ODOE provides technical expertise for statewide fuel programs and participates in strategic planning for the adoption of alternative fuel programs.
Oregon imports all of its petroleum, which leaves the state vulnerable to changes in pricing and disruptions in the event of a natural disaster or fuel shortage. Alternative fuels produced in-state can help reduce those effects.
Alternative fuels also typically produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional petroleum-based fuels. Technology is improving and the market is responding
, so more consumers are choosing alternative fuel and renewable fuel
Alternative fuels include:
- Renewable Diesel
- Compressed Natural Gas
- Renewable Natural Gas
- Liquefied Natural Gas
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas
- Hybrid or dual fuel
ODOE provides assistance
to vehicle fleet managers who want to expand their use of alternative fuels.
A school bus tool is in development and will be published in the summer of 2021. The tool will analyze costs and emissions by comparing different fuel types and bus types over the course of their useful life. School districts that wish to act as beta testers for the tool can express their interest via email to Rick Wallace at ODOE.
Renewable Natural Gas in Oregon
In 2017, the Oregon Legislature directed ODOE to conduct an inventory of potential biogas and renewable natural gas production, feedstock or resource quantities and locations, and supply chain infrastructure. RNG is a lower carbon fuel produced using methane from long-term waste streams like wastewater, agricultural manure, landfill waste, food waste, and residual material from forest and agricultural harvests.
ODOE published its report in 2018
. We found that depending on the method used to produce the RNG, Oregon could have enough resources to replaced 10 to 20 percent of the state's total yearly use of natural gas, the bulk of which is currently imported from other states.