Legislators Announce Introduction of Incentives Bill to Encourage the Use of Alternative Fuels In Ohio
(Columbus , OH) — Today, State Representatives Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Dave Hall (R-Millersburg) held a joint press conference announcing the introduction of House Bill 176, bi-partisan legislation which incentivizes the use of non-traditional auto fuels in the state. The press conference, which began at 4:30 p.m., was held at the offices of Clean Fuels Ohio, a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes alternative fuels.
“The impact of such legislation will be revolutionary for Ohio,” said Rep. Hall. “It will create jobs and support our economic recovery; it will be environmentally friendly; eliminate our dependence on foreign energy and act as an instant stimulus for all businesses and Ohio families by cutting their fuel bills almost in half.”
Introduced Monday, April 27, HB 176 aims to promote the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and other alternative fuels in the vehicles of individuals, businesses, and public transportation fleets on Ohio’s roads through tax breaks and other incentives.
“It’s an important piece of legislation for both our economy and our environment,” said O’Brien. “By converting our fleets to run on CNG, we will see a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, more Ohioans will be able to save on their fuel costs, and we will be given the opportunity to make good use of newly discovered, abundant energy sources available right here in our state.”
H.B. 336, a bill from the 130th General Assembly (G.A.) and containing language similar to that in the bill being introduced, passed through the House with widespread, bipartisan support before dying in the Senate Finance Committee. It is hoped that the bill will receive similar support in the 131st G.A. and eventually be signed into law.
Clean Fuels Ohio strives to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Ohio’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles.