North Carolina State Government Exceeds Petroleum Displacement Goals

Annual report documents use of alternative transportation fuels, efficiency and conservation


RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina FY 2011-2012 Petroleum Displacement Program Report documents over 5.2 million gallons of gasoline and diesel displaced through the use of alternative transportation fuels, as well as efficiency and conservation measures. Thirty –six state agencies representing over 27,800 vehicles took action in FY 2011-12 to reduce petroleum use as part of a special budget provision passed in FY 04-05 that requires a 20 percent displacement of petroleum use in state fleets by 2016. The N.C. Solar Center prepares a report on progress in meeting the goal for the State Energy Office that is submitted annually to the Joint Legislative Commission on Government Affairs and the General Assembly’s Fiscal Division. As determined through a baseline of fuel use established in 2005, the state fleets exceeded the petroleum displacement goal of 4.6 million gallons in FY 2011-2012.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Approximately 2.5 million gallons of fuel were saved through conservation (reduced number of miles driven) and efficiency measures, which include driver training and vehicle replacement/reassignment to achieve improved fuel economy for each mile driven. With fuel prices hovering at $3.00 per gallon on the state purchasing contract in FY 2011-12, conservation and efficiency achievements represent over $8,000,000 in savings to the state in 2012 dollars.
  • Eighteen state agencies used over 7.4 million gallons of B20 (a blend of 20 percent biodiesel, a cleaner burning renewable fuel that can be used in any diesel vehicle and 80 percent diesel). With over 100 B20 fueling sites across the state, the N.C. Dept. of Transportation has been one of the country’s largest users of bio-based fuel for over a decade.
  • Almost 5 percent of petroleum displacement was accomplished through the use of E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol with gasoline. In 2012, the state purchasing contract eliminated gasoline that does not include a 10 percent blend of ethanol.
  • The state operates over 7,600 E85-capable flex fuel vehicles that used 418,000 gallons of E85 during the last fiscal year.


“While there are many recommendations to enhance state fleet efforts,” said principal report author, Marcy Bauer of the N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Transportation program, “we are encouraged by the state fleet participation in the petroleum displacement program and look forward to continued progress.”

Read the 2011-2012 report



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