Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Western Governors Promote Alternative Fuels

Western Governors' Association ethanol alternative fuel renewable energy transportationWestern governors agreed last week to take action within their states and as a region to speed the development and use of alternative fuels, improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduce our dependence on foreign petroleum.

A resolution adopted by the Western Governors' Association incorporates many recommendations contained in its new report, Transportation Fuels for the Future (PDF).

The report was developed at the request of the governors and with the assistance of more than 100 energy experts representing government, industry, the environmental community, academia and the general public. The fuels and technologies covered are biodiesel and renewable diesel, biofuels, coal-to-liquids, compressed natural gas, propane, electricity and hydrogen.

WGA’s lead governors for the initiative are Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger (California), Brian Schweitzer (Montana), Brad Henry (Oklahoma), Michael Rounds (South Dakota), Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (Utah) and Christine Gregoire (Washington).

The roadmap highlights and addresses both cross-cutting and priority recommendations developed by each team of experts:
  • Potential resources, technologies and capabilities of the Western states to develop alternatives fuels and the policy measures that will be required.
  • Issues surrounding sustainable feedstock development, environmental impacts and availability of conversion technologies.
  • Infrastructure that will be necessary for the full range of alternative fuels to succeed.
  • Challenges common to all of the fuel types, including changing a century-old practice of fueling the transportation sector with oil.
  • The development of measurable goals and analytical tools to determine and mitigate the environmental impacts of the new fuels.
The Western Governors’ Association is an independent, nonprofit organization representing the governors of 19 states and three U.S.-Flag islands in the Pacific. Through their Association, the Western governors identify and address key policy and governance issues in natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and public management.

Source: Western Governors Association

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