San Diego joins seven other cities to form the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC), a new energy coalition that works to transition vehicles from using gasoline and diesel fuel to alternative fuels, such as electricity and natural gas.
The Energy Secure Cities Coalition announced its launch March 3.
The cities in this coalition, according to a news release from Securing America’s Future Energy, an organization in Washington, D.C., include Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Orlando, Florida; Rochester, New York; Sacramento and West Palm Beach, Florida.
The plan is to grow the coalition to at least 25 cities in order to take 50,000 petroleum-powered vehicles off the road, saving 500,000 barrels of oil each year.
“The City of San Diego isn’t just a city dedicated to clean technology and renewable energy, we’re a city dedicated to being a global leader in environmental sustainability,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in the news release.
“In San Diego, we united local environmental, business and government leaders to enact one of the most ambitious climate action plans in the country, which includes increasing the number of zero emission vehicles in our municipal fleet to 90 percent by 2035,” he continued. “I’m proud to join this collaborative nationwide campaign to show we can help to make our world a cleaner, safer place.”
This coalition offers a forum for the cities to share their best practices and goals for engaging communities during this conversion process. The Energy Secure Cities Coalition is a project of the member cities in collaboration with Securing America’s Future Energy and Electrification Coalition.