Lawmakers made a push Tuesday to pass a bill that would encourage state agencies to buy vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas.

The bill would allow the state to reimburse school districts, the University of Wyoming and other agencies if they began replacing their fleets with vehicles that run off compressed natural gas.

The bill requires that a natural gas fueling station be in the vicinity of any agency’s fleet.

“We’re not going to go out and buy a bunch of these vehicles if there’s no place to fuel,” Sen. Stan Cooper, R-Kemmerer, said.

The bill may work in conjunction with another bill that the Senate Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee passed this week, Senate File 23. It allots five loans of up to $1 million to public or private entities for the creation of natural gas fueling stations.

With the increase of natural gas production in the country, members of a Senate committee are trying to create more demand for Wyoming natural gas in the state.

“Sometimes we have to take the bull by the horns on these things,” Sen. Jim Anderson, R-Glenrock, said.

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Rock of ages

SF 52 does not contain a provision to reimburse state agencies for these required vehicle purchases, and contains no appropriation of funds to do so. The story is in error.

brianvmax

Love how they say the state will reimburse these enities, how about saying by using taxpayers money? your blog sounds interesting, ill try to read this weekend.

Sassy
Sassy

Cell phones are sketchy at best in many areas of the state and yet these clowns believe refueling stations ( that will cost thousands of dollars each) will start dotting the landscape....with a 1 million dollar incentive..

Note to Legislators and author of this article- I'm fairly sure most state "agencies" operate in all areas of the state- thus all WYDOT yards will need CNG

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