West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's recently formed Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force submitted its first major report on Thursday, outlining steps the state can take to increase the use of natural gas in transportation applications.
‘We have the opportunity to reinvest in our own economy, provide drivers with lower costs at the pump, as well as support the establishment of more good-paying jobs for West Virginians – all by using a clean-burning energy source harvested right here at home,’ Tomblin said.
‘The Task Force's recommendations include my recently introduced alternative fuel tax credit legislation. I will continue to work with legislators, and other stakeholders, to make the most of this opportunity,’ he added.
Among the task force's recommendations are increasing the tax credit for building natural gas refueling infrastructure to a cap of $400,000, as well as converting state vehicles to run on natural gas. Propane autogas also got a nod in the report, with a recommendation to transition some of the state's bus fleet to propane.
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