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Fossil-fueled Power
Non-Fossil Generation
End-Use Efficiency
Electricity T&D
Carbon Sequestration
Non-CO2 Reductions
Other GHG Reductions

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Utility Fleet Veh.
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 Other Transportation Actions


Electric utilities presently engage in many transportation-related activities that result in improved air quality, waste minimization, and/or general pollution prevention. Some of these activities also result in the reduction, limitation, or prevention of greenhouse gas emissions. Assessing these activities for their greenhouse gas management potential may present opportunities to account for greenhouse gas reductions and facilitate new ideas for operational actions that can result in emission reductions. Such actions may include:

Many other opportunities exist; some may be utility-specific or region-specific. Examination of general pollution-prevention options and operational practices may provide potentially significant opportunities for reduction, limitation, or prevention of greenhouse gas emissions.


Employee travel reduction programs:

Compressed work weeks


Car pool incentives


Van pool subsidies


Telecommuting policies


Other practices that result in reduced employee commuter-miles

  Electric vehicle pool for company use
  Bulk purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles for resale to employees at reduced cost
  Electrification of truck stops on federal interstate highways where currently diesel trucks idle and are the source of very significant emissions

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 References, Sources, and Other Useful Data

Electric Drive Transportation Association

EDTA is the industry association working to advance electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure through policy, information and communication initiatives in the United States.

Electric Power Research Institute, "EPRI's Contributions to the Development of PHEV Technology

EPRI plays a leading role in the development of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology as a viable alternative to petroleum-based transportation that will eventually lead to commercialization of electric-powered vehicles. EPRI has a long history in the advancement of electric powered transportation. The Institute's Electric Vehicle Program began in 1976 as an effort to understand the benefits and challenges of electricity as a transportation fuel in the U.S. marketplace.

Electric Power Research Institute, "Environmental Impacts of PHEVs: An Integrated Assessment” (March 2007)

EPRI is completing — in the first quarter of 2007 — a comprehensive, collaborative study to quantify the environmental impacts of electric transportation, specifically with respect to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). There are two primary components of the study: the first is scenario analysis using the EPRI nationwide electric sector model to determine the energy and greenhouse gas impacts of PHEVs over a timeframe of 2010 to 2050; the second component is a nationwide air quality analysis for the year 2030 that assumes an aggressive market penetration of PHEVs. EPRI, working collaboratively with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is performing this groundbreaking research to better understand the net CO2 emission and air quality impacts of plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. It is important for this analysis to incorporate present and future energy costs, varying levels of PHEV market penetration, vehicle technologies, and various portfolios of power generation technologies.

Environmental Protection Agency, “SmartWay Transport Partnership”

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a collaborative program between EPA and the freight industry that will increase the energy efficiency and energy security of our country while significantly reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases.  The Partnership creates strong market-based incentives that challenge companies shipping products and the truck and rail companies delivering these products, to improve the environmental performance of their freight operations.  SmartWay Transport partners improve their energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, “New Truck Stop Electrification Site Opens on Northway” (NYSERDA Press Release, May 19, 2004)

The truck stop electrification systems provide grid-supplied electricity to the truck’s cab allowing truck drivers who have stopped for sleep or rest to run air conditioning systems, heating systems, televisions, computers, microwaves, and other electrical needs without idling their trucks’ diesel engines for extended periods of time. In addition to eliminating the negative health impacts caused by diesel fuel emissions, the systems are also more economical and save the drivers money. A study by Argonne National Laboratory stated that the average sleeper cab truck idles for 1,830 hours annually, and consumes approximately one gallon of diesel fuel per hour. EPA estimates that idling trucks consume over 950 million gallons of diesel fuel annually, and generate 10 million tons of carbon dioxide and 200,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen, as well as particulate matter (soot) and carbon monoxide. Niagara Mohawk first proposed this concept in 2000, and New York State has become a national leader in providing drivers the option of using TSE units; four such sites are available across New York.

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