September 30, 2008
Special Review on "Petroleum-Based Fuels Use"
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, the Department of Energy (Department) consumed over seven million gallons of petroleum-based fuel in the operation of a fleet of over 14,000 light, medium and heavy duty vehicles. These vehicles were either owned by the Department or leased through the General Services Administration (GSA). Since April 2000, the Department has been subject to a number of executive and legislative mandates to reduce the use of petroleum-based fuel. The Department's mission requires that it assume a leadership role in energy conservation. Further, the practical impact of recent gasoline price increases on the cost of operating a 14,000 vehicle fleet requires aggressive conservation efforts.