Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance News

November 2022

Coalition Activities

How to Claim Your Natural Gas & Propane Federal Tax Credit
Learn how to file for your retroactive credit
Thursday, November 10th 12:00p - 12:45p

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has extended the $0.50/Gallon Natural Gas/Propane Federal Tax Credit through December 31, 2024.

Heather Ball of the Texas Natural Gas Foundation will walk through how to claim the credit. 

Fleets like Alvin ISD, Dickinson ISD and Fashion Glass are claiming it. If you own natural gas or propane vehicles or forklifts and fuel at your refueling site, you are eligible to claim the credit. This includes public fleets, non-profits and private companies. You do not need to pay taxes to claim.

Dickinson ISD’s director of transportation Brian Cmaidalka noted, “I was unaware that the tax credit was reinstated.” Learn how he filed for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.  

Learn how Texas-based Fashion Glass, which operates both propane vehicles and forklifts, claimed $79,000 for 2018-2020.

Electric Cab of North America hosts UT Students

eCab recently hosted a field trip for UT Geography and Sustainability students at their fleet yard. eCabs are low speed electric vehicles operating in downtown Austin, Bastrop and soon – in San Marcos. If your organization would like to host a student field trip or colleague site visit, let us know!

State & National News

DOE Funds $2.8 Billion for U.S. EV Battery Manufacturing

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently announced the first set of projects funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand domestic manufacturing of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and the electrical grid and for materials and components currently imported from other countries. The 20 companies will receive a combined $2.8 billion to build and expand commercial-scale facilities in 12 states to extract and process lithium, graphite and other battery materials, manufacture components, and demonstrate new approaches, including manufacturing components from recycled materials.

The initiative will coordinate domestic and international efforts to accelerate permitting for critical minerals projects, ensuring that the United States develops the resources the country needs in an efficient and timely manner, while strengthening Tribal consultation, community engagement and environmental standards.


Grants & Funding

 This is the first round of Rebate Funding  from the EPA Clean School Bus Program, which President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law created with a historic $5 billion investment for low- and zero-emission school buses over the next five years. EPA received around 2,000 applications requesting nearly $4 billion for over 12,000 buses.  There is a Rebate Wait List in the event awardees drop out. The 2022 rebate program will fund approximately 2,500 school bus replacements.

TCEQ TERP Grant Programs and Opening Dates


FY 2022 – 2023

Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG)

-Emissions Reduction Incentives Grant

Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grants Program (TNGVGP)
Seaport & Rail Yard Areas Emissions Reduction Program (SPRY)
Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP)
Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program (LDPLIP)
Rebate Grants Program
Texas Clean School Bus Program (TCSB)
Alternative Fueling Facilities Program (AFFP)
New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG)
Governmental Alternative Fuel Fleet Grant Program (GAFF)

Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program

TCEQ is now accepting applications for CNG and Propane vehicles only under the Light-Duty Motor Vehicle Purchase or Lease Incentive Program.  (They are no longer accepting applications for hydrogen fuel cell or electric vehicles.) Applications will be accepted and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless the application period is suspended by TCEQ prior to the deadline, applications must be received on the premises of the TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time, January 7, 2023. Only vehicles purchased on or after September 1, 2021 from a dealer licensed to sell or lease vehicles in Texas are eligible.

Rebates Grants Program

TCEQ is now accepting applications under the Rebate Grants Program. They are providing an estimated $75 million in grants to help upgrade or replace diesel heavy-duty vehicles and select non-road diesel equipment in nonattainment areas and affected counties in Texas.

Rebate Grants documents, including the Request for Grant Applications and Project Application, may be found on the Rebate Grants webpage. Applications will be accepted and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received by TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time on December 19, 2022.

Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program

TCEQ is now accepting applications under the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Grant Program (TNGVGP). 
The TNGVGP provides grants to encourage an entity that owns and operates a heavy-duty or medium-duty motor vehicle to repower the vehicle with a natural gas engine or replace the vehicle with a natural gas vehicle.
Applications will be accepted for consideration on a first-come, first-served basis and must be received by TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time on March 31, 2023.

Electric Forklifts and Port Cargo Handling Equipment: Opening Soon
Electric Airport Ground Support Equipment: Opening Soon


EV Rediness Fleet Manager Roundtables are Back!

Fleet Managers – grab your virtual seat for an invitation to our EV Readiness Fleet Manager Roundtables: December 8, January 12, March 14.  

Sign up here. 

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