U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

WIP – Technical Assistance Resources


Here you will find best practices, project resources, and other valuable tools to assist you with the development and implementation of successful transportation projects and programs. These efforts will help states, local governments, and tribes reduce transportation agency expenses, improve infrastructure, and reduce the impact of transportation associated activities on the environment. Please explore the pages in this section, and for more ideas visit our Financial Products page.

Best Practices

Project Resources

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles

The deployment of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in state and local governments reduces petroleum consumption, which can increase local economic development and energy security and reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions.

Learn from Others

Look under General Examples to learn about how alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles have been deployed nationwide.

General Examplesbroad state and local actions across the country

  • Alternative Fuels Data Center: Case Studies (U.S. Department of Energy) - Offers a comprehensive collection of fleet management strategies for state and local program managers, listed by vehicle type, fuel/technology type, and application.

  • Clean Cities TV - Clean Cities TV hosts video content about Clean Cities transportation projects, as well as a series of live streaming training and workshop webcasts about alternative fuels.

Specific Best Practicesactivity descriptions targeted to a particular subject area

Resources and Tools

Find high-level concise summaries under Learn for educating colleagues or building support among executive-level decision makers.

Learnfundamentals and fact sheets for decision-makers

  • Biodiesel Basics Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Energy, 2011) - Provides an overview of biodiesel use and performance in vehicles.

  • Flexible Fuel Vehicles: Providing a Renewable Fuel Choice Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010) - Discusses the availability and performance of ethanol and flex-fuel vehicles powered by ethanol blends.

  • Hybrid and Plug-In Electric Vehicles Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Energy, 2011) - Summarizes and compares hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric vehicles.

  • Natural Gas Basics Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010) - Describes how natural gas is used in vehicle applications and the availability and performance of natural gas and natural gas vehicles.

  • Propane Basics Fact Sheet (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010) - Discusses how propane is used in vehicle applications and the availability and performance of propane and propane vehicles.

  • Federal and State Laws and Incentives: (U.S. Department of Energy):  Browse a database of state and federal laws and incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation topics to help plan for implementation. Also gives examples of local incentives municipalities may want to emulate.

  • FuelEconomy.gov (Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy) – Provides information and fuel economy, vehicle comparisons, and emissions ratings for vehicles.

Planin-depth resources to more fully understand issues and plan activity

Implement – tools and resources to put plan in place

Measure Success - Find more information about measuring success by visiting the Evaluation, Measurement & Verification page here.