The Energy Office promotes activities to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by promoting conservation through improved fuel economy, use of public transit and carpooling, and development of walk and bike-ways. The Energy Office also promotes the development and deployment of alternative transportation fuels.
Palmetto Clean Fuels Coalition
The Energy Office staffs the Palmetto Clean Fuels coalition (PCF). PCF is part of the Clean Cities program and is the designated coalition for South Carolina. Clean Cities is a grassroots, locally based, voluntary public/private partnership coordinated by the US Department of Energy that expands the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel. The goal of the Clean Cities program is to promote energy use in the transportation sector that is clean, safe, less dependent upon foreign sources, and sustainable.
The Energy Office has also collaborated with key partners such as the US Department of Energy, the South Carolina Biomass Council, and other public and private organizations to ensure South Carolina becomes a model for transportation alternatives.
Alternative Fuels: Substitutes for Petroleum
Alternative fuels can be substituted for traditional gasoline or diesel fuels. The federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 identifies six alternative fuels. Alternative fuels may be used either as a replacement for gasoline or in conjunction with it. All alternative fuels can be domestically produced, and most provide significant air quality benefits when used as a vehicle fuel. In addition, there are federal and state tax incentives to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and produce, distribute, and purchase alternative fuels.
Tax Incentives for Alternative Fuels
The federal and South Carolina governments offer tax incentives to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and produce, distribute, and purchase alternative fuels. South Carolina ranks among the top in the nation for alternative transportation fuel production and distribution incentives and as such has among the highest number of publicly-accessible ethanol (E85) and biodiesel (B20) pumps in the country. Federal and state law provides business tax credits for the production, distribution and sale of ethanol, biodiesel, and other non-petroleum-based fuels.
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