On September 21st, 2021 Virginia Clean Cities joined alternative fuel experts, fleets, and counties for a webinar highlighting the benefits of alternative fuels for small and rural communities. As part of the Drive Clean Rural USA project, this webinar featured:
- Mike Phillips from Alliance AutoGas speaking on Propane
- Jill Hamilton from Sustainable Energy Strategies Inc. speaking on Ethanol and Biodiesel
- Sherrie Merrow from NGVAmerica speaking on Natural Gas
- Devin Sclater from Dominion Energy speaking on Electrification
If you missed the webinar or want to revisit any of the resources shared during it, you can watch it here or on our YouTube channel.
The Drive Clean Rural USA Project is funded by the Department of Energy and led by Transportation Energy Partners, a national non-profit organization that brings Clean Cities coalition leaders together with the clean transportation industry to advance policies that will reduce American dependence on petroleum-based fuels.
Eight Clean Cities Coalitions, including Virginia Clean Cities, are working with TEP to provide on-the-ground assistance to the 24 selected counties, and to companies and institutions in those counties. In addition to Clean Cities Coalitions, this project is also supported by an amazing group of industry partners.
This is a learning project, we want to understand what is going to help rural communities transition to cleaner fuels and vehicles, and what barriers exist that might need to be addressed by policy incentives, state and federal investments, or education. Through this project, we will be providing rural fleets and counties with four areas of assistance: Fleet Technical Assistance, Demonstration Vehicles, support of Regional Jobs and Business Growth, and Promotion of Fleet Leadership. Our ultimate goal is to see positive action come out of the counties we engage. That might include a commitment to purchase one or more alternative fuel vehicles in the short term, or a plan to transition a fleet, and/or commitments from commercial and institutional fleets in your county.
We are excited to have so many resources to share, but we know from experience that you won’t get the value you need from this project unless the county is committed to providing staff time, data, and information. If you would like your rural county or fleet to be supported by this project, the first step is to reach out to Sarah Stalcup or John Maiorana with the Virginia Clean Cities team to set up a meeting to go over your fleet or county’s wants and needs.