‘We Will Continue This Effort State-By-State If That’s What It Takes’
NGVAmerica said this week that it’s disappointed that NCWM, the National Conference on Weights and Measures, did not adopt the diesel gallon equivalent standard for natural gas at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
The DGE standard would have created greater uniformity and consistency for the natural gas vehicle industry, the association said.
“Unfortunately transparency, uniformity, and consistency have fallen victim to a dysfunctional voting process,” said NGVAmerica president Matt Godlewski said in a release.
“However,” he added, “state legislators understand the importance of this issue and we will continue this effort state-by-state if that’s what it takes to see this issue through.”
Better News in the Senate
Currently, NGVAmerica says, 26 states use the DGE for taxation of LNG, and ten have enacted legislation or approved regulations recognizing the DGE as a standard for dispensing natural gas. The association said it will continue to work with its industry advocates and allies at the state level until the DGE standard is a nationally recognized and accepted unit of sale.
The next NCWM annual meeting is slated for July 23-28, 2016 in Denver.
In happier news this week, NGVAmerica reported that the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed legislation forward to extend expired and expiring tax credits, including those for alternative fuel and infrastructure.
The bill included an amendment to correct the liquefied natural gas tax inequity, the association said: “This change places LNG on parity with diesel fuel by taxing the fuels equally based on energy content, rather than volume.”
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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up