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ERIC Number: EJ918607
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Are We There Yet? Alternative Fuels for School Buses
Lea, Dennis; Carter, Deborah
School Business Affairs, v75 n5 p9-11 May 2009
America's annual oil consumption continues to increase and is projected to continue the upward spiral into the foreseeable future. Alternative-fuel options are available that are not only cheaper in some cases on an energy-equivalent basis but are also more environmentally friendly. Education leaders need to be concerned with both these facts. Incentives are necessary from federal and state governments to stimulate the move to alternative fuels to mitigate costs related to fuel systems and infrastructure requirements. In this article, the authors discuss three alternative fuel approaches: (1) compressed natural gas (CNG); (2) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); and (3) biodiesel (B20). It should be noted that the Energy Policy Act of 1992 identifies alternative fuels as LPG, CNG, ethanol, methanol, B20, electricity, coal-derived fuels, and hydrogen. The data presented will be based on the effect of using a conventional Type C school bus, the most commonly used bus type in the United States (Laughlin 2004).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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