Texas Laws and Incentives for Propane

The list below contains summaries of all Texas laws and incentives related to Propane.

Laws and Regulations

Propane and Natural Gas Safety

The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates the safety of the natural gas and propane industries. (Reference Texas Statutes, Natural Resources Code 113.011 and 116.011)

Alternative Fuel Use and Vehicle Acquisition Requirements

State agency fleets with more than 15 vehicles, excluding emergency and law enforcement vehicles, may not purchase or lease a motor vehicle unless the vehicle uses compressed or liquefied natural gas, propane, ethanol or fuel blends of at least 85% ethanol (E85), methanol or fuel blends of at least 85% methanol (M85), biodiesel or fuel blends of at least 20% biodiesel (B20), or electricity (including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles). Waivers may be granted for fleets under the following circumstances: the fleet will operate primarily in areas where neither the state agency or a supplier can reasonably be expected to establish adequate fueling infrastructure for these fuels; or the agency is unable to obtain equipment or fueling facilities necessary to operate alternative fuel vehicles at a cost that is no greater than the net costs of using conventional fuels.

Covered state agency fleets must consist of at least 50% of vehicles that are able to operate on alternative fuels and use these fuels at least 80% of the time the vehicles are driven. Covered state agencies may meet these requirements through the purchase of new vehicles or the conversion of existing vehicles. State agencies that purchase passenger vehicles or other ground transportation vehicles for general use must ensure that at least 25% of the vehicles purchased during any state fiscal biennium, other than exempted vehicles, meet or exceed federal Tier II, Bin 3 emissions standards.

(Reference Texas Statutes, Government Code 2158.004 through 2158.009)

Propane Tax

Motor fuel taxes for propane used in vehicles are collected through an annual sticker permit fee based on the vehicles' registered gross vehicle weight rating and the number of miles driven the previous year. Exemptions apply for transit and interstate vehicles. (Reference Texas Statutes, Tax Code 162.305)

State Incentives

Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP) as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. AFFP provides grants for 50% of eligible costs, up to $600,000, to construct, reconstruct, or acquire a facility to store, compress, or dispense alternative fuels in Texas air quality nonattainment areas. Qualified alternative fuels include biodiesel, electricity, natural gas, hydrogen, propane, and fuel mixtures containing at least 85% methanol (M85). The entity receiving the grant must agree to make the fueling station available to people and organizations not associated with the grantee during certain times. Additional terms and conditions apply. This program ends August 31, 2017. Funds are not currently available for fiscal year 2015-2016 (verified July 2015). For more information, see the TCEQ Alternative Fueling Facilities Program website. (Reference Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 386 and 393 and Texas Administrative Code 114.660-114.662)

Clean School Bus Program

Any school district or charter school may receive a grant through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to pay for the incremental costs to install diesel oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filters, emission-reducing add-on equipment, and other emissions reduction technologies in qualified school buses. Furthermore, funds may also be used to purchase qualifying fuels, including any liquid or gaseous fuel or additive registered or verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (other than standard gasoline or diesel) that provides particulate matter emission reductions. The program expires on August 31, 2019. Additional rules and conditions apply. Funds are not currently available for fiscal year 2015-2016 (verified July 2015). For more information, see the TCEQ Clean School Bus Program website. (Reference Texas Administrative Code 114.640-114.648)

Clean Fleet Grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. TCFP encourages owners of fleets containing diesel vehicles to permanently remove the vehicles from the road and replace them with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Grants are available to fleets to offset the incremental cost of such replacement projects. An entity that operates a fleet of at least 75 vehicles, including at least 20 diesel-powered vehicles, and that commits to placing 20 or more qualifying vehicles in service for use entirely in Texas during a given calendar year may be eligible. Qualifying AFV or HEV replacements must reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides or other pollutants by at least 25% as compared to baseline levels and must replace vehicles that meet operational and fuel usage requirements. Neighborhood electric vehicles do not qualify. This program ends August 31, 2017, and is restricted to certain counties. Funds are not currently available for fiscal year 2015-2016 (verified July 2015). For more information, including current application periods, see the TCEQ Texas Clean Fleet Program website. (Reference Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 386 and 392 and Texas Administrative Code 114.650-114.658)

Clean Vehicle and Infrastructure Grants

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program as part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. The ERIG Program provides grants for various types of clean air projects to improve air quality in the state's nonattainment areas. Eligible projects include those that involve replacement, retrofit, repower, or lease or purchase of new heavy-duty vehicles; alternative fuel dispensing infrastructure; idle reduction and electrification infrastructure; and alternative fuel use. Funds are not currently available for fiscal year 2015-2016 (verified July 2015). For more information, including funding availability, see the TCEQ Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program website. (Reference Texas Statutes, Health and Safety Code 386)

Utility/Private Incentives

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Propane) Vehicle and Equipment Incentive - Propane Council of Texas

Propane vehicle incentives are available to private fleets with three or more vehicles that have not previously used propane as motor fuel. New dedicated propane vehicles and aftermarket conversions are eligible for an incentive equal to the incremental cost, up to $7,500. Each fleet is limited to $15,000 in total incentive awards.

Additionally, an incentive up to $1,000 is available for each new or converted propane commercial mower operated by public and private entities (excluding state agencies). Applicants are limited to five incentive awards.

All conversion systems for vehicles and mowers must be certified through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board. Incentives must be coordinated through participating dealers and installers the Railroad Commission of Texas licenses to sell, install, or service propane systems, vehicles, and commercial mowers. All vehicles and mowers must be registered and operated in Texas. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Propane Council of Texas website.

  

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