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East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition

 The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC)[1] was founded in February 2002 by Jonathan Overly with funding from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Energy Division, and the University of Tennessee. The ETCFC is a nonprofit organization [501(c)3 corporation] that serves the entire eastern portion of the state of Tennessee and is a designated member of the [U.S. DOE "Clean Cities" Program][2]

The main focus of the ETCFC is to get alternative fuels in use in that region to do two things: 1) reduce regional and national oil dependence and 2) improve air quality. The ETCFC directly engages regional fleets to help them move to using alternative fuels, holds public workshop and other events that works to do the same, and works on the education front for alternative fuels at many levels including mainly fleets and in K-12 schools.

The main alternative fuels used in East Tennessee and other parts of the U.S. include biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, natural gas and propane (or LPG). The most prominent alternative fuels used in East Tennessee currently (2007) are biodiesel and ethanol.

Much of the ETCFC's efforts are focused on putting in public and private alt-fuel refueling stations so that fleets and individuals alike can use these fuels. One such effort is the Biodiesel Brigade[3], a group of individuals encouraged by the ETCFC to prominently display their use of biodiesel through vehicle magnets and decals.

 The ETCFC maintains a Website -- [] -- that holds much information about their meetings, activities and successes. The organization holds open, monthly meetings in Knoxville and every-other-month meetings in Chattanooga and Kingsport in attempts to provide the regional community plenty of opportunities to get involved and find out how they can begin using these fuels.

ETCFC Partner Organizations

  • UTK
  • TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Energy Division
  • ORNL
  • Great_Smoky_Mountains_National_Park
  • Eastman_Chemical_Company
  • Knoxville_Utilities_Board
  • East TN cities: Maryville,_Tennessee, Sevierville, Alcoa,_TN, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Athens,_TN, Oak_Ridge,_Tennessee,
  • Kingsport,_Tennessee, Johnson_City,_Tennessee
  • East TN counties: Sevier_County,_Tennessee, Blount_County,_Tennessee, Knox_County,_Tennessee,Hamilton_County,_Tennessee,
  • Anderson_County,_Tennessee, McMinn_County, Sullivan_County,_Tennessee, Loudon_County, Hawkins_County, Cumberland_County,_Tennessee
  • Alcoa
  • Nu-Energie, LLC
  • Pilot_Travel_Centers
  • The Governor's Interagency Alternative Fuels Working Group
  • Y-12_National_Security_Complex
  • BB&T
  • Tate_&_Lyle
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "East_Tennessee_Clean_Fuels_Coalition". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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