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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center- U.S. Department of Energy

The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center was developed in 1991 in response to the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The site features a database with state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Biodiesel Standards for Public Institutions

Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico is requiring that 75% of vehicles purchased each year by cabinet-level state agencies, institutions of higher education, and public schools must be hybrid vehicles or automobiles that run on alternative fuels. By 2010, the said institutions must also obtain 15% of transportation fuel needs from ethanol or biodiesel.

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the North Carolina Solar Center. The organizationís mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities.

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Renewable Portfolio Standards are adopted by individual states to assure a specified percentage of electricity demand is supplied from renewable energy sources. The requirement increases each year, but cannot include waste-to-energy facilities (incinerators) or high-head hydropower sources. The rules vary within each state, but the overall goal is the same: increase the use of renewable energy. In March 2004, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed the bill to require a 5% standard by 2006 and a 10% standard by 2011.

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