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Mississippi Policy Data
Mississippi's Bureau of Fleet Management has passed a law requiring that by July, 2014, 75% of all state vehicles titled under the Bureau must meet a 40 mpg requirement. The law encourages the use of AFVs to meet this target.
The state has passed requirements for CNG conversion installation and inspection through the state Liquified Compressed Gas Board, or the Mississippi Insurance Department.
Natural gas distributors pay fuel tax based on 100 cubic feet rates rather than per gallon.
* Mississippi also levies a $195 privilege tax on all CNG vehicles below 10K pounds in the state, $225 to $300 for 10K pounds and up- Reference and Reference. The code also specifies varying tax rates based on dates for both CNG and LNG - See reference above.
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 Revolving Loan Program
Effective July 1, 2013, the Mississippi Development Authority must establish a revolving loan program to provide zero-interest loans for public school districts and municipalities to purchase alternative fuel school buses and other motor vehicles, convert school buses and other motor vehicles to use alternative fuels, purchase alternative fuel equipment, and install fueling stations. The program will use funds from the Mississippi Alternative Fuel School Bus and Municipal Motor Vehicle Revolving Loan Fund. Reference - HB-1685, 2013 Current Status, Reference - HB-1685, 2013 Bill Text
The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration's Bureau of Fleet Management (Bureau) coordinates and promotes fuel efficiency and economy when state agencies purchase, lease, rent, acquire, use, maintain, and dispose of vehicles. The Bureau encourages state agencies to use fuel-efficient or hybrid electric vehicles appropriate for the intended purpose and, when feasible, use alternative fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, or electricity to operate the vehicles. By July 1, 2014, at least 75% of all vehicles titled under the Bureau must have a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated fuel economy rating of at least 40 miles per gallon for highway driving. (Reference Mississippi Code 25-1-77)
Installation of Alternative Fuel Components in Vehicles
An authorized installer or automobile manufacturer must install all propane and compressed natural gas (CNG) carburetion systems. When not installed by a qualified installer or manufacturer, the State Liquefied Compressed Gas Board (Board) or Mississippi Insurance Department must inspect the system. A field inspector must inspect all propane and CNG carburetion systems installed on vehicles used in public transportation, including school buses. The Board may require the inspection of any propane or CNG carburetion systems installed on other vehicle types as necessary. All installations must comply with the rules and regulations of the Board. Any installer of a propane or CNG carburetion system who collects an installation service fee must hold an installer's license from the Board and must notify the Board of any applicable installation. (Reference Mississippi Code 75-57-47)
Natural Gas Tax
Distributors of compressed and liquefied natural gas must pay a fuel tax based on a per 100 cubic feet rather than on a gallon equivalent basis. Operators of motor vehicles using and/or capable of using compressed gas must also pay an annual privilege tax, as determined by the gross vehicle weight rating. (Reference Mississippi Code 27-59-11 and 65-39-35)
Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Decals
Any person operating a vehicle that is capable of using compressed or liquefied natural gas must obtain and display a user's decal from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Vehicle owners must apply for a decal within 15 days of purchasing an NGV or converting a vehicle to operate on natural gas, and the decals are issued on an annual basis. Owners may not obtain a privilege license tag from their county tax collectors unless they have filed an application for the natural gas user's decal or their NGV bears a current decal. (Reference Mississippi Code 27-59-29)
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Propane Deregulation
The transmission, sale, or distribution of CNG and distribution or sale of propane gas is deregulated for use as a motor vehicle fuel and for related purposes. (Reference Mississippi Code 77-3-3 and 77-3-11)
Authorizes natural gas school bus grant program to provide school districts with funding to purchase 4 CNG buses as part of pilot program. Funding of up to $335,000 per school district would be provided. Substitute version offered 1/29/15 would lower funding amount to $180,000. Reference - SB2111 Bill History, Reference - SB2111 Bill Text
