Alternative fuels goal extended to 2030

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The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that an ambitious goal set by Congress in 1992 to replace 30 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply with alternative fuels by 2010 is unattainable and that the target date should be extended 20 years to 2030. The final rule is set to be issued March 6, as required by a federal court order.

DOE has the authority under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to revise the replacement fuel goal and the target date if it determines they are not achievable or practical. Alternative fuels currently account for only 3 percent of the nation’s on-road transportation fuel supply.