Compliance Methods

State and alternative fuel provider fleets that are covered fleets may meet their Energy Policy Act (EPAct) requirements through one of two compliance methods: Standard Compliance or Alternative Compliance. Find guidance documents, tools, and a compliance schedule for state and alternative fuel provider fleets.

How do Standard Compliance and Alternative Compliance methods compare?

Standard Compliance

primarily through AFV acquisitions

Alternative Compliance

through petroleum reduction

Acquire light-duty non-AFV electric vehicles ½ credit per non-AFV HEV, non-AFV PHEV, or non-AFV FCEV

¼ credit per neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) (though not an LDV)
Petroleum reduction from non-AFV electric vehicles
Acquire light-duty AFVs Each acquisition counted toward a fleet's AFV-acquisition requirements Credit for alternative fuel use on a gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) basis
Acquire medium- and heavy-duty AFVs and non-AFV HEVs Credit (one per AFV, ½ per non-AFV HEV) only after requirements are met with light-duty AFV acquisitions Credit for alternative fuel use on a GGE basis
Implement energy-efficient conventional fuel technologies No AFV credit Petroleum reduction from other fuel-efficient conventional vehicle technologies counts toward petroleum reduction in the model year efficiencies occur.
Fuel with biodiesel blends Credit for every 450 gallons of biodiesel in blends of B20 or higher; capped at 50% of annual requirements Credit for biodiesel used in any blend percentage on a GGE basis; no cap on amount of biodiesel used to meet requirements
Invest in alternative fuel infrastructure, alternative fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies Credit based on investment amount No credit
Reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) No credit Credit for petroleum reduction in the model year VMT is reduced
Reduce vehicle idling No credit Credit toward petroleum reduction
Implement truck stop electrification No credit Credit for covered fleet only; no credit for third-party use

For more information, contact the Regulatory Information Line.