Companion to SB 2111. Authorizes natural gas school bus grant program to provide school districts with funding to purchase 4 CNG buses as part of pilot program. Funding of up to $335,000 per school district would be provided. Reference - HB452 Bill History, Reference - HB452 Bill Text
Provides 50 percent tax credit for the cost of purchasing an OEM natural gas vehicle or converted vehicle; 50 percent tax credit up to maximum of $2,500 for home fueling for natural gas; 75% credit for commercial refueling stations. Both CNG and LNG are included. In the case of vehicles, if no credit has previously been claimed a purchaser of a used or converted vehicle may claim a credit of $1,500. Reference - HB1615 Bill History, Reference - HB1615 Bill Text
Increases tax on motor fuel including gasoline and diesel fuel to 27 cents. CNG and LNG also would pay 27 cents. The language has lower rate that kicks in at some point if certain things happens; that lower rate is 23.4 cents. The gasoline and diesel excise tax in MS currently is 18 cent. IFTA rates show CNG paying 22.8 cent (p/100 cubic feet) and LNG pays 19 cent per gallon. Reference - HB1646 Bill History, Reference - HB1646 Bill Text Died in Committee
Companion to SB 2965. Amends motor fuel taxes so that LNG tax is 18 cents per DGE of 6.06 lbs. of LNG. Currently rates for CNG and LNG are per 100 cubic feet. The IFTA rates are applied per MS also has a decal system in place and the excise tax does not apply to decal holders. SB 2965 would exclude LNG vehicles from the requirement to obtain a decal; it would remain mandatory for CNG vehicles. Effective date July 1, 2015.Reference - HB1590 Bill History, Reference - HB1590 Bill Text Action: 2014-03-31 - Approved by Governor
Authorizes the Chickasawhay Natural Gas District to build fueling infrastructure to provide compressed natural gas to the public and private users. Reference - HB1622 Bill History, Reference - HB1622 Bill Text Passed House 3/11/2014; Passed Senate 3/19/2014; Action: 2014-03-27 - Approved by Governor
Amends motor fuel taxes so that LNG tax is 18 cents per DGE. Currently rates for CNG and LNG are per 100 cubic feet. MS also has a decal system in place and the excise tax does not apply to decal holders. SB 2965 would exclude LNG vehicles from the requirement to obtain a decal; it would remain mandatory for CNG vehicles. Effective date July 1, 2014.Reference - SB2965 Bill History, Reference - SB2965 Bill Text Action: 2014-02-26 - Died In Committee
Makes changes to the motor fuel taxes imposed on CNG and LNG. Requires businesses the sell natural gas for transportation purposes to register with the state. Requires utilities that sell natural gas to private or public fueling stations that intend to sell CNG to install a separate meter for the facility, and to verify that such entities have obtained proper state permits. Makes utilities responsible for collecting excise tax per 100 cubic feet delivered to private and public natural gas fueling stations. Not sure about whether utilities have any responsible to collect tax on LNG and it does not appear that they are changing the tax rate or method with regards to LNG. Also not sure about the decal changes - drop CNG from the light duty decal fee but not sure about the larger vehicles. Reference - HB-4 Bill History, Reference - HB-4 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Provides tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles. Tax credit for vehicles is worth 50% of the purchase price and includes new or converted AFVs. In the case of OEM AFVs, if no tax credit has previously been claimed, a subsequent purchaser may claim a credit of 10% of the cost of the vehicle, or a maximum of $1,500. Credits go into effect July 1, 2013, and there does not appear to be an expiration date. Reference - HB-287 Bill History, Reference - HB-287 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Establishes the Mississippi Alternative Fuels Conversion Act for the purposes of assisting local governments with the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles, or conversion of vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, and also to install alternative fuel infrastructure. Eligible recipients are government vehicle fleets and school districts; state and local government authorities are included. The maximum amount provided shall be $10,000 for vehicles, and $300,000 for infrastructure. Recipients will repay the amounts provided via a monthly surcharge that is based on the fuel savings associated with using alternative fuels. The state fund for this purposes shall be a revolving loan fund that is not to exceed $5 million. Reference - HB-288 Bill History, Reference - HB-288 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
