U.S. Department of Justice
Figure 1. Summary of FY 2005 Acquisitions and Planned FY 2006 and FY 2007 AFV Acquisitions
Additional vehicles were leased and purchased by DOJ that were not covered under the EPAct. Of the total of 4,347 LDVs acquired in FY 2005, the following were not accountable for compliance:
· 400 were located outside covered metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)
· 3,754 were exempt as law enforcement vehicles
Special Projects of the DOJ Fleet Related to AFV and Infrastructure Acquisitions
The Department is continuing with plans for infrastructure upgrades including the installation of Biodiesel refueling sites at Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities where feasible.
Alternative Fuel Use by the DOJ Fleet in FY 2005
Table 1 presents total fuel use data for DOJ’s fleet in FY 2005. A small percentage of the Department’s vehicles are leased, and the lease contract includes the maintenance and fuel costs for the vehicles. This is accomplished by the use of a General Services Administration (GSA) credit card that the fleets use to purchase fuel. However, since product code standards are not uniform among suppliers of alternative fuels (e.g., ethanol or E85), it is not always possible to accurately track the purchase of alternative fuels with this credit card or with any government issued fleet card. This problem continues to persist and is well-known by government agencies requiring this information. The exception is natural gas, which is usually purchased at local utility refueling sites, allowing the fleet to contact the utility for an accurate accounting of purchased fuel.
Table 1. DOJ Fuel Use in FY 2005
|CNG (gallons) at 3000 PSI||
|CNG (cubic feet)||
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* Estimate based on incomplete data
DOJ Fleet AFV Acquisitions for FY 2006 and FY 2007
Attachments B and C provide detailed information on projected vehicle acquisitions and inventory for the DOJ fleet for FY 2006 and FY 2007. In FY 2006, DOJ is planning to acquire
a cumulative total of 75 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 208, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 56 AFVs. In FY 2007, DOJ is planning to acquire a cumulative total of 113 LDVs with the total number of AFV acquisition credits totaling 229, exceeding the EPAct requirement of 85 AFVs.
For FY 2005, the reported covered petroleum consumption is 599,437 Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE). This represents a reported decrease of 242,819 GGE compared to the baseline of 842,256 (a 28.8 percent decrease in fuel use). However, it was learned prior to this report that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) did not have any covered vehicles in their fleet, yet the base line contained 66,000 gallons of gasoline accounted to the OIG. Because the OIG is involved in law enforcement activities, their vehicles are generally exempt. The 66,000 gallons was for what was originally thought to be used in mass produced AFVs, and therefore not allowed to apply the law enforcement exemption. These were in fact not AFVs and the 66,000 gallons should not have been part of the baseline. Taking these factors into account would have reduced the baseline to 776,256 gallons, making the reported fuel reduction 172,819, or 22.7 percent.
As detailed in this report and the attached appendices, DOJ exceeded the AFV acquisition requirements of the EPAct in FY 2005 and projects to repeat this accomplishment in FY 2006 and FY 2007. The DOJ will continue its efforts to comply with the requirements of the EPAct, ECRA, and EO 13149. By full compliance with the requirement to acquire 75 percent AFVs and a commitment to acquire vehicles with increased fuel efficiency, the Department’s goal is to continue to reduce fleet’s annual petroleum consumption.
However, there are still many obstacles with regard to complying with these goals. Even though the automotive manufacturers are producing more AFVs, predominately E85 capable vehicles, many of these vehicles are of the larger class and size such as Sport Utility Vehicle’s and pick-up trucks. Acquiring these types of vehicles is not the best strategy since the availability of E85 fuel, although increasing, is still not enough. E85 fuel is predominately available in the Midwest with the highest concentration in Minnesota. The Department has made progress here in the Metropolitan DC area since there are now two fueling sites in the immediate area where E85 is available. This has been a help, but until the number of fueling sites is substantially increased throughout the United States, the goal of using alternative fuel in AFVs is extremely difficult, and in some cases impossible. Despite these obstacles, the Department will continue its efforts to support and promote the use of alternative fuel.