ACOG Celebrates Two of Oklahoma’s Alternative Fuel Leaders
Heartland Energy Options and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (OWDC) were honored with the 2016 Zach D. Taylor, Jr. Clean Cities Vision Awards during a ceremony yesterday at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG). The annual celebration was sponsored by ACOG and OG+E.
The awards, which are named in memory of former ACOG Executive Director Zach D. Taylor, Jr., recognize outstanding accomplishments in advancing and deploying alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles in Central Oklahoma. Taylor was a driving force behind the establishment of the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition, which became the nation’s first regional Clean Cities program in 1996.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
In 2016, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) switched thirty-three light duty trucks to compressed natural gas (CNG). This was in addition to forty-four trucks converted by the Department the previous year. The agency has converted more vehicles in recent years than any other state agency.
“ODWC employees are stewards of our state’s natural resources through the mission of their agency and now the cleaner burning fuel that powers their fleet,” said John G. Johnson, Executive Director of ACOG. “Many people don’t know but ODWC is funded in large part through sales of fishing and hunting licenses; CNG is a way for the agency to spend less on fuel and more on their core services.”
Heartland Energy Options
Heartland Energy Options has been a critical partner in advancing the goals of ACOG’s Clean Cities program; driven by the leadership of Heartland owner Justin Steckman. Justin and his team have demonstrated a commitment to alternative fuel industry safety, stability, and reliability.
“Justin and Heartland go the extra mile to advance the mission and goals of the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition,” said Eric Pollard, Clean Cities Coordinator at ACOG. “Whether it’s through lending their CNG truck to a first responder safety training or traveling across the state for an on-site repair, Heartland embodies alternative fuel leadership.”
ACOG, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma State Energy Office and the U.S. Department of Energy, established the coalition in 1996. The coalition’s primary goal is to advance the use of alternative fuels and fuel savings technologies in vehicle fleets across the state.
In 1996, very few alternative fuel stations were open to the public. Thanks to Oklahoma’s Clean Cities stakeholders, Oklahoma leads the nation in publicly available CNG stations per capita at 101, has 143 propane stations, 53 electric vehicle chargers, and 29 ethanol (E85) stations.
Clean Cities stakeholders, through the use of alternative fuels and other fuel savings projects, displaced more than 7.2 million gallons of petroleum in 2015, and 25 million gallons since 2009.
For more information about alternative fuel vehicles, stations, and advanced vehicle technology visit okcleancities.org.