Jan 24, 2007 (From the CalCars-News archive)
In a very significant step, the White House has issued an Executive Order presumably applying to every agency of the government, see Section 2. (g): agencies must "use" plug-in hybrids (the White House calls them PIHs) when they are commercially available and cost-effective. (EPRI and other studies since 2003 have shown that PHEVs will have a lower total life-cycle cost than conventional vehicles.) Let's hope this is followed by similar steps by Governors nationwide!
Executive Order: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/01/20070124-2.htmlhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/01/20070124-2.html
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to strengthen the environmental, energy, and transportation management of Federal agencies, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States that Federal agencies conduct their environmental, transportation, and energy-related activities under the law in support of their respective missions in an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound, integrated, continuously improving, efficient, and sustainable manner.
Sec. 2. Goals for Agencies. In implementing the policy set forth in section 1 of this order, the head of each agency shall:
(a) improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the agency, through reduction of energy intensity by (i) 3 percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2015, or (ii) 30 percent by the end of fiscal year 2015, relative to the baseline of the agency's energy use in fiscal year 2003;
(b) ensure that (i) at least half of the statutorily required renewable energy consumed by the agency in a fiscal year comes from new renewable sources, and (ii) to the extent feasible, the agency implements renewable energy generation projects on agency property for agency use;
(g) ensure that, if the agency operates a fleet of at least 20 motor vehicles, the agency, relative to agency baselines for fiscal year 2005, (i) reduces the fleet's total consumption of petroleum products by 2 percent annually through the end of fiscal year 2015, (ii) increases the total fuel consumption that is non-petroleum-based by 10 percent annually, and (iii) uses plug-in hybrid (PIH) vehicles when PIH vehicles are commercially available at a cost reasonably comparable, on the basis of life-cycle cost, to non-PIH vehicles; and
See also a two-page fact sheet that begins: http://www.ofee.gov/eo/EO_factsheet_012407.pdf
Office Of The Federal Environmental Executive Promoting Sustainable Environmental Stewardship Throughout The Federal Government
Executive Order Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management
The new Executive Order requires Federal agencies to lead by example in advancing the nation's energy security and environmental performance by achieving these goals: • VEHICLES: Increase purchase of alternative fuel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles when commercially available.