State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) was honored with a stakeholder award for outstanding leadership in the advancement of natural gas fueling infrastructure at the 11th annual Legislative Luncheon and American Fuels and Technologies Expo Feb. 4 at the Indiana Statehouse.
Other award winners included former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and IndyGo.
Frye said, “It is such an honor to receive the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Stakeholder Award. I consider the work that I have done in regards to the promotion of natural gas one of the greatest accomplishments of my legislative career. I am grateful to be recognized for that, but, most importantly, I am thrilled to be able to see the positive effects of that every day.”
In 2013, he authored legislation to incentivize the use of natural gas as a motor fuel. Specifically, this legislation provided an income tax credit for placing into service a natural gas-powered vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 33,000 pounds.
The credit is equal to 50 percent of the differential between the purchase price of a gasoline or diesel vehicle and the purchase price of a natural gas vehicle.
“Since the Indiana Department of Transportation began using alternative fueling vehicles, they have saved an estimated $179,339 in taxpayer dollars by switching to compressed natural gas,” said Frye, who represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn. “However, my goal in this legislation was not simply at the macro-level. I want to see these same opportunities available at the micro-level. I want to see more Hoosier families filling up their cars with this inexpensive, clean, domestic product. By increasing demand, we have seen more and more natural gas fueling stations popping up across Indiana and are one step closer to making that a reality.”
This event also allowed Frye and other legislators the opportunity to meet fleet users and industry leaders and discuss how alternative fuels and technologies are reducing their operating costs and creating more Hoosier jobs.
According to the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition http://greaterindiana.com/, last year public and private sector fleets across the state reduced their petroleum consumption by over 15 million gallons.