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Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

January 20, 2011

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek.

MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles. The television program covers different fleets around the U.S. each week that focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The MotorWeek television show will air the KUG segment on East Tennessee PBS on Saturday, January 22 at 3:30 p.m. and on Discovery HD Theater’s Turbo Tuesday on February 1 at 8 and 11 p.m.

The KUB fleet includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85). KUB said its Transportation Department continues to work with local fleets and businesses, as well as with the ETCFC, to stay up-to-date on advances in vehicle and fuel technologies.

“KUB has long held a commitment to being environmentally responsible,” said Chris Wilson, transportation department supervisor. “We are pleased that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB’s fleet as a candidate for the show.”

KUB is a member of the ETCFC, a participant in the Department of Energy’s national Clean Cities Program. The goal of the ETCFC is to work proactively with regional fleets and citizens to reduce dependence on foreign oil and improve regional air quality and sustainability.

“Over the years, KUB has continuously worked to meet and exceed regulatory requirements and improve local air quality by reducing CO2 emissions,” said Wilson. “KUB’s commitment to alternative fuels is estimated to have prevented the combustion of nearly 46,000 gallons of gas and diesel in 2009. That’s equivalent to more than 115 tons of CO2, which is a significant greenhouse gas.”

Visit www.kub.org for more information about the utility.

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