State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha introduced L.B.581, officially titled the Nebraska Clean-burning Motor Fuel Development Act, in January. The state legislature passed the bill following a 41-4 vote on May 29, and Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., has signed it.
The legislation will put aside $500,000 for the rebate program, which will offer the lesser of $4,500 or 50% of the cost of a vehicle conversion to compressed or liquefied natural gas, propane autogas, hydrogen fuel cells, or gasoline containing 15% ethanol or more. Furthermore, the program will offer a rebate of up to $2,500 for a home-based, non-commercial compressed natural gas refueling system.