EIA Releases Annual Report on Alternative Fuels Energy Consumption

The US Ener­gy Infor­ma­tion Admin­is­tra­tion has released its new annu­al “Alter­na­tive Fuel Vehi­cle” report with data from 2011. It offers an overview of alter­na­tive fuel con­sump­tion and it’s being used in var­i­ous appli­ca­tions…

  • Con­sump­tion of ethanol (E85) jumped 52% from the pri­or year’s con­sump­tion, an increase from 90,323 thou­sand gaso­line-equiv­a­lent gal­lons in 2010 to 137,165 thou­sand gaso­line-equiv­a­lent gal­lons in 2011. It’s a reflec­tion of the increase in, and ethanol usage with­in, the over­all inven­to­ry of E85-capa­ble flex fuel vehi­cles. Much of this came through the use of flex fuel medi­um-duty vans.
  • Many fleets are meet­ing petro­le­um reduc­tion require­ments by using biodiesel rather than oth­er alter­na­tive fuels. Changes in sub­si­dies, specif­i­cal­ly replace­ment fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, affect con­sump­tion trends in the mar­ket­place. With the rein­state­ment of the biodiesel tax cred­it and the require­ments under the Renew­able Fuel Stan­dard, con­sump­tion of biodiesel grew almost 240% between 2010 and 2011.
  • Con­sump­tion of ethanol in gaso­hol (E10) remained flat between 2010 and 2011 since almost all gaso­line in the Unit­ed States is now blend­ed with 10% ethanol.
  • Con­sump­tion of elec­tric­i­ty in light duty auto­mo­biles increased by almost 36% with a total of 7,635 thou­sand gaso­line-equiv­a­lent gal­lons in 2011 com­pared to 4,847 thou­sand gaso­line-equiv­a­lent gal­lons in 2010. While the major­i­ty of elec­tric vehi­cles in use remains in the low speed vehi­cle cat­e­go­ry (45,397 of the total 67,296 elec­tric vehi­cles in use 2011), inven­to­ry of elec­tric auto­mo­biles increased rapid­ly to 10,245 auto­mo­biles in 2011, pri­mar­i­ly in the pri­vate sec­tor where elec­tric vehi­cles are becom­ing more wide­ly avail­able to pri­vate house­holds.


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