Challenge: Currently, only a small portion of state-owned or leased fleet vehicles are fueled by a US Department of Energy (DOE) established alternative fuel. As a result, the state’s fleet lacks diversity, and its fuel supply is vulnerable. These limitations compromise fuel efficiency and diversity in transportation.
Background: An increase in transportation fuel efficiency and diversity is considered a priority by the federal government as a means of reducing dependence on foreign oil, thereby reducing security risks. Some state agencies have expressed an interest in greater access to alternative fuel vehicles, but little is known about options and availability of fueling stations.
Approach: Conduct a survey of state agencies, local governments, and municipalities to determine their interest and willingness to lease, purchase, use, or convert to alternative fuel vehicles or equipment. Assuming interest is expressed, convene a task force whose purpose would be 1) to educate government entities on the positive and negative aspects of alternative fuel use and 2) to determine what, if any, barriers currently exist that limit their ability to lease, purchase, use, or convert to alternative fuel vehicles or equipment. The task force could consider developing recommendations regarding statewide goals and incentives to promote a more diverse fuel base.