Wisconsin Leading the Way on Alternative Fuels

The organizers behind a new state initiative to encourage municipalities to switch to alternative fuel vehicles might want to get used to visiting Oshkosh.

Wisconsin Smart Fleet aims to evaluate government and business vehicle fleets to identify areas where they can add vehicles that run on alternative fuels like compressed natural gas and propane.

The program, a joint effort from the State Energy Office and Wisconsin Clean Cities, launched earlier this month and has already started conducting site visits to evaluate 29 participating vehicle fleets across the state that have already started to reduce gasoline and diesel fuel consumption, reduce carbon footprints and reduce costs.

The program aims to recognize municipal fleets that have already started to embrace alternative fuel options. But it also was created to help establish a network of early adapters who can provide guidance for other communities and businesses interested in reducing gasoline and diesel fuel consumption.

Three participating fleets, or more than 10 percent of the initial participants selected, are based in Oshkosh. Each of them have adopted various vehicle technologies that meet their individual needs.