In May 2003, the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition (then known as Central Alabama Clean Cities) circulated a call for alternative fuel infrastructure proposals. In response, the City of Hoover submitted a proposal to install a 12,500-gallon E85 ethanol tank and dispenser at the city’s Public Safety Center.
At the time, Hoover had only nine flex-fuel vehicles in its fleet. Now, Hoover has more than 220 flex-fuel vehicles in its fleet, and it has adopted other alternative fuels as well.
Hoover’s partnership with the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition was featured in a recent newsletter marking Clean Cities 20th anniversary.
The City’s use of alternative fuels has attracted considerable attention, including a visit from then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and a feature in Motor Week in 2012.
The City of Hoover and the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition have become go-to sources of information about alternative fuels in speaking engagements, educational events and the media.
“The City of Hoover is happy to work with the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and be a partner in conserving energy for our state,” Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey said.
This year the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program is marking two decades of progress in the deployment of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, fuel economy improvements, and other local strategies to cut petroleum use in transportation. DOE launched the national program in 1993, and the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition has been a key contributor to the program's mission in Alabama since 2002.
The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition and its stakeholders have led the charge in Alabama, saving almost 3.67 million gallons of petroleum in 2012 alone.
-Submitted by the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition