Recent Federal Actions
This list includes recent federal actions, such as Federal Register notices and rulemaking actions, agency directives or agency communications, that are all publicly available. These actions relate to alternative fuels and vehicles, fuel blends, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction and fuel economy measures. When rulemakings are finalized, they will move to the list of Federal Laws and Incentives.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a request for nominations for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act Section 1413 Alternative Fuel Corridor Designation process. Under the FAST Act Section 1413, DOT designates national electric vehicle charging, hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling corridors to improve mobility of alternative fuel passenger and commercial vehicles. Any state or local agency is invited to nominate an alternative fuel corridor for designation. The solicitation deadline is November 30, 2017. For more information, including updated nomination criteria and instructions, see the FHWA Alternative Fuel Corridors website.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule that would establish new renewable fuel volume requirements and associated percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) program, dictating the amount of cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that obligated parties in the United States must in the aggregate blend into transportation fuel in 2018. The proposed rule also includes volume requirements for biomass-based diesel in 2019. As proposed, the volume requirements address production constraints and are lower than the mandated statutory levels that Section 202 of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The 2018 proposed standards are 238 million gallons (0.131%) cellulosic biofuels; 2.1 billion gallons (1.74%) biomass-based diesel; 4.24 billion gallons (2.34%) advanced biofuels; and 19.24 billion gallons (10.62%) total renewable fuels. The 2019 proposed volume requirement for biomass-based diesel is 2.1 billion gallons. EPA will accept comments on the proposed rule and petitions for waivers to the proposed rule for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. For more information, refer to the proposed rule and the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Program website.