The Coalition’s board of directors has set a course for 2018 that prioritizes intensive engagement with California’s regulatory process and includes sponsoring near-zero-emission vehicle legislation. Objectives are to extend NGV incentive funding, improve existing programs, and protect and encourage investments in natural gas fuel technologies.
“In 2017, the Coalition had a robust legislative agenda, which allowed us to establish strong relationships with legislators and their staff. In 2018, our goal is to continue connecting with legislators while developing an equally robust regulatory agenda,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson. “We will aggressively engage with regulatory agencies to ensure that incentives for NGVs continue to be part of the state’s clean transportation plans and to work toward improving existing low-carbon–fuels programs.”
The board decided to concentrate on regulatory work after CARB (California Air Resources Board) and the CEC (California Energy Commission) declined to act on several Coalition recommendations for existing programs, most recently the 2017–18 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program.
For example, the Coalition suggested that CARB help lower the initial costs of switching to near-zero-NOx natural gas engines by increasing per-engine voucher amounts as well as providing funding for training. In addition, the first draft of the CEC’s proposed 2018–19 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118) does not include any new funding for the Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project.
The Coalition will concentrate its efforts on three regulatory issues this year. It will work to secure incentive funding through the CEC and CARB, from the cap-and-trade program, and from other sources. It will continue to advocate for low-NOx natural gas buses as an option for meeting innovative clean transit regulations. It will defend the LCFS and fight proposed changes that would be detrimental to the NGV industry.
To read the complete Coalition’s 2018 priority list, please visit this link.