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Atlanta center to participate in energy initiative

ATLANTA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday that Atlanta's Center for Transportation and the Environment will lead a regional effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

The center is a nonprofit consortium of private companies, universities, public agencies and other nonprofits.

The program is intended to help businesses and communities reduce fuel use within existing operations and to teach participants how to integrate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets. The center also will focus on developing infrastructure so that it reduces fuel demand.

The initiative is part of the Clean Cities program that launched two decades ago. But the Obama administration has called for higher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and ramped up development efforts for cars and trucks that run on natural gas, electricity and propane.