Executive Order

Executive Order No. 388: Clean alternative fuel for the Massachusetts fleet

Date: 06/27/1996
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 795

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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to national leadership in advancing technologies that will keep our nation's air clean; and

WHEREAS, innovative alternative fuel vehicles, including zero emission vehicles, are necessary to maintain clean air; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth purchases hundreds of vehicles annually, and has the ability to spur the development of alternative fuel vehicle technologies; and

WHEREAS, job opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth exist in the manufacture and conversion of vehicles and the development of innovative alternative fuel vehicle technologies; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 350 directs state agencies to implement measures to prevent pollution and conserve natural resources; and

WHEREAS, the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P .L. 102-486, 102 Stat. 2776) was enacted to strengthen the United States' energy security by reducing dependence on imported oil; and

WHEREAS, the Energy Policy Act requires all states to reduce their dependence on petroleum through the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles; and

WHEREAS, the Governor, as the Supreme Executive Magistrate of the Commonwealth under the Constitution, has the authority to order and direct the affairs of the Commonwealth agreeably to the Constitution and laws of the land;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order that state agencies work diligently and expeditiously to ensure that the Commonwealth purchase the cleanest possible alternative fuel vehicles whenever it is reasonable and efficient to do so. To that end, I hereby order the Department of Procurement and General Services (DPGS), the Division of Energy Resources (DOER), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction (EOTC) jointly to develop and implement a plan to accomplish the following minimum alternative fuel vehicle purchase requirements in a cost-effective manner, which fully accounts for costs and benefits throughout the life of the vehicle.

In Fiscal Year 1997, at least 10% of the non-excluded vehicles (as determined pursuant to 10 C.F.R. Part 490) purchased by DPGS shall be the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles available and practical.

In Fiscal Year 1998, at least 15% of the non-excluded vehicles (as determined pursuant to 10 C.F.R. Part 490) purchased by DPGS shall be the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles available and practical. At least 5% of the total non-excluded vehicles purchased by DPGS shall be Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs).

In Fiscal Year 1999, at least 25% of the non-excluded vehicles (as determined pursuant to 10 C.F.R. Part 490) purchased by DPGS shall be the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles available and practical. At least 5% of the total non-excluded vehicles purchased by DPGS shall be ZEVs.

In Fiscal Year 2000, at least 50% of the non-excluded vehicles (as determined pursuant to 10 C.F.R. Part 490) purchased by DPGS shall be the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles available and practical. At least 10% of the total non-excluded vehicles purchased by DPGS shall be ZEVs.

In Fiscal Year 2001 and thereafter, at least 75% of the non-excluded vehicles (as determined pursuant to 10 C.F .R. Part 490) purchased by DPGS shall be the cleanest alternative fuel vehicles available and practical. At least 10% of the total non-excluded vehicles purchased by DPGS shall be ZEVs.

Given at the Executive Chamber In Boston this the 27th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-six.

William F. Weld
Governor

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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