Recent State Actions
Listed below are new and recently updated state laws, incentives, and regulations related to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
Alabama Power offers commercial customers $500 per port for qualified commercial electric vehicle supply equipment. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis through 2016.
The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) offers rebates for the purchase or lease of qualified vehicles. Qualified vehicles are light-duty zero emission and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved or certified. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals, business owners, and government entities in California that purchase or lease new eligible vehicles. Manufacturers must apply to ARB to have their vehicles included in the CVRP.
Vehicles purchased on or before March 28, 2016, are eligible for rebates of up to $5,000. For vehicles purchased on or after March 29, 2016, eligibility for the rebate for individuals is based on gross annual income, as stated on the individual's federal tax return. Individuals with a gross annual income above the following thresholds are only eligible for rebates for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs):
- $250,000 for single filers
- $240,000 for head-of-household filers
- $500,000 for joint filers
ARB determines annual funding amounts for the CVRP, which is expected to be effective through 2023. For more information, including information on income verification, a list of eligible vehicles, and how to apply, see the CVRP website.
(Reference California Health and Safety Code 44274 and 44258)
OOUC offers a rebate of up to $500 for the purchase and installation of commercial EVSE. Applicants must submit a copy of their EVSE purchase and installation invoice to OUC along with the application. Permitted and installed systems must be inspected by OUC. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis and applications are due on or before September 30, 2016. For more information, please see the OUC rebate flyer.
Incentives for the purchase or conversion of propane commercial mowers are available to public and private entities that have not previously used propane as a fuel. New and converted propane commercial mowers are eligible for $1,000. Multi-state marketers are limited to ten incentives per company annually, and independent dealers are limited to five incentives annually. Applicants must submit a pre- and post-purchase survey and additional product performance information. Applications must be submitted through a local propane marketer or dealer.All conversion systems must be certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board. All mowers must operate in Florida for at least one year and displace a minimum of 200 gallons of gasoline per year. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis through July 31, 2016. Additional terms and conditions apply. For more information, see the Propane Education Foundation of Florida website.
The Georgia Joint Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Study Committee will evaluate how providing market incentives for AFV fueling infrastructure may lead to AFV market deployment. The Committee will provide a report of its recommendations and proposed legislation by December 1, 2016. (Reference Senate Resolution 1038, 2016)
Georgia Power offers a rebate to qualified residential customers and builders who install Level 2 (209/240 volt) EVSE. Residential customers are eligible for a $250 rebate and new home construction builders are eligible for a $100 rebate for each dedicated circuit installed from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016. Other conditions may apply. For more information, see the Georgia Power Electric Vehicles website.
YTCC offers a rebate of $5,000 toward the purchase of publicly accessible EVSE. Eligible entities include businesses and municipalities in the communities surrounding Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see the YTCC Vehicle and Infrastructure Rebates website.
NIPSCO's IN-Charge At Home Electric Vehicle Program (Program) offers free plug-in electric vehicle charging during off-peak hours for those enrolled in the Program. The Program is in effect until January 31, 2017. For more information, see the NIPSCO IN-Charge Electric Vehicle Program website.
NIPSCO's IN-Charge Around Town Electric Vehicle Program (Program) offers funding for the cost of up to two public EVSE, specifically for universities, workplaces, apartments, governmental public areas, major transportation corridors, and commercial and retail locations. NIPSCO offers 50% of the cost to purchase and install qualified public EVSE, up to $3,000 for Level 2 and up to $37,500 for DC fast. The Program is in effect until January 31, 2017, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Program has reached capacity as of March 2016, but applicants may join a wait list for funding. For more information, see the NIPSCO IN-Charge Electric Vehicle Program website.
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) administers the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program, which provides vouchers for the purchase of new and converted AFVs registered in Maryland. Eligible vehicles include purchased or leased light-, medium-, and heavy-duty dedicated natural gas, propane, hybrid electric, plug-in electric, and hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Vehicles must be used by commercial, non-profit, or public entities. Voucher amounts are based on gross vehicle weight rating and are capped at 50% of the vehicle's incremental cost; the cap does not apply to plug-in electric vehicles. Funds are not guaranteed until voucher agreements are fully executed. The FFV Program is accepting applications until May 8, 2016. For more information, including application requirements, see the Maryland FFV Program website.
Dakota Electric offers a $500 rebate to residential customers toward the installation of a qualified Level 1 or Level 2 EVSE, installed on or after January 1, 2016. EVSE must be controlled on an off-peak rate and must be installed within Dakota Electric's service area. For more information, including application requirements, see the Dakota Electric Rebates website.
The Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) offers rebates for qualified AFV conversions completed after January 4, 2016. The rebate amount for vehicle conversions is 50% of the cost of the equipment and installation, up to $4,500 per vehicle. Qualified vehicle conversions include new equipment that is installed in Nebraska by a certified installer to convert a conventional fuel vehicle to operate using a qualified clean-burning motor fuel. These fuels include hydrogen, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane. Conversion systems must have the necessary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approvals. A vehicle is not eligible for the rebate if another state rebate or grant has been claimed for the same vehicle, and only one rebate from the Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates is allowed. NEO will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, including the application, see the NEO Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates website. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-203 and Legislative Bill 902, 2016)
The Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) offers rebates for qualified AFVs purchased after January 4, 2016. Qualified AFVs include new vehicles running on hydrogen, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, or propane; leased vehicles are not eligible. The rebate amount is 50% of the incremental cost of the vehicle compared to the manufacturer's suggested retail price of the conventional equivalent, up to $4,500. For vehicles that do not have a conventional fuel equivalent, the rebate amount is up to $4,500 per vehicle, based on the cost of the equipment to store, deliver, and exhaust the qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel on the vehicle. A vehicle is not eligible for the rebate if another state rebate or grant has been claimed for the same vehicle, and only one rebate from the Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates is allowed. NEO will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, including the application, see the NEO Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates website. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-203 and Legislative Bill 902, 2016)
The Nebraska Energy Office (NEO) offers rebates for qualified CNG fueling infrastructure that is installed at a residence after January 4, 2016. The rebate amount is 50% of the cost of the fueling infrastructure, up to $2,500 for each installation. Qualified fueling infrastructure includes new dispensers certified for use with CNG from a private home or residence for non-commercial use. Fueling infrastructure is not eligible for a rebate if another state rebate or grant has been claimed for the equipment, and only one rebate from the Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates is allowed. NEO will process applications on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are depleted. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, including the application, see the NEO Clean-Burning Motor Vehicle Fuel Rebates website. (Reference Nebraska Revised Statutes 66-203 and Legislative Bill 902, 2016)
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will develop and administer a program to provide rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new eligible vehicle, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or fuel cell electric vehicles. An eligible vehicle must:
- Be a four-wheeled motor vehicle manufactured for use on public streets, roads, and highways,
- Have a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds,
- Have a maximum speed of at least 55 mph, and
- Be propelled at least in part by an electric motor and associated power electronics that draws electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell or from a battery that has a battery capacity of at least four kilowatt-hours, and is capable of being charged from an external source of electricity.
Rebates are not currently available (verified April 2016); NYSERDA will develop the program no later than April 2017. (Reference Senate Bill 6408, 2016)
The Oregon Public Utility Commission must direct electric utilities to file applications for programs to accelerate transportation electrification. Eligible programs include investments in or customer rebates for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Among other criteria, programs must stimulate innovation, competition, and customer choice in EVSE and plug-in electric vehicle charging. (Reference Senate Bill 1547, 2016)
The Utah Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology Grant and Loan Program, funded through the Clean Fuels and Vehicle Technology Fund, provides grants and loans to assist businesses and government entities to include:
- The incremental cost of purchasing original equipment manufactured clean fuel vehicles, and
- The cost of fueling equipment for public/private sector business and government vehicles (grants require federal and non-federal matching funds).
Interlocal entities, such as counties, local districts, and military installations, are authorized to issue bonds for PEV charging infrastructure. PEV charging infrastructure is defined as any permanent equipment on commercial or industrial property that charges or stores energy for delivery to PEVs. (Reference House Bill 130, 2016)
Beginning January 1, 2017, and continuing for five years, the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) may authorize a utility to spend up to $2,000,000 annually for the cost of a PEV incentive program. The PSC must approve the program by July 1, 2017; programs may involve PEV charging infrastructure, PEV charging time of use pricing, and other incentives for customers to deploy charging infrastructure. (Reference Senate Bill 115, 2016)
Individuals filing a Utah state income tax return may designate a contribution to the Clean Air Fund. The Utah Department of Air Quality will distribute funds annually for programs to educate the public on the importance of air quality, such as the use of alternative fuel vehicles. (Reference House Bill 237, 2016, and Utah Code 59-10)
Through 2017, new electric, natural gas, and propane vehicles registered in Utah are eligible for an income tax credit of 35% of the vehicle purchase price, up to $1,500. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will be eligible for a tax credit of $1,000. Leased electric, natural gas, and propane vehicles are eligible for a tax credit on a prorated basis up to $1,500. Leased plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be eligible for a prorated tax credit up to $1,000. For additional information, including eligible vehicles and restrictions, see the Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit website. (Reference House Bill 87, 2016, and Utah Code 19-1-406, 59-7-605, and 59-10-1009)