Truck, Gas and Retail Associations, NGVAmerica Make Plea
Weights and measures authorities should adopt the diesel gallon equivalent as a national standard for natural gas sold as a vehicle fuel, states a letter from nine truck, gas industry, retail and natural gas vehicle groups. The matter is especially relevant, they say, since legislation was enacted to tax liquefied natural gas at the same energy content as diesel.
The proposal for an official DGE was denied for the second year running by NCWM, the National Conference on Weights and Measures, at its annual meeting in Philadelphia this past summer (F&F, July 24).
“The merits of a national DGE standard are clear,” the petitioners say. In addition to the excise tax change ensuring that natural gas and diesel-based fuels are taxed at the same rate according to their energy content, “ten states have already enacted legislation or adopted regulations recognizing the DGE as a unit of sale, and twenty-six states are already taxing LNG based upon the DGE.
“Notably, no state authorities have proposed an alternative to using the DGE for selling LNG.”
The organizations backing the DGE:
- American Gas Association;
- American Public Gas Association;
- America’s Natural Gas Alliance;
- American Trucking Associations;
- National Association of Convenience Stores;
- National Association of Truck Stop Operators;
- Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America;
- Truck Renting and Leasing Association; and
Their petition was sent to the Central, Southern, Northeastern and Western Weights and Measures Associations based in Ohio, Mississippi, Vermont and Washington State. They are urged to take up the DGE issue at their regional meetings.
An interim NCWM meeting is slated for January 10-13 in San Diego, and the next annual meeting is to take place July 23-28 in Denver.
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