By Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter
Alabama cut its dependency on foreign gasoline by 6.5 million gallons in 2016 according to a report Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition.
The report showed alternative fuel sources, such as propane, cut down greenhouse gasses in Alabama down by 25.6 tons. This is a 27.3 percent reduction in greenhouse gas reductions since 2015 according to the coalition.
The coalition is a non-profit organization that is a partner in the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. It works to promote domestic clean energy sources that help to reduce dependency on imported gas.
They also work to promote clean energy to help with the air quality across Alabama.
Mark Bentley, executive director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, said the organization includes municipal and commercial fleets, fuel distributors, and utilities across Alabama.
“Our Alabama members and stakeholder fleets are continuing to go the extra mile when it comes to replacing petroleum fleets with cleaner burning and domestically produced alternative fuels such as compressed and liquefied natural gas, propane autogas, electricity, 385 ethanol and B20 biodiesel,” Bentley said.
The report said that since these fuels are domestic the economy in Alabama has been improved also.
According to the report, 24.7 million gallons of foreign petroleum fuels in Alabama have been displaced by domestic alternative fuels since 2009.
The Coalition also said that fleet managers who switch to alternative fuels have better control over their prices and have reduced their maintenance cost.