Fleets Regulated by the Energy Policy Act
NREL supports the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) regulatory activities involving requirements under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) for federal, state, and alternative fuel provider fleets. Congress passed EPAct in 1992 to reduce U.S. petroleum consumption through the use of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), and other petroleum-displacement methods. DOE's primary means of achieving this goal in the transportation sector has been to build a core market for AFVs. EPAct requires covered fleets to acquire AFVs that can run on nonpetroleum fuels, including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.
By assisting fleets and providing DOE with data, policy, and technical analysis, NREL helps implement regulations that advance the U.S. transportation market by deploying AFVs, expanding the availability of alternative fuels through increased deployment of alternative fueling infrastructure, improving vehicle fuel economy, and reducing vehicle emissions.
To help federal fleets meet their EPAct requirements, NREL provides DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) with regulatory support and policy analysis, and uses data reported in the Federal Automotive Statistical Tool (FAST) to monitor annual compliance with EPAct requirements.
NREL also provides technical assistance, communications and outreach, analysis support, and online tools to help federal agencies reduce petroleum consumption and increase alternative fuel use.
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State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets
To help state and alternative fuel provider fleets meet their EPAct requirements, NREL develops and manages online tools that simplify the compliance process. NREL uses these and other tools to provide data analysis, summaries, and trends to help DOE manage the compliance program.
NREL also provides DOE with regulatory support and policy analysis for new rules and rule changes while also managing subcontracts with companies that help fleets with general compliance issues and annual reporting.
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For more information about NREL's work with EPAct-regulated fleets, contact Ryan Daley (303-275-4466) about the federal fleet program or Ted Sears (202-488-2221) about the state and alternative fuel provider fleet program.