[r65] Koch Amendment Promotes Alternative Fuel Availability (2/17/2009)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Date: 2/17/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/17/2009
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 17, 2009) - Hoosiers would have more fuel choices at the pump under a bill carrying an amendment by Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford).

Rep. Koch's amendment to House Bill 1554 would incentivize the installation of compressed natural gas and propane pumps at retail stations and encourage the purchase and retrofitting of fleet vehicles by local units of government to run on natural gas or propane.

"We need an 'All of the Above' energy strategy to achieve energy independence, to lower and stabilize energy costs, and to meet the projected energy demands of the next decade," said Rep. Koch.  "Key to this is diversifying our available choices of transportation fuels. 

"Many Hoosiers would like to drive cleaner-burning natural gas or propane vehicles.  But this won't happen if they can't buy the fuel in their communities. Local units of government can lead the way by purchasing or retrofitting their fleets to those fuels. This legislation promotes both of those objectives." 

The bill passed the House and will move to the Indiana Senate for consideration.

For more information on how this bill will impact local businesses, please contact Ken McGaha, general manager of Manchester Tank at 812-276-4980.