This bill includes a new section in the MS code that calls for the promotion of public access CNG stations and establishes a goal of having at least one CNG station every 100 miles along the interstate highway system by 2017 and one every 50 miles by 2027. OK has similar goal. It also amends existing law to give the Bureau of Fleet Management authority to enter into partnerships agreements with private entities to construct CNG stations. Reference - HB-289 Bill History, Reference - HB-289 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Provides tax credit for vehicles and fueling stations - qualifying fuels include hydrogen, propane, CNG and LNG. Fueling station credits worth 75% of the cost no including buildings and structural components; home or residential CNG fueling stations credit worth 50% or $2,500 maximum; vehicle credits are worth 50% of the cost of alternative fuel equipment; for OEM vehicles, if no credit has been claimed, subsequent purchaser may claim credit worth 10% or $2,500 whichever is less. Reference - HB-329 Bill History, Reference - HB-329 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Natural Gas Vehicles for MS Act of 2013. Tax credits for the conversion of vehicles to operate on natural gas, OEM NGVs, and fueling stations and fueling station upgrades. Tax credits are 50% of cost of equipment; for stations building and other structural components included. For vehicles credit is applied to incremental cost; OEM vehicles, taxpayer may elect to take credit worth 15% of total cost of vehicle or no more than $5,000. You can elect to take 75% of the tax credit value as a refund if the credit exceeds tax liability, otherwise it is carried forward. Must be a taxable entity to take tax credits. In the case of fueling stations, the tax credit is only applied to the first $1 million in cost. Exempts sales of CNG and LNG from gross income tax. Requires sellers (and station equipment sellers) of natural gas to become registered. Requires separate meters for natural gas stations. Requires utilities to collect tax on sales to owners of public refueling stations. Appears to retain the decal system in place with some modifications, and also excise tax rates of 18 cents on CNG and LNG per 100 cubic feet. A lo of regulations and reporting for fuel retailers. Establishes goals for public stations along state highway - every 100 miles by 2018, and 50 miles by 2028. Reference - HB-765 Bill History, Reference - HB-765 Bill Text
Provides a tax credit based on the amount of sales and use tax paid on the cost of an plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles, including heavy-duty hybrids. The maximum amount of the credit is $3,000. It applies to acquisitions after Jan. 1, 2013. Reference - HB-994 Bill History, Reference - HB-994 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Exempts vehicle operated by certain state officials (e.g., Governor, Lieutenant Governor) from having to comply with regulations administered by the Bureau of Fleet Management unless such rules are required by Federal law. Appears to related mostly to fuel efficiency requirements that state beginning in July, 1 2014, that 75% of state vehicles shall achieve 40 mpg on highway. Reference - HB-1069 Bill History, Reference - HB-1069 Bill Text NOTE: Bill did not pass committee.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles for MS Act of 2013. Establishes goals for increasing alternative fuel infrastructure along MS interstate and U.S. highways; provides tax credit worth 50% of the qualified cost of equipment or vehicles; fueling station cost capped at $1 million; for OEM AFVs that have not previously received credit, credit is worth 15% of cost or $5,000 maximum for next purchaser; exempts CNG and LNG from 7% gross income tax; includes new regulations for businesses engaged in selling natural gas equipment and operating natural gas stations; requires separate meter for non-residential natural gas stations. The bill also makes a lot of changes to current decals but it is very difficult to read. Reference - SB2098 Bill History, Reference - SB2098 Bill Text NOTE: Died in committee.
Creates revolving loan fund MS governmental entities to acquire NGVs. Authorizes $5 million in bonds to be obligated for purposes of underwriting zero interest loans for vehicles and stations. The loans would help pay for incremental cost of OEM vehicles or cost of conversion, or cost of fueling infrastructure. CNG and LNG qualify as well as dedicated and bi-fuel vehicles. Amended/substitute version includes propane. Reference - HB1685 Bill History, Reference - HB1685 Bill Text Senate and House have agreed to Conference Agreement as of 4/1/2013
This state was last examined and updated in August, 2016.