WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 14, 2005, the U.S. Senate began debate on S.10, The Energy Policy Act of 2005. The bill includes an amendment to EPAct to authorize the Department of Energy (DOE) to allocate credits for the purchase of hybrids, NEVs, and dedicated medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The bill does not include a credit for other activities that a fleet might undertake that also reduce petroleum use, such as ridesharing, downsizing, use of vehicles with a higher fuel economy, etc. According to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA), many NAFA members have recommended that NAFA seek a sponsor for an amendment next week on the Senate floor to allow the DOE to allocate credit to a covered fleet for additional activities undertaken that result in a verifiable reduction of petroleum use by the covered fleet. The amendment would provide covered fleets with additional flexibility to comply with EPAct. NAFA is asking that members who have an office in Washington, D.C., request that their companies contact the senators from their state and request that the senators sponsor the amendment. Senate contacts must be made at once. If you are able to participate in this important effort, please contact Patrick O’Connor via e-mail at patoconnor@kentoconnor.com.
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