NGVAmerica, the trade association that represents the U.S. natural gas vehicle industry, has released a draft of model legislation to address the state-level taxation of compressed (CNG) and Liquefied (LNG) natural gas. NGVAmerica members as well as other trade associations were represented on the task force that developed the model legislation. The goal is to ensure that natural gas is taxed on an energy equivalent basis with gasoline and diesel fuel, and that uniform conversion factors are used for these calculations. Read more »
U.S. Senator Bob Casey has unveiled legislation to speed the transition to natural gas as a vehicle fuel to create jobs and sustain much needed economic growth in the US State of Pennsylvania and reduce dependence on foreign oil. “Pennsylvania’s natural gas reserves offer great potential for jobs and economic progress for the region,” said Senator Casey. Read more »
Natural gas vehicles in the US would get an economic boost from legislation introduced late last week by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. The two senators included provisions in their proposed climate change legislation, the American Power Act, that would support the production and purchase of natural gas vehicles, reports NGVAmerica. Read more »
Growing Bi-Partisan Support for NGVs in USA
NGVAmerica President, Rich Kolodziej testified last week before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s hearing titled “Opportunities to Improve Energy Security and Environment through Transportation Policy”. The session was chaired by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and ranking member Jim Inhofe (R-OK). Also in attendance were U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The hearing provided Rich with several significant opportunities to tout the many benefits of using natural gas as a transportation fuel, the importance of Nat Gas Act (S. 1408) and other legislative objectives of NGVAmerica. Read more »
US Senate approval of the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act (H.R. 4213) extends the 50 cents/GGE fuel tax credit for natural gas used as a transportation fuel for one year, applied retrospectively from the beginning of the year. Reconciliation is now required between the Senate and House versions of the bill before being signed off by the President. NGVAmerica has been an active promoter of the retrospective legislation, expressing pleasure at the Senate 62-to-36 vote this week.
Tax credits set to expire end-of-year; new incentives sought
The American Public Gas Association (APGA) has joined the American Gas Association (AGA) and Natural Gas Vehicle Association (NGVAmerica) on a letter in support of Congress extending expiring tax credits for natural gas vehicles. The letter was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. The tax credits expire at the end of the year unless extended by Congress. Read more »
EPA and CARB Certified
Baytech Corporation, a high performance engineering OEM, has obtained 2010 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certifications for Baytech’s dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled 6.0L heavy duty engine that is used in General Motors, Isuzu and Workhorse Custom Chassis heavy duty vehicles. The engine is certified to the 2010 NOx standard of 0.2 g/bhp-hr that now applies to all heavy duty engines, a standard that Baytech’s 6.0L CNG engine has been certified to since 2008. Read more »
Credit 80% of Incremental Increase for Dedicated Natural Gas Vehicles Proposed
Fueling America Act 2009 also introduced
T. Boone Pickens has declared the 8th July “Energy Independence Day” on the one year anniversary of the launch of the Pickens Plan. Further, he is encouraging the event to be registered on future calendars, signalling intent to continue his ongoing commitment to end US dependence on foreign oil. The recent plethora of US legislation activity around alternative fuels confirms natural gas for vehicles is clearly on the US agenda.