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Wisconsin Policy Data
With a significant number of public NGV stations, Wisconsin has put effort into creating statewide AFV infrastructure.
The state offers a 100% fuel tax refund to taxi services. The state passed legislation making state and federal sales taxes on fuel the only taxes permissable within the state. State fleets have a provision encouraging AFV acquisition and use as part of a larger initiative to reduce gasoline consumption by state agencies by 50% by 2015.
Wisconsin has set tax rates on alternative fuels and set license requirements for alternative fuel distribution.
* Wisconsin also imposes a 2.0 ¢ / Gallon Petroleum Inspection fee on Gasoline and Diesel.
**Gallon equivalent is based on a calculation based on BTUs as detailed here.
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 Tax Refund for Taxis
A person using alternative fuel to operate a taxi used to transport passengers may be reimbursed for the paid amount of the Wisconsin state fuel tax. Refund claims must be filed within one year of the date the fuel is purchased and must be for a minimum 100 gallons of alternative fuel. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 78.75(1m)(a)1)
Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption
No county, city, village, town, or other political subdivision is allowed to levy or collect any excise, license, privilege, or occupational tax on motor vehicle fuel or alternative fuels, or on the purchase, sale, handling, or consumption of motor vehicle fuel or alternative fuels. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 78.82)
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Acquisition and Alternative Fuel Use Requirements
The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) encourages state employees operating state-owned or leased motor vehicles to use hybrid electric vehicles or vehicles that operate on gasohol (a motor fuel containing at least 10% alcohol) or alternative fuels whenever feasible and cost effective. The DOA must place a list of gasohol and alternative fuel station locations in each state-owned or state-leased motor vehicle for driver reference. The DOA also encourages Wisconsin residents and state employees who use personal motor vehicles on state business to use gasohol and alternative fuels. (Reference Assembly Bill 40, 2011; Wisconsin Statutes 16.045; and Executive Order 141, 2006)
Petroleum Reduction Requirements
The Wisconsin Department of Administration's fleet management policy requires all state agencies to collectively reduce gasoline use in state-owned vehicles by at least 50% by 2015 as compared to the total amount used in 2006. In addition, state agencies must reduce petroleum-based diesel fuel use by 25% by 2015. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 16.045, and Executive Order 141, 2006)
Alternative Fueling Infrastructure Development
The Wisconsin Department of Administration must pursue, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the establishment and maintenance of sufficient alternative fueling infrastructure at public retail outlets to meet the public's traveling needs. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 16.956(3)(f)) (NOTE: This statute was repealed by Act 32 in 2011)
Alternative Fuels Tax
A state excise tax is imposed on the use of alternative fuels. Alternative fuels include liquid petroleum gas (LPG or propane) and compressed natural gas (CNG). The current tax rate on propane is $0.226 per gallon, and the tax rate on CNG is $0.247 per gallon. No tax is imposed on alternative fuels the U.S. government or its agencies (when presented with a valid exemption certificate) uses or vehicles used for urban mass transportation of passengers. For more information, see the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Alternate Fuel Tax Web site. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 78.40)
Alternative Fuel License
Any person acting as an alternative fuels dealer must hold a valid alternative fuels license and certificate from the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Except for alternative fuels that an alternative fuels dealer delivers into a fuel supply tank of any motor vehicle in the state, no person may use alternative fuels in the state unless the person holds a valid alternative fuels license or an authorized supplier has delivered the alternative fuel. For more information, see the State of Wisconsin License, Permit and Registration Services. (Reference Wisconsin Statutes 78.47)
2014 Proposed NGV Legislation
Wisconsin has no proposed 2014 NGV legislation.
2013 Proposed NGV Legislation
Wisconsin had no proposed 2013 NGV legislation.
This state was last examined and updated in October, 2016.