November was Alternative Fuels Month in Utah, and the Governor’s office took the opportunity to talk about the good things happening in Utah to promote and advance alternative fuels that reduce emissions and result in cleaner air, a safer climate and a healthier environment for Utahns, such as:
- The federally funded electric vehicle corridor being built here in Utah and across the Intermountain west
- 941 stations in Utah that offer alternative fuels, including compressed, liquified and renewable natural gas and electric vehicle charging, many located along I-15, I-80 and I-70
- a pair of electric shuttles in Zion National Park that will travel through the steep and narrow Mount Carmel tunnel – a model program for national parks across the country
- 46 vehicle fleets that use alternative fuels in Utah, with more than 6,400 cars and trucks that operate on natural gas, propane, biodiesel, ethanol, electricity or hybrid fuels
- Utah Transit Authority’s use of alternative-fuel buses, including three that are solely electric and 54 that are electric hybrids, along with municipalities and private companies that are turning to alternative fuels
- Strategic energy emergency planning, incorporating alternative fuel vehicles to address complex problems such as emergency response during severe weather events and other climate-driven episodes like fires, floods, drought and seismic activity
As Gov. Herbert’s energy advisor, Laura Nelson said, “As you can tell, we’ve done a lot. And there continues to be more we can do.”
Let’s commend Governor Herbert on the steps he has made – and encourage him to keep going!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Thank Governor Herbert for his work advancing alternative fuels to promote cleaner air, a safer climate and better health for Utahns and ask him to continue this good work by advancing stronger goals for the state to transition to more renewable energy production for export to other states and nations and for use right here in Utah.