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Annual Meeting of Oklahoma's Clean Cities Stakeholders Highlights New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Laws

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Oklahoma Representatives Leslie Osborn and Josh Cockroft, and Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello joined Oklahoma Clean Cities stakeholders at the Capitol on Wednesday to discuss the State’s two newest alternative fuel vehicles laws passed by the Oklahoma Legislature. The two bills, HB1283 and HB1728, were recently signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin.

HB1283, sponsored by Rep. Cockroft and Sen. Jolley, standardizes weights and measures for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Cockroft and Jolley, recognizing the need to standardize how CNG and LNG are sold, worked together to get the bill passed. “Anyone in Oklahoma fueling their cars or trucks with CNG or LNG can be assured they’re getting the same amount of energy at every station in the state,” says Eric Pollard of Central Oklahoma Clean Cities.

Representative Cockroft also discssed his legislation that would assist County governments convert vehicles to CNG. The bill awaits the Governor's signature.

HB1728, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Osborn and Sen. Ron Justice made changes in requirements for alternative fuel vehicle technicians. “Oklahoma is already a national leader in our technician certification program, and HB1728 will make it even more effective” says Adriane Jaynes of Tulsa Area Clean Cities. Automotive technicians in Oklahoma servicing alternative fuel vehicles must meet certain training requirements and pass a state-issued exam. Facilities must also meet strict codes. According to Jaynes and Pollard, other states look to Oklahoma for guidance because Oklahoma’s programs are so advanced.

Members of the Oklahoma Department of Labor’s Alternative Fuels Unit gave a presentation on the rules changes and answered questions from alternative fuel industry stakeholders.

The meeting was hosted by Clean Cities coalitions in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The U.S. Dept. of Energy's Clean Cities program advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Part of DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office, Clean Cities has saved nearly 6.5 billion gallons of petroleum since its inception in 1993.

In 2014, COKCC and TACC stakeholders displaced more than 10.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents of petroleum fuel helping to ensure the nation’s energy security, strengthening our local economy, and improving regional air quality.

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