On July 3, 2018, Arkansas submitted its Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) to the Trustee. The primary stated goal of the plan is to provide significant and sustained reductions of NOx emissions. The plan also looks to accelerate the development of alternative fuel infrastructure including by encouraging private investment in fueling infrastructure; expand the use of new, low-NOx natural gas engines/vehicles; and increase jobs in Arkansas by encouraging increased production of Arkansas fuels.
54% Arkansas Bus CNG School Bus Program
20% Arkansas Clean Fuels Grants Class 4 -8 vehicles
8% SAFER or State Agency Fleet Emission Reduction Grants
15% EV Light Duty Infrastructure
HB-1735 – Amends existing incentive programs to permit larger rebates for charging equipment and alternative fuel vehicles if higher percentage is authorized under a federal or state settlement (likely reference to VW Settlement). Also strikes the language in law that previously prohibited combining rebates. Status: enacted 4/3/17
SB-256 – Transfers the Department of Energy to the Department of Environmental Quality. The move according to new stories is intended to allow the Volkswagen Settlement funding “to be routed through the Department of Environmental Quality.” Status: Signed by Governor 2/22/2017 Act No. 271.