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Honolulu's alternative fuels fleet No. 2 among cities

Source: Sustainlane

Top Ten Alternative Fueled City Fleets

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1. Las Vegas (63%)

2. Honolulu (51%)

3. Kansas City, MO (45%)

4. Albuquerque, NM (42%)

5. Dallas (39%)

6. Denver (31%)

7. Phoenix (28%)

8. Los Angeles (25%)

9. Seattle (25%)

10. Portland, OR (25%)

Source: SustainLane 2006 US City Rankings

SustainLane surveyed the largest 50 US cities in 2006 as to the percentage of their city vehicles fleets using alternative fuels including biodiesel, hydrogen, ethanol, compressed and natural gas, as well as electric vehicles, gas-hybrid vehicles. Slightly greater weighting was awarded for biodiesel, electric and gas-hybrid vehicles.

Las Vegas led the nation with almost 63 percent of its vehicles using alternative fuels, including 450 vehicles using cleaner-burning B20 biodiesel (20%), in addition to using less-polluting compressed natural gas, electric hybrids and zero-polluting hydrogen vehicles.

Other cities ranking high in alternative fuel use included Honolulu; Kansas City, MO; Albuquerque; and Dallas. Denver, which ranked sixth in alternative fuel use with 31 percent of its fleet in that category, announced plans in 2006 to convert 100 percent of its city fleet to alternative fuel by the end of 2007. Albuquerque has set a similar goal of a 100 percent alternative-fueled city fleet.

Besides improving air quality over conventional fuel, alternative fuel development has become a hot item in economic development. The University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed in January a joint $500 million research center funded by British Petroleum in conjunction with the State of California, that will be Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.

Some Midwestern states have long mandated a minimum corn-based ethanol percentages in all gas sold. The city of Portland, Oregon, became in 2006 the first major city in the US to mandate that a minimum percentage of all diesel sold in the city be 5 percent biodiesel fuel, which is made from plants such as soybean and canola instead of petroleum products. Portland also mandated that by July 2007, 10 percent of fuel sold in the city will come from ethanol, which is made from corn, and that official city vehicles run on a minumum of 20 percent biodiesel fuel.


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2006 Sustainability ranking


People know Honolulu, of course, for its location, location, location. The ocean acts as a giant thermostat, warming and moisturizing Arctic winds over thousands of miles. By the time that air gets to Hawaii, it

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