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Clean Energy Coalition Powers Up Local Utility Fleet

Michigan Consolidated Gas (MichCon), a unit of DTE Energy (DTE), was seeking a clean energy solution for its fleet of service vehicles.

Through the Green Fleets program, Clean Energy Coalition presented DTE with $5.4 million to fund the conversion of more than 170 gasoline-powered utility vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and build the infrastructure to support them.

The grant was awarded to Clean Energy Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to funding vehicles, the grant also paid for the construction of two new CNG fueling stations and the refurbishment of 13 others across Michigan. A number of these stations are open to the public, broadening the availability of CNG to other Michigan fleets and independent drivers.

Through this project investment, DTE will displace about 250,000 gallons of petroleum each year. At current fuel prices, that represents a cost savings of about $450,000 a year.

“Clean Energy Coalition played an integral role in the transformation of our fleet. This grant presented our vast fleet with the optimal solution to reduce our petroleum use,” said Gregory Woloszczuk, Manager of Strategic Marketing & Business Development at DTE Energy/MichCon. “Clean Energy Coalition has helped MichCon revolutionize the way we consume fuel and has been a great partner.”