NASEO and Utah Release Report on Alternative Fuels and Emergency Response

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A new NASEO report, Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Emergency Plans: A Planning and Policy Report for Utah, examines how alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) can bolster resilience planning. In the event of a fuel supply disruption, alternative fuels provide a diverse set of resources which can be called upon to enhance emergency response. In partnership with the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, NASEO catalogued the different AFV resources throughout Utah, potential impacts of a fuel supply disruption, and provided nine key recommendations on how AFVs could be incorporated into emergency response planning.

“Integrating alternative fuel vehicles into emergency planning and response activities is a critical, needed strategy that State Energy Offices across the country are implementing to enhance the resilience of our transportation and energy systems,” said David Terry, NASEO Executive Director. “NASEO was pleased to work with the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development and Utah Clean Cities to craft meaningful recommendations to help Utah reach their energy, security, and economic development goals.”

The report is the final pilot project of NASEO’s Initiative for Resiliency through Vehicles (iREV),  a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Technology Integration Program. Over the course of this project, NASEO produced several tools available to the public for use. The iREV Tracking Tool, is a mapping-based tool, which allows users to input data on AFV resources and run disruption scenarios to examine potential applications for AFVs. NAESO also released a series of case studies for each major type of alternative fuel, examining the most effective ways to leverage these resources in an emergency (reports available for propane, natural gas, electric vehicles, and biodiesel). After the release of these resources, NASEO applied these tools in previous pilot studies examining the role for AFVs in Tennessee and Lancaster County, PA.   

For more information, contact Dylan Tucker, NASEO Program Manager, at dtucker@naseo.org.