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.

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U.S. EPA Finalizes Requirements Under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program Dec 12, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the 2018 volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel that must be blended into transportation fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA also finalized the 2019 volume requirements for biomass-based diesel.

The final renewable fuel volumes are as follows:

Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)288N/A
Biomass-based diesel (billion gallons)2.12.1
Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)4.29N/A
Renewable fuel (billion gallons)19.29N/A

The associated renewable fuel percentage standards are as follows:

Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)0.159%
Biomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.74%
Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.37%
Renewable fuel (billion gallons)10.67%

For more information, refer to the final rule and EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Program website.

FHWA Requests Nominations for Alternative Fuel Corridor Designations Sep 22, 2017

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.