California Energy Commission kicks off new NGV incentive program

By Richard Nemec, NGI's Daily Gas Price Index

August 10, 2015 - Public and private non-transit fleet operators now can compete for more than $10 million in state funding for the purchase of natural gas vehicles (NGV) under a program funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

The CEC's new NGV Incentive Project (NGVIP) is being administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine. It will be providing funding to help operators reduce the cost of new on-road NGVs. There is $10.18 million in funding from the CEC available.

In establishing NGVIP, the CEC officials have said their intent is to "expand the use of a domestically produced non-petroleum fuel that is a low-cost alternative to gasoline and diesel and has lower carbon emissions characteristics." Incentives are available "on a first-come, first-served basis and at varying levels depending on the gross vehicle weight."