What Is An Alternative Fuel?

alternative-fuelsThere’s actually an official definition for the term “alternative energy” in the United States:


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As defined by the U.S. Energy policy of 1992: Methanol, denatured ethanol and other alcohols, separately or in a blend of not less than 10% by volume with gasoline or other fuels; compressed natural gas; liquified natural gas; liquified propane gas; hydrogen; coal derived liquid fuels; fuels other than alcohols derived from biological materials; electricity; biodiesel; and any other fuel deemed to be substantially not petroleum and yielding potential energy benefits and substantial environmental benefits.

Most people also use the term “renewable” energy interchangeably. When one looks at the items in the list of biomass, it’s easy to see the terms are very close when you take into consideration the phrase in the official definition “and any other fuel deemed to be substantially not petroleum and yielding potential energy benefits and substantial environmental benefits.”

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