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I-75 Green Corridor Project

• Project leader:  ETCleanFuels
• Other project partners:  Clean Cities coalitions in six states (MI to FL), and numerous fuels supply companies and convenience store owners
• Start date - End date:  October 1, 2009 - December 31, 2013
• Funder:  DOE, Clean Cities Program

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This project is our largest by far in terms of reach and the number of partners. Seven Clean Cities coalitions are working under ETCleanFuels leadership to make it possible to travel from Sault Ste. Marie, MI (on the upper peninsula) all the way down to Miami, FL and be able to refuel with either E85 or B20 during the entire trip. The project will install on the order or 25 public biofuel pumps at convenience stores to fill in the current gaps so that each fuel is available with no greater than 200 miles in between like fuel pumps. All pumps will be no greater than 3 miles from the interstate with the majority being less than 1 mile from an exit.

This corridor project is the 2nd major arterial project in the U.S. focused on making a major interstate completely traversable using a biofuel, following on the I-65 project that was started in 2008. Together, they are helping build biofuels accessibility and alternative fuels use in the heart of America.

Crossville TSE Project

• Project partners:  Plateau Travel Plaza
• Start date - End date:  August 20, 2009 - June 30, 2011
• Funder:  EPA, Region 4

This project is installing 50 electrified and HVAC-supplied truck spaces at the former Plateau Travel Plaza—now called the Eco Travel Plaza—in Crossville, TN. The project team garnered $581,849 in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds; another $239,890 is being cost shared to bring the project total to $821,739.

The Plaza owner and ETCleanFuels are collaborating to bring multiple anti-idling technologies to one truck stop with an expected installation completion date of May 2011. Due to the duo's hard work on cost reductions, they were able to squeeze into the project funding to include solar power to further the emissions reductions that the project is achieving. While replacing an idling diesel engine with local grid electricity is a substantial improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reductions, moving all the way to onsite renewable solar energy tzakes it to zero emissions (for the truck spaces energy use that will solar generation will offset).

Propane Projects in Tri-Cities

• Project partners:  City of Kingsport, Tri-Cities Airport
• Start date - End date:  October 1, 2007 - June 30, 2011 (expected)
• Funder:  Tennessee Dept. of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) through a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP)

A fine was levied against a company in the Tri-Cities area and the ETCFC successfully won the chance to put that money to work by getting alternative fuels used in the most polluted counties there, including Sullivan County. Funds have been used to convert three tarmac-side vehicles (2 tugs and 1 belt loader) to dedicated propane through a relationship with Blossman Gas and the AutoGas Alliance.

Meanwhile, the City of Kingsport joined in a Stimulus/ARRA project to place two new bi-fuel propane police cars in their fleet. Through this project, we are aiming to add another 5-6 bi-fuel police cars to the city's fleet. Through the city's leadership and this project, the City of Kingsport is on it's way to becoming a top propane-powered fleet in East Tennessee!

Natural Gas Toolkit

• Project partners:  Virginia Clean Cities
• Start date - End date:  June 1, 2009 - August 31, 2009
• Funder:  DOE, through Virginia Clean Cities (VCC)

Click me to visit the Natural Gas Toolkit...ETCFC collaborates with other coalitions as often as possible, and VCC Executive Director Chelsea Jenkins is a common ally. Jenkins had funding left over from a natural gas bus project in VA, and the two collaborated to put together a tool to help any fleet perform a first-cut analysis of their potential cost savings from switching all or part of their fleet to natural gas.

The toolkit provides an Excel spreadsheet already formatted and filled with formulas to show a fleet manager what numbers are needed to provide a simple ROI based on comparing the additional capital cost to the fuel price annual cost savings. The toolkit also shows where, what and who can get the answers you need to fill in the spreadsheet, and has a list of national fleets that you can contact with any questions... we call it "Call-a-Fleet."

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UTBI Education Initiative

Yes, that's me, Jonathan, in a field of switchgrass in Loudon County. This particular stand of switchgrass had been cut earlier in the year, and was already back to 7+ feet in height.
• Project leader:  ETCFC
• Start date - End date:  April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2011
• Funder:  Univ. of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative (UTBI)

Through an on-going relationship with UTBI, the ETCFC has contracted to provide students and adults with presentations about the importance of the United States moving to a wide variety of resources for producing fuels, and how switchgrass will play an important role in Tennessee developing its own homegrown feedstocks for ethanol.

Click me to visit the UTBI WebsiteDr. Kelly Tiller, Dr. Tim Rials, Sam Jackson and the rest of the UTBI team are doing fantastic work to help Tennessee make a transition to actually growing our own renewable feedstocks and then producing our own fuel in this state. Due to the significance of the problem—America's true addiction to and over reliance on oil and other countries to supply that oil—we have a long way to go to help any alternative feedstock or fuel make a serious dent in our oil usage. However, there is only one way to change that, and it is efforts like UTBI's and their partners (DuPont Danisco LLC, ORNL) that are showing how it can be done.

This effort is more crucial than I think many Americans realize. And the potential value UTBI team's work brings to the table is massive, including the ability to make oil last longer and to substantially reduce our transportation fuels greenhouse gas footprint.

United Soybean Board Biodiesel Workshops & Webinar

• Project leader:  Triangle Clean Cities
• Other project partners:  Clean Cities coalitions in NC, SC and GA
• Start date - End date:  October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2010
• Funder:  DOE, Clean Cities Program

Southeastern Ethanol & Biodiesel infrastructure (SEBI) Project

• Project leader:  Triangle Clean Cities
• Other project partners:  Clean Cities coalitions in NC, SC and GA
• Start date - End date:  October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2010
• Funder:  DOE, Clean Cities Program

This project was put together by Tobin Fried of the Triangle Clean Cities Coalition and was purposed to install on the order of 25 new E85 and B20 pumps on major corridors or in urban areas throughout all of NC and SC, through most of GA and in East TN. A great example of coalitions working together, the project is almost complete. For East Tennessee, it allowed us to install one new E85 station in Anderson County on I-75 (a Weigel's - see pictures here), re-open a B20 station in Maryville (McNutt Oil), and open a new set of B20 and E85 pumps in Athens on I-75 (Sweetwater Valley Oil - see pictures here).

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