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Power Generation Initiative Updates
Monday, 04 April 2016 18:10

CAFE Standards Midterm Evaluation

Potential Impact on Electric Vehicle (EV) Incentives



In 1974, Congress enacted the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards to improve the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles and reduce oil imports. In April 2010, and August 2012, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the 2012 – 2016 CAFE standards and 2017 – 2025 CAFE standards, respectively. These CAFE standards included vehicle efficiency standards and, for the first time, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards, calculated in grams of carbon dioxide (CO2)/mile. There are also incentives for advanced vehicles, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles, herein referred to as “EVs.”

May 24 -- Anyone with even a casual interest in energy policy knows that a full frontal assault has been launched against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Big Oil has gone on the offensive, using a variety of tactics to disparage the program and spread myths and misinformation about renewable fuels. Their champions in Congress have introduced bills to reform or repeal the RFS (the latest attempts to allow natural gas, a distinctly non-renewable fuel, to qualify for the RFS); their attorneys have filed multiple lawsuits to impede implementation; and their PR firms have launched aggressive media campaigns intended to undercut public and political support for renewables. >>View Article

April 22 -- The U.S. government is the nation’s largest energy consumer. It accounted for 1.5 percent of the country’s total energy use in 2009 (the most recent year for which figures are available) and spent $24.5 billion the previous year on fuel and electricity for its roughly 500,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles. >>View Article  

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