36 State Agencies with 27,800 Vehicles Participate, Says Study
North Carolina state agency fleets using alt fuels, notably biodiesel and E85-ethanol, displaced more than 5.2 million gallons of gasoline and diesel in fiscal 1011-2012. Conservation measures saved some $8 million, states a progress report prepared for the State Energy Office by the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University.
Thirty–six state agencies representing over 27,800 vehicles took action in fiscal 2011-2012 to reduce petroleum use as part of a special budget provision passed in fiscal 2004-2005 that requires a 20% displacement of petroleum use in state fleets by 2016, the Solar Center notes.
Approximately 2.5 million gallons of fuel were saved through conservation (reduced number of miles driven) and efficiency measures, which include driver training and vehicle replacement/reassignment to achieve improved fuel economy for each mile driven.
“With fuel prices hovering at $3.00 per gallon on the state’s fiscal 1011-2012 purchasing contract, conservation and efficiency achievements represent more than $8,000,000 in savings to the state in 2012 dollars.”
- Eighteen state agencies used more than 7.4 million gallons of B20 biodiesel during the report period. With more than 100 B20 fueling sites across the state, the N.C. Department of Transportation has been one of the country’s largest users of bio-based fuel for over a decade.
- Almost 5% of petroleum displacement was accomplished through the use of E10, a blend of 10% ethanol with gasoline. In 2012, the state purchasing contract eliminated gasoline that does not include a 10% blend of ethanol.
- North Carolina operates more than 7,600 E85-capable flex fuel vehicles that used 418,000 gallons of E85 during the last fiscal year. The state’s Department of Administration is a major user of flex-fuel vehicles.
Marcy Bauer is the principal report author.
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Source: North Carolina Solar Center with Fleets & Fuels follow-up