Annual Report: Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition

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natural gas bus. The AACCC is part of a network of more than 87 communities within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Cities Program. The mission of Clean Cities is to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. AACCC provides technical assistance to public and private fleet operators that are interested in replacing gasoline-powered vehicles and equipment with domestically produced fuels including natural gas, propane, electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, and biogas. Alternative fuels and vehicles form the cornerstone of Clean Cities, as they are a valuable tool for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases, protecting public health, and contributing to economic development. AACCC is fuel neutral and works with fleets to provide them with the most accurate resources and information available on alternative fuels, vehicles, and fueling stations.

AACCC brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies. In the past, AACCC has hosted first responder training on alternative fuel vehicles, ethanol workshops, biodiesel workshops, electric vehicle transportation conferences, and commercial propane mower events. In 2012-2013, AACCC partnered with the South Central Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium to host a series of natural gas workshops across the Alamo region.

AACCC staff estimate that the program assists in the displacement of nearly 3 million gallons of petroleum in the Alamo region on a yearly basis.

In 2013, the AACCC entered into a local agreement with Austin Energy to assist in the reduction of alternative fuel barriers between the two regions. Known as the Central Texas Fuel Independence Project (CTFIP), this project will focus on implementing first responder alternative fuels vehicle training and outreach for electric drive vehicles and natural gas. This project was made possible under a grant award to the AACCC and Austin Energy by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Also in 2013, the AACCC partnered with Ryder System, Inc. to host a Natural Gas meeting at AACOG. The purpose of the meeting was to expand networking opportunities in the natural gas industry and assist stakeholders in advancing potential plans for natural gas infrastructure. Through this partnership, Alamo Area Clean Cities was able to reach out to diverse entities and positively influence the growth of natural gas in our region.

Finally, in partnership with the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (SAMNHP), the AACCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony to display the National Historical Park’s first public electric vehicle charging station in our region. The ceremony highlighted the sustainability efforts of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. With assistance from AACCC, the park has managed to run 40% of their fleet on alternative fuel. AACCC assisted the park in developing outreach material to be used within the local community, to make visitors aware of the partnership and efforts of those involved. This project was made possible through a grant awarded in 2012 to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and AACCC through the Department of Energy’s National Parks Initiative.

SAMNHP's first public electric vehicle charging station at Mission San Jose

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