Currently most states require that state and local government agencies preferentially purchase vehicles capable of running on specified alternative fuels, and that alternative fuels be used by those agencies' fleets whenever practical, but the specific provisions vary widely from state to state. Department of Energy provides a database with information on a variety of alternative fuels topics.
States typically have also enacted a number of related regulations covering definitions and specifications, tax provisions, licensing requirements, and other issues related to alternative fuels. Data on state regulations and incentives from that database are summarized in the table below.
(Completed in 2015) Virginia Clean Cities was engaged in a two-year, Department of Energy funded grant program called Advancing Alternative Fuel Markets Adoption and Growth.
This program aimed to address numerous shortfalls in the large-scale adoption of alternative fuels and deployment of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
For the past decade, biofuels have been sold as a way to help achieve U. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and spur rural economic development.
However, the industry has fallen short of achieving these goals while spurring numerous unintended consequences and long-term liabilities that have resulted in more harm than good.
On top of this, biofuels enjoy a guaranteed market: 36 billion gallons must be blended into fuel as mandated by the government through the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).The proposed rollback of the 7-year-old green energy mandate known as the renewable fuel standard is alarming investors in the innovation economy and putting the administration at odds with longtime allies on the left. Jerry Brown is among several prominent politicians in the West who have personally appealed to the administration to drop the rollback plan championed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked the president to stop the EPA from proceeding, warning in a letter last month that the plan destabilizes state efforts to combat climate change and creates "loopholes for oil companies" to avoid reducing pollution.But the administration is balancing a robust agenda to fight climate change with an alternative fuels program hobbled by setbacks and the messy politics of ethanol."This policy is flawed and broken," said Bob Greco, an executive at the American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobbying group.In November of 2011, the commissioners of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and Pollution Control Agency recommended that implementation of the B10 mandate, originally set to begin May 1, 2012, be delayed one year because certain statutory conditions required for the blend increase had not been met completely.Therefore, beginning May 1, 2013, during the months of April through September, diesel fuel will have to contain at least 10% biodiesel (B10).