fueling everything from municipal garbage trucks to utility trucks; and propane autogas is being used to cleanly and efficiently run school buses in Mobile County and work-release vans at the Alabama Department of Corrections. To date, Alabama’s efforts have cut foreign petroleum use by more than 12 million gallons, and more than 4 million of those gallons were in 2013 alone.
The city of Trussville has been actively involved in the use of CNG in the last couple years.