May 2, 2013
The Florida House of Representativs passed HB 579 to promote the use of natural gas fuels, giving dealers of natural gas trucks and equipment a shot in the arm.
The legislation, according to our sister site, CCJ, encourages commercial fleet owners to invest in new natural gas vehicles through grants administered by the Office of Energy at the Florida Department of Agriculture.
“Florida now leads the nation in our crucial drive toward energy independence,” Eric Criss, Chairman of the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, says. “This is an important step forward in America’s evolving national security policy and in protecting our environment.”
According to CCJ, a study by Fishkind and Associates published by FNGVC earlier this year reported that a natural gas vehicle incentive program could create over 10,000 new jobs, more than $300 million in wages and over $1 billion in economic impact.