The goal of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, established in 1993, is to improve air quality and support economic development across Kentucky by promoting the use of clean fuels.
A 501c3 organization, the KCFC is governed by a board of directors and officers. Membership is composed of major auto manufacturers, equipment providers, private and public fleet managers, government agencies, fuel providers and universities. Melissa Howell is the Executive Director.
Funding, technical support, education and providing high-tech market development are cornerstones of the KCFC. It manages the Clean Cities Program, started by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1993, and maintains tremendous national recognition. Through a national network of 88 cities, the KCFC has secured over $6 million dollars for alternative fuel projects across the Commonwealth.
KCFC's goals are crucial to the future of Kentucky because:
- Vehicles operating on gasoline and diesel are a major contributor to harmful ozone in Kentucky.
- Clean fuels reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Kentucky has an abundance of natural resources such as natural gas, ethanol, propane, electricity and biodiesel - all clean fuel choices
- Using clean fuels improves air quality, ensures future business and industry growth, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil