Alternative fuels, as defined by the Energy Policy Act of 1992:
Benefits of Alternative Fuels
Congress passed the Energy Policy Act in 1992, after the first Gulf War. The goal of this legislation was to reduce America's dependence on imported petroleum by encouraging the use of domestically produced fuels. In 1990, the U.S. was importing about 40 percent of its transportation fuel. By 2006, imports of crude oil and petroleum products peaked, and the U.S. was importing over 60 percent of its transportation fuel. Foreign oil dependence puts the U.S. at risk for trade deficits, supply disruption, and price fluctuations. Since 2006, there has been a slow, but steady decline in that number. This is, in large part, due to efforts across the nation to mitigate our dependence on foreign oil. There is still more to do! Currently, the U.S. still imports about half of its petroleum, two-thirds of which is used to fuel vehicles in the form of gasoline and diesel.
In addition to being "American-made" fuels, alternative fuels burn cleaner than traditional petroleum fuels, in some cases up to 90 percent cleaner. Alternative fuels help reduce vehicular emissions, such as carbon monoxide, organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur and particulate matter. Alternative fuels, along with better engineered engines, have helped reduce pollution levels in most urban communities over the last decade. But with ever increasing numbers of vehicles, and with those vehicles traveling greater distances on our highways, vehicle emissions levels continue to be a significant air quality issue. The Utah Division of Air Quality reports that more than 50 percent of Utah's air pollution comes from mobile sources. Those sources are everything from lawnmowers to trucks to train engines.
Interested in learning more about how you can make the switch to alternative fuels? Each alternative fuel has advantages and challenges, use the UCCC alternative fuel and alternative fuel vehicle pages to find out which fuel is the right fit for your transportation needs.
Alternative Fuel Stations in Utah
Utah Clean Cities is actively working with fuel providers, alternative fuel vehicle users and government entities to increase the number of alt fuel refueling sites in Utah. If you are interested in increasing the number of refueling opportunities, we welcome your input!
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