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Policy Analysis | April 3, 2013

What are the natural gas vehicle consumption rates in the SLC member states?

In November of 2011, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and governors from several member states of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding to generate interest and action in the U.S. automobile industry for the development of functional and affordable natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to meet public demand. The NASPO states recognized the benefits and unique attributes of clean-burning natural gas and understood the opportunity NGVs present to save taxpayer dollars by forging an energy future that utilizes domestic energy resources to meet transportation needs. As of April of 2012, Wyoming, Mississippi, Utah, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, West Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana have signed on to support the multi-state joint Request for Information and Request for Proposals solicitation.

Per SLC research performed in response to an information request, Virginia is the only SLC member state that currently offers tax credits specifically to manufacturers of natural gas vehicles, implemented by the Alternative Fuel Job Creation Tax Credit. The utilization of natural gas vehicles in the SLC peaked in 2004, with NGVs consuming 6.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. Consumption by NGVs dropped to 3.7 billion cubic feet in the following year and, in the SLC, has experienced slow growth from that bottom. The following table provides further details on NGV usage in the SLC member states.

Consumption by Natural Gas Vehicles in SLC Member States, 2000-12 (in million cubic feet)

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State/Region 2000 2002 Change 2004 Change 2006 Change 2008 Change 2010 Change 2012 Change Average Annual Rate of Change
Alabama 62 78 25.8% 107 37.2% 111 3.7% 84 -24.3% 105 25.0% 107 1.9% 4.7%
Arkansas 99 126 27.3% 173 37.3% 10 -94.2% 12 20.0% 16 33.3% 16 0.0% -14.1%
Florida 328 488 48.8% 670 37.3% 232 -65.4% 137 -40.9% 60 -56.2% 110 83.3% -8.7%
Georgia 417 530 27.1% 727 37.2% 974 34.0% 1,074 10.3% 915 -14.8% 1,194 30.5% 9.2%
Kentucky 63 80 27.0% 110 37.5% 11 -90.0% 7 -36.4% 3 -57.1% 4 33.3% -20.5%
Louisiana 78 97 24.4% 133 37.1% 29 -78.2% 18 -37.9% 11 -38.9% 13 18.2% -13.9%
Mississippi 14 19 35.7% 26 36.8% 3 -88.5% 3 0.0% 3 0.0% 7 133.3% -5.6%
Missouri 90 115 27.8% 158 37.4% 68 -57.0% 63 -7.4% 7 -88.9% 6 -14.3% -20.2%
North Carolina 43 54 25.6% 74 37.0% 28 -62.2% 31 10.7% 32 3.2% 34 6.3% -1.9%
Oklahoma 622 786 26.4% 1,078 37.2% 177 -83.6% 229 29.4% 243 6.1% 294 21.0% -6.1%
South Carolina 16 20 25.0% 27 35.0% 8 -70.4% 11 37.5% 7 -36.4% 11 57.1% -3.1%
Tennessee 62 78 25.8% 107 37.2% 17 -84.1% 14 -17.6% 14 0.0% 18 28.6% -9.8%
Texas 960 1,811 88.6% 2,485 37.2% 1,866 -24.9% 1,966 5.4% 2,334 18.7% 2,655 13.8% 8.8%
Virginia 212 268 26.4% 368 37.3% 168 -54.3% 141 -16.1% 142 0.7% 167 17.6% -2.0%
West Virginia 174 220 26.4% 302 37.3% 8 -97.4% 2 -75.0% N/A N/A 1 N/A -34.9%
SLC Region 3,240 4,770 47.2% 6,545 37.2% 3,710 -43.3% 3,792 2.2% 3,892 2.6% 4,637 19.1% 3.0%
U.S. 12,752 14,950 17.2% 20,514 37.2% 23,739 15.7% 25,982 9.4% 28,664 10.3% 32,940 14.9% 8.2%