Ohio Laws and Incentives for Natural Gas

The list below contains summaries of all Ohio laws and incentives related to Natural Gas.

State Incentives

School Bus Retrofit Grant Program

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers the Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Retrofits Grant Program, which offers grants to retrofit school buses operating on diesel fuel. Priority is given to school districts in communities that do not meet the federal air quality standards for fine air particulates and districts that employ anti-idling policies to reduce emissions from their school bus fleets. For more information, see the Ohio EPA Clean School Bus Grants page.

Point of Contact
Carolyn Watkins
Chief, Office of Environmental Education; Administrator, Diesel Emission Reduction Grants
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Phone: (614) 644-3768
Fax: (614) 728-1275
carolyn.watkins@epa.ohio.gov

Alternative Fuel and Fueling Infrastructure Incentives

The Alternative Fuel Transportation Grant Program (Program) provides grants and loans for up to 80% of the cost of purchasing and installing fueling facilities offering E85, fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20), natural gas; liquefied petroleum gas or propane; hydrogen; electricity; or any fuel that the U.S. Department of Energy determines, by final rule, to be substantially not petroleum. The Program also provides funding for up to 80% of the incremental cost of purchasing and using alternative fuel for businesses, nonprofit organizations, public school systems, and local governments. (Reference House Bill 59, 2013; and Ohio Revised Code 122.075 and 125.831)

Weight Restriction Increase for Natural Gas Vehicles

A vehicle fueled by compressed natural gas may exceed the gross vehicle weight restrictions by 2,000 pounds, except on the interstate system or a highway, road, or bridge that is subject to maximum weight restrictions. (Reference House Bill 51, 2013, and Ohio Revised Code 5577.044)

Laws and Regulations

Alternative Fuel Signage

The Ohio Turnpike Commission allows businesses to place their logos on directional signs within the right-of-way of state turnpikes. An alternative fuel retailer may include a marking or symbol within their logo indicating that it sells one or more types of alternative fuel. Alternative fuels are defined as E85, fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20), natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or any fuel that the U.S. Department of Energy determines, by final rule, to be substantially not petroleum. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 125.831 and 5537.30)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition and Fuel Use Requirements

With the exception of law enforcement vehicles, all newly acquired state agency vehicles must be capable of using an alternative fuel and must use the relevant alternative fuel if it is reasonably priced and available. Alternative fuel is defined as E85, fuel blends containing at least 20% biodiesel (B20), natural gas, propane, hydrogen, electricity, or any other fuel that the U.S. Department of Energy has determined is substantially not petroleum. State agencies must also meet the annual average fuel economy requirement set by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on all passenger automobiles purchased. Law enforcement and emergency rescue work vehicles are exempt from this requirement. (Reference House Bill 59, 2013; Ohio Revised Code 123.01, 125.831-125.832, 125.834 and 125.836; and Executive Order 2007-02)

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Measurement

LNG is taxed based on the gasoline gallon equivalent, or 6.6 pounds of LNG for one gallon of motor fuel, unless a diesel gallon equivalent is established by the national conference on weights and measures. (Reference House Bill 59, 2013, and Ohio Revised Code 5735.012 and 5735.013)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion

It is unlawful to tamper with vehicle emissions control systems unless the action is for the purpose of converting a motor vehicle to operate on an alternative fuel and is in compliance with the standards adopted under the Clean Air Act Amendments. (Reference Ohio Revised Code 3704.16-3704.162)