Utah's Clean Cities Coalition is one of 85 coalitions around the country that's part of the U.S. Department of Energy's strategy to reduce America's dependence on imported foreign oil. We promote the following energy security strategies: alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), low-fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid electric vehicles and idle reduction. Locally, alternative fuels include compressed natural gas, propane, and to a lesser degree, ethanol and biodiesel.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Happy New Year - Letter from UCCC Executive Director
Dear Members, Stakeholders and AFV supporters!
It is about time I said, “Thank You!”
Thank you for all you do! Over the past two decades the Utah
Clean Cities Coalition has accomplished some pretty amazing things and none of
it would not have been possible without your incredible support. In 2014 alone,
the efforts of our dedicated stakeholders reduced over 13 million gasoline
gallon equivalents in the state of Utah, and we are eagerly looking forward to
our 2015 annual survey results. You have
made Utah a leader in the alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology field.
Whether you are a CNG crazy, an EV crazy, among the dedicated LNG heavy-duty
gang, a provider of bio-fuels, or you make conscientious transportation choices
like our Idle Free cities, you have made a tremendous difference! Our
communities are cleaner and healthier because of your efforts.
It is that time of year when you take stock of the past and
plan for the exciting challenges of the new year. UCCC and its partners have
much to be proud of, whether its Utah’s #1 ranking CNG Infrastructure per capita,
recognition by the DOE for the most improved LNG statewide infrastructure,
national recognition of our public transportation system, or the new
progressive programs for EVSE infrastructure developments spearheaded by
members of UCCC’s EV taskforce. The list goes on. The number one common denominator?
Outstanding leadership. At the Federal level with our own
Senator Orin Hatch sponsoring the Clean Air Act in 1991. At the state level
with many state legislators helping to implement new incentives to build our
economic base and clean the air with the use of alternative fuels, most
currently Rep. Snow, Rep. Arent and Rep. Handy. At the local level with the mayors
that support the Governor’s annual idle free declaration. Partnered with the
many business leaders and community members committed to smarter and cleaner
transportation, we have made Utah a leader in the nation for alternative fuels
and advanced technology vehicles– we are so proud! Thank you for your efforts!
I would be remiss not to thank our own leadership, the UCCC
Board of Directors and Operating Committee, for their dedication to our
mission, donation of their time and resources and their invaluable guidance. We
are excited to welcome David Duey back as chair of the Operating Committee for
2016, and we would thank Steve Anderton for all of his hard work as chair in
2014 & 2015. We wish him well and look forward to working with him in his
new position as Managing Director, of Transmission and Distribution Support
Services at Rocky Mountain Power.
I am looking forward to the New Year. Tammie Cooper has settled in as the
Communications and Northern Coordinator, and together we are ready to take 2016
by storm. Our number one goal is to reconnect with stakeholders and learn how we
can be of the most value to you. This year will be a time of reevaluation,
rejuvenation and implementation.
Utah is a leader because of all of your efforts and we have
been noticed! We will continue to move forward with cleaner alternative fuels
and vehicle technologies, to increase our energy independence, to ensure the
stability of our local economy, and to strive to never be ranked among dirtiest
states in the nation for air quality again.
In closing, idle less and continue to be the best!
Robin Erickson Executive Director & Southern Coordinator Utah Clean Cities Coalition