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New AAA Grant Advances the Future of Auto Fuels

PR or News Wire
November 12, 2010

AAA Utah is helping to create a future with fewer emissions thanks to cheaper and renewable auto fuels. To help reach that goal, AAA is funding a number of promising projects that promote and use cleaner burning alternative fuels.

The fourth annual AAA Greenlight grants, totaling $20,000, have been awarded to two organizations with plans to promote and develop alternative fuels and vehicles.

“AAA has been an advocate for safe and responsible transportation for more than 100 years,” said AAA Utah spokesperson Rolayne Fairclough. “Alternative fuels are the next chapter in the history of the automobile and AAA is leading the way by funding cutting-edge research and development of sustainable fuel options.”

Grant winners for 2011 include:

Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Zion National Park will purchase hybrid vehicles and propane shuttle buses for their fleet in order to reduce automobile emissions in the park and to set an example for other national parks. The cleaner burning fuels will provide air quality benefits and increased awareness to the visitors to the park and residents of the city of Springdale, where Zion national Park is located. Zion National Park will demonstrate that by using alternative-fueled, clean-burning vehicles, it can save money in fuel costs and reduce maintenance costs for their overall fleet.

The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) will develop two cutting-edge alternative fuel workshops to help educate its 100+ business members and larger community about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicle usage. The workshop content will include electric vehicles, natural gas, propane and biodiesel, as well as alternative commute incentives for employees. BC3 business members have each taken strong public commitments toward action on climate change and, through these workshops, BC3 will give them the tools they need to follow through on these commitments with real action.

Each winner demonstrated how their program will advance AAA Greenlight's goal of promoting alternative fuels through an awareness program, vehicle conversion or dedicated research.

Grant funding will be distributed in November and December of 2010, with completion of all projects scheduled for 2011.

AAA is proud to have the support of Governor Gary Herbert, who has declared the month of November “Alternative Fuels Awareness Month” in the state of Utah. AAA Utah has been celebrating November as a month to focus on educating consumers about alternative fuels since 2005.

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Utah Agencies and Industries Support Alternative Fuel

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Utah Travel Industry
Friday, November 12, 2010

Zion National Park has been given a $10,000 grand to help purchase a hybrid vehicle, and to help support its propane-powered shuttle system, which includes 30 vehicles. The grand came from an Automobile Association of America.

That's just one example of alternate energy use described in this article in the Salt Lake Tribune. Other examples include governmental agencies and businesses cooperating to promote clean energy. Below are excerpts from the article.

“They [Zion] walk the talk,” said Robin Erickson, southern Utah director of Utah Clean Cities.

Ivins mayor Chris Hart is high on natural gas and hopes to cut this southern Utah city’s $25,000 annual fuel budget in half by converting the city fleet to the clean burning fuel.

Hart was one of several southern Utah mayors who gathered Friday at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol and biodiesel.

To help accommodate clean fuel programs, three refueling stations are coming online to offer commercial trucks liquefied natural gas. The first, at the Flying J Truck stop at 845 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City, will open next month. Two others will be built later in Beaver or St. George and in the Ogden area.

Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA, said Utah has the second best infrastructure in the country after California for supporting the emerging technologies.

“Alternative fuels are the next chapter in the history of the automobile and AAA is leading the way by funding cutting-edge research and development of sustainable fuel options,” she said.

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Utah is bullish on alternative fuels 

The Salt Lake Tribune
Mark Havnes
November 12, 2010

Washington City • Ivins Mayor Chris Hart is high on natural gas and hopes to cut the southern Utah city’s $25,000 annual fuel budget in half by converting the city fleet to the clean burning fuel.

Hart was one of several southern Utah mayors who gathered Friday at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol and biodiesel.

Zion National Park was given one of AAA’s annual Greenlight grants for $10,0000 to help purchase a hybrid vehicle and support its propane-powered shuttle system of 30 vehicles.

“They [Zion] walk the talk,” said Robin Erickson, southern Utah director of Utah Clean Cities.

She said Utah Clean Cities is using a $19 million grant it received last year from the U.S. Department of Energy to promote alternative fuels through education, and partnerships with governments and business to develop refueling stations for the alternatives.

Part of the education process is getting drivers to shut off engines rather than idling. “If everybody just turned off their engines for five minutes a day, it would keep 1.6 million tons of particulates from getting into the air,” she said.

Erickson said interstates 15 and 80 in Utah are getting attention as some of the biggest trucking corridors in the country. To help accommodate clean-fuel programs, three refueling stations are coming online to offer commercial trucks liquefied natural gas.

The first, at the Flying J Truck stop at 845 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City, will open next month. Two others will be built later in Beaver or St. George and in the Ogden area.

Utah already has more than 20 natural gas filling stations, mostly along I-15, that run by private companies by state or municipal governments. More are on the drawing board, including five stations in Salt Lake City that will be built beginning later this month to charge batteries in electric vehicles.

Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA, said Utah has the second best infrastructure in the country after California for supporting the emerging technologies.

“Alternative fuels are the next chapter in the history of the automobile and AAA is leading the way by funding cutting-edge research and development of sustainable fuel options,” she said.

Fairclough said vehicle manufacturers are now providing 60 models that run on alternative fuels.

Jan Miller, who owns St. George Express, a shuttle service between St. George and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, said each of the company’s six vans runs on natural gas. Since converting, her fuel costs have dropped from $10,000 a month in 2006 to around $3,000 a month.

“We transport about 100 people a day who are not driving their cars or [polluting the air],” said Miller.

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