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Record #: R2011-761   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 6/8/2011 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for hearing(s) on re-bidding of current E85 contract and use of state rebates to subsidize conversion of existing city fleet to Flex Fuel vehicles
Sponsors: Reilly, Brendan
Attachments: 1. R2011-761.pdf
Related files: R2015-407
Committee Energy, Environmental Protection & Public Utilities and
Budget and Government Operations City Council Meeting June 8, 2011 Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward
WHEREAS, the current economic environment and city budget crisis pose a number of challenges for the City of Chicago including its effort to meet several strategic goals set forth in the City of Chicago's Climate Action Plan (CCAP); and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago faces significant budget challenges in 2011 that may require current CCAP implementation plans to be reviewed to ensure they can be properly funded and aligned with the current budget challenges; and
WHEREAS, some have suggested restructuring the current alternate fuel supply agreement for E85 and accelerating the City of Chicago's Flex Fuel Vehicle Fleet using low-cost conversion kits and recycling retiring vehicles in conjunction with the city's regular purchase of new Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFV); and city employees have experience utilizing FFV conversion technology and have installed Flex Fuel systems on 26 police vehicles; and
WHEREAS, converting city vehicles to Flex Fuel may offer a better cost savings and return on investment for taxpayers and could potentially achieve meaningful progress in meeting several goals set forth in the Climate Action Plan; and
WHEREAS, it may be prudent to amend the current Alternate Fuel Ordinance to specifically include E85 as an accepted alternative fuel and the concept of potentially incorporating FFVs into the private fleet policies (like taxi cabs) for alternate fuel vehicles should be explored; and
WHEREAS, there may be an opportunity to convert 200 existing city vehicles to Flex Fuel while leveraging state funding from the Illinois Green Fleet Rebate Program to significantly reduce those costs to Chicago taxpayers; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Mayor and Members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, assembled this eighth day of June 2011, do hereby request that the Cit...

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