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Package of NGV Initiatives Announced for Oklahoma

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  • Package of NGV Initiatives Announced for Oklahoma

    Package of NGV Initiatives Announced for Oklahoma
    This week, Speaker of the Oklahoma House Chris Benge (R-OK-Tulsa) announced that he will introduce legislation in the next legislative session to expand the development of natural gas fueling infrastructure and use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Oklahoma. The Speaker’s plan would double the number of publicly available CNG fueling stations in the state (from 28 to 56) and would provide state tax credits to complement the currently available federal tax credits. Other features of his proposal include:
    • Providing incentives to private fuel businesses to expand into the CNG market;
    • Financially helping fleets -- especially those of the state, cities and school districts -- to build CNG filling stations. He's also looking at an option of allowing Oklahoma schools to sell fuel to the public from stations built under this proposal;
    • Expanding low- and zero-interest loan programs offered by the state to help state agencies and private entities with infrastructure and conversion;
    • Extending a state tax credit on the purchase of a natural gas vehicle and home refueling station;
    • Working with the Oklahoma congressional delegation to ensure federal credits and grant programs are extended; and
    • Building up CareerTech programs to train technicians to work on natural gas vehicles.
    CNG is selling in Oklahoma for $1.14 per GGE. For more information, contact Paul Kerkhoven at 202/824-7363 or [email protected]