Taking the tack of “Fuel for Jobs” (it is, indeed, the new organization’s web address) 15 firms have formed the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition to promote the clean burning fuel for vehicles and to push for incentives like grants and tax credits to further natural gas vehicle use.
FNGVC released an Economic Impact Study showing that NGV incentives could create more than 10,000 jobs, $300 million in new wages and $1 billion dollars in economic output over two decades.
“This is big news for job seekers in Florida,” FNGVC chair Eric Criss of Beer Industry of Florida, said in a release. “Our most conservative calculations show an NGV incentive program could produce hundreds of millions of dollars in new wages, with taxpayers reimbursed one hundred percent.”
“It is vital to Florida’s economic future that we have a conversation about transportation, freight mobility and logistics in the next legislative session,” State Representative Lake Ray says in the FNGVC release. “I believe that natural gas vehicles will be an important component of that discussion.”
Initial FNGVC members are
- TECO/Peoples Gas,
- Florida Public Utilities,
- JJ Taylor Companies,
- Goldring Gulf Distributing,
- Beer Industry of Florida,
- Florida Natural Gas,
- Rush Trucks,
- Champion Brands,
- S.R. Perrott,
- Florida Distributing Company,
- All In One Fuels,
- Trillium CNG,
- Pensacola Energy, and
- Cone Distributing.
“We support the coalition’s goal of increasing the use of this clean, efficient and domestic fuel in Florida,” said David Rogers, executive director of the Florida Natural Gas Association.
“Purchasing new fleet vehicles to run on American produced natural gas is a proven way to save public and private sector transportation funds while creating new jobs,” Rogers said. FNGA placed a special emphasis on NGVs at its annual meeting at Marco Island in June (F&F, June 12).
According to Eric Criss, “We have reached the tipping point for NGVs – the technology is already in use across the nation and around the world.”
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Source: Florida NGV Coalition with Fleets & Fuels follow-up