[r65] Koch Legislation Boosts Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (5/14/2009)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Start Date: 5/14/2009 All Day
End Date: 5/14/2009

Koch Legislation Boosts Alternative Fuel Infrastructure

Compressed Natural Gas, Propane at the Pump

STATEHOUSE-Hoosiers could have more fuel choices at the pump under legislation co-authored by Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) and signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels.


House Enrolled Act 1554 includes an amendment authored by Rep. Koch creating incentives for the installation of compressed natural gas (CNG) and propane (LPG) pumps at retail stations and for the purchase and retrofitting of fleet vehicles by local units of government to run on CNG and LPG.


"We need an 'All of the Above' energy strategy to achieve energy independence, to lower and stabilize fuel prices, and to meet the projected 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 CNG or LPG 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 CNG or LPG.  This legislation promotes both of those objectives." 


Rep. Koch serves on the House Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities Committee and is assistant Republican caucus chairman.  He serves House District 65, which includes Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties.

For more information on how this legislation could positively affect a local manufacturer, contact Ken McGaha, general manager of Manchester Tank, at 812-276-4980. 

See also  http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?id=35587 concerning the natural gas-powered automobile now being produced by the Honda Motors plant in Greensburg.