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Clean Cities – Detroit

Rich in automotive expertise, research, and development facilities, and a trained workforce, there is no city better equipped to deploy alternative fuel technologies than Detroit. Home to Ford, GM, and Chrysler, Detroit Area Clean Cities’ operating area includes six metro Detroit counties with a combined population of 4.5 million. These counties include Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne.

Detroit Area Clean Cities’ partners – Wright & Filippis, UBCR, DTE Energy, Metro Cars, and Frito-Lay – are converting fleet vehicles to clean-burning propane and compressed natural gas. These and other alternative fuel projects put Detroit Area Clean Cities on track to displace more than 3 million gallons of petroleum in 2012.

U.S. DOE Program Overview

Clean Cities strives to advance the nation’s economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of nearly 100 volunteer coalitions, which develop partnerships in the public and private sectors to promote alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, idle-reduction technologies and new technologies as they emerge. In the past 15 years, Clean Cities’ coalitions and stakeholders have displaced more than 2.4 billion gallons of petroleum. In 2008 alone, roughly 412 million gallons of gasoline were displaced as the result of coalition activities.

Current Initiatives

With a grant from the Kresge Foundation Green Economy Initiative, NextEnergy and Clean Energy Coalition are helping develop a package of coordinated investments in Detroit’s green economy to foster a strong ethic of environmental sustainability in the city. One of these investments, “Leaning and Greening City Fleets,” will use clean fuels, vehicle technologies, and sound management practices to implement cost savings, alternative fuels, and vehicle technologies.

Detroit Area Clean Cities is also working with Detroit and other metro area municipalities to facilitate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles. These efforts support coordinated national and state efforts to ensure Michigan is prepared for new and emerging electric vehicle technologies. For more information, please visit pluginmichigan.org and afdc.energy.gov.

Recent Events

CNG & Propane Fueling Opportunities at Detroit Metropolitan Airport
October 30, 2012
Clean Fuel Vehicles and Infrastructure at U.S. Airports – Aaron Champion, Clean Energy Coalition. View the presentation
The Compelling Case for Natural Gas Vehicles – Tom Sheehan, NGVAmerica. View the presentation
Propane Autogas with Crystal Flash and Alliance Autogas – Dave Dykstra, Crystal Flash Energy. View the presentation
Natural Gas: The Alternative Fuel for Transportation – Mary Weston, DTE Energy. View the presentation
The Race to Energy Independence with Propane Autogas – Peter King, ROUSH Clean Tech. View the presentation 

Clean Cities Restructure and Expansion Webinar
August 29, 2012
View the presentation

Clean Cities Funding Opportunity Webinar: Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets in Michigan
May 16, 2012
Speakers: Matt Sandstrom and Mark Rabinsky. View the presentation

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Funding & Finance
March 7, 2012
Selecting the Right Equipment and Installer - Mark Ferda, McNaughton-McKay. View the presentation
Performance Contracting for EV Purchasing – Vince Scarfo, GE. View the presentation
Corporate Sponsorship for EV Charging Stations - Thomas Wither, National Adopt-a-Watt Program. View the presentation
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program Funding - Wendy Barrott, Clean Energy Coalition. View the presentation

Are You Plugged-In? Preparing Your Community for Electric Drive Vehicles
September 29, 2011
The emerging electric vehicle industry – and how to plan for it – was discussed. Topics included:

Detroit Clean Fleet Technology Forum: Idle Reduction
September 14, 2011
Idle reduction technologies and fuel economy measures were discussed. View the compiled presentations

Sleeping Bear Dunes Climate Friendly Parks Workshop
March 28, 2011
Matt Sandstrom, Detroit Area Clean Cities Coordinator, Clean Energy Coalition. View the presentation

Fleet Sustainability Planning: ANL’s GREET Model
February 23, 2011
Andrew Burnham, Center for Transportation Research Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory. View the presentation

DC Fast-Charging Technology
December 13, 2010
Mike Bucci, Business Development Manager, Aker Wade. View the presentation

Program Contact Information

Laura Palombi
Business Development Director
734.585.5720 x22

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  • AJ Automotive Group
  • Aker Wade
  • Azure Dynamics
  • City of Auburn Hills
  • City of Detroit
  • City of Dearborn
  • City of Troy
  • Clean Emissions Fluids
  • Clean Energy Fuels
  • ClipperCreek
  • Cooperative Elevator Company
  • Corn Marketing Program of Michigan
  • Corrigan Oil Co.
  • Cummins Bridgeway
  • DTE Energy/Michcon Fuels
  • Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Great Lakes Service Center
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Ignash Petroleum
  • Johnson Controls
  • Mass Transportation Authority
  • Medcorp Green
  • Meijer
  • Michigan CAT
  • Michigan Petroleum Marketers Association
  • ROUSH CleanTech
  • Schwan’s Home Service, Inc.
  • SEMCO Energy
  • SER Metro-Detroit
  • Shocking Solutions
  • State of Michigan Bureau of Energy Systems
  • The Power Alternative
  • U-Haul
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. Steel
  • VPSI, Inc.