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[R67] Legislation in action
Start Date: 11/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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As a state legislator, one of my jobs is to author legislation which will better our state. During the legislative session, while these bills are being written, authored and presented to the General Assembly, it is important to be transparent and share the details of these bills with the average Hoosier as well. However, after they are passed into law, it is not every day that we are able to see the very tangible success of one of these bills in such a short time. 

This past session, I authored legislation which aimed to encourage businesses to switch their fleets from diesel to natural gas by providing tax incentives for doing so. Fortunately for Hoosiers, the positive economic impact of this legislation is already being felt throughout the state. 

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending an announcement by Kinetrex Energy, a subsidiary of Indianapolis- based Citizens Energy Group, where they publicized a collaboration with the United Parcel Service (UPS) to supply fuel for up to 1,000 new UPS trucks running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Under this new contract, Citizens Energy Group will provide UPS with about 2 million gallons of LNG per month. 

In March, Kinetrex will also begin providing fuel to five LNG stations across the Midwest. This is a huge economic expansion considering Citizens Energy is mainly limited to proving fuel to central Indiana. 

Just this past week, I read a press release announcing that a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station will be opening in Gary during the first quarter of 2014. GAIN Clean Fuel has partnered with Roehl Transport Inc. to provide eight-dual hose CNG dispensers to accommodate tractor-trailers. This site will provide fuel for Roehl’s fleet as well as trucks operated by Chicago-based HMD Trucking Inc. This will be the largest CNG station in Indiana.

Indianapolis- based Monarch Beverages is also converting 85 percent of their fleet to CNG. To do so, they built an on-site CNG station capable of delivering more than 11 gallons of CNG per minute. They have reported that in shifting to CNG, they will likely reduce fuel costs by $2 to $3 million per year once the conversion is fully implemented. 

Indiana is currently home to 12 public CNG stations and 1 public LNG station, including stations in Evansville, Indianapolis, Sellersburg and Vincennes. Greensburg will also soon be home to a CNG station. Now that it is clear that more fleets are switching to natural gas and the number of stations is growing in Indiana, it is important to explain why natural gas is such a great alternative motor fuel. For starters, trucks will now be able to fill up their tanks for about 40 percent less than it would cost them to fill-up with diesel fuel, making it much more economically-viable. Natural gas is also the cleanest of all fossil fuels, and by using it, we can decrease our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.

In addition, natural gas is a domestic product so as we increase its usage, we are keeping more money right here in the United States and spending less on oil in foreign countries. We will also see countless Hoosier jobs being created whether they are construction workers who are building these new fuel stations, the people who will eventually work at them or those who are tasked with extracting the high-demand natural gas from sites across the state. 

It seems as if these stations are popping up almost weekly now. A bill may start out as just an idea on a piece of paper but when you see it translate into more capital coming into Indiana and more jobs for Hoosiers, it is very exciting to see. This is not just happening in Indiana though. In October, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced that they would be switching their diesel-powered dedicated fleets over to CNG by the end of 2017. I truly believe that the United States is on the verge of an energy revolution, and I am proud to see Indiana taking the lead!

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Contact Information:
Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: Courtney.Scott@iga.in.gov
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