Alternative fuels will have a busy year, thanks to Congress
Alternative fules such as compressed natural gas may in for a busy year.
Rick Price is gearing up for a busy year, thanks, in part, to Congressional compromise.
As executive director of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, a group that works to promote alternative transportation fuels, Price’s job was made a notch easier when the bipartisal fiscal-cliff avoidance deal reinstated tax credits for alternative fuels that expired December 2011.
That means the return of a 50 cent per gallon equivalent tax credit for compressed natural gas, liquified natural gas, and propane, and a $1.01 per gallon credit for cellulosic biofuel.
Also extended through the end of 2013 is a 30 percent tax credit for alternative fuel infrastructure projects — like electric charging stations or natural gas pumping stations.
“All of that is really going to help move people that have been teetering on the edge,” Price said.
That includes the publicity-shy folks at American Natural Retail, which has property on the South Side around 7th Street and owns the ExxonMobil station at Station Square. One of those will be a CNG station, Price said, expecting it to open in April.
Price is also trying to get a CNG station sited for Breezewood.
“This year’s going to be very busy going out and reinvigorating those people,” he said.
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