Oshkosh helps lead way in use of alternative fuels

Posted Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 9:08 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- The state is encouraging municipalities to switch to vehicles that run on alternative fuels, in a bid to reduce fuel costs and reduce carbon footprints.

An Oshkosh Northwestern Media report says about 10 percent of the government and business vehicle fleets participating in the program so far are in Oshkosh.

The goal of Wisconsin Smart Fleet is to recognize municipalities that have already switched to alternative-fuel options such as natural gas and propane. It's also working to establish a network of early adopters who can provide guidance for other communities and businesses looking to follow suit.

The program is evaluating 29 programs statewide. Three are in Oshkosh, including city trucks and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh trucks upgraded to run on alternative fuels.

Initial evaluations are going on this year. The program will be expanded statewide next year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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