New Mexico Expands Acquisition of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
The New Mexico Legislature modified several existing statutes during its 2002 session that encourage the use of alternative fuels. These fuels are defined as compressed natural gas, propane, ethanol, and now, biodiesel (a mix of conventional and renewable fuel made from at least 20% vegetable oil). One provision of the statute delays the "buy American" requirement to allow state agencies to purchase hybrid-electric vehicles until assembly begins in North America. The legislature also expanded the state purchasing requirements to include all New Mexico educational institutions. The result is that state standards for alternative fuel vehicles are now in line with federal laws such as the Energy Policy Act Amendments 1992 (EPAct). For bill specifics, see the New Mexico Energy Conservation and Management Division's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Requirements.