The primary objective of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities coalition is to promote the use of domestically-produced alternative transportation fuels. This mission best captures the entire scope of the Clean Cities program. The promotion and use of these alternative fuels benefits the U.S. through clean air and energy independence. All subsequent objectives and actions outlined within the CWCCC Strategic Development Plan complement and advance this goal.
We strive to be a source of accurate information, broker solutions, and be a catalyst for action.
Coalition Goals for 2016-2018
- Work with stakeholders to develop multiple public CNG fueling stations throughout Oregon. This goal is difficult to quantify but the work done over the next calendar year with the Natural Gas Vehicle Working Group will again provide the basis of our approach to CNG infrastructure in the state. The group will meet in late 2015 to discuss activities for 2016. We believe that including it as our number one goal is important even if CWCCC is unable to quantify the number of stations as our goal.
- Continue to work with Propane Autogas dealers and vehicle system industry as well as the Advanced Technology Center at Linn Benton Community College to create a robust infrastructure. LPG is beginning to make inroads and the economics are looked at as much better than CNG and EV. Fleets are beginning to seriously look at this as a viable alternative with a few large fleets making the transition already. The fueling industry is aware that they need more autogas refueling infrastructure and CWCCC is working with them to implement public stations.
- We will continue to develop our fleet conversion efforts. Approximately 80% of the coalition’s fleet conversion efforts will be focused on fleet managers, with an emphasis on providing the following services:
- Analysis and planning (fuel conversion options, ROI, timeframe planning)
- Grants and Incentives (capital offsets to fleet conversion expense)
- Training (repair and maintenance of alternative fuel vehicles to augment training that is given by the manufacturer)
- General alternative fuel education (including dispelling common myths about alternative fuel vehicles)
- Financial incentives that help defray the cost of purchasing and alternative fuel vehicle.
- Environmental, political, and social benefits of alternative fuels.
- Education on Oregon and Washington-specific alternative fuel initiatives (for example, the new clean fuels program Oregon only)
- Continue to work on major barriers to EV deployment, including commercial utility rate structures that prohibit private electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment due to high demand charges; workplace charging barriers that have stifled deployment of chargers; looking into different financing models that take into account lower operations and maintenance costs. Participate in the deployment of the state implementation plan required by the eight state MOU for ZEV’s and the toolkit and fleet project deployment of the PCC ZEV effort.
- Continue to improve our communications with stakeholders and the community with our newsletters, website and conferences. Within the next three to five years we hope to be the go-to source for information and to create a widely read product in our service area.
- Continue developing a fleet database for the state of Oregon including contacts for fleets in conjunction with the local NAFA chapter, American Public Works Association, Public Fleet Managers Association and the Oregon Trucking Association. This database will be as comprehensive as possible and give coordinators a go-to list of member and non-member fleets. The Advanced Transportation Technology Center (LBCC) is in process of developing a list of fleets in Oregon.
- Look for opportunities to help fleets with financing and acquiring alternative fuel vehicles.