U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office – EPAct Transportation Regulatory Activities
Alternative Compliance for State and Alternative Fuel Provider Fleets
Under Alternative Compliance, covered fleets may obtain a waiver from the alternative fuel vehicle (AFV)-acquisition requirements of Standard Compliance by submitting and then implementing a plan to reduce petroleum consumption.
Alternative Compliance may be a good option for fleets that:
- Have a significant number of medium- or heavy-duty vehicles capable of using biodiesel in excess of the 50% cap associated with Standard Compliance or capable of using other alternative fuels
- Wish to combine hybrid electric vehicles and alternative fuel use
- Are subject to state or local requirements or policies calling for petroleum reduction, or reductions in carbon footprint or greenhouse gas emissions.
Fleets opting into Alternative Compliance must provide a sufficient level of data and information to support their compliance requirements, particularly information on fuel use.
Fleets opting into Alternative Compliance are required to submit the following items to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):
Intent to Apply for a Waiver
Submitted online, the intent to apply for a waiver informs DOE of a fleet's interest in participating in the Alternative Compliance option. The intent form is due March 31 before the model year for which an Alternative Compliance waiver is sought.
Submit an intent to apply for a waiver.
To learn more, see Module 2: Submitting an Intent to Apply for a Waiver or download the interactive tutorial from the Alternative Compliance Tutorial page.
Waiver Request Application
To be considered for Alternative Compliance, a fleet must submit a waiver request application that is applicable to the entire fleet for the full model year and includes:
- An Alternative Compliance vehicle inventory
- The calculated total annual petroleum reduction requirement
- A plan to reduce petroleum consumption by at least the calculated petroleum-reduction requirement.
- Certification that all plan elements are in compliance with the Clean Air Act.
A complete waiver request application must be submitted to and received by DOE by July 31 before the model year for which an Alternative Compliance waiver is sought. DOE suggests that applicants submit to the DOE regulatory manager a copy of the waiver request application electronically on or before July 31.
DOE will review each fleet's waiver request application and notify the fleet of its approval to proceed with the Alternative Compliance option in the upcoming model year.
If you submitted an intent to submit a waiver, you may view your Alternative Compliance vehicle inventory.
If you are ready to calculate your fleet's total annual petroleum reduction requirement and develop a plan to reduce petroleum consumption by at least the calculated petroleum-reduction requirement, you may access the Alternative Compliance Planning Tool.
To learn more, see Module 3: Maintaining Your Alternative Compliance Vehicle Inventory and Module 4: Assembling a Waiver Request, or download the interactive tutorial from the Alternative Compliance Tutorial page.
An annual report that certifies the actual amount of petroleum a fleet achieved during the Alternative Compliance model year is due December 31 following the Alternative Compliance waiver year.
The annual report should explain how the data demonstrating compliance were collected. DOE is authorized to request additional documentation to verify the claimed petroleum use reductions. Examples of documents that verify petroleum use reductions include:
- Pumping or other records that show the quantity of alternative fuel/biodiesel blends actually used
- Retail fuel purchase receipts or logs together with pumping or other records
- Bulk fuel-use purchase/delivery records (for fleets with their own fueling sites) together with pumping or other records
- Fuel-use logs maintained by vehicle operators.
The annual report must be sent to DOE on company letterhead and be signed by a senior official. For help with understanding the types of information needed for the report, see the Annual Reporting Guidance.
To learn more, see Module 5: Completing an Annual Report or download the interactive Alternative Compliance tutorial.
For more information, contact the Regulatory Information Line.