New West provides ongoing support to several state and local Clean Cities initiatives. Clean Cities is a voluntary, locally based government/industry partnership that mobilizes local stakeholders in an effort to expand the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, and alternative fuel infrastructure. There are now more than 75 Clean Cities around the country and New West staff work with both Delaware and New Jersey on initiatives.
We are currently assisting the Delaware Clean State Program (DCSP) as its coordinator. We organized "Advancing the Choice" events and quarterly meetings, and arranged speakers for these events. Our staff also assisted the DCSP in planning and executing their participation in National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey in April 2002, contacting speakers on advanced technologies and arranging for vehicle displays. Staff has also worked with the DCSP to produce a promotional brochure on DCSP activities. We also assisted in the development of Grant proposals for DCSP, and were successful in obtaining funding for an ethanol refueling station in Dover. We have been instrumental in the continued success of the Delaware EV Beach Community Project, which involves the implementation of electric vehicles in the Delaware beach corridor.
We have also been selected to manage and coordinate the activities for the Northern New Jersey Clean Cities Program. We will develop the alternative fuel vehicle strategic marketing plan, conduct quarterly meetings, develop AFV deployment and refueling infrastructure projects, secure funding, and build stakeholder numbers and commitment for the Program.
At the regional level, we are working with the Clean Cities Program Manager at the Chicago Regional Office (CRO) of the Department of Energy to support a total of thirteen Clean Cities coalitions in the region, which encompasses the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Staff assisted CRO in the planning and execution of regional coordinators' meetings, inviting prominent speakers from the alternative fuels industry, providing logistical assistance as required, and distributing detailed meeting minutes after the completion of the meeting. As part of this project, we performed fleet research for the Lansing, Michigan Clean Cities Coalition, developing a database of promising fleet contacts and creating a data form and cover letter to be distributed to these fleets. We are also active in the Baltimore Clean Cities program as a regular meeting attendee.
Our staff has worked since 1995 with National Clean Cities Program staff at DOE headquarters. We assisted the Clean Cities Program with tracking and analyzing annual surveys of activity from all of the Clean Cities using a series of databases. We also created databases to track the stakeholder lists and alternative fuel vehicle/refueling station information for all of the Clean Cities in the nation. These databases were used to produce statistics showing the overall benefits of the program, and to establish alternative fuel vehicle goals for the program through 2010. Staff also produced Preferred Fleets Databases for all of the designated Clean Cities (including New Jersey), to assist them in locating new potential fleet stakeholders. We also established a quarterly newsletter of alternative fuel prices to be distributed to Clean Cities stakeholders via the Clean Cities website. – less–ZoomInfo