Hard Fought NGV Provisions Included in Approved Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
Fueling Infrastructure to Expand and Clean School and Transit Buses to Decarbonize
Washington, DC – NGVAmerica applauds U.S. House of Representatives passage of the Senate-approved Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, or BIF, a major national investment in infrastructure and clean transportation.
“This legislation is a key tool for fighting climate change and decarbonizing our heavy-duty transportation sector through investments in alternative and renewable fuel technologies including natural gas,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage.
The package includes several major NGVAmerica legislative priorities, including:
- Funding for buildout of natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling infrastructure in the federal alternative fuels corridors grants program;
- Funding eligibility for renewable natural gas (RNG) and natural gas-fueled transit buses in the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No Emission bus program, including a 25 percent set-aside for near zero technologies like NGVs and 15 percent set-aside for rural transit fleets; and
- Investments in the Clean School Bus program, including a 50 percent set-aside for low-emission and zero emission non-diesel buses.
“This legislation provides an added incentive for fleets of all sizes – public and private – to transition to clean natural gas transportation fuel,” said Gage. “Heavy-duty vehicles are the fastest growing vehicle segment and among the largest contributors of pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. Natural gas vehicles are zero emission equivalent and can be carbon-neutral – even negative – depending on the natural gas source.”
The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for a signature. This represents one of the most substantial infrastructure and climate change investments in our nation’s history while also setting the stage for consideration of clean energy tax provisions as part of the budget reconciliation process.
NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. Find out more at: www.ngvamerica.org.