NREL NOVA Analyses for Federal Agencies In FY 2013

Dec. 30, 2012 | By Devin Egan | Contact media relations

In fiscal year (FY) 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offered NREL’s Optimal Vehicle Acquisition (NOVA) analyses to interested federal agency fleets. The NOVA analyses determined optimal vehicle replacement options for each vehicle in a fleet to maximize the reduction of fleet greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption, while considering constraints such as vehicle locations, alternative fuel vehicle budgets, and compliance with fleet mandates. FEMP will again be offering agency-wide vehicle acquisition assistance to national federal fleet managers in FY 2013.

A total of 11 agencies accepted the FEMP offer of analytic support in FY 2012. The NOVA analyses resulted in replacement vehicle recommendations for the entire GSA leased portions of these fleets in support of the FY 2013 GSA leased vehicle ordering cycle and out-year fleet planning. The NOVA team estimates fleet petroleum reductions of 2%–9% after the first year of vehicle replacements, and reductions of 19%–30% in out-years once the entirety of the fleets are turned over and replaced with the recommended vehicles. Petroleum reductions are primarily the result of increased vehicle efficiencies and placement of alternative fuel vehicles in locations where alternative fuel exists and can be used.

If your agency is interested in support, please contact Mark Singer at NREL.

Download the NOVA brochure to learn more about the analyses or learn more about NREL's FEMP work.