Federal List of Qualified "Alternative Fuels"

Now let’s define alternative: It’s an adjective that means a choice between two or more things. And fuel? It’s a substance consumed to produce energy or power.

Putting it together, the definition of alternative fuel is the choice of any fuel other than the traditional selections, gasoline and diesel.

The following fuels are defined as alternative fuels by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992: pure methanol, ethanol, and other alcohols; blends of 85% or more of alcohol with gasoline; natural gas and liquid fuels domestically produced from natural gas; liquefied petroleum gas (propane); coal-derived liquid fuels; hydrogen; electricity; pure biodiesel (B100); fuels, other than alcohol, derived from biological materials; and P-Series fuels. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is authorized to designate other fuels as alternative fuels, provided that the fuel is substantially nonpetroleum, yields substantial energy security benefits, and offers substantial environmental benefits. For more information about the alternative fuels defined by EPAct 1992 as well as DOE’s alternative fuel designation authority, visit the EPAct Web site. (Reference 42 U.S. Code 13211)

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