The Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, held a hearing December 3, 2014, on Natural Gas Vehicles: Fueling American Jobs, Enhancing Energy Security, and Achieving Emissions Benefits. The subcommittee hearing was chaired by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Ranking Member John Cornyn (R-TX).
Also in attendance were Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and the incoming Chairman, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as well as Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Thune (R-SD), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
The Committee heard from:
|Mr. Robert Carrick, Natural Gas Sales Manager, Daimler Trucks North America, Portland, OR||Carrick’s Testimony|
|Mr. Mike Whitlatch, Senior Director of Global Energy and Procurement, UPS, Atlanta, GA||Whitlatch’s Testimony|
|Mr. Joseph A. Calabrese, CEO, General Manager, and Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland, OH||Calabrese’s Testimony|
|Mr. Ronald W. Jibson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Questar, Salt Lake, UT||Jibson’s Testimony|
|Mr. Rich Kassel, Senior Vice President, East Coast Operations, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, New York, NY||Kassel’s Testimony|
|Mr. Harrison Clay, President, Clean Energy Renewable Fuels, Newport Beach, CA||Clay’s Testimony|
The Statement of NGVAmerica: Natural Gas Vehicles: Fueling American Jobs, Enhancing Energy Security, and Achieving Emissions Benefits is available here.
In brief, correcting the LNG highway excise tax penalty, and the need to extend the alternative fuel and infrastructure credits was mentioned on numerous occasions by witnesses and Senators alike. In addition, the witnesses addressed, and were questioned on, a wide range of issues including NGV technologies, the environmental benefits of NGVs, the higher cost of the vehicles and policy options that can be and have been employed to grow the NGV market. Senator Cornyn specifically questioned the potential impact on the Highway trust fund if the LNG excise tax discrepancy is corrected.