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    Eight Major Cities Join to Form Energy Secure Cities Coalition

    The Energy Secure Cities Coalition’s (ESCC) overall goal is to transition their municipalities’ fleet from traditional, petroleum-powered vehicles to alternative fuels.   By investing in cleaner-burning, domestic fuels each city has the potential to boost economic growth by saving taxpayer’s dollars with lower maintenance and fueling costs while improving resident’s overall health.

    The coalition includes: Atlanta, Ga.; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Orlando, Fla.; Rochester, N.Y.; Sacramento Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. 

    The ESCC plans to grow to include 25 cities across the nation. Together, they have a goal to reduce 500,000 barrels of oil each year, and to take 50,000 petroleum-powered vehicles off of the road.  If this goal is reached, it has the potential to protect the participating city budgets. 

    “Technologies like electric and natural gas vehicles safeguard our city budgets from unpredictable oil prices and diversify the fuels that power our fleet,” said former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “Together, Energy Secure Cities Coalition members can make a substantial dent in U.S. oil consumption while also leading the nation to greater energy security.”

    Ballard’s alternative fuel “Freedom Fleet” served as inspiration behind creating the ESCC. Ballard’s plan to upgrade 425 non-police pursuit sedans to plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles would save Indianapolis $8.7 million over ten years.

    “The City of Rochester is committed to reducing the use of petroleum fuels by incorporating alternative fuel vehicles into its municipal fleet,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our community is helping us advance toward our goal of creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant communities, and better educational opportunities for our children.”

    The Energy Secure Cities Coalitions offer participating cities to learn from one another to advance alternative fuels.  By collaborating, municipalities can understand the conversion process and learn best practices. 

    The ESCC is a project of its member cities in collaboration with Securing America’s Future Energy and the Electrification Coalition. Learn more at www.energysecurecities.org.

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