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Energy and Environment Cabinet

Environmental Education

Division for Air Quality
Green Vehicles and Alternative Fuels

Pollution sources that move, including on- and off-road vehicles, are known as “mobile sources.”  Mobile sources pollute the air through combustion and evaporation, contributing greatly to air pollution nationwide.  In addition to creating regulated pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, mobile sources are the largest contributor to toxic air pollutants nationwide.  Buying greener, cleaner vehicles and alternative fuels reduces the amount of pollution generated when you drive or operate an on- or off-road vehicle.

Other Related Information

  • How Green Are BioFuels - A breakdown of current fuel sources and the pros and cons.

  • Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition - The goal of the coalition is to improve air quality and support economic development across Kentucky by promoting the use of clean fuels.

  • Kentucky Soybean Board and Kentucky Soybean Association -The goal of the board and association is to create a greater demand for soy products and increase producer involvement.

  • Department for Energy Development and Independence - The department's mission is to oversee the implementation of Kentucky’s comprehensive energy strategy (Kentucky's 7-point strategy for energy independence), as developed by the governor’s Energy Policy Task Force.  The 54 recommendations that make up the strategy embody Gov. Beshear’s guiding principles for Kentucky’s energy future:
    • Maintain Kentucky’s low-cost energy.
    • Responsibly develop Kentucky’s energy resources.
    • Preserve Kentucky’s commitment to environmental quality.

  • National Energy Education Development (NEED) - The mission of the NEED project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

  • Southeast Diesel Collaborative - A voluntary, public-private partnership involving leaders from federal, state and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  The Southeast Diesel Collaborative is part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Diesel Campaign.  The goal of the Southeast Diesel Collaborative is to improve air quality and public health by encouraging the use of clean, renewable energy and technology and by reducing diesel emissions from existing engines and equipment from the agriculture, heavy construction and on-road sectors.

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Program (USDOE) -  USDOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Web site features a Vehicle Technologies Program that is developing more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. The long-term aim is to develop “leap frog” technologies that will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

  • U.S. EPA Fuels and Fuel Additives - EPA promotes and expands the use of environmentally beneficial alternative fuels and vehicles by providing the states with tools, such as benefits models, State Implementation Plan Credits and the Clean Fuels Fleet program.  EPA also coordinates with the Department of Energy and Department of Transportation so that their Energy Policy Act and Transportation Equity Act of the 21st century programs promote alternative fuels and vehicles having the greatest environmental gains.

  • U.S. EPA Green Vehicle Guide – Use this guide to choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Low emissions and good fuel economy are both important for the environment.

  • Alternative Fuel Station Locator -- The Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) requires users to enter their address and what kind of fuel is desired, and the locator will map out the closest stations that sell that particular fuel. The site also provides information for truck stop electrification, total station counts and an overview map of the United States. Sponsored by the DOE's Clean Cities initiative and technically administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the AFDC hosts more than 3,000 documents, interactive tools that help fleets and consumers make transportation decisions, and information to educate the public on alternative fuels and advanced vehicles. For more on alternative fuels and vehicles, go to Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center.