[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 123 (Tuesday, June 28, 2005)]
[Pages 37096-37097]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12703]



Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy's Fleet Alternative Fuel Vehicle 

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. 
Department of Energy.

ACTION: Notice of Availability of the U.S. Department of Energy's 
Annual Report on its Alternative Fuel Vehicle Acquisition for Fiscal 
Year 2004.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Executive 
Order 13149, this notice announces the availability of the fiscal year 
2004 report which summarizes the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 
compliance with the annual alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) acquisition 
requirement for its agency fleet. Additionally, this report includes 
data concerning DOE's efforts to reduce petroleum consumption.

[[Page 37097]]

ADDRESSES: U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy, Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies, EE-2G, 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shabnam Fardanesh on (202) 586-7011 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Public Law 
102-486, 42 U.S.C. 13211-13219) (EPAct), as amended, and Executive 
Order (E.O.) 13149 (65 FR 24607, April 2000) require Federal fleets to 
make 75 percent of their new covered light-duty vehicle acquisitions 
AFVs, beginning in fiscal year 1999. In fiscal year 2004, DOE exceeded 
its EPAct requirements for the sixth consecutive year. As a result of 
its AFV acquisitions and biodiesel fuel use, DOE in fiscal year 2004 
achieved a 99 percent compliance rate, which is 24 percentage points 
higher than the 75 percent AFV requirement. DOE also expects to exceed 
its EPAct requirements in fiscal years 2005 and 2006.
    In addition to emphasizing compliance with EPAct, E.O. 13149 set a 
goal for each agency to reduce vehicular petroleum consumption by 20 
percent by the end of fiscal year 2005, compared to fiscal year 1999 
levels. E.O. 13149 specifies that each agency should improve the fuel 
efficiency of its new conventional light-duty vehicles and increase the 
use of alternative fuels in its AFVs. In fiscal year 2004, 21 percent 
of the fuel used in DOE's AFVs was alternative fuel and DOE achieved a 
2.1 mile per gallon increase in fuel economy in its conventional light-
duty vehicles as compared to fiscal year 1999. This combined with EPAct 
AFV acquisitions, led to a reduction in petroleum consumption of 1.8 
percent compared to fiscal year 1999.
    Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 13218, each covered agency, including DOE, 
must report its annual acquisitions of alternative fuel vehicles to 
Congress, as required. These annual reports must also be placed on a 
publicly available Web site and their availability, including the Web 
site address, must be published in the Federal Register.
    The DOE report for fiscal year 2004 may be accessed on the DOE 
Vehicle Technology Federal Fleet Web site at http://www.eere.energy.gov/vehiclesandfuels/epact/federal.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 22, 2005.
David K. Garman,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 05-12703 Filed 6-27-05; 8:45 am]