Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Natural Gas Vehicles

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:

Witnesses Testimony
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.