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Learn how a <a href="/node/655266">local Clean Cities coalition</a> helped Idaho's Valley Regional Transit switch to compressed natural gas buses, allowing the transit authority to maintain its service while reducing harmful emissions.

Learn how a local Clean Cities coalition helped Idaho's Valley Regional Transit switch to compressed natural gas buses, allowing the transit authority to maintain its service while reducing harmful emissions.

From electric cars and propane vehicles to natural gas-powered buses and trucks that run on biodiesel, today’s options for alternative fuel vehicles are vast. Increasing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles will help reduce consumers’ fuel costs, minimize pollution and increase the nation’s energy security.

Working with universities, private-sector companies and the National Labs, the Energy Department supports research and development of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies to provide consumers with cost-effective vehicle choices. Through the Clean Cities program, the Department helps local communities reduce their oil consumption by deploying alternative fuel vehicles and the infrastructure needed to fuel them.

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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Denver International Airport is one of many airports across the U.S. that is turning to alternative fuel vehicles. The airport maintains 324 alternative fuel vehicles, including 210 buses, sweepers, and other vehicles that use compressed natural gas, and 114 electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. As of 2010, alternative vehicles made up 32 percent of the airport's fleet. | Photo courtesy of Dean Armstrong, NREL.

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Energy Department Partners with EU on Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Coordination
Yesterday, representatives from the Energy Department, the European Commission and Argonne National Lab celebrated the launch of the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center. From left to right: Mr. Giovanni De Santi, Director of the JRC Institute for energy and transport (IET); Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC); Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Asia and the Americas; Dr. Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Lab.

As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, vehicles, charging stations and communication systems will need to work in unison with the electric grid. Learn what the Energy Department is doing to ensure this happens.

Secretary Moniz: Biofuels Important to America's Energy Future

Watch the video of Secretary Moniz speaking about the importance of investing in biofuels to combat the effects of climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.