– New Jersey’s largest utility, Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) will be buying hybrid vehicles to replace nearly one-third of its fleet over the next decade in an effort to reduce tailpipe emissions linked to global warming, according to the Associated Press
. The hybrid vehicles, along with the use of alternative fuels and other changes, should reduce the carbon dioxide output of PSE&G by 81,000 tons over the period.
PSE&G plans to replace 1,300 of its cars and light trucks with hybrids, which use a combination of gasoline and electricity for power. The company’s 450 bucket trucks will be outfitted with electric-powered buckets, so the engine can be turned off while a crew is aloft. Also, hybrid bucket trucks are just becoming available, and the utility has purchased two. The company has about 5,000 vehicles, and those that lack a hybrid option will be fueled with biodiesel, a fat-based fuel that produces less pollution.
PSE&G is also the latest New Jersey utility to announce plans in support of the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020 - or to 1990 levels - and 80 percent by 2050, according to the Associated Press.