Fuel Management

U.S. Dept. of Energy Looking for Feedback on Federal Fleet Fuel Plans

March 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) began the public comment period on its plans for reducing gasoline use in federal agencies’ fleets and increasing their use of alternative fuels. The proposal was published in the federal register on March 12, 2012.

The DOE’s proposed rules relate to implementing Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and directed the U.S. Secretary of Energy to issue implementing regulations that will bring about these changes.

The original rule sets gasoline reduction targets of 20 percent by 2015 (which started in 2010). The new proposal sets guideline for milestones, but requires agencies to detail how they would reach the milestones and overall, mandatory reduction targets. The bill would also require each agency to update their respective plan each year. In addition, each federal organization with a fleet would have to increase its alternative-fuel fuel use by 10 percent 2015, relative to a 2005 baseline, as required by EISA.

You can read the proposal in the federal register here.

By Greg Basich

Comments

  1. 1. MK [ March 15, 2012 @ 11:34AM ]

    This would be much easier to accomplish if DOE would assist agencies to meet the mandates. For example, why not use their funds to establish federal fueling facilities in areas where government offices are prevelant. Each Agency cannot justify creating an enthanol station for a small local fleet but the overall government presence could support a station to be utilized by all Agencies. This would enable an increased use of alternative fuel which can then decrease dependence on petroleum products.

  2. 2. BK [ March 16, 2012 @ 06:42AM ]

    I like MK's comment. I think that is correct. It would be better, and more efficient for DOE to oversee fueling infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles. Perhaps there could be a commercial partnership with local vendors. It would be less effective if the infrastructure were created exclusively for government vehicles.

  3. 3. Bill Moore [ March 16, 2012 @ 11:36AM ]

    With all the talk of converting vehicles to natural gas, propane conversions have been neglected. Not only is propane prevalent as a fuel, but the cost of conversions are attainable without any government incentive. Propane is not the only answer, but I would like it to be given equal consideration to natural gas. If there are government incentives involved it is possible to convert 5 vehicles for every natural gas vehicle. It is also 1/10th the cost to set up a fueling station.

 

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