Benninghoff, Finance Committee Send Natural Gas Bills to Full House
4/9/2013

HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee, chaired by state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), today approved three bills that would provide various tax credits aimed at increasing the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel in Pennsylvania.

“Natural gas is a homegrown, clean-burning energy source that we are producing right here in Pennsylvania,” Benninghoff said.  “If we are serious about energy independence, then we need to look for ways to better use our domestic energy sources.  Running vehicles on Pennsylvania natural gas makes a lot more sense to me than running them on oil from countries that don’t like us very much.”

The committee approved a package of bills that would provide a total of $60 million in annual tax credits to help taxpayers purchase natural gas-powered vehicles, establish natural gas refueling stations along major interstates and encourage companies to transition to natural gas-powered vehicle fleets.

House Bill 309 would provide $30 million in annual tax credits for taxpayers who purchase large natural gas-powered vehicles.

House Bill 305 would provide $5 million to companies that add natural gas pumps to existing gasoline stations or build new natural gas fuel stations along major transportation corridors within the Commonwealth.  Locally, this credit would be available for such stations built within two miles of Interstate 80.

“We need natural gas-powered vehicles and we need stations for them to refuel,” Benninghoff said.  “These bills address the situation from both angles.  The job creation potential through both building the vehicles and the fuel stations is tremendous.  Obviously, the fuel stations will require significant construction work.  The vehicles will require natural gas-powered engines and I’d love to see those built here in the Commonwealth.”

The Committee also approved House Bill 301, which would provide $25 million in tax credits for companies that transition their vehicle fleets from gasoline or diesel to natural gas-powered vehicles.

The bills now head to the full House for consideration.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st
District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Dan Massing
717.772.9845
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