DOE Ordered to Reconsider Fleet Mandates for Private/Local Government Fleets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has declared the Bush Administration in violation of the 1992 Energy Policy Act for its refusal to impose an alternative-fuel vehicle purchasing requirement on private and municipal fleets, according to the NAFA FleetFocus, an e-mail newsletter produced by the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).The federal judge ordered the Department of Energy (DOE) to engage in a two-step rulemaking process. First, the DOE must revise the Act’s petroleum reduction goals to an achievable number. Then, using the new and more realistic goal, they must assess whether imposing alternative-fuel vehicle purchasing requirements on private and municipal fleets will help achieve those goals, according to NAFA. The DOE must file a memorandum with the court by Mar. 27, outlining their timetable for complying with the order.