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HB 2300 introduced in Oregon to favor fleet stations with public fueling for grants

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  • HB 2300 introduced in Oregon to favor fleet stations with public fueling for grants

    A House Bill 2300 was introduced by Representatives READ and GARRETT in the current session of the Oregon State legislature (convenes every other year.)

    The bill, if adopted, would require the Director of the State Dept of Energy to promote use of compressed natural gas. It gives highest priority for energy facility tax credits to fleet stations offering fuel to the public. I would go into its details further, except for the following:

    Because the bill applies to grant applications submitted on or after effective date of Act -- which is defined as the 91st day following the final adjournment of the legislative session -- it should really be titled the 2014 CNG public fueling promotion bill.

    Meanwhile, NW Natural gas is preparing to ask the PUC to allow it to sell LNG from its two tanks in Newport and Linnton to trucking LNG stations in the state according to comments made after adjournment of the Jan 29 meeting in Salem.

    The PUC clarified where the statute may be found which restricts the regulated gas utilities in the state from selling CNG from their nine stations in Hillsboro, Portland (2), Tualatin,(2), Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls. Title 57 Section 757.005 Parts (A) and (B) defines a "public utility" for the purposes of not allowing sales of CNG to the public. The remainder of the PUC regulation will require some analysis to understand because, in addition to the nine gas utility CNG stations, there are eight other transit, airport, and municipal stations -- only 2 of which offer CNG to the public. Suffice it to say, the Oregon PUC is directing a great deal of attention to correcting this disgraceful situation.
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    Re: HB 2300 introduced in Oregon to favor fleet stations with public fueling for gran

    my guess is that this was pushed by a large retailer of cng with a high price to stop the gas utilities from undercuting there prices as the gas utilities have some of the lowest prices around

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