DOE Adds Six To National Clean Fleets Partnership

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by

DOE Adds Six To National Clean Fleets Partnership

Furthering the Obama Administration’s goal to cut U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that six new corporate partners have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The new partners – Coca-Cola, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Ryder, and Staples – operate a total of nearly a million commercial vehicles nationwide. The National Clean Fleets Partnership, announced by President Obama in April, is a public-private partnership that helps large companies reduce diesel and gasoline use in their fleets by incorporating electric vehicles, alternative fuels, and fuel-saving measures into their daily operations.  This announcement represents a major step towards reducing fuel use and achieving greater efficiency and cost-savings for the nation’s largest commercial vehicle fleets.

“The National Clean Fleets Partnership is an important part of the Department’s strategy to help U.S. companies reduce their fuel use and save money,” said Secretary Steven Chu. “This initiative will support the nation’s largest commercial fleets as they move to adopt fuel-efficient vehicles that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and improve our energy security.”

The National Clean Fleets Partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of clean, advanced, energy-efficient vehicles and the infrastructure to support their widespread use in communities nationwide. Under the partnership, each company will work with DOE to develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce petroleum and diesel use in their fleets.  DOE will also help connect partners with clean fuel providers and equipment manufacturers where their fleets operate.

These new partners have already begun taking action to develop and implement fuel-efficiency projects in their fleets, including:

  • Coca-Cola, which has the largest hybrid delivery fleet in North America, has deployed hybrid delivery trucks and trained drivers in eco-driving techniques.  The company also expects to deploy additional hydraulic hybrid vehicles this year.
  • Enterprise Holdings – which includes Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Car Rent A Car, National Car Rental, and WeCar – currently offers Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs to consumers for rentals and expects to further expand its fleet.
  • General Electric has committed to convert half of their global vehicle fleet and will partner with fleet customers to deploy a total of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015.
  • Ryder recently celebrated the opening of its first natural gas vehicle maintenance facility, which will deploy hundreds of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks, include two LNG fueling stations and two additional maintenance facilities.  This project is expected to save 1.5 million gallons of diesel fuel per year.
  • Staples has increased the fuel economy of its fleet by more than 20 percent since 2007 through fuel-saving steps such as automatically limiting truck idling to no more than 3 minutes and limiting the top speed of its vehicles to 60 miles an hour.  The company is also in the process of testing all-electric delivery trucks in Ohio and California.
  • OSRAM SYLVANIA aims to replace 10-12 percent of their fleet annually with more energy-efficient vehicles.  This year, they will replace more than one-fifth of their utility trucks with more efficient ones that reduce the need for idling.
Duke Energy Announces Development of Second Kansas Wind Farm

For the second time in a month, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced plans today to build a large-scale wind farm in Kansas.

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will build, own and operate the 131-megawatt (MW) Cimarron II Windpower Project in Gray County – approximately 200 miles west of Wichita.

The company purchased the fully developed and contracted wind power project from Silver Spring, Md.-based CPV Renewable Energy Company. Project acquisition terms were not disclosed. CPV will continue to own the first phase of the wind project – Cimarron I.

Kansas City Power & Light will purchase all of the electricity and associated renewable energy credits produced by Cimarron II under the terms of a 20-year agreement (originally announced by CPV and KCP&L in May).

Duke Energy Renewables plans to start construction of the Cimarron II Windpower Project in the fall of 2011 and achieve commercial operation by June 2012. The wind farm, which will be sited on 16,000 acres of leased farmland, will be capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 40,000 homes.

Entergy Helps Grow Electric Vehicle Infrastructure With $160,000 Grant

Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today announced it is working withCoulomb Technologies to fund and donate 16 electric vehicle charging stations at college campuses in and around Entergy’s four-state service area.

The first two Entergy-funded charging stations were unveiled during a special event at Louisiana State University as Entergy and LSU launched one of the state’s first major forays into the electric vehicle market.  The event featured Dr. Michael Martin, LSU Chancellor; Bill Mohl, president and chief executive officer, Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C.; and Allan G. Pulsipher, executive director, LSU Center for Energy Studies.

“Electric vehicles are gaining widespread attention and being embraced as an important technology solution for the nation’s energy future. We know that the infrastructure must be in place to support the evolution of the technology, and we hope Entergy’s donation of EV chargers to LSU will help start that process for the southern region,” said Mohl. “This program is part of our deeper commitment to support technologies that foster environmental sustainability and provide for clean, efficient and affordable power for today and tomorrow.”

The charging stations were donated to LSU through a $160,000 grant by Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund. Entergy is currently working with other universities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to donate additional electric vehicle charging stations throughout the region.

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