NASA's Johnson Space Center will open Houston's first Ethanol (E85) fuel- dispensing facility in a 10 a.m. CDT ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 26, outside Building 417. Media are invited to attend.
JSC is the second federal fleet in Texas to use E85, the first being a Department of Energy facility in Amarillo.
Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact the JSC newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. Oct. 25.
Expected attendees include William E. Gookin, Manager, Agency Transportation Programs, NASA Headquarters; Russel Smith, Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association; Mary Jo Rowan, Texas State Energy Conservation Office; Jason Salinas, Houston Clean Cities Coordinator; Israel Anderson, Director of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division; Curtis Donaldson, Vice Chairman of National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition and CEO of Clean Fueling Technologies; and Bill Heffner, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Regional Director.
Installation of the 1,000-gallon, on-site, fuel-dispensing unit brings JSC into compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) and Presidential Executive Order 13149. EPAct requires the acquisition of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) for federal fleets and Executive Order 13149 requires that federal fleets reduce their petroleum use 20 percent by 2005. AFVs are designed to run on any ethanol fuel blend up to 85 percent ethanol. JSC is now the fifth NASA center to add ethanol fueling capability.
JSC employees are now mandated to use E85 in the 25 Flexible Fuel Vehicles in the GSA fleet assigned for employee use, if their official business takes them within a 50-mile radius of JSC. E85 is U.S.-made fuel from corn or corn by-products and offers superior performance because of its high octane rating (110 compared to 89 for gasoline). E85 cannot be used in conventional gasoline vehicles. Ethanol is not available at retail fuel stations within the state of Texas.
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