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Pickett Proposal to Apply Incentives for Natural Gas Vehicle Purchases Heads to House Floor
4/10/2013

HARRISBURG – The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today endorsed Rep. Tina Pickett’s (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) proposal to provide grants to municipalities, schools and the private sector for the purchase of natural gas vehicles.

House Bill 306 would create the Keystone Fuel Incentive Fund within the Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund to encourage the use of compressed natural gas vehicles. The package does not call for any additional taxes or fees on Pennsylvania residents. Specifically, the legislation would give priority to school districts, transit municipal authorities and other subdivisions to receive state grants to help with the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. If all eligible governmental applications under this section are filled, then it would be opened to the private sector including nonprofits.

“With the abundance of natural gas available in our state, it only makes sense to use our homegrown resource to fuel our transportation needs now and well into the future,” said Pickett. “Transforming to a cleaner fuel, such as natural gas, has benefits economically, in that it is less expensive than traditional gasoline, and healthwise, as fewer harmful emissions are produced. That’s why we should do what we can at the state level to provide incentives for both the public and private sectors to switch to CNG vehicles.”

To view Rep. Pickett’s video comments on this legislation, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOXJjSUxlks.

Grants would be broken down in this way:

  • 65 percent to school districts, municipal authorities, political subdivisions, nonprofit entities, corporations, limited liability companies or partnerships  incorporated or registered in Pennsylvania to help purchase dedicated compressed natural gas vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds or more, with priority given to school districts, municipal authorities  and political subdivisions.
  • 23 percent to individual residents, not to exceed $10,000 each, for the purchase of bi-fuel vehicles.
  • 10 percent to taxi companies and operators for the incremental cost of purchasing dedicated compressed natural gas taxis, not to exceed $10,000 per recipient.

Pickett’s legislation is part of the Marcellus Works package of proposals that is designed to reduce harmful emissions and air pollution, create jobs, and use Pennsylvania’s own natural resources to work toward energy independence. In total, eight bills in the package – which include a series of grants, loans and tax credits to encourage the use of natural gas – were reported out of committee this week. They all now head to the House floor for consideration.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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