alternative energy

Mileage-based fee more effective than California’s new ZEV fee

By Brian Lutenegger California is among the states that have added a special registration fee for zero emission vehicles. However, research commissioned as part of the enacting legislation casts doubt on the efficacy of the fee in paying California’s infrastructure costs, instead pointing to a

FHWA encourages ROW solar facilities

By Eric Sundquist As DOTs look to meet environmental goals and bring in revenue, several have turned to using building roofs and surplus ROW to site solar-electric generating systems. Leaders in this field include Oregon DOT and Massachusetts DOT. Launching such a program, however, may put DOTs

Alternative Uses of Highway Right-of-Way: Accommodating Renewable Energy Technologies and Alternative Fuel Facilities (USDOT and Volpe Center, 2012)

This report is intended to provide transportation agencies with information that will better enable them to consider the implications and evaluate the feasibility of implementing renewable energy and fuel options in the ROW. The findings presented in this report are based on a review of the

SEPTA’s new program generates electricity and excitement

By Robbie Webber As of the end of June, the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) east-west subway line has started feeding electricity back into the power grid as well as using it to run its trains. With the installation of a battery bank next to the tracks, the energy generated by

Airports eyed as sites for alternative energy production

By Robbie Webber A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FAA, and Mississippi State University examines the use of airports and surrounding areas as ideal locations for the production of alternative energy. Biofuel production and solar arrays seem especially suited to these

Solar Highway Program: From Concert To Reality (Oregon DOT, N.D.)

Oregon has lead the way on installing solar arrays on its transportation corridors. They have produced a manual, Solar Highway Program: From Concert To Reality. A Guidebook for Departments of Transportation to Develop Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the Highway Right of Way to help other cities