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Transportation Energy

ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

electric vehicleMany states are working to increase the use of alternative fuels to diversify the fuel mix, reduce dependency on imported oil, promote economic growth and decrease emissions. Read the January 2014 Legisbrief, “Transforming Transportation with Electricity” to find out how electricity could play a significant role in meeting these goals. View a list of hybrid and electric vehicle incentives to see what states are doing to support alternative fuel vehicle adoption

 

TRANSPORTING CRUDE OIL BY RAIL

oil transport trainCrude oil producers are increasingly relying on rail to carry oil to domestic markets. The rapid growth in rail transportation, however, has focused attention on safety issues, especially after several recent accidents. This web brief highlights the increase in crude oil rail transportation and how state and federal officials are addressing safety concerns.

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OVERVIEW | TRANSPORTATION ENERGY

The transportation sector accounts for over one-quarter of total energy use in the United States. Most energy for transportation is provided by petroleum in the form of gasoline and diesel fuel. Alternative fuels such as ethanol, natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, and electricity are providing an increasing share of transportation energy, while improvements in engine technology and vehicle design are leading to higher efficiency and greater performance. Though gasoline and diesel continue to be the dominant transportation fuel, innovations in technology and policy promise to offer a more diverse set of transportation options for the future.

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