DeKalb County/Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Project

The Clean Cities-Georgia Coalition received funding for this project from the Department Of Energy. The goal of this program was to expand the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles in the metropolitan Atlanta region. Deemed a non-at­tainment area for ozone (including its precursors nitrogen oxides [NOx] and volatile organic compounds [VOCs]) and particulate matter (PM2.5) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the region will benefit greatly from the lower emission alternative fuels and vehicles.

The program had three primary components: First, to expand the supply of alternative fuels by implementing a facility to convert landfill gas (LFG) to compressed natural gas (CNG) at a DeKalb County landfill; second, to increase the availability of alternative fuels by implementing six, public-access, CNG fueling stations in the metropolitan Atlanta region; and third, to reduce the demand for petroleum by deploying CNG, diesel hybrid, and hydrau­lic hybrid vehicles, for a variety of functions including passenger shuttles, sanitation, and freight delivery, in the fleets of a number of public and corporate entities.

Project partners deploying vehicles included DeKalb County, Coca-Cola Enterprises, UPS, The Parking Spot, City of Atlanta-Department of Public Works, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Marriott, Renaissance Hotel, Snapping Shoals EMC, and Atlanta Gas Light. Collectively, these organizations deployed almost 250 vehicles.

In addition, several partners also contributed to increasing the availability of CNG. DeKalb County opened a new CNG fueling station along with a Renewable Energy Facility that converts landfill gas to clean natural gas. American Fueling Systems opened one station and PS Energy opened four CNG refueling stations throughout the region with support from the project.

It’s estimated that collectively, these deployments reduced nearly 2.4 million gallons of gasoline during the life of the project, with additional benefits accruing through continued operation.