A portal website bringing together vital information about natural gas and natural gas vehicles.
Massachusetts Policy Data
Massachusetts has a well developed NGV infrastructure in twenty fueling stations and nearly 2,000 natural gas vehicles. The state does not offer any incentives to natural gas vehicles, but does offer one for biofuels.
The legislature of Massachusetts has set requirements on state agencies for AFV acquision, and has deregulated CNG for use as a motor fuel.
IFTA - IFTA taxes are applied to vehicles of 3+ axles, or weighing more than 26,000 pounds. IFTA tax tables can be found here.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Grants
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' Clean Vehicle Project offers grant funding for public and private fleets to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure, as well as idle reduction technology. Eligible vehicles include those fueled by natural gas, propane, and electricity, including hybrid electric, solar electric, and hydraulic hybrid vehicles. Eligible infrastructure includes natural gas fueling stations and electric vehicle supply equipment. For information about how to apply for funding, visit the Massachusetts Clean Cities website.
LDC/Utility / Private Incentives
Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Rebates
National Grid provides rebates on a case-by-case basis to customers who purchase NGVs.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation may not enter into, renew, or renegotiate a contract with a fuel provider for services on the Massachusetts Turnpike without requiring the provider to offer alternative fuel. Alternative fuel is defined as an energy source that is used to power a vehicle and is not gasoline or diesel. (Reference House Bill 4371, 2012, and Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 6C, Section 75 and Chapter 90, Section 1)
State Agency Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition Requirement
State fleets must acquire AFVs according to the requirements of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992 and the Massachusetts Office of Vehicle Management (OVM) must approve any light-duty vehicle acquisition. All agencies must purchase the most economical, fuel-efficient, and low emission vehicles appropriate to their mission. OVM, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, will set new minimum standards for vehicle mileage and work with agencies to acquire vehicles that provide the best value for the Commonwealth on a total cost of ownership basis. (Reference Executive Order 388, 1996, and Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance Administrative Bulletin 10, 2010)
Deregulation of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a Motor Fuel
The sale of CNG by a fueling station for use as fuel to operate a motor vehicle is deregulated; however, separate records, books, and accounts of such sales must be kept. Investments in related infrastructure must not reduce the availability or increase the cost of natural gas to customers who purchase natural gas for use other than as fuel to operate a motor vehicle. (Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 164, Section 941/2)
2016 Session - Proposed Legislation
Provides incentives for purchase of AFVs. The timeframe in the bill does not go past 2002, so not sure what is intended here unless they plan to make further changes in the bill. Reference - SB1505 Bill History, Reference - SB1505 Bill Text Status: heard by Joint Committee on Revenue; eligible for executive session as of 6/2/15; from JOINT Committee on REVENUE: Accompanied Study Order S 2290 on 5/12/16.
Promotes use of electric and zero emission vehicles. Calls for studies on providing HOV incentive, imposing a surcharge on vehicles to address loss in tax revenue, and feasibility of electrifying the state fleet. Sets a target for 2025 that 25 percent of vehicles by state fleets would be zero emission vehicles. Reference - SB2505 Bill History, Reference - SB2505 Bill Text Status: passed S 11/10/16
2015 Session - Proposed Legislation
Provides tax credit for natural gas fueling infrastructure. Credits must be claimed over a 5 year period. Provides $5 million annually. Does not indicate how much credits are worth; it says the credit available shall be based on the need for the credit. Reference - HB3290 Bill History, Reference - HB3290 Bill Text
Provides incentives for purchase of AFVs. The timeframe in the bill does not go past 2002, so not sure what is intended here unless they plan to make further changes in the bill. Reference - SB1505 Bill History, Reference - SB1505 Bill Text Status: heard by Joint Committee on Revenue; eligible for executive session as of 6/2/15.
Large appropriations bill. Section 205 includes provisions calling for the formation of a zero emission vehicle commission. The purposes of the committee is to report of ways to advance the use of electric vehicles including fuel cell vehicles.Reference - HB4001 Bill History, Reference - HB4001 Bill Text Enacted 7/11/14; portions
This legislation does not appear to make any changes in existing law. It does appear to make changes regarding earlier years for example in the case of the motor fuel excise taxes pre-dating 2003 where it exempts sales from excise tax. Not sure whey they are making these changes. The credits included in the bill are 50% of incremental cost for vehicles or 50% of cost of fueling facility.Reference - SB1355 Bill History, Reference - HB4001 Bill Text 2014-04-24 - Accompanied a study order, see S2111
Provides for the establishment of a clean vehicle emissions incentive program within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This program would establish metrics for rating vehicles based on their emissions of GHGs and would provide rebates for cleaner vehicles and fees for other vehicles with vehicles within a defined ban not paying a fee or receiving a rebate. Reference - HB801 Bill History, Reference - HB801 Bill Text Pending: House Ways and Means Committee