Last month, Governor Scott signed HB 579 (Ray / Simpson) relating to Natural Gas Motor Fuel (ch. 2013-198, L.O.F.).   The bill creates Part V of Chapter 206, F.S., which repeals the annual decal fee program for motor vehicles powered by alternative fuels and establishes a tax structure similar to that for diesel fuel.  

The bill also creates the Natural Gas Fuel Fleet Vehicle Rebate Program, funded at $6 million per year for the next five years from General Revenue.   Those funds will be used to provide rebates for converting vehicles to natural gas-powered vehicles.  An applicant (such as a local government) would be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the incremental costs of conversion – up to $25,000 per vehicle and $250,000 per applicant per year.   Further, forty percent of the annual allocation must be reserved for governmental applicants.

The rebate program will be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) on a first-come, first-served basis. As required by the bill, DACS is moving forward with developing rules for the rebate program, and held its first workshop last week in Tallahassee.  There are plans for a second workshop in the Orlando area next week.  For more information on this program, contact the DACS Office of Energy at 600 South Calhoun Street, Suite 251, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300.  Phone: 850-617-7470 or at http://www.freshfromflorida.com/offices/energy/.

For a copy of the latest DRAFT Rule, see

http://www.fl-counties.com/docs/default-source/pdfs/proposed-draft-rule-5o-4-natural-gas-fuel-fleet-vehicle-rebate-07-10-13.pdf?sfvrsn=2