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Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Program

Background Information

Formed in 1995, the Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition (VSCCC) is a public/private partnership striving to remove barriers to the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), energy-efficient transportation technologies, and the use of clean, domestically-produced transportation fuels. By encouraging advanced transportation technology deployment and supporting the efforts of our stakeholders, our organization enhances environmental quality and public health, economic development, and energy security in the Valley of the Sun.

The VSCCC provides a forum for stakeholders to (1) share ideas, successes and information, (2) collaborate and support regional initiatives, (3) support technology and technician development, (4) and communicate to the public the benefits of regional transportation technology initiatives and their success stories.

In 2001, Greater Phoenix Metro had the second highest concentration of AFVs in an US metropolitan area with nearly 7,500 total AFVs surveyed.
Municipalities like Phoenix (1500+), Scottsdale (150+), Tempe (100+), Mesa (650+), and Glendale (125+) operate over 100 AFVs each.
AFVs in Maricopa County displace an estimated 15 million gallons of petroleum each year with natural gas, propane, biodiesel, electricity, and ethanol.
Valley Metro (City of Phoenix, City of Tempe, City of Mesa, and RPTA) runs one of the nation's largest fleet of natural gas buses with nearly 600.
Sky Harbor Airport is home to the nation's #1 and #2 largest volume publicly-accessible Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations. Combined they dispense 2.5 million gallons of CNG annually.
All 180 contracted taxicabs, 90 SuperShuttle wagons, and 24 inter-terminal shuttle buses are powered by CNG at Sky Harbor Airport.
Largest commercial biodiesel fleet in US- Rockland Materials operates 100 heavy duty trucks on B100 displacing 1.2 million gallons of diesel per year.
Fleet AFVs surveyed in 2004:
    4,776 Natural Gas
    327 Biodiesel
    474 Propane
    108 Electric
    796 Ethanol
    6481 Grand Total (not including private vehicles)
AFV Fueling Stations:
    31 CNG, 6 LNG, 80 LPG, 2 E85, 103 electric, 10 Biodiesel, and 1 Hydrogen
Fuel Displacement Approximately 15 million gallons displaced!!

For more information contact Coalition Coordinator Bill Sheaffer, Executive Director/Coordinator [email protected]




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