Displacement total is the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road.
OKLAHOMA CITY — — (July 22, 2015) Central Oklahoma drivers and fleets have used more alternative fuels than ever before and its had a measurable impact on energy and environmental security. Central Oklahoma Clean Cities fleets have also implemented fuel savings measures like idle-reduction and fuel economy improvements.
Compressed natural gas (CNG), E85 (ethanol blend), biodiesel, propane, and electricity are the alternative fuels included in the survey.
The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) surveyed 30 Central Oklahoma businesses, government fleet and alternative fueling station owner coalition members to determine alternative fuel usage in 2014. When combined with the Tulsa Clean Cities Coalition survey the total reaches over 10.1 million gallons displaced statewide.
The fuel savings efforts also prevented the production of over 15,000 tons of greenhouse gases. Air pollutants that cause ozone, which is harmful to people with respiratory issues, were also reduced.
“Oklahoma businesses and governments are making long-term investments in fuels that are produced in the U.S., reduce fuel costs and improve air quality,” said Eric Pollard, Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coordinator. “Increased alternative fuel use in transportation is critical for America’s energy security.”
Lower gasoline and diesel prices have not slowed the expansion of alternative fueling stations and vehicle options. Fleets have noted the price stability of alternative fuels as the primary reason for these continued investments.
“OnCue is proud to provide the fuels that our customers demand, including domestically produced and clean burning fuel options like CNG and E85”, said OnCue CEO Jim Griffith. “In 2015, we will open 4-6 additional CNG sites and 6 convenience stores with E85, in addition to adding about 60 new dispensers to 10 existing E85 locations.”
The coalition’s new goal is to increase the total by 17 percent in 2015.
About Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition
Central Oklahoma Clean Cities is a U.S. Dept. of Energy designated alternative fuels public and private stakeholder coalition at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Over the last 19 years, coalition stakeholders have displaced nearly 38 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel with alternative fuels and fuel saving efforts.